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Creative Sound Design in Ableton's Wavetable

——   Created by Music Protest

Get expressive with Wavetable's powerful timbral shaping tools

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If you're looking for creative sound design tools (and a refined workflow) in wavetable synthesis, then this course will be great for you! Get creative ideas for sound design using:

  • LFOs
  • Timbral Analysis (Spectrum Analysis)
  • Envelope Tweaks
  • Creative Modulations

I've done much sound design - sometimes reverse engineering famous patches and other times creating new sounds. Wavetable synthesis offers sound designers a tremendous palette of possibilities. In this course, I'll share my sound design tips, tricks and best practices using Wavetable to design sounds from scratch (drums, pad, lead, bass).

In this class you'll learn:

  • Optimizing your patches (for CPU)
  • Building in expressive modulations
  • A better workflow (designing sounds based on timbre, shape, genre and texture)

If you're new to wavetable (or synthesis as a whole), this course will give you a framework for sound design AND a good foundation for wavetable synths in general. If you're experienced with sound design, this course offers you guidance for achieving best results in wavetable. 

The course project

Here's a simple class project that will consolidate much of what you've learned:

  1. Start by experimenting for 10 minutes with developing a timbre in Wavetable. Specifically, explore the FM, Classic and Modern oscillator effects that we discussed. Aside from Wavetable's impressive waveform collections, these are the most powerful timbral tools and you should use them often in your sound design projects.
  2. Next, one you've settled on a timbre - continue to sculpt your sound by using the filters. Test out these characteristics of the different models:
  3. Distortion and high-frequency emphasis of OSR
  4. Deeper bass response of the MS2 (especially HPF)
  5. Resonant quality of PRD
  6. The hybrid (MS2/PRD) quality of SMP
  7. Add at least 2 modulations in the Modulation Matrix and make them performable (by mapping them to a macro or MIDI controller.
  8. Finally, use the amp envelope to shape your sound's attack and decay and share your patch here in the class projects :)

Pro Tips: Consider the 'genre' of our sound. For example, use an MS2 or PRD filter model for a 'vintage' sound - while using the Clean or SMP for more modern genres. It is always more convincing to use models and techniques that match the time and place that our sound is being designed for. I even recommend taking 5 minutes before any sound design project to jot down the defining characteristics that you intend to bring out in your sound design. 

If you have any questions about the lessons or this project, please reach out to me via direct message or in the discussion board. Good luck and thanks for watching!

38 Lessons

2 mins
free preview
3 mins
Controlling Timbre
5 mins
Implementing FM
5 mins
What is 'Classic' Osc?
5 mins
Modern Wave-Forming
2 mins
Perspective: Filter Circuits
2 mins
'Clean' & CPU Efficiency
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2 mins
Analog/Digital OSR
2 mins
Familiar Korg (MS2) Filtering
3 mins
SMP: A Hybrid Filter
2 mins
PRD Resonant Character
2 mins
Creative Filtering
3 mins
Filter Routing for A/B
2 mins
Filtering by Ear in Parallel
3 mins
Dual Synths with Split
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