Cutting Edge Sound Design with Serum
Master one of the most powerful and innovative new software synthesisers on the market today, Xfer Records’ Serum, with this new course from Producertech tutor Defazed. With a background producing a variety of styles including Drum and Bass, Glitch Hop and experimental electronic music, Defazed brings a wealth of experience and sound design knowledge to the table.
With a hands on approach from the outset, Defazed guides you through the intricate workings of this advanced wavetable synth, explaining in detail all the features of Serum, including the LFOs, custom wavetables, inbuilt FX and the multitude of routing and modulation possibilities available, thus enabling you to create awesome sounds from the outset. As well as guiding you through the theoretical background of Serum, Defazed also showcases how this knowledge can be applied in a practical sense. Throughout the course he constructs a variety of patches that make full use of Serum’s immense sound design possiblities. These include an EDM style bass and lead, a cinematic evolving pad, a complex sequenced patch and a riser FX, all built entirely from scratch.
The course is available for streaming 24/7/365 after purchase, and includes the Ableton Live set from the course, as well as the Serum patches created in the tutorials. For more information, check out the course trailer and sample module on the media tab.
Importing Samples/Creating Wavetables in Serum - Course Excerpt
Modules in this course:
Module 1 - Serum Basics and Creating an Initial Patch
Defazed kicks off the course by introducing Serum and some of the basic feautures of the synth, including the oscillators, wavetables and modulation sources.
Module 2 - Voicing, Filters and FX
This module takes you through some more features of Serum, voicing settings, the filter section, the routing matrix and finally the inbuilt FX rack.
Module 3 - Creating a Bass Patch
Using the features discussed in previous modules, this video focuses on the creation of an EDM style bass patch from scratch. The patch incorporates a custom wavetable generated from a sample, showcasing this powerful feature.
Module 4 - Creating an Epic Lead Patch
Defazed guides you through the creation of another patch from scratch, this time building an anthemic lead patch. The module looks at some new areas of Serum, including polyphony and using the modulation wheel as a performance control.
Module 5 - Creating an Evolving Pad Patch
This module shows the construction of an evolving pad patch, equally at home in a dancefloor filler or a cinematic soundtrack. Defazed takes a look at the sound design considerations of making a pad before diving into Serum to build one from scratch.
Module 6 - Creating a Sequenced Patch
Defazed shows how to use a sequenced LFO to expand the modulation possibilities within Serum, resulting in the creation of a sonically evolving sequenced patch.
Module 7 - Creating an FX Patch
The course concludes with this lesson on creating one of dance music's staple sounds, the riser FX. The module once again takes you though filter settings, routing and modulation before finishing off with a practical demonstration of the patches created.
After receiving a BA in Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University in 2004 and then producing professionally as Defazed for several years, Rich took on a teaching role at one of the UK's leading Music Technology colleges, dBs Music, teaching Sound Engineering, Electronic Music Production and DJing. During this time, he became a fully qualified teacher, was a key player in developing a new BTEC course specifically aimed at electronic music production and went on to author 3 HND courses, which are now fully up and running. All the while, Rich continues to produce the most fiercely experimental and cutting-edge electronic music, mainly focusing on the Defazed project, with an ever-growing portfolio of releases that push the boundaries of music production and sound design with styles such as Glitch Hop and the Drum and Bass sub-genre Neurofunk.