MATRIXSYNTH: Metallic sounds on subtractive synths (Yamaha EX5)

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Metallic sounds on subtractive synths (Yamaha EX5)

video by Floyd Steinberg

"I got some comments and mails recently asking how to create metallic sounds. As I've already done a video on how to do that on an FM synth, here's an attempt at doing something similar on a subtractive synth. Table of contents below. If you want to know more on this subject, please read​ and it's follow-ups. The more oscillators and filter types your synth can throw at you, the better the result!

00:00​ hello
01:16​ oscillator setup (square waves)
01:47​ tuning oscillators
02:34​ applying high pass filters
04:16​ applying band pass filters
06:27​ amp envelopes for higher frequency oscillators
08:10​ amp envelopes for lower frequency oscillators
09:24​ resulting sound 1
09:50​ adjusting the overall sound by adjusting the volume of the oscillators
10:50​ combining two patches to create a metallic sounding pad
11:35​ resulting sound 2
12:09​ bye-bye"

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