This is a sound design tutorial on how to make deep wavy synth keys using the virtual synthesizer Lennar Digital Sylenth1. The synth preset is specifically designed for slow or mid tempo music but you can use it in whatever genre of music you are into.

OSCILLATOR SECTION: Now to go into detail about this beautiful and wavy synth preset, it makes use of two oscillators and that’s Oscillator A1 and Oscillator A2 of Sylenth1.

The modified settings of Sylenth1 Oscillator A1 are:

  • Voices = 4
  • Waveform = Sawtooth
  • Detune = 28%
  • Oscillator Re-trigger = Enabled
  • Octave = Default

The tweaked settings of Sylenth1 Oscillator A2 are:

  • Voices = 4
  • Waveform = Pulse
  • Phase = 68.5 degrees
  • Detune = 28%
  • Oscillator Re-trigger = Enabled
  • Stereo Width = 85%
  • Octave = Default

That’s all you have to do as far as the oscillator section is concerned

AMP ENV SECTION: For the Amp Env you simply have to make a few changes and these are listed below.

  • Release Slider = 68%

FILTER SECTION: Change the settings of Sylenth1 Filter Side A as follows:

  • Warm Drive = Enabled
  • Filter Control Cutoff  = 24%
  • Filter Control Resonance = 27 %
  • Filter A Type = 12 dB Low Pass filter
  • Filter A Cutoff = 0%
  • Filter A Resonance = 11%
  • Filter A Drive = 11%

MIXER SECTION:  Adjust the levels Sylenth1 Mixer this way:

  • Mix A Fader = 85%
  • Main Mix Fader = 65%

MOD ENV 1: Use Sylenth1 modulation envelope 1 to control the cut-off point of Filter A like so:

  • Mod Env 1 Amount = 100% *Clockwise
  • Attack =  16%
  • Decay = 60%
  • Sustain = 23%
  • Release = 49%
  • Mod Env 1 Mod Destination = Cutoff AB

LFO 2: Make use of Sylenth1 LFO (low frequency oscillator) to implement a slight pitch drift this way:

  • Waveform = Sine Wave
  • LFO Rate = 1/8th *Triplet Note
  • LFO Gain = 8%
  • LFO Mod Amount = 4% *Clockwise
  • LFO Mod Destination = Pitch AB

MISC 1: Locate Sylenth1 Miscellaneous Modulation 1 and use that to control the gain of LFO 2 via the Mod Wheel.

  • Mod Misc 1 Source = Mod Wheel
  • Mod Misc 1  Target = LFO 2 Gain
  • Mod Misc 1 Amount = 8% *Clockwise

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