[Serum] Make a Synth using audio files or pictures (.flp download)

Hey everyone.

Importing pictures or audio files into Serum is a really neat trick to make experimental sounds.

Feel free to follow along with this post as I show you how to use this technique!

Here is the end result, in .flp and .mp3 format:

FINISHED .FLP DOWNLOAD

 
Here’s a saw wave. This probably looks familiar.

Here’s a saw wave. This probably looks familiar.

With Serum, you can drag and drop audio files or EVEN PICTURES into your synth to create an entirely new wavetable.

Steven “Wavetable” Universe

Steven “Wavetable” Universe


STEP BY STEP GUIDE

1.   Record your voice  or import your audio from an external recorder (like Audacity!).

1. Record your voice or import your audio from an external recorder (like Audacity!).

 

2. Trim your audio file.

Bounce your audio file from your recording software to FL Studio, and use the ‘trim’ knob to remove any unwanted ends.

Any empty space at the beginning of your sound file will result in a slow attack on your synth.

 
3. Import your audio file into Serum   When dragging your trimmed audio clip into Serum, you can choose between  zero-snap, follow,  or  pitch average . I suggest experimenting with these yourself, however I use  zero-snap .

3. Import your audio file into Serum

When dragging your trimmed audio clip into Serum, you can choose between zero-snap, follow, or pitch average. I suggest experimenting with these yourself, however I use zero-snap.

 
4. Normalize each waveform for this wavetable.   When importing waveforms, each waveform may appear as an almost flat line. The problem with this is that it produces almost no sound compares to a normalized waveform (shown above).  To normalize, click the editor button on the wavetable, go to Process, and then “Normalize Each”

4. Normalize each waveform for this wavetable.

When importing waveforms, each waveform may appear as an almost flat line. The problem with this is that it produces almost no sound compares to a normalized waveform (shown above).

To normalize, click the editor button on the wavetable, go to Process, and then “Normalize Each”

 
5. Add other effects to produce desired results.   At this point, you’ll have a synth that sounds okay, albeit a bit bizarre. Here are a few tricks I used to achieve the ‘finished result’.  a) Change  WT POS  on OSC A. This will change the currently playing wavetable. For bonus points, hook it up to one of the LFOs to automate it.  b) Use Serum’s built in  FX tab  to hone in on the sound you want. I used distortion, a compressor, and some reverb. Be aware that these tools won’t make your synth sound amazing unless you know how to use them.  c) Use an  EQ  or  Filter  to remove unwanted frequencies.  I’ll go into tools like Distorion, Compressors, and Reverb on another day. I suggest playing around with your new synth as much as possible!  Seriously, tweak those knobs to the limit and try to make a sound that you are proud of. If you do, post it in the comments or    Discord   .

5. Add other effects to produce desired results.

At this point, you’ll have a synth that sounds okay, albeit a bit bizarre. Here are a few tricks I used to achieve the ‘finished result’.

a) Change WT POS on OSC A. This will change the currently playing wavetable. For bonus points, hook it up to one of the LFOs to automate it.

b) Use Serum’s built in FX tab to hone in on the sound you want. I used distortion, a compressor, and some reverb. Be aware that these tools won’t make your synth sound amazing unless you know how to use them.

c) Use an EQ or Filter to remove unwanted frequencies.

I’ll go into tools like Distorion, Compressors, and Reverb on another day. I suggest playing around with your new synth as much as possible! Seriously, tweak those knobs to the limit and try to make a sound that you are proud of. If you do, post it in the comments or Discord.