This tutorial constructs a basic synthesizer. Taking a classic approach of three mixed sound sources, we explore oscillator detuning, amplitude vs. filter envelopes, waveshaping, modulation, and even injecting audio samples. A good example of turning an idea into a new instrument in Bitwig Studio and The Grid.
0:30 - Just one oscillator to start 1:11 - Source 2: another oscillator and mixer 1:51 - Two sources with pitch & frequency offsets 3:09 - Adding a filter… 3:42 - …and a filter envelope 5:13 - Source 3: noise generator 5:41 - Separate noise envelope (local vs global control) 7:01 - Source 1 gets a waveshaper (local vs global control) and modulation 8:27 - Crossfading source 1 & 2 9:37 - Source 4 is… a Sampler!
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