Posts tagged with Synthwave

Here you can find a listing of all posts with the tag Synthwave on my page.

Synthwave - Building a Retro-Inspired Bitwig Track

Feb 07, 2024 Tutorial
In this video, I start off by creating a synthwave-style drum pattern using traditional 707 sounds. I then create chords using a synth plugin, layering them to create a retro 80s sound. Next, I add a bassline and a simple top line melody to complete the arrangement. Finally, I add vocals, strings, and additional piano elements to enhance the track, creating a full synthwave composition.

Building a Techno Melodic Track from Scratch in Bitwig Studio

Aug 04, 2023 Tutorial
In this video, I start with a completely empty project in Bitwig Studio and build a track from scratch. I start by creating a loop with a melodic kick drum using a Grid patch. I then add variation to the pattern by using a note delay effect. Next, I add hi-hats and claps using the E-Hat device and XO plugin. I create a drone sound using PianoTek and Supermassive, and then add melodic lines using the Polymer synth and a note grid step sequencer. I also use various modulators to add movement and variation to the melodic lines. Finally, I create a bassline using the Polymer synth and apply sidechain compression to the bass and the entire music bus.

How to Create a Hypersaw in Bitwig Studio without Unison Oscillators

May 22, 2023 Tutorial
In this video, I showed how to create a hypersaw sound in Bitwig Studio without using an oscillator with a unison feature. I used the polymer synthesizer and modulated the pitch and panning using the random mod. I also used voice stacking to create a dense sawtooth sound. To create the typical ray fleets, I modulated the note with the root, seventh, fifth, and two octaves lower. I also demonstrated the use of other oscillators like the wave table and the swarm oscillator to change up the sound. Multiple notes are necessary to achieve the desired effect. Overall, this is a simple and easy way to create a hypersaw sound.

Creating a Synthwave Track with C-Ludian Chords and Glitch Drums

Mar 22, 2022 Tutorial
In this video, I created a music track using a synth, a reverb, a delay, a key filter, a note rap device, a quad track, an arpeggiator, a chorus device, a quad bass, a portal, percussion and drums, a lead sound, modulation and automation, and a half time. I randomly modulated the sounds and added some distortion, reverb, and a transient shaper to bring out the spaces. I then layered some triggers and hi-hats to create a nice combination. Lastly, I used a filter and a phaser to give it a final touch.

Creating Generative Music in Bitwig Studio

Dec 22, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I started with an empty project in Bitwix Studio and used a random module to generate pitch and gate information. I dialed the speed to 85 BPM, and used an attenuator to limit the pitch, followed by a quantizer to bring it to a scale. I then used a clock to sync the pitch and rhythm and added a delay modulator. I then added an oscillator and a noise source to create a drone and used an LFO to add sequencing. Finally, I added some drums, a clap, and a piano sound to give the generative track some meaning.

Creating Unique Chord Progressions with NoteFX in Bitwig Studio

Dec 20, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I showed some ways to create court versions with the NoteFX devices of Bitwig Studio. I demonstrated how to use the diatonic transpose to bring chords to a certain scale, and how to use the octave wrapper to move notes within an octave range. I also showed how to use the multi note to create chords with different amounts of modulation and how to mix major and minor chords together. Finally, I showed how to use a macro knob to create inversions with one knob.

Ambient Tools - Three New Ambient Music Presets To Create Unique Soundscapes

Aug 19, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I have created three new presets for my patrons, which can be found on my Patreon page for the five dollar tier. I call these presets "Ambient Tools" and they are designed to help create interesting rhythms, percussion and glitch effects quickly and easily. I have demonstrated how to use each of the presets, as well as some of the customization options available. I hope you enjoy using these presets and thank you for supporting me!

Using Polyphony Mode in Bitwig Studio to Create Complex Patches

Jun 23, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I discuss how to use Bitwig Studio and the Grid to utilize polyphony mode. This allows you to build a patch, and then create multiple instances of this patch by using multiple voices. I show how to use the envelope modulator to keep the voices alive and how to use the pitch input to tweak the voices differently. I also discuss how to use the volume knob, the loop mode, the phase input, and the reverse switch to achieve the desired effect. Finally, I explain how to use the Replacer to create a self-playing patch without notes.

Making Music with Pythic Studio Generators

May 18, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I take you through a journey of creating a 16-bar loop with the tools I showed in the last videos. I use a Euclidean rhythm generator, clap samples, hi hats, a Phase 1 synth, and a Polymer synth to create a nice beat. Then I use a Melody Generator and a Polysynth to create the melody. I also show you how to modulate the instruments and create transitions, as well as how to make a filter sweep. In the end, I have created a nice 8-bar loop and I hope that this video has been inspiring and educational.

