How to Make a High Pitched Wobble Synth

Need a dirty high-pitched wobble for your next Electronic smash?  We’ve got you covered.  Today’s article will walk you through a step-by-step process for creating this type sound in NI’s Massive.

Take a listen to the audio example we’ll recreate:

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This sort of high-pitch wobble is becoming very popular in Complextro and Dubstep music.  In fact, PlatinumLoopsuses these types of sounds in a lot of their Dubstep Samples products.  Be sure to check them out!

Getting Started…

Step 1 – Set up your oscillators.

We’ll only be using Osc 1 in this demonstration.

Turn your Wt-position, Intensity, and Amp all the way up.  Next route Envelope 3 to your pitch mod and raise it up to +24.00 (2 octaves).

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Step 2 – Set up your Filter.

Set your filtering to Series by going up on the F2 fader.

For filter 1, select Scream and tune those parameters (Cutoff, Scream, and Resonance) just as you see in the image above.

Next you’ll want to route Performer 7 to your Cutoff.  Set your range from 10 o’clock to 4 o’clock.

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Step 3 – Tighten up Envelope 3.

Now is a good time to tweak Env 3.  Use the picture as your guide.  Just make sure you max out your decay level and set a moderate attack.

Step 4 – Adjust Envelope 4.

Adjust Env 4 so it looks similar to the one you see in the image below.

Step 5 – Tweak Performer 7.

As you should’ve recognized earlier, we routed Perf 7 to our Filter Cutoff.  We can use this device to modulate our filter and get some really cool movement out of our sound.

Massive’s Performer is basically a variable step sequencer that allows you to input different waveforms in each step.  It’s an amazing tool that every Massive user should be familiar with.

Set your Ratio to 1/8th.

Note:  You can modulate the ratio to get even more expression out of your sound.  Try jumping from 1/8th to 1/16th to add some variation to the speed of your sequence.  Make sure Pos and Sync are activated.

Next, click on Load Curve and begin to replicate the sequence I created – or just create your own.  This is as simple as dropping the desired curve type on the step of your choice.  Adjusting the height of each curve will add even more expression and depth.

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Step 6 – Add some FX.

Load up a Bit Crusher and Hard Clipper for Inserts 1 & 2.

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Step 7 – Tweak to your liking.

You can easily change the nature and tone of your wobble by playing around with your filter settings.  Don’t be afraid to experiment, it can take you some unexpected places.

Wrap Up…

You’re not limited to the effects and processors strictly within Massive.  Most DAW’s have all sorts of great effects that are capable of giving your sound more expression and character.  Make this sound your own!

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

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