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2. Ul­tra-rapid riser de­sign us­ing NI Mas­sive’s macros

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1 Here’s an easy trick for cre­at­ing cus­tom ris­ers in no time. Load House.wav in a 127bpm project. Now load a synth with as­sign­a­ble macros – we’re us­ing NI Mas­sive – and draw a sus­tained MIDI note (C3) for the du­ra­tion re­quired ( 7.5 bars here). Au­to­mate Macro 1 to go from min­i­mum to max­i­mum dur­ing the build-up – add a ‘drop’ to­wards the end if needed. 2 Now sim­ply as­sign pa­ram­e­ters to Macro 1 to au­to­mate them all through the build. To make a ba­sic evolv­ing noise ef­fect, dis­able the Os­cil­la­tors (click the blue dot in their up­per-left), make sure Noise’s Amp is turned up, then set Color to 40%. To hook it up, drag Macro Con­trol 1’s mo­du­la­tion crosshair onto the lower-left box of Color, then drag the or­ange 1 to set the depth. 3 Carry on as­sign­ing pa­ram­e­ters to cre­ate an elab­o­rate riser. Os­cil­la­tor pitch, fil­ter cut­offs, ef­fects pa­ram­e­ters and LFO rates all make great tar­gets. The beauty of this tech­nique is that you can save the pre­set for re­use, ad­just­ing the au­to­ma­tion shape and length as re­quired – a de­scend­ing au­to­ma­tion curve will cre­ate an in­stant down­faller ef­fect in­stead.

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