Steve Duda

Serum’s creator gives us in­sider tips on mak­ing the world’s hottest synth even more po­tent

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“Be­cause there are a wealth of good tips and re­sources out there, I’m go­ing to list some of Serum’s lesser-known fea­tures here. These may re­quire the lat­est ver­sion of Serum, so be sure to up­date your copy in the Your Ac­count sec­tion on

xfer­records.com if you haven’t done so in a while.”

QUICKLY SET MOD­U­LA­TION DEPTH

“Alt-drag is a fast way to set the mod depth on a con­trol or knob. By do­ing it this way, you don’t need to po­si­tion the mouse ex­actly on top of the mod-depth ‘mini arc’ that ap­pears in the top-left of a knob when a mod source is as­signed.”

COPY MOD SET­TINGS BE­TWEEN MOD­ULES

“Alt-drag be­tween the mod source tiles (for ex­am­ple, the LFO 1 tile) to copy one lot of en­ve­lope set­tings to an­other, or one lot of LFO set­tings to an­other.”

CLICK AND LEAVE TO PRO­GRAM

“If you need to a sus­tained note to get your patches rolling, you can Shift-Alt-click on the pi­ano key­board.”

MOD­IFY LFO SIG­NALS IN A TICK

“Shift-Alt-Click on a knob with an ac­tive as­signed mod­u­la­tor to tog­gle the mod­u­la­tion be­tween Uni­di­rec­tional and Bidi­rec­tional. You can make this as­sign­ment in the Ma­trix as well, but this hotkey is quicker and eas­ier once you learn it!”

MU­SI­CAL MOD­U­LA­TION

“You can set a mod depth range to a cer­tain amount of semi­tones – for ex­am­ple, to make an LFO cover ex­actly an oc­tave when it’s mod­u­lat­ing pitch.

“Set your LFO as the source, and set its des­ti­na­tion to Global » Mast.Tun. Now on the Amount slider, dou­ble-click and a text en­try should ap­pear (if not, you may need to en­able it in Pref­er­ences in the Global tab).

“If you type a num­ber fol­lowed by ‘st’ (semi­tones), eg 12st, Serum will in­ter­pret the value and covert it to the ap­pro­pri­ate per­cent­age.”

GET AN EX­TRA DOSE

“There are a ton of Serum tu­to­ri­als and re­sources out there. If you’re new to Serum I rec­om­mend the videos I put to­gether with Icon Col­lec­tive ( goo.gl/oGjYT4) as they serve as a pretty good over­view and are free!”

BASS IS ACE

“One-shot bass sam­ples can make for great wavetable source ma­te­rial. If you have one-shot bass sounds on your hard disk, try us­ing these to cre­ate waveta­bles. To do this, drag to the third op­tion down which ap­pears when you im­port the WAV file on top of the os­cil­la­tor ( Im­port: Con­stant Frame­size)…”

SERUM AS A SAM­PLER

“…Us­ing the same method as above with any sam­ple, you can an­i­mate the WT Po­si­tion to hear the im­ported sound back in its en­tirety. My favourite way to do this is to drag LFO1 (or an­other mod source tile) to mod­u­late the Os­cil­la­tor’s WT Pos knob, and set LFO1 mode to Env.

“Next, drag the top-cen­ter point of the LFO shape all the way to the top-right to make an up­wards saw. The LFO1 Rate knob will of course now de­ter­mine your ‘play­back speed’ for the os­cil­la­tor’s WT Pos knob.”

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