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Serum Tips & Tricks

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    Tutorial 1

    Wavetable Synthesis

    5:09

    In this video Multiplier uses the visual feedback in Serum to explain how Wavetable Synthesis works.

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    Tutorial 2

    Designing A New Preset

    4:46

    In this video Multiplier runs through how he approaches designing a new preset from scratch.

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    Tutorial 3

    Creating Width with Filter Stereo Offset

    3:16

    Multiplier explains how you can create width in a new and interesting way, using the filter module in Serum.

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    Tutorial 4

    Killer Distortion Using The Filter Drive

    4:04

    When you want nice, warm saturation/distortion for your bass sound, you get better results using the drive control in the filter module, instead of using the distortion effect. In this videos Multiplier shows you how.

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    Tutorial 5

    Modulating Filters

    5:03

    Multiplier Uses the interesting filters in Serum (such as Combs, Allpasses, and Reverb) to create brand new and unusual sounds.

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    Tutorial 6

    Advanced Unison Parameters

    8:46

    The unison mode parameter allows yo to choose how we spread apart the voices in the stereo image. Multiplier shows how you can use unison stacking to spread the voices over different octaves and intervals.

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    Tutorial 7

    Adding Random Variation with the Chaos Oscillators

    5:57

    You can use the chaos oscillators as modulation sources to add some random variation. Multiplier explains the difference between Chaos1 and Chaos2, and then demonstrates how you could use a chaos oscillator to simulate analog pitch drift.

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    Tutorial 8

    Velocity Sensitivity Presets

    6:06

    In this video Multiplier explains how you can use velocity sensitivity to make your presets more expressive.

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    Tutorial 9

    Aftertouch Modulation Presets

    5:31

    We now take an overview look at another editor here and discover how it both differs and mirrors other editor windows. We do this by inspecting a bass midi file.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Sub Oscillator Explained

    5:58

    Multiplier demonstrates the two main ways the sub oscillator is typically used: first, to add a sub layer underneath a main synth, and secondly, to add back in the fundamental component of a sound that may be missing it.

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    Tutorial 11

    Controlling Phase When Using Multiple Oscillators

    8:37

    Multiplier explains what phase means in the two contexts it is typically used, and how you can adjust phase in Serum. Then he demonstrates how you can use this knowledge to prevent random phase interference/cancellation in a common situation involving multiple oscillators.

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    Tutorial 12

    Slide & Glide with Portamento

    5:46

    Multiplier explores the two different types of portamento, and how slow times are used for melodic purposes, whilst fast times are used for sound design reasons. He also runs through what the always, scaled, and curve options do.

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    Tutorial 13

    Control Re-triggers with Legato

    1:59

    In this video Multiplier looks at how you can use Legato to control envelope and LFO re-triggers.

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    Tutorial 14

    The Noise Oscillator Explained

    4:37

    Multiplier explores each control, from the one-shot button and keyboard tracking, to pitch and the confusingly named phase parameter.

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    Tutorial 15

    Using the Noise Oscillator

    3:49

    The first technique Multiplier demonstrates involves using the noise oscillator in one-shot mode, with a kick transient. The second technique uses a white noise sample to fill in the high frequency space in a preset.

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    Tutorial 16

    Getting Creative with the Noise Oscillator

    3:38

    In this video Multiplier looks at how you can creatively use the noise oscillator to make something super interesting. In particular, he uses a percussive transient in looping mode, and by modulating pitch and pan, something really cool happens.

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    Tutorial 17

    Vinyl Scratch Effect with the Noise Oscillator

    4:02

    Multiplier shows how to create a vinyl scratch effect in Serum. The key idea behind this is to modulate the phase position. This mirrors how you modulate the position of a vinyl record as you scratch.

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    Tutorial 18

    Common Pitch Bend Strategies

    5:36

    Multiplier explains what pitch bend is and how to set pitch bend limits in Serum. He then discusses three different pitch bend limits, and explains in which situations you might want which limits.

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    Tutorial 19

    The LFO Settings Explained

    9:04

    Multiplier explores the different LFO modes, trigger, envelope, and off. Then, the BPM mode options, anchor, triplet, and dotted. And finally, he demonstrate the rise, delay, and smooth parameters, and in what situations it can be useful to use them.

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    Tutorial 20

    Drawing Better LFO Curves Shortcuts

    5:42

    These shortcuts include holding shift to draw steps, and holding alt/option to snap nodes to the grid. Multiplier also includes some interesting and hard to discover shortcuts, like holding ctrl/cmd to go into rainbow mode, which allows you to move a section of LFO around proportionally.

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    Tutorial 21

    Quantized Bass Modulation Using LFOs

    3:56

    In this video, you will uses your knowledge of LFOs to set up a quantized bass modulation in Serum. Multiplier makes a nice, simple dubstep wobble riff, quantized to the grid and tempo of our track.

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    Tutorial 22

    Keytracking Presets

    5:09

    Multiplier describes how keytracking works, and then goes on to provide a nice typical example of it in action.

