Dubstep Formant Lead

 

Unless you have been living under the rock for the last couple of years, you probably have heard dubstep, whether you were aware of it or not. This genre needs no introduction for many people, however, for those who would like to know a bit more of its origins let’s say that it draws it roots from 90`s UK Garage, Drum & Bass, Jungle and of course Dub. Now days it has evolved into something completely unique in terms of sound design as well as music production. First of all, it is known for its heavy beats with special accent on the snare drums and screaming synth and bass leads with the tempo set usually at 140 BPM. In the next tutorial I will try to demonstrate how to make one of the most common sounds heard in this kind of music. So let’s get started!

 

Let’s start oscillating!

 

Firstly, let`s add a new instance of Massive by Native Instruments on the newly made MIDI channel in Lumit. Additionally, I’ll start with clean initial preset and move to the first oscillator section. Here I will chose a basic Square waveform and decrease the pitch of the oscillator by few octaves. Next, from the mode menu I will select “Formant“ mode. With the oscillator parameters set like this, we got a high pitched sound.

 

oscilator-1

 

~Oscillator 1 with Formant mode

 

In addition, I will add a second oscillator, with lets say F-Saw waveform also pitched down by a few octaves in order to get some low end.

 

oscilator-2

 

~Oscillator 1 & 2

 

Now, to get closer to that screaming type of lead let`s add a filter in Scream mode. With Cutoff parameter set all the way to the right, Scream parameter on 12 o’clock, and Resonance all the way to the right as well.

 

filter-section

 

~Oscillator 1 & 2 with Filter in scream mode

 

Screaming Formant

 

In order to make things more interesting, let’s modulate the Intensity knob of the two oscillators by using LFO performer found in the middle section of Massive. As you can see below, I made a short sequence in the performer section. After that, I just dragged and dropped the cursor icon to the intensity knob in the oscillators section. Furthermore, we could add a Dimension expander as an effect in order to get a wider stereo sound. Let’s hear now how everything sounds with some previously made rhythm.

 

Formant Synth

 

~Final Lead with Rhythm

 

Download the patch here.