Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic layout and signal flow, part of MASSIVE: Digital Synthesis.
- I've substantiated MASSIVE here in an instrument track in Logic, and I just want to talk about the general signal flow to get started. Now MASSIVE has three main sections. We've got the Oscillators on the left, The Filter in the middle, and the Amplifier and Master section, along with some effects, on the right hand side. Signal generally flow from left to right in MASSIVE, however, there are a lot of other singals that are going to get injected into things in various parts of the synthesizer. Whether those are control signals, or effects, different types of filter, or noise, or audio signal routing.
Now, on the left hand side we have the oscillators and when we get started, MASSIVE is just gonna open with just one oscillator turned up. You're gonna see that all three of the oscillators are actually activated, you can tell that from the little baby blue light that's up on the left hand side. And we can actually turn modules on and off by clicking on those lights. But at the moment, we're only hearing one oscillator. And that's because the amplitude, on that particular oscillator, oscillator one, is turned up. So I'm gonna go ahead and hit my keyboard (key sounds) and we can hear that we're hearing this oscillator effect.
Right now these filters are not changing our signal because we don't have any sort of filter mode loaded in. So we have these drop down menus up top on both of the filter modules. Right now they say none. If they say none that means the filters don't have an actual filter loaded into the module. However, if we click on that drop down menu we can see all of our different options. Once we're out of the Filter section here, we have some effects. As you can see, with effects one and two we actually don't have any actual effects loaded into there, so those aren't affecting the sound at this point either. Just going through our master volume knob, which is on the right hand side, I can turn this up and down, and it's just important that you have your overall sound at a nice level for working with for your production, so that you're not overloading any of the meters or overcompensating anywhere else briging the gain up.
So as I hit the key (key sounds) and if I play a chord (key sounds) you can see that I'm not red lining or overloading anything or distorting or coming in very, very low so I have to turn my volume way up. It's at a nice level, that's pretty much all we use the master volume for here.
- Envelope setting, routing, and looping
- Working with oscillators and wavetables
- Inserting effects like distortion and feedback
- Controlling incoming MIDI
- Automating macros