How to create a Dutch House Synth in Ableton

May 31, 2012

Ableton Live Tutorials

In today’s article we’ll take a look at how to create a quirky Dutch House synth for your next club banger!  We’ll be working out of Ableton’s Operator, which is a powerful soft synth capable of producing many quality sounds.

Have a listen to the sound we’ll recreate:

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Getting Started…

Load an Operator onto a MIDI track.

Step 1 – Set up your Oscillators.

Oscillator A –

For Oscillator A, we need to set the waveform to a Square D.

Oscillator B –

Set your level to -29 dB.  Check your Fixed box, then drop your Multi to .001 and set your Frequency to 650.

Be sure to turn your Phase (in the lower right corner) up to 38%.

Oscillator C –

Copy the Coarse, Fine, and Level settings that you see in the image below.

Set your waveform to a SwD wave and turn the phase up to 48%.

Lengthen your Attack to 9.50 ms.

Here’s what your synth should sound like at this point:

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Step 2 – Set up your LFO.

Drop the Peak and Sustain to -10 dB.  By pass your oscillators in Dest. A, so your LFO only modulates your Filter.

Choose a High rate and set it to 32.25.  Max out your Amount.

Step 3 – Tweak your Filter.

Choose Low SVF as your filter type with a Frequency setting of 2.25 and a Resonance setting of 3.20.

Be sure to set your Shaper to Hard.

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Step 4 – Modify your Pitch Envelope.

Drop your Pitch Env. to -50% and add a slight stereo spread.

Max out your envelope Peak (+48 st).

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Step 5 – Adjust your Global settings.

Reduce your Time to -80% and increase your Tone slightly.

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Step 6 – Process with effects.

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We applied a bit of Saturation and Reverb to polish off our synth, but we could have easily applied other effects and processors.  Try throwing on a Phaser with a touch of Stereo Delay and see where that takes you!  Experiment with your Pitch Envelope and Time settings to create quirkier variations of this sound as well.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful!  Be sure to check back regularly for more great production articles from Samplepacks.ca!

 

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