We will walk through the process, step by step. Spire is a very capable four oscillator synth with a feature set perfect for this job. For this Future House bass preset, we'll use two of its four available oscillators.
01) Start by clicking the “INIT” button to reset the synth to the initial patch state. Select “mono 1” mode with 6 voices.
02) Increase the volume level of the first oscillator to the max (1000).
03) Put the following master controls to these values:
- Master Volume: 625
- Velocity: 805
04) Choose “Synth 1” Waveform for the oscillator 1 and shift it two octaves down.
Now play the MIDI file (or your keyboard controller) to hear the sound. We will now adjust additional parameters for the fist oscillator in order to change the timbre.
In the audio example below you can hear how it's supposed to sound at this point:
05) Adjust the “WT Mix” control to the value of 685
06) Initiate a 2-voice unison and set the “Density” control to 265.
7) Now we will adjust the Envelope 1. Set its parameters to following values:
- ATT: 1
- DEC: 701
- SUS, SLT, SLL: 0
- REL: 287
8) Boost the sound with the X-Comp by dialling the value of 145.
Let's hear how this affected our patch:
9) Now let's adjust the second oscillator. Set the following parameters to these values:
- Volume: 730
- Waveform: FM 1
- Octave: -1
- Phase: 355
- CtrlB: 125
- WT Mix: 345
10) Set the unison to 2 Voices and increase the “Wide” parameter to 360.
In the audio example below, you can hear how it sounds now:
11) We will set up the filter now. Choose the “infecto” filter type, put it to the “LP2” mode and set the parameters as follows:
- Cut 1: 535
- Keytrack: 580
12) Now set the filter envelope (ENV3) to following values:
- ATT: 0
- DEC: 425
- SUS, SLT, SLL: 0
- REL: 500
Now decrease the amt knob's value to 770 to soften it all up a bit.
We can hear how filter gave it a whole new timbre:
13) Let's further shape the sound now by utilising one of Spire's most used effects: the Shaper. This nice distortion unit can provide us with various types of distortion, ranging from subtle saturation to complete sonic mayhem. We will set it up as follows:
- Mode: Warm, HQ
- all parameters default
- Dry/Wet: 48
This will add a subtle saturation sparkle and further boost the sound.
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14) Finally, we will adjust Spire's EQ to finish up the sound.
Please make sure to set all three of the EQ's display parameters (warm, soft, boost) as active and set individual band values as follows:
- FRQ: 200
- Q: 540
- Level: 485
- FRQ: 190
- Q: 665
- Level: 550
high band: default
To finish it up, add a dash of ambient reverb to taste.
In the audio example below you can hear how all this sounds now:
15) For the end, we will set up the modulation wheel to control the filter's cutoff frequency in order to enable some realtime control. If we press the MTRX button located at the bottom of Spire's GUI, we will open the modulation page. In the SLOT 1, set the controls as follows:
- SRC 1: ModWheel
- TRG 1: Filter/Cutoff 1 (fader value: 341)
- TRG 2: Filter/Reso 1 (fader value: 977)
In the last audio example, you can hear how tweaking the wheel in realtime sounds:
That's it! Play the filter with the modulation wheel and enjoy your new future house bass preset for Spire.