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.

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