The pluck sound became popular in early House music and has slowly made its way into all forms of electronic music. In terms of synthesis, it’s not a complicated sound to create, but showing some attention to detail can go a long way.
In today’s walkthrough, we’ll look at how to create this huge pluck sound in Massive.
Take a listen to our audio example:
Let’s get started…
Step 1 – Set up your Oscillators.
Set all of your Oscillators to a Saw wave. Raise Oscillator 1 up an octave (+12), bring Oscillator 2 down an octave (-12), and leave Oscillator 3 where it is. Slightly detune each and route them all to Filter 1.
You should get a sound similar to this:
Step 2 – Adjust your Voicing environment.
Click on the ‘Voicing’ tab. Set your unison to 8 voices and then adjust your Pan Position and Pitch Cut-off just as you see in the image above.
Here is our sound now:
Step 3 – Set up your Filter.
Select the Daft filter for Filter 1. Set the Cut-off and Resonance to zero.
Next, you’ll need to route Envelope 3 to your filter Cut-off. Set the range to the max.
Step 4 – Tweak Envelope 3.
Turn your Attack and Decay level all the way down. Set a moderate Release using the image above as your guide.
Your pluck synth should sound something like this:
Step 5 – Route Macro control 1 to your Decay level. Set the range to the max.
This will allow you to morph between a traditional pluck sound and a trance-like pad sound on the fly. You could even take it a step further and route that Macro control to the Mod Wheel on your MIDI keyboard.
This is a great way to give your sound more character.
Listen to the way it affects my synth:
Step 6 – Fatten it up.
Scroll up to your effects section and choose a Chorus for FX 1. Throw a Dimension Expander on FX 2. Moderate settings normally work well.
Step 7 – Polish it off with some Reverb and Delay.
Some tasty Reverb on the mid range frequencies will give your pluck that “larger than life” feel. I chose Ableton’s Ping Pong Delay to give my sound some movement and depth.
Don’t be afraid to try other effects like a Phaser or Flanger. They can yield some interesting results too. We hope you found this tutorial helpful. Be sure check in regularly for updates, new tutorials, and more – courtesy of Samplepacks.ca.