Lead synths are one of the most important elements of any dance music track and in this short video from the course Dance Music Sound Design 302: Lead Synths Advanced, expert producer Adam Pollard breaks down the process of creating a super-cool computer chip style lead sound. This involves a combination of different techniques but is applicable to almost any virtual synth.
Starting with a square wave, you'll see how to add reverb, LFO and oscillation and tweak all the different settings to create various kinds of chiptune effect. You maybe surprised to learn that creating this kind of sound from scratch isn't as difficult as you may have thought, and it's actually pretty quick to do. Be sure to check out the other videos to learn how to make many other different kinds of advanced synth leads!
Dance Music Sound Design 302: Lead Synths Advanced
Do you find that your lead sounds are lacking depth, dimension, or are not expressive enough? In this 21-tutorial course, dance music expert Adam Pollard (aka Multiplier) shares advanced techniques that are guaranteed to take your lead sounds to the next level… and vastly improve your synthesis knowledge!
Adam begins by looking at the importance of understanding harmonics and waveforms, and how these concepts relate to creating amazing lead sounds. Using various synths, he shows you innovative ways to make your patches more expressive with velocity, aftertouch, and keytracking. Adam also reveals less known techniques (such as microtuning, hard syncing, modular synthesis, advanced unison and portamento modes…) that are useful for creating cutting-edge leads. By watching this course, you will also learn:
-Why waveforms and filters are not all created equal.
-What is wavefolding and how you can use it to add character to your sounds.
-How to add rhythmic interest and more depth to your leads.
-How to take Chorus to the extreme.
-What is Harmonic Content Morphing, and how to create a patch from scratch using it.
… and more!
So get your favorite synth ready, and watch this info-packed course by synthesis expert Adam Pollard. After watching these tutorials, you will have the knowledge and inspiration needed to design mind-blowing lead sounds!