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Patch Design in Thor

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    Tutorial 1

    FM Synthesis in Thor Pt.1

    14:41

    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.

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    Tutorial 2

    FM Synthesis in Thor Pt.2

    9:17

    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.

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    Tutorial 3

    Oscillator Syncing in Thor

    7:52

    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.

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    Tutorial 4

    Pulse Modulation Synthesis

    11:38

    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.

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    Tutorial 5

    Wavetable Synthesis in Thor

    10:11

    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.

fuller904
Submitted 7 months ago

Very Helpful

I learned how to manipulate parameters in thor as well as rotary knobs to make awesome sounds

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Basswomp12345
Submitted 10 months ago

Alright

So the first FM tutorial was very cool, but with more modern reason devices it feels out dated, I do realize that this was posted a while ago but I'm jut glad there are more advanced tutorials for reason as it is. Hopefully you guys can come up with some more reason tutorials I have been using Blamsoft's Expanse Hyperwave synthesizer to get some crazy wavetable/Fm basses, if I was able to get my screen/audio recorded Id do it myself but the audio routing is a hassle and a half!

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SKULLY42
Submitted 1 year ago

VERY HELPFUL

NICE INSIGHT TO THOR'S CAPABILITIES THANX

I am a: Student, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reason

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Shan1
Submitted 2 years ago

Thanks

This not only help me with understanding Thor better, but increased my overall knowledge of synthesis in general. Props Al!

I am a: Semi-Pro

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've been dabbling in music for as long as I can remember in one way or another. As a toddler, my Dad used to sit me at the piano while he played and I'd just bash the keys! But it was in my early teens that I first started trying to write electronic music and learning to program MIDI. I wasn't great at it then but I really enjoyed it and I knew from then on that all I wanted to do was music. When I was 14 I made a CD of my own self made house tunes and persuaded them to sell it in my local record shop down the road. The tracks were pretty basic but I sold all 20 copies!

2. What training have you had?

I did an A-Level in Music Technology, it was pretty retro; we were recording onto analog tape with a Tascam MSR-16 and there were usually only about 8 or 9 channels on the 16 channel desk actually working at any given time! Then I did a BA (Hons) in Popular Music Production at the University of Huddersfield, they were a lot better equipped! I also spent a year working as a trainee studio engineer at ICC Studios, a great recording studio down on the south coast of England. That was really where I cut my teeth, learning to use with Pro-Tools and SADiE. It was hard work but also great fun. ICC was also where I learned the people skills necessary to be a studio engineer. Helping musicians feel comfortable and relaxed so they can give a great performance is a vital part of the job and those skills have come in very handy when working with vocalists on my own music.

3. When did you get into recording?

I first got into recording when I did my A-Level, before that I was really just making crude general midi tracks using a really basic version of Cubase called Cubasis AV. That was a really important step on the road to becoming a producer, before then I didn't really know how to use EQs and compressors effectively. Given that most of my experience up to that point had been teaching myself how to use various bits of software to write dance music, getting some proper training in micing up guitar cabs and drum kits, all using analogue equipment was really valuable.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I'm one third of Rebel Sonix, audio visual bass merchants based in Brixton, London. I joined after having done a few collabs and remixes with them over the last year. I've also worked with Adam Freeland, most notably on a dubstep remix of the James Bond theme for the launch of the videogame Goldeneye Reloaded. I've remixed several tracks by FeralisKinky, the UK's first ever white, female raga vocalist, and I remixed Delirious' last ever single before they broke up, which was a real honour since I remember going to their gigs as a teenager! Other artists I've worked with include Whiskey Pete, Adam Fielding, Steve Leach, Tom+Olly and You And What Army. I get approached quite a lot to do remixes and collabs and I try to do as much as I can, with the inevitable consequence that I'm always really busy!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've spent more than 10 years now learning about studio recording, computer composition and sound design and music production. As a producer I never stop learning because I'm always trying to improve my own production skills. I'm comfortable working in a diverse range of genres as well as a diverse range of software and plugins. I also believe I'm clear, concise and articulate (a trait I've absorbed via osmosis from my parents who are both teachers.) But most of all I'm really passionate about this stuff, music production is my life and when I discover something new I get really excited and want to tell people (just ask my wife!)

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    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.

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Patch Design in Thor is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful I learned how to manipulate parameters in thor as well as rotary knobs to make awesome sounds
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Alright So the first FM tutorial was very cool, but with more modern reason devices it feels out dated, I do realize that this was posted a while ago but I'm jut glad there are more advanced tutorials for reason as it is. Hopefully you guys can come up with some more reason tutorials I have been using Blamsoft's Expanse Hyperwave synthesizer to get some crazy wavetable/Fm basses, if I was able to get my screen/audio recorded Id do it myself but the audio routing is a hassle and a half!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from VERY HELPFUL NICE INSIGHT TO THOR'S CAPABILITIES THANX
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thanks This not only help me with understanding Thor better, but increased my overall knowledge of synthesis in general. Props Al!
Date published: 2016-07-21