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  • Wavetable Synthesis 5:09

    Wavetable Synthesis

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

  • Designing A New Preset 4:46

    Designing A New Preset

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

  • Creating Width with Filter Stereo Offset 3:16

    Creating Width with Filter Stereo Offset

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

  • Killer Distortion Using The Filter Drive 4:04

    Killer Distortion Using The Filter Drive

    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.

  • Modulating Filters 5:03

    Modulating Filters

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

  • Advanced Unison Parameters 8:46

    Advanced Unison Parameters

    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.

  • Adding Random Variation with the Chaos Oscillators 5:57

    Adding Random Variation with the Chaos Oscillators

    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.

  • Velocity Sensitivity Presets 6:06

    Velocity Sensitivity Presets

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

  • Aftertouch Modulation Presets 5:31

    Aftertouch Modulation Presets

    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.

  • The Sub Oscillator Explained 5:58

    The Sub Oscillator Explained

    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.

  • Controlling Phase When Using Multiple Oscillators 8:37

    Controlling Phase When Using Multiple Oscillators

    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.

  • Slide & Glide with Portamento 5:46

    Slide & Glide with Portamento

    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.

  • Control Re-triggers with Legato 1:59

    Control Re-triggers with Legato

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

  • The Noise Oscillator Explained 4:37

    The Noise Oscillator Explained

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

  • Using the Noise Oscillator 3:49

    Using the Noise Oscillator

    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.

  • Getting Creative with the Noise Oscillator 3:38

    Getting Creative with the Noise Oscillator

    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.

  • Vinyl Scratch Effect with the Noise Oscillator 4:02

    Vinyl Scratch Effect with the Noise Oscillator

    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.

  • Common Pitch Bend Strategies 5:36

    Common Pitch Bend Strategies

    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.

  • The LFO Settings Explained 9:04

    The LFO Settings Explained

    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.

  • Drawing Better LFO Curves Shortcuts 5:42

    Drawing Better LFO Curves Shortcuts

    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.

  • Quantized Bass Modulation Using LFOs 3:56

    Quantized Bass Modulation Using LFOs

    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.

  • Keytracking Presets 5:09

    Keytracking Presets

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

  • Amount Control for Modulation Using Auxiliary Sources 3:25

    Amount Control for Modulation Using Auxiliary Sources

    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.

  • Setting Up a Vibrato Control 6:06

    Setting Up a Vibrato Control

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

  • Add Notes to Presets 3:43

    Add Notes to Presets

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

  • 0Hz Rate Trick for Effects 3:45

    0Hz Rate Trick for Effects

    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.

  • New Wavetables using the Wavetable Editor 5:50

    New Wavetables using the Wavetable Editor

    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.

  • The Morph Options Explained 4:42

    The Morph Options Explained

    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.

  • Make a New Wavetable by Importing Audio 6:12

    Make a New Wavetable by Importing Audio

    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.

  • Making an Aggressive Dubstep Sound 7:52

    Making an Aggressive Dubstep Sound

    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.

  • Make a Supersaw 6:12

    Make a Supersaw

    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.

  • Make a Bubble Woop Sound 5:49

    Make a Bubble Woop Sound

    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.

  • Make a Dark Heavy Bass One Shot 5:16

    Make a Dark Heavy Bass One Shot

    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.

  • Make an Ethereal Pad Sound 6:24

    Make an Ethereal Pad Sound

    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.

  • Make a Programmable Riser by Using Macros 7:07

    Make a Programmable Riser by Using Macros

    Multiplier sets up a simple, but effective riser effect.

  • 808 Trap Kick 6:52

    808 Trap Kick

    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.

Product Overview

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!”

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