In this tutorial we will be making a basic electric piano sound in Native Instruments Massive. By the way you can also follow through with another synthesizer of your choice because it’s the fundamentals of sound design which matter after all.
1) Initialize Massive to a Blank Preset
2) For Osc 1 we need a simple sine wave as our waveform.
3) For Osc 2 let’s use a square wave but with the following settings
- Pitch = +1 Octave
- Intensity = 70%
- Amp = 80%
4) Tweak Filter 1 with the following settings.
- Filter Type = Lowpass 4
- Cutoff = 37%
- Resonance = 0%
5) Clear the vibrato macro which is routed by default and make sure you enable restart via gate on the Osc Tab of Native Instruments Massive.
6) Now let’s move on to the AMP Envelope and change the settings with the following adjustments:
- Attack = 0%
- Decay = 60%
- Decay Level = 40%
- Release = 20%
7) Tweak the voicing section of Native Instruments Massive like so:
- Unisono = 1
- Play Mode = Polyphon
- Trigger = Always
- Pitch Cutoff = 7%
- Pan Position = 37%
8) Click on the routing tab and change the routing for Insert 1 to come before the Filter.
9) The insert effect we will use is a Sine Shaper with the following configurations.
- Dry/Wet = 30%
- Drive = 50%
10) Let’s adjust the parameters of the LFO with the following settings:
- Ratio = 1/8
- LFO Amp = 30%
- Xfade Curve = 1 (All the way up)
- LFO Curve Select = Sine Wave
- LFO Sync = Enabled
11) Let’s route LFO1 to the Amp Level of both oscillators, this will create a recognizable tremolo effect.
12) Change the Master Output of Massive with a value of 63% towards the right in order to compensate for any loss in amplitude.
13) The first Effect will use is a synced delay effect with the following settings.
- Dry/Wet = 15%
- Damp = 65%
- Feedback = 50%
- Left = 1/4
- Right = 2/8
14) The second effect we will use is a reverb effect with the following configurations:
- Dry/Wet = 5%
- Size = 22%
- Density = 60%
- Color = 20%
That’s about it really, and if you feel the urge to make extra changes to your liking then it’s just a matter of taste from there onward.
The important thing to grasp is that for an electric piano sound you definitely want to use a sine wave for your oscillator but you can always mix other wavetables for creative purposes.