In this second season, Wayfarer explores more synthesis fundamentals in VCV Rack and Reason
Wayfarer Forges Sound S02E01 – VCV Rack the Virtual Eurorrack Modeling Software
This second season of Wayfarer Forges Sound begins with an overview on Eurorack modular synthesis utilizing the virtual Eurorack modeling software, VCV Rack. VCV Rack is a free download and provides so many modules for free that one can build all sorts of synthesizers and integrated machines. This video gives an overview on how to use the MIDI input modules, the VCO, the LFO, the VCF, ADSR, and audio output. This is a great first step for learning VCV Rack as well as analog modular synthesis.
Wayfarer Forges Sound S02E02 – Using a Step Sequencer to Control Synthesizers
In this episode, we will use the free Eurorack modeling software, VCV Rack to learn about step sequencers and how they can be used to control all sorts of parameters and effects in synthesis. This episode also demonstrates a lot of the common ways step sequencers are used to control sound effects that are frequently used in modular analog synthesis.
Wayfarer Forges Sound S02E03 – Recording Beat Box Percussion Samples
Wayfarer gets into recording drum samples the old fashioned way, using the voice. In this episode we will see how to make voice drum samples and use processing techniques to make them sound better and work as drum samples. This episode uses both Audacity and Audition to make the samples. Of course, this knowledge can be applied to whatever audio editing software or DAW you want to use.
Wayfarer Forges Sound S02E04 – Using a Drum Sample Sequencer Like ReDrum
In this episode, we take the drum samples that we made in the previous episode and use them in a drum pattern player that has a step sequencer. While many drum sequencers are very similar, we are going to use ReDrum from Reason because it resembles many of the drum machines and step sequencers fromt he analog world and has a GUI that is similar tot he design of other similar instruments. Reason has a free 30 day trial in case you would like to try it out.
Wayfarer Forges Sound S02E05 – Pitched Instrument Sampling in Reason witht he NN-XT Advanced Sampler
In this episode, Wayfarer shows how to approach sampling pitched instruments. He demonstrates this by sampling a wood pipe pan flute and assigning the samples to zones in the NN-XT Advanced Sampler in Reason.
Wayfarer Forges Sound S02E06 – Learning subtractive Synthesis with SubTractor
Subtractive synthesis is probably the most common approach to synthesis and is used by many virtual instrument plugins and hardware synthesizers alike. This video teaches you the basic of subtractive synthesis using SubTractor from Reason. It is a great synthesizer to learn from, and these concepts can be applied to a vast amount of software and hardware synthesizers. This tutorial is a great way to learn the basics of synthesis.
Wayfarer Forges Sound S02E07 – Using Thor in Reason
Thor is a very powerful synthesizer in Reason that has 3 main VCOs, 2 filter sections, 3 LFOs, an amplitude shaper, delay, chorus, and a step sequencer. The variety of oscillator types and filter types is also quite extensive. In this episode, Wayfarer gives one a tour of Thor and shows how the different modules and sections of the instrument work. This is also a good tutorial for those who want to learn further complexities in synthesizer design.
Wayfarer Forges Sound S02E08 – Making a Robotic Growling Lead Sound
In this episode, Wayfarer uses Thor from Reason to make a robotic growling lead sound. This sound uses three oscillators, a low pass filter, a formant filter, two LFO’s, and two envelopes beside the amplitude envelope. Some delay helps to round off the sound.