Join J Chris Griffin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Thor polyphonic synth, part of Up and Running with Reason 6.5.
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Thor is truly one of the most powerful synthesizers ever developed, by anyone. It has the capability to create sounds using most major forms of synthesis we have available. It does analog modeling terrifically. It has one of the best PPG-style wavetable synthesizers I've ever seen, even better than the original 2.3. It handles FM-style synthesis for Yamaha-DX7-type sounds and it even masters phase modulation synthesis for those obscure late 1980s synthscapes.
It includes a built-in analog-style sequencer and features both popular and obscure filter modules. The true power of Thor is it can mix any type of synthesis with any other within the patch to allow for a super-hybrid synth capable of almost any modeling needed. Since it's a beast with analog sounds, let's start with analog sounds. We'll go to our Patch Browser > Poly Synths, and load up this sound.
(music playing) Really cool! Let's go to another sound called Listening. (music playing) There is your immediate film score right there. Let's move to a sound called Number Five.
(music playing) Let's to move to some basses, and we'll bring up the sound called Wobbly Reese. (music playing) If you're into dubstep, there you go. (music playing) So you can do the whole thing. (music playing) And while we're in basses let's go get another one.
(music playing) Cool! Now for some FM. We'll go back to our root folder, DS8 Mk IV. (music playing) That's one of the sounds everyone was using in the '80s, so Thor brings it right to your palette.
Wavetable and additive synthesis can be found in some of the pads that I've created. I've been working with Propellerhead for almost 10 years and many of my sounds are found in the Factory sound bank. They really reveal the power of all these synthesizers. Now for some wavetable or additive synthesis. This is a favorite pad of mine. (music playing) You can hear, there's a lot of motion to this. (music playing) Let's move over to the Sequence sound bank.
Three Stepper Bass ought to be a good one. (music playing) Very cool! (music playing) And you can see the LEDs around the sequencer move in tempo as I press a key. (music playing) Excellent! Another great patch is EightQuinox. (music playing) This is my favorite synthesizer.
Thor is so powerful and potent that it's my go-to creation tool when producing and designing new sounds. The ability to have multiple forms of synthesis and filtering available in the same patch is unique in the instrument world, and should give you hours of pleasure as you explore everything that it's capable of.
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