Francis Preve

Sound designer. Producer. Professor. Journalist. Author.

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Master Class: Novation Peak

The Novation Peak has generated a serious buzz in the synth community by combining its innovative Oxford oscillators that deliver analog-grade resolution with a fully analog signal path, as well as modulation options such as polyphonic aftertouch and a pair of Animate buttons capable of real-time patch morphing.

With a front panel packed full of familiar controls, Peak gives you direct access to these and many other important functions. But digging deeper into the synth unveils a world of functionality that sets it apart from many modern polysynths. In this tutorial, we’ll investigate those options.


Master Class: Ableton Wavetable

Although Ableton Live 10 is packed with workflow enhancements and impressive new effects (such as Echo and Pedal), the biggest news for sound designers is Wavetable, an impressive new approach to wavetable-based synthesis, with an interface that lets you see nearly every design and modulation element on a single screen.

In this tutorial, we’ll examine Wavetable's features in depth, along with a few additional tips from Ableton’s Lead preset designer and soundteam member Huston Singletary.

[Full disclosure: I designed many of the wavetables that are included with this synth.]


Master Class: Reason Europa & Grain

Reason 10 introduced specialized instruments for a variety of organic and acoustic applications. Included are Klang Tuned Percussion, Pangea World Instruments, Humana Vocal Ensemble, and the Radical Piano, a hybrid of sampled and modeled acoustic pianos that is a knockout.

It also includes two new softsynths—Europa and Grain—that are genuinely remarkable. This month, I’ll show you how to approach their more advanced features so you can begin crafting your own sounds.