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

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_01 - INIT

 

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%

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_03 - Osc2

 

4) Tweak Filter 1 with the following settings.

  • Filter Type = Lowpass 4
  • Cutoff = 37%
  • Resonance = 0%

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_04 - Filter

 

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.

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_05 - Osc Tab

 

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%

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_06 - ENV 4

 

7)  Tweak the voicing section of Native Instruments Massive like so:

  • Unisono = 1
  • Play Mode = Polyphon
  • Trigger = Always
  • Pitch Cutoff = 7%
  • Pan Position = 37%

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_07 - Voicing

 

8) Click on the routing tab and change the routing for Insert 1 to come before the Filter.

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_08 - Routing

 

9) The insert effect we will use is a Sine Shaper with the following configurations.

  • Dry/Wet = 30%
  • Drive = 50%

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_09 - Sine Shaper

 

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

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_10 - LFO

 

 

11) Let’s route LFO1 to the Amp Level of both oscillators, this will create a recognizable tremolo effect.

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_11 - LFO Mod

 

12) Change the Master Output of Massive with a value of 63% towards the right in order to compensate for any loss in amplitude.

 

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_12 - Master Output

 

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

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_13 - Delay FX

 

14) The second effect we will use is a reverb effect with the following configurations:

  • Dry/Wet = 5%
  • Size = 22%
  • Density = 60%
  • Color = 20%

How to Make an Electric Piano in Massive_14 - Reverb FX

Conclusion

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.