In this sound design tutorial you will learn how to make an infectious Dancehall mellow synth lead using the virtual analog synthesizer Lennar Digital Sylenth1. Feel free to follow along with another synthesizer if you don’t have Sylenth1.

Step 1 – Oscillator A1: Apply the following setting to Sylenth1 oscillator A1…

  • Waveform = TriSaw
  • Voices = 2
  • Oscillator Retrigger = ON

Step 2 – Amplitude Envelope: Use these settings for the ADSR of the Amp Envelope…

  • Attack = 0%
  • Decay =  64%
  • Sustain = 0%
  • Release = 51%

Step 3 – Filter A: Tweak the settings of Filter A like so…

  • Filter A Type = Bandpass Filter
  • Filter A Slope = 24 dB
  • Filter A Cut-off = 39%
  • Filter A Resonance = 82%

Step 4 – Filter Control: Dial these setting for Sylenth1 Filter Control…

  • Filter Control Cut-off = 14%
  • Filter Control Resonance = 29%
  • Keytrack = 100%

Step 5 – Sylenth1 Mixer: Modify the parameters of the Mixer Volume Fader this way…

  • Main Volume = 54%

Step 6 – Chorus Effect: Change the parameters of the Chorus effect and use these settings.

  • Chorus Delay = 18 ms
  • Chorus Rate = 0.772 Hz
  • Chorus Depth = 48%
  • Chorus Dual Mode = OFF
  • Chorus Dry/Wet = 50%

Step 7 – Delay Effect: Use these settings for the Delay effect.

  • Delay Left = 1/4 note
  • Delay Right = 1/4 note
  • Delay Spread = 66.65%
  • Delay Feedback = 55%
  • Delay Width = 57%
  • Delay Dry/Wet = 44%

Step 8 – Reverb Effect: Adjust the Reverb effect settings this way.

  • Reverb Dry/Wet = 67%
  • Reverb Size = 78%
  • Reverb Pre-delay = 80 ms

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