SynthMaster Tutorial

SynthMaster Explained®

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  • Introduction 4:19


    An overview of the types of synthesis available in Synthmaster, changing skins, and organizing presets.

  • Altering Presets & Modulation in SynthMaster 8:00

    Altering Presets & Modulation in SynthMaster

    How to assign modulators, the modulation matrix, and saving full and partial presets.

  • SynthMaster Architecture 4:04

    SynthMaster Architecture

    A look at Layers, routing and adding effects.

  • Oscillators Pt. 1 7:06

    Oscillators Pt. 1

    The basic Oscillator waveforms, sampled waveforms, and SFZ file are covered, as is how to use the Oscillators as modulators.

  • Oscillators Pt. 2 8:22

    Oscillators Pt. 2

    Additive, Vector and Wavetable Oscillators are discussed, as well as how to import your own sounds into SynthMaster.

  • Filters 10:24


    A description of the filter modes, routing and types.

  • The Arpeggiator 8:23

    The Arpeggiator

    The arpeggiator modes and parameters are discussed, as is using the step velocity as a modulation source.

  • The Sequencer/Drum Mode 6:22

    The Sequencer/Drum Mode

    You can program monophonic and polyphonic patterns into sequencer mode, and use the drum mode to make drum grooves.

  • Layer FX 11:32

    Layer FX

    A description of each effect available.

  • Modulation Sources Pt. 1 8:36

    Modulation Sources Pt. 1

    ADSR, Multistage and 2D Envelopes.

  • Modulation Sources Pt. 2 8:50

    Modulation Sources Pt. 2

    How to us the Keyscaler and the basic, step, glide and dual LFO settings.

  • Using SynthMaster as a Vocoder 2:37

    Using SynthMaster as a Vocoder

    You can set up SynthMaster as a Vocoder and process the output through a reverb for rich Vocoder FX.

  • The Master FX Page 2:23

    The Master FX Page

    This is the overview page in SynthMaster for all your effects.

  • Using SynthMaster as an Audio Effect 3:09

    Using SynthMaster as an Audio Effect

    You can run external audio through SynthMaster and using its internal effects and filter to sculpt the sound.

Product Overview

KV331’s SynthMaster is one of the most comprehensive semi-modular software instruments out there, and Larry Holcombe delivers a video tutorial series that gets you one step closer to becoming a real synth master!

Larry begins with an introduction explaining all of the types of synthesis available, and what their differences are. He then shows you how you can take the included presets and modify them by assigning modulators and saving new presets. That leads into an exploration of the layers, routing, and architecture of SynthMaster.

Larry then dives into the oscillators, showing you around the different types, and how to use them and their modulators, as well importing your own sounds. Filter types and the different routing options available to you are then all explained and explored, expanding your sonic capabilities.

The classic arpeggiator modes and parameters are then revealed, and you’ll see how you can set up custom arpeggiator patterns, as well as apply step velocity as a modulation source for wild pulsing synth parts. You’ll then see how you can program monophonic and polyphonic patterns into sequencer mode, and how you can make banging drum grooves in Drum mode.

The powerful effects are then examined, as well as all the modulation sources, showing you how you use them to modulate the effects and synth parameters. You’ll even learn how to use SynthMaster as a vocoder, and set up effects busses and stack effects!

Finally, Larry explains how you can use SynthMaster as an audio effect, running external audio through it and using its internal effects and and filters to endlessly sculpt your sound.

Whether you’re new to SynthMaster, or you’re an accomplished user looking for further ideas and info, don’t miss “SynthMaster Explained”!

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