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Postby Beven; Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:03 am Here's a few tips for layering your synths to create bigger sounds


Hey guys, first time I've posted in a while. This video contains a few tips as to how to create huge sounds out of smaller synth layers. This is an example in the style of future bass, but the techniques can be used in pretty much any genre and be scaled up/down depending on how many layers you are using. The sound can be heard starting at 0:47.

Here's a summary:

Make sure each synth layer exists within it's own band in the frequency spectrum so as to avoid frequency clashing/masking.

Increase the width of each synth as you move up the frequency spectrum using either unison width in your synth or a stereo imaging plugin.

For stacked chord sounds, increase the velocity of notes you want to stick out more (kind of acts like a lead melody).

If you want to distort/saturate layers you want to be more noticeable, do this before the EQ in the signal path so as to keep each layer in it's own frequency band.

Add a wide noise layer higher up the frequency spectrum to really help a sound cut through the mix.

Use the same reverb for each layer to put the sounds in the same space, 'glueing' them together. You can use different dry/wet setting to control the depth of each layer.

Use bus processing on the layers such as compression to again 'glue' the sounds together.

Hope these tips help some of you out!

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