Serum

In this post we will be checking out XferRecords’ Serum. Serum is easily my personal favorite synth, and many would argue that it is currently the most versatile and powerful software synth that has been developed. The wavetables alone are enough to make any good producers heart skip a beat when they discover how incredible they can sound. I recently purchased a copy of this software, and I have used it in just about every project I have started since. You can check out my use of this synth in one of my most recent projects here.

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Why Serum is so Great

What makes Serum so great is the raw power and sheer strength that is contains. Every wavetable has an intense presence and energy that is almost unmatched by any other synth. When added together using both oscillators, these wavetables can create sounds that were unprecedented until XferRecords unleashed this monster into the music production community. The slightest turn of a knob can create very diverse changes in a sound. Another added bonus to this fantastic piece of software is that you can even import wavetables from other synthesizers into serum. This means you can take your favorite sounds from all of your other synths and bring them into the powerhouse that is serum!

LFOs

One of the greatest things about this synth is the assignable LFO. LFO stands for “Low Filter Oscillator” and they can control the movement and speed of position changes for all the different variable parameters on the synth. What is so special about the LFOs in Serum is how customizable they are. You can literally design them in any way you couple possibly imagine. You can use something from a simple triangular shape as scene in the picture above, or go in depth and create intricate patterns as seen in the image below.

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While I wouldn’t recommend attempting to master this synth to a beginner, I think every producer should work toward adding this mammoth to their arsenal. There’s no arguing with the fact that you can create some of the heaviest and electric sounds with this digital synth!

Connecting to the Community

You can take a closer look into the serum users community on the official software forums!

Digital Synthesizers

My name is Dan Hutchison, and this blog is going to be all about digital synthesis. I will cover things from my favorite software synths to sound design. I chose this topic because I am a self taught music producer, and digital synthesis is very much a part of the music producer’s lifestyle.  There’s nothing quite like creating raw and powerful sounds on a good synth. Any producer will tell you that the digital synthesizer is an integral part of any professionals toolkit.

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We will be taking a look at some of the best digital synths on the market as well as how they work. I will cover things like ADSR, additive vs granular synthesis and how to automate synth parameters in a DAW. We will be investigating these synths closely and discuss how each one approaches synthesis. Every synth is different and has its own features that make it unique. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced producer, you’re bound to find some cool stuff covered in this blog if you’re into synthesis.

In the future I may expand these discussions beyond wordpress in order to expand my audience to a wider range of music producers and synthesis lovers. I will be sharing all of the posts on my twitter account, but I may start a facebook page covering this topic as well. This would open the opportunity for further interaction with the synthesis enthusiast community. We will most definitely be taking a look into my new favorite synth, Serum, in my next post. Keep an eye out for new stuff on the page as I will be adding much more throughout the coming weeks!