Simulation of the human voice was one of the things that synthesizer makers and music producers tried to achieve since the beginning of the synthesizer era. First attempts of synthesizing the human voice were made in Doctor Who episodes with Dalek voices. Later on, we were presented with talk boxes and vocoders in the `80s which opened a whole new palette of possibilities in manipulating the human voice. This created some insanely interesting results. After that, talking synth sounds were present in many different music genres, ranging from Pop to now famous Dubstep. In the next tutorial I will show you how to create a talking synth sound using Massive by Native instruments in just a few easy steps.

 

Getting started

 

So let’s create a new midi channel in Lumit and place Massive by Native Instruments onto it. Once we have an interface of Massive in front of us, the first thing to do would be to select a new sound from “File” in the upper menu. After that lets move to the oscillator section and chose a square based waveform to start with (in this case VA PWM).

 

oscillator

 

Next thing to do would be to set the filter type. Therefore, I will select Low pass 2 type filter with resonance on let’s say 12 o’clock.
Third and the most important step is to engage a Sample & Hold as an insert effect that could be found in the bottom part of Massive`s interface. Dry/Wet parameter is going all the way to right and Pitch somewhere closer to the maximum on the right. Now we are getting closer to the end result.

filter sh-insert-effect

 

It’s all in the tweaking

 

After that l will modulate cutoff with envelope. This can be achieved by dragging and dropping the cursor icon of the envelope 1 section to the cutoff in the upper filter section. In addition, I’ll be tweaking the attack and level parameters of the envelope a bit.

 

envelope-modulation

 

In order to spice it up even more, let’s add a vibrato controlled by the after touch

 

Talking Synth.

 

Finally let’s hear the end result solo and again with some rhythm and bass.

 

~Audio example 1 – Talking Synth sound

 

~Audio example 2 – Talking Synth sound with Rhythm and Bass

 

Feel free to experiment with cutoff, pitch parameter from sample & hold insert effect, as well with all other used parameters in order to get the sound that you like. Have fun!

 

Download the patch here.