With hits constructed by the likes of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys and many other synth rock/alternative bands. Synths have come a long way in regards to music and construction. One of the most common types of synthesis is known as subtractive synthesis. This is were sound is generated by an oscillator and shaped by a filter. This filter parameter in most cases is a low pass filter but can also include high pass and band pass filter depending on the features present on that synthesizer. This filter shapes the sound by taking away harmonics present within the oscillator’s waveform.
Sound travels from the oscillator to the filter which is controlled by an ADSR filter envelope, after this stage, the signal is then routed to an amplifier envelope which allows the user to further shape the overall Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release cycle of the synthesizer. In addition to the features listed above, most synthesizers include a LFO (low frequency oscillator) which can be used to modulate the signal. The most common incarnation being the wobble bass; which is achieved by modulating the filter cut-off frequency. The combination of these parameters provide the user with many sound shaping options.
The Element synthesizer by Waves is indeed a very powerful yet simple incarnation of a subtractive synthesizer. As shown in the picture above, all its parameters are layed out in an organized manner.
For convenience, I have converted all of the included factory presets (created by Waves) into the AU preset format (available here) so that they can be navigated easily from within the library of the industry standard music creation software: Logic Pro X.
While I rarely use presets when composing (unless I have created them), presets can occasionally spark inspiration while in the thought creation process.
Kudos to the Waves team for developing this great subtractive synthesizer.
Simply extract the folder from the .zip file and place this folder in “Users/Yourname/Library/Audio/Presets/Waves/“
The Library folder is hidden by default. You can access it by holding down “Option” while accessing the “Go” menu in the Finder menubar.
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