Wavetable syn­the­sis in Serum

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A tech­nique pop­u­larised by the PPG Wave, and more re­cently by Na­tive In­stru­ments Mas­sive and now Serum, wavetable syn­the­sis is an ex­pres­sive method of sound gen­er­a­tion for cre­at­ing com­plex, mor­ph­ing tim­bres with min­i­mal ef­fort – think mor­ph­ing ‘growl' basses, shim­mer­ing pads and an­i­mated FX.

A Serum wavetable os­cil­la­tor is com­prised of up to 256 sin­gle­cy­cle wave­forms, called frames (or ‘sub­ta­bles'), strung to­gether in a se­quence. Play­ing back a sin­gle frame will out­put a static os­cil­la­tor tone, much like a reg­u­lar sub­trac­tive os­cil­la­tor; but mov­ing or mod­u­lat­ing the play­back po­si­tion within the wavetable will scan through the var­i­ous frames. In Serum's case, scan­ning through this col­lec­tion of waves is as sim­ple as mov­ing or mod­u­lat­ing the WT Po­si­tion pa­ram­e­ter by hook­ing it up to a macro, en­ve­lope or LFO.

Although both of its main os­cil­la­tors come packed with hun­dreds of pre­set waveta­bles to keep you oc­cu­pied, Serum also gives you the abil­ity to edit these on a per-cy­cle ba­sis – and even cre­ate your own waveta­bles from scratch – via the Wavetable Ed­i­tor, ac­cessed by click­ing the top-right pen­cil icon in Osc A or B's wave­form dis­play.

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