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Using the Malström Graintable synth

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Video: Using the Malström Graintable synth

The Malstrom synthesizer is an amazing implementation of Graintable synthesis. It basically combines wavetable synthesis and granular synthesis into one unit. Spectral shaping, wavetable sweeps, and waveform stretching are all standard sound-generation techniques in this synthesizer. It also utilizes Comb filtering, which gives a very cool sound to this instrument. Let me show you some sounds. Let's instantiate the instrument by right-clicking in the blank area, going to Instruments, and selecting Malstrom Graintable Synthesizer.

Using the Malström Graintable synth

The Malstrom synthesizer is an amazing implementation of Graintable synthesis. It basically combines wavetable synthesis and granular synthesis into one unit. Spectral shaping, wavetable sweeps, and waveform stretching are all standard sound-generation techniques in this synthesizer. It also utilizes Comb filtering, which gives a very cool sound to this instrument. Let me show you some sounds. Let's instantiate the instrument by right-clicking in the blank area, going to Instruments, and selecting Malstrom Graintable Synthesizer.

Again, it loads with the default patch, called Vesper, and we'll change that to more of a rhythmic sound, called EbberTone. (music playing) Now you can hear that it's arpeggiating, or bouncing, automatically. I'm just pressing one or two keys and Malstrom is doing the rest. It follows tempo, so if I bring the tempo up, (music playing) it will follow right along. (music playing) Of course, hitting Undo brings us right back to our original tempo.

Next, I want to bring up a patch called Cygnus. (music playing) This is a very interesting sound based on additive synthesis. It's a really cool sound. Now let's move to some pads. Let's load up AiryAddictivePad.

(music playing) Tangerine Strings are one of my favorite pads. (music playing) Comb filtering is a big part of that patch.

Let's move to some bass patches. Carnivorous Bass. (music playing) If you're into dubstep, there you go. (music playing) And you can see my mod wheel moving as I play. CHiPs is one of my favorite lead sounds, and it's found under MonoSynths.

(music playing) One last sound called Colours Lead. (music playing) Now I'll play a little arpeggiated pattern here. (music playing) So that's a basic overview of Malstrom.

If you want to have quirky sounds or kind of an attitude to your song, it's a wonderful instrument to bring up in that case.

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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
    2. Using the exercise files
      58s
  2. 8m 39s
    1. Installing Reason and authorizing your ignition key
      1m 47s
    2. Investigating the Reason folder
      2m 1s
    3. Setting preferences and settings for controllers and audio
      4m 51s
  3. 22m 8s
    1. Making music with Dr. Octo Rex
      5m 8s
    2. Creating additional Dr. Octo Rex tracks and instrument tracks
      3m 53s
    3. Finishing your first beat
      3m 33s
    4. Creating audio tracks for vocals or instruments
      5m 43s
    5. Expanding the vocal possibilities with Neptune
      3m 51s
  4. 18m 7s
    1. Using the ReDrum drum module
      5m 11s
    2. Adding Auto Combinators
      6m 9s
    3. Utilizing multi-loops in Dr. Octo Rex
      6m 47s
  5. 10m 56s
    1. Trying and buying Rack Extensions
      2m 53s
    2. Using Rack Extensions
      8m 3s
  6. 11m 38s
    1. Creating guitar sounds with the Line 6 devices
      6m 10s
    2. Creating bass sounds with the Line 6 devices
      2m 2s
    3. Printing guitar and bass tracks with final amp settings
      3m 26s
  7. 48m 51s
    1. Using the SubTractor analog synth
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Malström Graintable synth
      3m 49s
    3. Using the Thor polyphonic synth
      4m 39s
    4. Using the ID8 Instrument Device
      3m 24s
    5. Using the NN-19 digital sampler
      3m 42s
    6. Using the NN-XT advanced sampler
      7m 8s
    7. Utilizing the Kong Drum Designer
      7m 49s
    8. Utilizing the Combinator
      4m 31s
    9. Utilizing a synth or sampler without a MIDI keyboard
      3m 52s
    10. Using third-party ReFills
      5m 43s
  8. 13m 57s
    1. Putting reverb on vocal tracks
      6m 12s
    2. Adding effects to other tracks
      3m 23s
    3. Utilizing cool effects via the master section
      4m 22s
  9. 28m 59s
    1. Understanding the layout of the sequencer
      8m 6s
    2. Utilizing Blocks mode
      9m 40s
    3. Using the ReGroove Mixer
      5m 17s
    4. Editing MIDI performance data
      3m 13s
    5. Editing audio tracks
      2m 43s
  10. 51s
    1. What's next?
      51s

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