I get a lot of questions about what synth plugin people should buy.
I often don’t have the heart to tell them that they shouldn’t buy any at all.
It is very easy to make a simple synthesizer in Ableton, using only the built-in instruments and any old sound you can find. And in this tutorial, I’ll show you how exactly how to do it!
First drag an empty Simpler into a brand-new MIDI track.
Then, load up any sound you can find, literally any one! I myself used a sample of a stream burbling, but go ahead and be creative.
Next, isolate one or two waveforms of the sound. Just zoom in and keep on zoomin! Try to set the start and end points of the sample where the waveform crosses the horizontal line.
Now, enable the “loop” function on the Simpler. You do this by clicking the little rectangular button that says, you got it, Loop.
Now you should have a basic synthesizer. Using the envelope functions of the Simpler, you cah affect the attack and release of your shiny new synthesizer. We’ll use this as the basis for an instrument rack in a coming tutorial, so make sure to save it!
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