Three syn­the­sis tips to spice up a stan­dard Reese

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Rule of thirds

We’ve al­ready es­tab­lished that a Reese is cre­ated by de­tun­ing two iden­ti­cal wave­forms in op­pos­ing di­rec­tions. If your synth al­lows, try mix­ing in a third, higher-pitched wave­form for an ex­tra di­men­sion. Here, we’ve set Serum’s key­tracked Noise os­cil­la­tor to the FP_In­harms » In­harmx 9 wave­form, which adds a high-pitched ‘whis­tle’ into the mix.

Bump it up

A Reese usu­ally has fairly slow at­tack, and lacks ini­tial punch. If you want to cre­ate a more de­fined start for each note, you can al­ways try adding a small pitch ‘bump’ at the start of a note for a kick-like thump. Set up a spare en­ve­lope with fastest at­tack, short de­cay and min­i­mum sus­tain; then use this en­ve­lope to mod­u­late both os­cil­la­tors’ pitch.

Widen your horizon

For a touch of stereo width, try pan­ning your two main os­cil­la­tors in op­pos­ing di­rec­tions. Be care­ful, though – pan­ning them hard-left and hard-right will ruin the cen­tred, de­tuned tim­bre that gives a Reese its sig­na­ture mono so­lid­ity, so only pan them out to around 10L and 10R for some sub­tle stereo flavour.

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