Serum sound design tutorial on how to make a whine synth lead. First of all initialize Xfer Records Serum to a blank patch to get started from scratch. By the way this will be a very simple sound design tutorial with nothing complicated.

1) A blank patch of Xfer Serum synthesizer.

How to Make a Hip Hop Whine Synth in Serum_01 - INIT

 

2) For Osc A we are going to be using a simple triangle waveform pitched two octaves up. Click the wavetables menu and navigate to the Analog wavetable sub-menu to select Basic Shapes which comes with Xfer Serum.

The triangle waveform will be on wavetable position 3 which you can select with the WT Position knob. Next the Phase to 90 and bring down the Rand Knob to zero.

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3) Turn on Osc B and the default waveform will be a simple sawtooth. That’s what we are going to use with the pitch set to +1 Octave and 2 unison voices. Finally set the detune amount to 0.02 for Osc B.

 

How to Make a Hip Hop Whine Synth in Serum_03 - OscB

 

Whine Synth Lead Filter and Amp Section in Xfer Serum

4) Both oscillators should be routed to the Filter however we will you use a MG Low 12 filter type. The cutoff point set that to 1k (1 000Hz) and increase the resonance to 15%.

Drive knob should be around 15% and therefore 25% for the Filter Variance (FAT).

How to Make a Hip Hop Whine Synth in Serum_04 - Filter

 

5) For the Amp Envelope all you have to do is increase the attack time to 15 ms and release time t0 30ms.

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Modulation and Voicing.

6) Drag the Velocity modulation source to the Filter Drive and set the modulation amount to 20.

How to Make a Hip Hop Whine Synth in Serum_06 - Velocity Mod

 

7) On the Voicing section enable both Mono and Legato mode. Next increment the Portamento time to 70ms.

How to Make a Hip Hop Whine Synth in Serum_07 - Voicing

 

Effects for Whine Synth Lead

8) The first effect we are going to use is a Hyper Dimension. Configure the settings for the Hyper Dimension as follows:

  • Rate = 5%,
  • Detune = 10%,
  • Unison = 2 voices,
  • Hyp_Wet = 10%

Leave the Dimension size at 50% and adjust the Dimension mix to 10%.

 

How to Make a Hip Hop Whine Synth in Serum_08 - Hyper Dimension

 

9) The second effect will be a Soft Clip Distortion. Configure the settings for the Soft Clip Distortion as follows:

  • Drive = 20%,
  • Mix = 20%

 

How to Make a Hip Hop Whine Synth in Serum_09 - Distortion

 

10) The third effect it’s going to be a Chorus FX. Adjust the settings for the Chorus as follows:

  • Rate = 0.08Hz
  • Delay1= 5.0ms
  • Delay2 = 0ms
  • Depth = 6.0ms
  • Mix = 20%.

 

How to Make a Hip Hop Whine Synth in Serum_10 - Chorus FX

 

11) The fourth effect load an EQ with the following settings: toggle the high pass filter and moving the Freq to 140Hz. Reduce the Q value to 45% and that’s about it.

 

How to Make a Hip Hop Whine Synth in Serum_11 - EQ FX

 

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