How to Create a huge Pluck Sound in Massive

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:

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Let’s get started…

Step 1 – Set up your Oscillators.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Summary

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.

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