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I am a 17 year old who plays piano everyday. (And make music at night of course!!)
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I thought I'd do some things on the Zebra Synth as I have been loving it from the past few months...
I might start on a sound design series for YouTube on creating Hybrid/Cinematic type rhythm/patches with Zebra and also from a recorded sample. Similar to those sounds I am making in my upcoming Kontakt library "Section B"...
Well! this is going to be an extremely short and VERY easy tutorial...
So let's get started:
Open Zebra, go to your Synthesis and make sure you are clear from Filters, Osc's and etc...
- Insert OSC 1 and click on "OSC 1" down the bottom as shown in this picture (RED):
- Now, we are going to use a Square waveform for this patch.. Just follow along so you don't get confused.
Let's now do a couple of tweaking...
On our right we have "Normalize"... Tweak that up all the way for now...
Now, let's edit the Oscillator and add some detail to our sound...
What we are going to do:
- Set the Unison to Dual
- Detune the waves by a slight amount (by -3.00)
- Turn on Phase reset (So the unison waves are triggered every time you press a key) Helps with plucks!
- Turn the volume for OSC 1 all the way down (Stupid right? No... Wait...)
(Excuse my photo description, I'll spend more time and not use paint.. I'll use PS instead... xD)
- Add Env2 (Envelope 2) to control the OSC 1 Volume
You may ask, why don't you just use Env1 (Envelope 1) ?
Well, be default Env1 controls the vibrato. If we are not using Vibrato in our instrument patch then we can use it, but I like to make sure and be safe and just use Env2. It won't hurt to do so!
- Turn up the Env2 up full (100)
Edit the Envelope 2 parameters:
Attack = 8.00
Decay = 24.00
Sustain = 0.00
Release = Doesn't matter if there is no sustain... Mines on 20...
What we have done:
Attack - Our attack on 8 is basically to avoid any click sounds when pressing down a note, but also not too much of an attack to fade in the note itself.
Decay - It will take a short amount of time to hit the volume it needs to hold at
Sustain - NO sustain, therefore we will get a quick strike, more of a pluck.. But we still need to edit it.
Release... Well.... As the sustain level is set the 0, the release doesn't have to be taken into account.
- Add a filter (VCF1)
- Set it to : LP Allaround
- Edit the Cutoff
Now we will edit the cutoff to what we like (well what I like, but just follow along, or play around for yourself)
Cutoff : 85.00
Ok, a bit quite.... But I think this would do for our editing with the sound...
Now let's head to the Global section as shown:
We will now focus on around this area:
We are going to add in the first colum:
NOTE: It does make a different if you add Reverb after delay, the best results is adding it before the delay.
- Compressor (Optional)
- Reverb (Optional, but I'd advise to!)
- Delay (Opitional)
EQ settings: (Enhance the higher frequeinces for the more pluckish sound, I seem to like plucks like this)
Reverb: (I just like adding reverb to my plucks!)
Delay: (Some awesome sounds is to mix, 1/4 - 1/8 or 1/16 with either 1/4 Dotted, 1/8 Dotted or 1/16 Dotted. What I like personally...)
Here is the download to the patch itself: (Zebra 2.5 Required)
This is an extremely easy tutorial and very easy to follow along, I am planning on making some extremely advance tutorials on exploring Zebra and making different patches like Percussion, Pads, Rhythmic patches, Lead Synths and weird random FX!
If you have any request, please feel free to ask me or PM me.... I'll help out as much as I can.
P.S. Sorry for all the pictures, I was explaining this tutorial as I would to someone who has never had any experience with Zebra so I made sure I was simple on which buttons to click, etc...