In this sound design tutorial we will be making a simple electric piano using Sylenth1. Of course you can follow along with another synthesizer if you like.

As always the first step is to start from a blank patch and move on from there.

1) Initialize a blank preset of Sylenth1

 

2) For Osc A1 we are going to use a sine wave with the following settings:

  • Waveform = Sine Wave
  • Octave = 0
  • Volume = 100
  • Phase = 0
  • Detune = 0
  • Stereo = 10
  • Pan = 0
  • Re-trigger = Enabled
  • Voices = 1

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_02 - Osc A1

 

3) For the second oscillator we are going to use a square wave with the following settings:

  • Waveform = Square Wave ( Labelled “Pulse” in Sylenth1)
  • Octave = +1
  • Volume = 45%
  • Phase = 0%
  • Detune = 15%
  • Stereo = 100%
  • Voices = 2
  • Re-trigger = Enabled

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_03 - Osc A2

 

4) Okay now, we are going to use a 24dB filter, in other words that’s a 4-pole filter.

  • Input Select = A
  • Filter Type = Low Pass
  • Cutoff = 70%
  • Resonance = 0%
  • Drive = 0%
  • Filter Mode = 24dB

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_04 - Filter

 

5) As for the Filter Control adjust the settings like so:

  • Cutoff = 28%
  • Resonance = 0%
  • Key Track = 0%

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_05 - Filter Control

 

6) Now let’s tweak the Amp Envelope. We want to mimic a generic piano envelope and we can do so with the following settings:

  • Attack = 0%
  • Decay = 62%
  • Sustain = 40%
  • Release = 38%

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_06 - Amp Env

 

 

7) Change the polyphony voices to 6

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_07 - Polyphonic

Modulation and Effects

 

8) To achieve a short pitch drift we will use Sylenth1 Mod Env 2 to modulate pitch of both oscillators.

  • Attack = 0%
  • Decay = 2%
  • Sustain = 0%
  • Release = 0%
  • Mod Env 2 –> Pitch AB (7% towards the right).

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_08 - Mod Env

 

9) Next step is to create a subtle tremolo effect and to add extra movement to the sound by modulating the phase of both oscillators using an LFO.

We can achieve that by routing the LFO to modulate Volume AB and Phase AB in Sylenth1.

  • Wave = Sine Wave
  • Rate = 1/8
  • Gain = 40%
  • LFO 1 –> Volume AB (30% to the right.).
  • LFO 1 –> Phase AB  (5% to the left).

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_09 - LFO 1

 

10) Now we will set the mod wheel to modulate the filter cutoff with an amount of 40% to the right.

  • Mod Wheel –> Cutoff AB (40% to the right).

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_10 - Misc 1

 

11) Let’s use an EQ effect and dial in the following settings.

  • Mode = 1-Pole
  • Bass = 3.7dB
  • Bass Freq = 16Hz
  • Treble = 8dB
  • Treble Freq = 3.5kHZ

 

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_11 - EQ

 

12) Enable Delay effect and dial in the following settings:

  • Delay Left = 1/4
  • Delay Right = 1/4
  • Low Cut = 3.23 Hz
  • High Cut = 20 kHZ
  • Smear = 0%
  • Spread = 50%
  • Feedback = 50%
  • Width = 50%
  • Dry/Wet = 23%

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_12 - Delay

 

13) Enable the reverb effect tweak it’s settings as follows:

  • Dry/Wet = 35%
  • Reverb Size = 64%
  • Width = 100%
  • Pre-delay = 110 ms
  • Damping = 0%

How to Make an Electric Piano in Sylenth1_13 - Reverb

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