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    Tutorial 23

    Amount Control for Modulation Using Auxiliary Sources

    3:25

    In this video, Multiplier demonstrates how you can use auxiliary sources to create an amount control for any modulation in Serum. It’s a cool technique that uses the mod matrix.

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    Tutorial 24

    Setting Up a Vibrato Control

    6:06

    In this video Multiplier shows how to set up a vibrato control.

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    Tutorial 25

    Add Notes to Presets

    3:43

    Multiplier gives a few examples of useful things you could put in the notes space.

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    Tutorial 26

    0Hz Rate Trick for Effects

    3:45

    In this video, Multiplier reveals the 0Hz rate trick for effects. You can use this trick to either control the movement more precisely, or get creative, and do something new and different but modulating the effect in a non-standard way.

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    Tutorial 27

    New Wavetables using the Wavetable Editor

    5:50

    Multiplier introduces the interface and demonstrates the basic drawing tools (as well as a cool trick where you set the grid size to 0). Finally, he introduces the concept of morphing, which allows you to create a complete wavetable from a set of source cycles.

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    Tutorial 28

    The Morph Options Explained

    4:42

    Multiplier gives the technical descriptions of each morph option, but then simplifies things by giving some day-to-day best practices, explaining when it is best to use which option.

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    Tutorial 29

    Make a New Wavetable by Importing Audio

    6:12

    Multiplier makes a detailed new wavetable by importing a kick drum sample into Serum’s wavetable editor. He end ups making a mechanical bass sound, and uses some interesting tools and features of the wavetable editor along the way.

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    Tutorial 30

    Making an Aggressive Dubstep Sound

    7:52

    Multiplier applies lots of ideas and techniques that you have learned in the series so far, including wavetable position modulation, sub oscillator modulation, noise oscillator modulation, using an interesting filter, and assigning a macro.

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    Tutorial 31

    Make a Supersaw

    6:12

    Multiplier uses unison stacking to create a big, thick sound, and then a pitch envelope to give the attack portion some bite and prominence. He also uses a few effects to finish things off nicely.

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    Tutorial 32

    Make a Bubble Woop Sound

    5:49

    In this video, Multiplier creates the woop using a pitch envelope, and the bubble using an envelope on a low pass filter. He then demonstrates a useful little technique for making a preset into a one shot. And finally, he uses a traditional delay trick to create some stereo width.

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    Tutorial 33

    Make a Dark Heavy Bass One Shot

    5:16

    Multiplier carefully sets up an envelope to open up a low-pass filter, thicken up the sound with the drive control on the filter, and finds a nice tone by choosing an appropriate wavetable.

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    Tutorial 34

    Make an Ethereal Pad Sound

    6:24

    Multiplier first uses the standard ideas in making pads (unison, low pass filtering, slow envelopes, and reverb), and then adds an interesting final touch by applying our knowledge of keyboard tracking to the filter and wavetable position.

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    Tutorial 35

    Make a Programmable Riser by Using Macros

    7:07

    Multiplier sets up a simple, but effective riser effect.

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    Tutorial 36

    808 Trap Kick

    6:52

    Multiplier makes the top/attack portion of the kick by using the noise oscillator, and routing it through a high pass filter. He then makes the body/tail using a nice analog wavetable oscillator, and two different envelopes. Finally, he runs it through some reverb to give it that extra bit of something.

Serum psycho Adam Pollard, aka Multiplier, brings you a full series of Serum Tips & Tricks video tutorials! Learn essential tips, tricks, and creative techniques for getting the most out of XFer Record’s powerful wavetable software synthesizer and make original sounding synth parts that will infect everyone who hears them!

Multiplier starts with a short primer on Wavetable Synthesis, Serum style. In the next video, he shows you how he builds his own Presets from scratch, centering around Modulation. After that, Multiplier digs into his personal bag of tricks to show you how to Create a Great Sense of Width by Panning the Filter. Then he demonstrates how to use the Drive Control in the Filter Module to get killer distortion out of Serum.

The next 32 videos each demonstrates a unique and exciting way to be creative with Serum. From modulating filters, to deep exploration of parameters, adding random variations with chaos oscillators to aftertouch and velocity sensitivity and much, much more. No other video series on Serum goes this deep and gives you this many usable, creative tips.

Whether you’re exploring Serum for the first time, or an experienced user who wants some advanced techniques, Don’t miss Multiplier’s “Serum Tips & Tricks!”

PatrickW
Submitted 2 months ago

Really great course !

Interesting and useful from start to end !

I am a: Musician

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BURNADDiCT
Submitted 2 months ago

Awesome

This is close to perfection. I know Serum, not deeply, but I came with some pre-existing knowledge; some (4 if I'm not mistaken) of these videos introduced me to completely new ideas and possibilities. So what I'm trying to say is, whether or not you're a complete noob or a moderate Serum user, this tutorial could change the way you think. I just have been using Serum too long to know almost 2 thirds of this video series, which made it kind of redundant for me (IMHO). I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy watching this.

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Big Tuna
Submitted 3 months ago

Very Good Explanations!

