In the latest video tutorial with Dubspot sound design course designer/instructor Evan Sutton, we explore the sonic capabilities of “morphing waves” in Native Instruments’ Absynth software.
Evan Sutton is one of Dubspot’s esteemed instructors by day and a sonic alchemist by night with his Astrolith (Space is the Place) music project which employs wobbling, funky bass lines under pitch-modulated vocals and synths. In this new video, Sutton shares his creative process of “adding a counterpoint” to his signature wobble using Native Instruments’ Absynth instrument. “At the core of this sound is the morphing wave. This is a really cool feature that Absynth has, and one of the only places where additive synthesis is used in Native Instruments’ Komplete (aside from Reaktor library instruments),” explains Sutton. In this tutorial he uses Logic as a DAW, but also explains that the process for using Absynth is exactly the same if you use Ableton or another DAW.
“Absynth is one of the most highly underrated and misunderstood synths out there. It’s been used by countless luminaries, including Trent Reznor, and adored by movie sound designers for years. One of the unique qualities of Absynth is that it is one of the only places in the entire Komplete suite where we can use additive synthesis. Additive synthesis is the process of bringing together many sinusoid partials in order to build a sound from the ground up. Absynth draws on additive synthesis to let us morph between two distinct timbres, creating unusually rich sonic textures. Absynth is an incredibly versatile tool, so it’s important to take a deep breath, and think about what you’re trying to accomplish. Once you get the workflow down, this synth could end up being your best friend.” - Dubspot instructor Evan Sutton
Evan Sutton a.k.a Astrolith is an electronic music producer, sound designer, and audio engineer, as well as teaching sound design and electronic music production at Dubspot. He also helped develop Dubspot’s Sound Design program. You can hear Evan’s music and find out more about him at astrolith.net and soundcloud.com/astrolith.
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