Novation has just released its brand new series of videos titled Synth Snackables. This video series invites you into the studios of some of the most talented and knowledgeable artists today, to show you staple tips, elaborate techniques and imaginative approached to synth patching.
For the first Synth Snackable session, Novation spent the day with Dutch artist Legowelt. His vast musical style reaches many different worlds, some real and some imagined whilst all being designed in unique and captivating ways to keep his listeners enthralled. Legowelt’s wealth of production knowledge and experience has been turned into 5x quick video tips to help you push the boundaries of Peak.
In the first tip, Legowelt explains that negative envelope depth is basically like inverting the envelope. Demonstrating how you can use this to create springy effects that sound organic to the ear. Legowelt assigns both a positive and negative mod envelope depth to the analogue filter which then creates an 8-point filter envelope that sounds rather joyful yet eclectic as both battles for control.
In the next video, Legowelt covers how to use the Peak as a drum machine. The process starts by maxing out filtering resonance, negating depth and assigning an SL MkIII keyboard as the destination. Legowelt then shows how quickly you can build a staple drum kit with Peak. With lower octaves acting as a bass, Legowelt shows how you can create snares and hi-hats with the higher octaves by using the noise level.
Moving onto the next video, Legowelt demonstrates the basics of the hurdy-gurdy. First, he puts Peak into the monophonic mode and then assigns the fixed note function to play the same note with 2x oscillators. Then with the 3rd oscillator free to play a higher note, Legowelt shows quickly and easily you can achieve a jolly medieval drone.
For the next tutorial, Legowelt suggests you start with a rhythmic sound to get a feel for the groove, rhythm and timing. Legowelt then adds delay on a short staccato bass and then maxes out the level, time and feedback to then start the loop. Relying solely on intuition and spontaneity, he demonstrates how adding LFO, chords, melodies, effects and more helps create an ever-evolving soundscape.
Lastly, Legowelt highlights an essential synth tip for creating harmonic sounds. Legowelt starts by detuning each oscillator pitch with the coarse function to create a minor triad. By merely playing other keys polyphonically and opening the sound up by using the envelopes, he is able to develop a deep, dreamy soundscape.
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