Making zaps with NI Massive
- File -> New Sound
- Move the OSC 1 filter balance to F1
- Drag 1Env to OSC1 pitch slot and drag to the maximum level of 64
- Adjust master level to get a strong signal but make sure it doesn’t clip
- Select 1Env (which now controls pitch) and highlight the Trg Zero Reset. This will ensure that the envelope restarts each time it’s triggered. [Red]
- Increase release time to maximum and bring the decay section level down to zero. This will ensure that the pitch naturally resolves to its original tone. [Blue]
- Adjust attack level for how pokey/squeaky you want the zap to be. [Yellow]
- Use the attack and Decay to shape how the zap behaves, for pokey zaps I use no attack and a short decay, for “wow” style zaps a long attack and long decay for example. [Green]
- To get even more creative try different envelope shapes. [Purple]
- Go to FILTER 1 and select the filter type “Bandpass”
- Decrease the Bandwidth to about 9 o’clock. Increasing bandwidth widens the filter band which in turn decreases the effect.
- Drag 5LFO to the cutoff and increase amount by about 50%. This will set the lfo to control the cutoff so when you start performing the zaps will modulate.
- Select 5LFO and shift XFade Curve to the top. [Red]
- Deselect “Restart” and select “Sync”. [Blue] This will make the LFO move in tempo with the tune.
“ If you want a more squiggly uncontrolled sound try using another LFO to automate the rate instead of using Sync. “
- Adjust the ratio for how fast you want the LFO to move, I’ve set it to 3 to 4. [Yellow]
I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Many thanks for reading!
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