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Boards of Canada Pads on NI Massive

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A cool technique that a lot of people miss when sculpting sounds is the idea of an envelope modulating itself. I’ll explain that in a minute. But this a feature that I learned of by designing sounds on the Prophet 08 by Dave Smith Instruments. The idea is that you can make for instance a filter envelope modulate it’s decay, attack, or anything you can think of that’s available. [Read more]

Snare Design on NI Massive

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In this video I’ll be discussing how to create a snare drum from scratch by using Native Instruments’ Massive. I took some notes of my settings and you can check those out below in case it’s helpful to read them after you watch the video. Enjoy! [Read more]

How to Make a Trap Kick Drum

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In this tutorial I'll be showing you how to design a kick drum from scratch using Native Instrument's Massive. The style we'll be working on is Trap. I find it very hard to work with samples in order to get just the right sound for the tune I'm working on. I prefer making sounds from scratch whenever possible. The key to making a good Trap kick is to use a Sine Wave and play with both the amp and pitch envelopes. As you'll see in the video below, this is a very simple approach that will save you a ton of time when coming up with sounds for your beats. Enjoy and leave a comment below. Also please subscribe to this blog and you'll get more posts like this! [Read more]

Build Custom, Powerful, and Punchy Kick Drums with Native Instrument’s Massive.

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Searching for samples can take a very long time. And often you might feel the urge to settle for a sound that might not be the best for your song. This is why it’s beneficial to learn how to create your own drum sounds and Massive by Native Instruments is an excellent choice for this. In the tutorial below I explain how to get a very powerful kick drum sound, the type you might use on a Dubstep track. I’ve made a list of the steps necessary to get this sound below, however I recommend you watch the video for a better grasp. Enjoy! [Read more]