Creating Music from a Drum Loop with Audio Effects

Mar 16, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I showed some of the tricks I used to create a song out of just a drum loop. I used a resonator bank with a step sequencer and an audio side chain to extract the gate signal from the drum loop. I also used a pitch shifter, distortion, peak limiter, reverb, delay and a halftime plugin to shape the sound. I also used a quantizer, a comp filter and the harmonic series to add some extra elements. Finally, I used a limiter for quick mastering. I hope this video gives you some ideas or inspiration to try out in your own environment.

Playing the Piano with a Quantized Input in Bitwig Studio

Feb 18, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I showed how to use Bitvic Studio to play the piano like a pro. I demonstrated how to set up the instrument tracks and use the quantized input preset to synchronize the MIDI input with a 16th grid. I also showed how to record the quantized input so you can create interesting rhythms and melody lines. Lastly, I mentioned that this setup only works for monophonic MIDI input.

Creating Deterministic Melodies Using the Polygrid Sign Mode

Feb 01, 2021 Tutorial
In this video, I demonstrated how to create deterministic melodies with the sign mode in the Polygrid. It starts with setting up a face input to get a steady signal. I then used a sign mode to transform the signal, followed by an oscillator and amplifier to produce sound. I also used a pitch scalar, pitch quantizer and sample and hold to create a pitch signal that is within an audible range. I then used a clock quantizer to synchronize the signal to the transport, and a trigger module to create a static pulse. Finally, I showed how to use random modulators to create evolving patterns and an average module to even out the signal.

Exploring Modular Synthesis with Bitwig Studio

Jan 20, 2021 Tutorial
I tried out the sign mod in Bitwig, which is a modular approach to making music. It is possible to use the grid for traditional music production, but the grid is where most of the modular magic happens. I experimented with the sign mod to create a melody, and I used the modulation capabilities to add some variations. I also experimented with using a wave table to shape the sound, as well as using an AD loop and random modulators. I concluded that the grid is a lot of fun to play with, and that the team behind Bitwig needs some time to focus on certain sections of the application in order to make it more feature-rich.

Fade Between Different Audio Effects and Instruments in BitwigStudio

Dec 07, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I showed how to use BitwigStudio's new FX Fader and Instrument Fader container devices to combine multiple instruments, audio FX and VSTs. I demonstrated how to use the modulator curves to create smooth transitions between layers and how to use the devices to add different effects to a hip hop loop and a synth patch. I also highlighted how to use the FX Fader to add random preset layers to a polygrid. Finally, I encouraged viewers to download the free presets and leave comments with any questions.

Berlin Explorer - Exploring the Sounds of Berlin with SNM Modular Presets

Oct 29, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I showcase my three new presets - Berlin City, Berlin Verb and Berlin Tape - that I created for my five bug subscribers on YouTube and Patreon. I sampled noises from the streets of Berlin to analyze certain things, and I used a special method to create random multiple values in the grid with chapicef modules. I also mapped some MPE sensors to some knobs so you can use your MPE devices for this preset. With the remote controls and the snob, you can change the noise texture, the timing, the envelope, the stereo width, the pitch drift and the reverb. Berlin Tape is a tape emulation that you can bring in a lot of dirt and change the speed of the noise sample. I hope this video was helpful and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Bitwig Tips & Tricks: Part 4 - Saving Money, Circumventing Bugs, & Making Old Synths New Again

Sep 10, 2020 Tutorial
In this video, I showed how to use the Phase 4 synthesizer in Bitwig Studio to modulate the oscillator type with an LFO or an audio-rate signal from a different track. I also showed how to circumvent a bug that can occur when using VST instruments like FM8 or Massive, which blocks the note information from the note clip. I also shared a workflow tip for using multiple clips to easily make small changes to the pattern, and how to use odd divisions on the piano roll to create interesting grooves. Finally, I talked about how to use Bitwig modulators to control parameters in VST instruments that have a small, non-resizable interface.

Bitwig Studio Grid Tutorial: Exploring Generative Patches

Jul 20, 2020 Tutorial
In this video I explained the basics of the grid system in Bitwig Studio, exploring the pre-cords, pitch in/out modules, ADSR, oscilloscope and how to create a generative patch within the grid. I explored how to modify the pitch signal and how to trigger the ADSR envelope with a gate input. I also discussed how to use the pitch quantizer and the gates module to create a self-playing system and how to use random modulators and transpose modules to add more dynamics.

Recreating the Stranger Things Theme in Bitwig Studio: Prolavity Things

Jul 13, 2019 Tutorial
In this video, I recreated the Stranger Things theme using Bitwig Studio. I also collaborated with a friend to recreate the intro, resulting in Prolavity Things'. All the tracks in the project were created using Bitwig only, including an E-kick, polyscent, and a sampler with my voice. I also showcased the Bitwig 3.0 tape machine preset that I made for the master track. The project does not use any dynamic processors, only a peak limiter at the end. I recorded my voice for some portions of the track. I provided the project download link in the description. Additionally, I mentioned the Bitwig Outrun Challenge for creating and sharing Retro Wave or Synthwave presets. The challenge is for fun and there are no prizes involved. Thanks for watching and see you in the next video.

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