In this post we will be checking out in depth synthesis in Serum. We will design a sound and look at the various parameters that we chose to modulate to achieve the sound. We will have visual representations that show the changes that were made as the sound was created. We already know that serum is probably the most powerful digital synth on the market, so lets take a closer look at how it works!
First we start out by selecting wave tables for the oscillators. These two that I have chosen sound pretty coo l together, but we need to do much more to make a great synth patch. The oscillators generate the tone that the synth will be modulating when you add other elements. It’s basically the base of the sound. If you start out with a pretty bland oscillator or set of oscillators, you might not be able to get much power out of the sound unless you are doing some sort of abstract atmospheric thing.
Next we can go ahead and play around with some of the oscillator parameters to make some pretty cool effects. Modulating the detune and wavetable positions are some of my favorite things to do. Playing around with these parameters can produce some pretty cool effects
Next, we will jump over to the FX tab. Serum offers a variety of cool effects to throw on top of your sound. I’m a big fan of the hyper/dimension effect, but they are all great.
The matrix is where we set the LFO, ADSR and other automatic modulation amounts. I tend to stick with using LFOs, but you can use any source to control the parameters you assign the sources to. Based on where you set the amount fader, the source will modulate to that level. A high amount will create a drastic change, while a low amount will create a much more minute adjustment.
You’ll have to assign and map out four LFOs and other sources before they do anything to your sound. We’ll go ahead and throw some LFOs on a few parameters to make a pretty neat morphing sound. That’s pretty much how you create a basic sound in serum. There are many more in depth techniques to using serum, but these methods alone can give you some really intense sounds.