Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating multi-instruments, part of Up and Running with Studio One 3.
- In this movie, we'll explore the powerful concept behind making a multi-instrument. Here we have an instrument track called My Multi with a simple MIDI sequence on it. It doesn't have any instrument attached to it yet. So when I click on the Instrument icon, nothing appears. So let's add an instrument. We'll go over to our Browse panel. Under instruments, we'll choose the Mai Tai synth. So down here in the PreSonus folder, let's drag and drop a Mai Tai polyphonic synthesizer right on the track.
Let's load up the Mai Tai with one of the presets. In this case, we're going to go to Polyphonic and we're going to choose this one setting that I happen to like called Poly-Csynth 88. Okay, so I've loaded that sound out. If I play the track, we're gonna here what that sounds like. I'll just solo it. (high-pitched synthesizer notes) And with the music. (high-pitched synthesizer music) Pretty cool, but let's make a multi-instrument.
That's just a regular old instrument track with a polyphonic synth on it. But we're here to make a multi-instrument, so how do we do that? Well, the easiest way to create a multi-instrument is to find another instrument you want to combine and add it to the track as well. So let's go over here. Instead of adding another Mai Tai, let's grab the Presence which is our sampler instrument from Studio One. So we'll just click and drag this. Drop this on the track also. What's going to happen is Studio One's going to say, "Hey, do you want to Replace it with the Presence "or Combine it?" Like I said, we're trying to combine it.
So I'm going to click Combine. Now, we've created a multi-instrument. It pops us right into the Instrument Editor. You can see our track now has two instruments attached to it, Mai Tai and Presence. Right now, when we hear a note, it'll play both of them. Only, there's one thing I need to make sure of is that I need to load up a sound in the Presence. Right now it doesn't have any sound loaded into it. So I'll double-click on the Presence instrument. I'm going to load up a sort of percussive-type sound into the Presence.
So let's see. If I go into our default sound settings here, I'm going to go into Percussion. Let's do a Marimba sound or actually, a Kalimba which is like a thumb piano. It's kind of nice. I'll do the Kalimba Dynamic. So if I play the instrument down here, I can just kind of hear (plucky kalimba sound) what that sounds like. A nice percussive, plucky sound, right? Now, because it's part of our multi-instrument, when I play the multi-instrument keyboard, (synth and plucky kalimba) I hear both the synth, it's a little hard to hear, but you can hear a plucky sound underneath.
Basically, both instruments are playing back simultaneously as part of our multi-instrument. Now the cool thing, once you have this routing going is you can click on each instrument and even change their volume relationship to one another. So the Mai Tai 2, you can make it a little quieter. You can even pan this one a little bit more to the left. You can click on the Presence, and make that one slightly louder, and pan it to the right. Now we'll really be able to differentiate the sound. (plucky kalimba and synth notes) You hear the Presence on the right, the kalimba on the right, and the Mai Tai synth on the left.
Now the volumes are a little bit more equal. (plucky kalimba and synth notes) Now some people like to make a split-keyboard instrument. So what that would mean is that your left hand could play, for example, the Mai Tai 2, split the keyboard in half, and the right hand can play the Presence. That's very easy to setup That's what these bars down at the bottom are. So if I wanted to do that, I just decide by dragging which keys are going to play which instruments. So I could split the keyboard right in half, somewhere around the middle C, perhaps, or maybe a little bit lower as you commonly done.
Now my left hand will play (rippling synth music) just the synth, and the right hand will play (rippling kalimba music) just the Presence. So those are ways you can use the Muli Instrument. You can do a split keyboard or you can keep them all playing at the same time, which I actually like in this case. So I'm going to drag these back and not split the keyboard, keep them all together. What if we wanted to add a third instrument? That's totally easy. We can just go over here. This time we're going to add the Mojito which is an original instrument from the Studio One. It was in Studio One 2.
The Mojito is another synth. So let's go ahead and just drag and drop this. You can drop it right in here. Now we have three instruments. We have three lanes here. We can load up a sound on the Mojito instrument. Let's load up by double-clicking. Let's load up the Clavinet sound from the Mojito. It's a clavinet emulator because this is a synthesizer. It's just a single oscillator synth, but it's a kind of a nice sound. We'll hear what that sounds like when we hear all three now. (plucky kalimba, low synth notes) So it adds a little low-end (plucky kalimba, low synth music) to our sound.
Again, we can raise or lower this or let's keep it pan center but just lower it, just a little bit. So you've got three instruments making up our Multi Instrument. (plucky kalima, low synth notes) We can hear them in context to the song. So let's see what this sounds like with this simple MIDI sequence we've got going on. (plucky kalimba, low electronic synth music) I think I'm going to edit that a little bit. Go back in here, take the Mojito, turn it down just a little bit. Now we can make this even more interesting by adding Note FX.
So this is a new concept in Studio One. Note FX, you have four available. They're ways to manipulate incoming MIDI. So they would actually go in the chain before the instruments. So the MIDI comes in. It gets manipulated by a Note FX. Then it alters the sound that comes out of the instrument. We're going to actually attach a Note FX here called a Repeater. Repeater is a cool thing because it basically allows you to play one note. It'll repeat that note in a pattern that will send the MIDI or skew the MIDI to play sort of a repeated pattern.
So let's set our steps to eighth notes for the Repeater. We'll set our pattern. It's also going to be eighth notes in length. So every one note will basically repeat eight times in a time frame of eighth notes. So we'll check it out. If I play like a C, (low-pitch synth keyboard notes) you get eight Cs. ♫ Bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum ♫ It doesn't sound that cool yet, but let's go back. Notice the Repeater is like I said right before in the chain. Let's go back into the Repeater. Double-click here.
We can alter it a little bit. I want to make the velocities different. I want to go up here and choose Individual Velocity. By doing that, I can actually alter the pattern and make it kind of go up and down in Velocity throughout this eight note pattern. Now lets hear what this sounds like. (high-pitch keyboard synth notes) Very cool. You might even want to go a little more extreme on that. Let's go back in there. Let's just make these real obvious pattern shifters. Just kind of putting a random pattern in, but you'll see it'll be cool once we hear it in the song.
So now we've got the Repeater going. Let's hear it in context, the song with just simple MIDI notes. As you can see, I'm going to play the Repeater back. (plucky kalimba, high-pitch synthesizer, electronic music) Pretty cool, right? This is a very simple effect but it has a really nice sound with the tracks since it's pumping out these different velocities of eighth notes. Cool. So we made this multi-instrument.
We want to save this. This is a really cool instrument. So let's save this so that we can use it later. The way to save it is we want to click on this little Page icon right here. That let's us Store a Preset. So we're going to do that. We're going to store this as My Multi. We're going to give it a Description. This is part of that tag-based search thing. We can give it a description so we can find it later. So we'll call this Awesome.
The Subfolder is where it'll be found. So we're going to call the subfolder My Multi Instruments. That way we'll be able to find the ones we made easier later. So click OK. Now we've saved it as My Multi. Now check this out. If I go over here in the Multi Instruments part of the Browser, we now have a folder called My Multi Instruments. Guess what's in there? The My Multi we just made. So anytime you create an awesome multi-instrument, you can save it right in here.
Now we have a folder for that. This is accessible from any song from here on out.
Note: This course was updated to cover Studio One 3.3.
- Configuring your interface and external MIDI devices
- Customizing preferences
- Creating a new song
- Configuring and recording audio
- Loop recording
- Creating multi-instruments
- Quantizing and editing MIDI
- Conforming to the beat
- Mixing in Studio One
- Mastering with EQ, compression, and limiting
- Exporting the final song