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EliteRezk

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Layering synths.
« on: March 18, 2016, 07:36:47 pm »
Hey all, long time no talk :P

Anyways I'm having some issues with synth layering, I tend to use a piano sound in most tracks I use because I love the harmonics of if but I have some issues trying to layer it and make it sound more "FULL".

If there's any tips or tricks or tutorials or anything that can help me learn how to layer stuff to make it sound either full of as one sound that would be amazing.
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Re: Layering synths.
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2016, 08:56:14 pm »
Use eq, use one good sound, use buss effects.

understand stereo width, understand your components parts that are utilizing stereo width.

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Re: Layering synths.
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2016, 02:40:02 am »
If you're talking about layering a piano to give it presence. I would say a good piano sound is the most important thing up front, and then what you use to process it can go way farther than any layering. I tend to use a combination of eq, compression, saturation, and overdrive on my pianos :)

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Re: Layering synths.
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2016, 02:55:57 pm »
While it might seem obvious when stated, it's important to remember that layering should be about combining multiple different sounds that play the same tone and in the same rhythm - don't pick layers that sound too similar! A piano is a very pure sound because it's a relatively small number of sine waves building the fundamental frequency and the harmonic overtone series (i.e. hitting middle C on the piano will play C, but also lightly produce the C above it, the G above that, the C above that, the E and G above that, etc., etc.). Other sine-wave based sounds might not stick out as much. So when thinking about your layers, consider looking for a sound that has a drastically different character, or a related sound in a different octave.

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Re: Layering synths.
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2016, 08:35:02 am »
You guys are legends, these tips have helped so much so far :). thank you.