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RAZOR Tutorial

RAZOR Explained®

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18 Videos | Length: 3hr 1min 24sec
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    What is Razor?

    See how to install RAZOR and Reaktor, learn what Additive synthesis is, and get an introduction to the sound of RAZOR.

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    The Interface

    Discover the different areas of the RAZOR GUI window and how to interact with it.

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    Signal Flow

    Explore more on the RAZOR additive engine and signal flow exclusive to this monster synth.

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    Voicing Parameters

    Learn all about the parameters that affect pitch, glide and oscillator phase.

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    Oscillator Common Controls

    See how there's controls common and different on both Oscillators.

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    Oscillator Types

    Discover all the different Oscillator options and their characteristics.

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    Filter 1 Types

    Explore the filter types specific to Filter 1 in RAZOR.

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    Filter 2 Types

    Discover the filter types specific to Filter 2 in RAZOR.

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    Dissonance Effects

    Learn all about the Dissonance Effects and their effect on RAZOR's sound.

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    Stereo Effects

    See all the various stereo effects and how they can shape RAZOR's sound.

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    Dynamics Effects

    Learn to use the various dynamics effects when sound designing with RAZOR.

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    Spectral Clip

    See how to limiting spectral peaks and use Spectral Clip as a pseudo low pass filter.

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    Safe Bass

    Learn how to reintroduce energy at the fundamental frequency using Safe Bass.

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    Modulation

    Discover how modulation is implemented in RAZOR via Envelopes, Echo, LFOs and Sidechaining.

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    The Vocoder

    See how to set up the vocoder in RAZOR and use it for sound design and other effects.

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    RAZOR Sound Examples Pt. 1

    Watch and learn a series of sound design ideas and tips and tricks for programming your own sounds with RAZOR.

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    RAZOR Sound Examples Pt. 2

    Explore more sound design ideas and tips and tricks for programming your own sounds with RAZOR.

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    The Graphic Display

    Learn all about the information that the Graphic Display displays, as well as Auto and 3D mode.

Product Overview


This in-depth series from Native Instruments master Laurence Holcombe of Rebel Sonix will show you all the features and functions of the virtual synth bombshell called RAZOR, as well as some sound design ideas to get you going on your way.

Laurence starts at the top, explaining what RAZOR is and all about Additive Synthesis which is what powers RAZOR's sound engine. You'll then learn all about RAZOR's interface, signal flow, voicing parameters, oscillators and filter types.

Effects are next on the list and Laurence reveals them all, such as Dissonance effects, Stereo effects and Dynamics and Specrtral Clip effects. Diving deeper, you'll discover Safe Bass, Modulation, RAZOR's awesome Vocoder and cool Graphical Display.

Laurence then gives you lessons in sound design using RAZOR that will bestow new ideas and direction for creating your own personal powerhouse patches.

Native Instruments RAZOR is a unique virtual synth that can be difficult to understand at first, but with Laurence's tutorials, your synths will be cutting through mixes like a razor... Get "RAZOR Explained" today.


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RAZOR Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thanks for the helpful tutorials! Love the Razor!
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great overall, could be even better with minor improvements Good series overall, although I wish he would have gone into more detail on when and where you would use each oscillator and filter type, as well as combinations of oscillators and filter types. I also wish he had started each sound example by letting you hear it, and then explaining why he was making each change along the way, instead of building it up and only finding out what the sound is at the end. I also would have liked to hear the sounds in the context of a mix. Finally, it would be nice if all the sound examples in Groove videos were included as presets, or at least a printout of the recipe. That said, he was clearly very knowledgeable, the examples were useful, and there were some cool tricks he shared.
Date published: 2019-11-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course and synth ! Laurence has done a great job explaining this remarkable synth !
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great overview Exactly what I needed to make sense of all the controls and capabilities, great sounding synth!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good course helpful to learn basic synthesis! This course showcases every component of the plugin, the accent of the narrator is a little funky but perfectly understandable. My only gripe (and that is why I only gave this 4 stars) is that the plugin itself lacks a few very basic things that a soft synth should have (like LFO to envelope modulation or oscillator detuning) and unless you know what you are doing you won't know since he doesn't mention it. Overall this is a pretty good and helpful tutorial.
Date published: 2017-02-07
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