Sample-Tracking Synthesis With Form
We get you started with Form, Native Instruments’ latest synth…
The latest virtual instrument to emerge from the Native Instruments camp (as part of the new Komplete 11 bundle), Form is a Reaktor-based synth that wholeheartedly encourages you to load in your own samples as oscillators and “twist and turn them into completely different sounds” as it tracks their pitch.
Form’s main window houses an inviting ‘drag & drop sample’ dialogue box. Do just that, and Form analyses the file for resynthesis. In addition to pitch-tracking, additive synthesis capabilities and effects, you can layer up to 12 different variations and switch between them via its Perform section.
Over the next three steps, we’ll give you a quick taste of Form’s basic features, using a female vocal sample as our chosen oscillator.
After dragging a sample into Form’s main window, we’re asked to choose a chunk of the sample for resynthesis – up to 30 seconds of a sample can be selected, but our vocal is only three seconds long, so we simply hit Load Sample. Form now analyses the audio.
Next we’re presented with Form’s main windows. After selecting a jagged, rhythmic Motion Curve from the Curve Presets menu, we head into the Curve Editor menu and alter the playback speed, playback direction and sections played over time, creating a stuttering vocal ‘riff’.
We head back to the Main>Osc FX section to further shape the sound: Shaper gives a formant reduction-style effect, FM uses the internal additive oscillator to frequency modulate the vocal, and Multiply adds new harmonics. We add delay and reverb via the Effects section.