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616 posts since 18 Dec, 2010

Postby Mike20; Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:34 am What is the key to these plucks

Hey, i am wondering, when i make super saw plucks they never seem to feel right, they always seem to feel flimsy and weak, i am listening to this track and they seem to solid and professional

@ 2.46 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj7fcaTYSPk

Does anybody have any ideas to get it sounding so nice and 'professional'

Typically i am using sylenth and massive, in sylenth i am using all saws voices to 8, detuned and filter cut off

Thank you in advance!

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186 posts since 27 Sep, 2012, from Tampa, Florida

Postby RyanBrennan; Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:05 am

compress hardddddd.

just got done watching an in the studio vid with alex metric and the biggest and every one of his sounds including bass was so punchy and crisp even like his pads, and its because he pretty much compressed everything
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33 posts since 16 Dec, 2010

Postby Mastrcode; Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:26 am

1. layering: layer two or more synths with different sounds together.

2. cut the frequencies: use one layer for just the lower frequencies and cut out the highs with an eq. use one layer for the middle frequencies and cut out the highs and lows. use one layer just for the high frequencies and cut out the lows. route the layers together to a group/sum channel and eq the sound till you like it.

3. compression. use a compressor, to give the sound more power. after the compression you can additionally use a 2nd eq to tune your sound a little bit more, if you want. you also can use a decent tape saturation. this can bring the sound a light warm feeling.

if you need more punch at the attack phase of your plucks, you can use the mod envelope/pitch envelope and modulate the pitch of the sound a little bit: set the attack to 0, give it a very short decay, no sustain, no release, and increase the amount of the mod env just a little bit.

hope that helps you a little bit.

here's a nice tutorial, how you can push your pluck sounds a bit by using he mod envelope:

616 posts since 18 Dec, 2010

Postby Mike20; Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:59 am

Thank you all for your replies.. Going to put these in to practise now!

Thanks again!

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Postby ouroboros; Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:33 pm

I find that for this pluck I always need less filter opening than I expected and the envelope curve makes a big difference in the sound.

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