Frequency modulation is a very powerful method of synthesis which can potentially yield a very diverse palette of sounds. In part 1 we'll take a look at how FM actually works to change the timbre of a waveform, using an analogue oscillator and an LFO and then we'll use three of Thor's dedicated FM Pair oscillators to create a Hollywood style 'Transformers' noise. (Or pod racer engine noise if you're more of a Star Wars fan!) To do this we'll learn about controlling the amount of frequency modulation with an envelope, modulating amplitude with an LFO and we'll develop the sound using further processors such as Reason's PH-90 Phaser, BV512 Vocoder and Pulveriser Demolition. And finally, before we're done, we'll learn how to widen the stereo image using Reason's The Echo delay unit.
In part 2 we'll use similar techniques to create a dubstep bass sound but this time we'll go even further, using two instances of Thor and a total of five FM Pair oscillators. We'll then add a parametric EQ for a filter sweep and we'll learn how to control various parameters using the rotary controls on Reason's combinator. Having programmed some notes and some automation, we'll add a drum beat and then finally add a simple sub bass.
Syncing two analog oscillators in Thor can produce some very distinctive timbres and is particularly good for 'tearing' pitch modulation sounds. In this video we'll use Osc syncing to create a dirty dutch style lead synth.
PM synthesis is an interesting and (sadly) rarely used form of digital synthesis. Learning to use Thor's Pulse Modulation oscillators is a good way of spicing up your sound design as PM can produce sounds which, whilst they have a very analog character to them, are never the less subtly distinct from analog sounds. In this video we'll learn how to create a drum'n'bass style resse bass synth using Thor's PM Oscillators.
Wavetable synthesis has become very popular in the last few years and many of the more interesting sound in contemporary dubstep and drum'n'bass are made using wavetable synthesis. In this video we'll look look at Thor's wavetable oscillators and we'll use three of them to create a growly, metallic, dubstep bass. We'll also learn how to use Thor's rotary controls to modulate parameters in our synth.
Do you use the mighty Thor virtual synth in your productions? Well, Reason wizard Al Swettenham will show you some cool ways to get huge sounds out of Thor in this power packed micro series.
Al begins with a quick lesson on FM Synthesis and then dives right in showing you how to create awesome special fx sounds and then treating them further with Reason's PH-90 Phaser, Pulveriser, and BV512 Vocoder. Next, he goes deeper into FM synthesis showing you how to create large, sweeping bass sounds, all controlled via the controls on a Combinator.
Al continues with Oscillator Syncing, Pulse Modulation Synthesis and Wavetable Synthesis examples, creating sounds that would make Thor himself proud!
If you're looking to power up your synth sounds and productions in Reason, have Thor take his sonic hammer to them... Watch "Patch Design with Thor" today.
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