Build­ing the synth stab

Computer Music - - Make Music Now / Producer Masterclass -

The stab sound in the drop is made up of nu­mer­ous synths and sam­plers stacked up. “For strings in this one, I’ve used the Solo Strings from the Kon­takt Fac­tory Li­brary,” says Alex. “Sim­ple strings that add a bit more nat­u­ral feel to it – a more poppy feel. An­other main sound is this saw, again from Kon­takt, Vin­tage Ana­log Ma­chines – ‘Straight Pad’ I started with. I haven’t changed a lot with it – it’s just saw waves. I’ve changed the ADSR to ride into it a bit, so it’s not harsh. I’ve done that with the pluck too. I like the way it sits with the kick. Hav­ing that at­tack on all the synths is like a bit of sidechain com­pres­sion. I wanted the kick to pierce through, not re­ally stabby [synths] – a more chilled-out vibe.”

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