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