How to use Massive’s Stepper

October 18, 2012

Massive Fundamentals

Massive has plenty of powerful tools for sound design and synthesis.  If you’re not familiar with the Stepper, then you will undoubtedly want to be.  The Stepper can be used to modulate any parameter within Massive, but today we’ll use it to construct a vintage gaming melody.

Take a listen to the sound we’ll create:

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Getting Started…

Step 1 – Set up your Oscillator.

All we need is Osc 1.  Choose Multiplex.  If you play around with the Wt-Position, you’ll notice that it modifies the pitch of the sound.  Therefore, we can use the Stepper to modulate the Wt-Position to create a melodic riff.

Step 2 – Tweak your Amp Envelope.

Shortening your Attack and maxing out your Decay Level will do the trick.

Step 3 – Setting up your Stepper.

Start by routing your Stepper to the Wt-Position of your oscillator.  Set your Rate to 1/8th.  Activate your Position and Sync controls.

Step 4 – Create your melody.

You can copy these settings, but we recommend you create your own sequence to really get a feel for how the Stepper works.  In this case the higher a step is, the higher the Wt-Position of that step is.  The lower the step, the lower the Wt-Position of that step is.

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Summary

Try using the Stepper to modulate other parameters like filter cutoffs and envelope controls.   Effects like Flanger and Phaser can make this synth sound much more interesting, so don’t forget to incorporate some effects.

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One Response to “How to use Massive’s Stepper”

  1. haui Says:

    Hello, very nice tip. But you definitely have tweaked your sound more then you showed 🙂

    May I ask for the Massive preset and the midi piano roll? I am stuck figuring it out.

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