This dude has helped me immensely understand Serum!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Beat Maker, FL Studio

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Tom Fedrigotti
Submitted 7 months ago

Top Tutorial

Very cool hidden tips...go on man, really cool

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Logic Pro

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sevendsix
Submitted 7 months ago

Great tips and explanation!

This is a great course that shows nice tips I haven't learned anywhere else. Thanks!

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro

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DigitEyes
Submitted 8 months ago

Very Useful and Motivational Series!

This is a very well put together series that gives you an in-depth, yet understandable look into many different ways to use Serum and its controls to create many different types of sounds. It shows you specific sound design techniques but in a way that allows you to apply the concepts you've learned, to create entirely different sounds of your own. Adam does an excellent job of explaining what's going on without getting so technical that it becomes difficult to follow or comprehend. The series moves at a pace that keeps you engaged, gets the information across and wraps up with great examples of the concept in focus in a way that motivates you to create. Just finished the last segment and can't wait to finish this review and jump on my controller to make some sounds of my own!

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

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Matthew
Submitted 9 months ago

Great - thanks!

No complaints other than the videos are a bit finicky to play/stop/rewind/etc.

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Glitchedtones
Submitted 9 months ago

Easy to follow, cuts to the chase, brilliant!

Really enjoying all of the Serum videos. Picked up a lot of tricks so far and only scratched the surface! Looking forward to seeing, hearing and learning more!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live

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Perry
Submitted 9 months ago

Great Help on Serum Tips

Great detail in explaining Serum and the tips were very helpful. Thx

I am a: Semi-Pro

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Gazelle
Submitted 10 months ago

A lot of helpful tips I did not know about

I thought I knew most of Serum, but this course shows me lots of practical tips I did not knew about. Very helpful! I think that even more experienced users can pick up a lot of great tips from this series!

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started producing music just over 5 years ago, right about when Skrillex's Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP dropped.

2. What training have you had?

I'm fully self-taught, and haven't had any formal training. I use online resources and learn a lot by talking to other producers about how they do things too.

3. When did you get into recording?

(same answer as number 1)

4. People you have worked with/for?

DJTechTools, iZotope, Output, CAPSUN Pro Audio, Loopmasters, Plugin Boutique, Industrial Strength, 5Pin Media

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've had a lot of experience in the EDM space, from producing tracks and sample packs that have charted on sites like Beatport, through to DJing internationally and running a record label. And on the training side I've produced thousands of tutorials, and also tutor people one to one.

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Serum Tips & Tricks is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really great course ! Interesting and useful from start to end !
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is close to perfection. I know Serum, not deeply, but I came with some pre-existing knowledge; some (4 if I'm not mistaken) of these videos introduced me to completely new ideas and possibilities. So what I'm trying to say is, whether or not you're a complete noob or a moderate Serum user, this tutorial could change the way you think. I just have been using Serum too long to know almost 2 thirds of this video series, which made it kind of redundant for me (IMHO). I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy watching this.
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good Explanations! This dude has helped me immensely understand Serum!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Top Tutorial Very cool hidden tips...go on man, really cool
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tips and explanation! This is a great course that shows nice tips I haven't learned anywhere else. Thanks!
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Useful and Motivational Series! This is a very well put together series that gives you an in-depth, yet understandable look into many different ways to use Serum and its controls to create many different types of sounds. It shows you specific sound design techniques but in a way that allows you to apply the concepts you've learned, to create entirely different sounds of your own. Adam does an excellent job of explaining what's going on without getting so technical that it becomes difficult to follow or comprehend. The series moves at a pace that keeps you engaged, gets the information across and wraps up with great examples of the concept in focus in a way that motivates you to create. Just finished the last segment and can't wait to finish this review and jump on my controller to make some sounds of my own!
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great - thanks! No complaints other than the videos are a bit finicky to play/stop/rewind/etc.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Easy to follow, cuts to the chase, brilliant! Really enjoying all of the Serum videos. Picked up a lot of tricks so far and only scratched the surface! Looking forward to seeing, hearing and learning more!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Help on Serum Tips Great detail in explaining Serum and the tips were very helpful. Thx
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A lot of helpful tips I did not know about I thought I knew most of Serum, but this course shows me lots of practical tips I did not knew about. Very helpful! I think that even more experienced users can pick up a lot of great tips from this series!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! Very clear & helpful tips - straight to the point.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 2 Legit 2 Quit The most dope sauce in all the land. Easy to follow along with and concepts are explained great. Haven't had this much fun learning in a while :P
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from useful cool tips and clear explanations:)
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Great tips and tricks series. If you have a lot of experience with various soft synths you could probably start here instead of with a "getting started" type series. Instructor hits just about every feature Serum offers.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic Tutorial Great tutor, very thorough with all explanations. I learnt a lot thanks.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tour through the basic possibilities Serum is a powerful synth, and Multiplier takes us on a tour through all the basic possibilities in crafting basic sounds, taking detours into areas that might be missed in a general overview. After completing this course, I feel comfortable going after just about any basic sound in Serum.
Date published: 2016-11-15