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How to Sound Design a Organ in Serum

The organ is a c

lassic instrument in R&B music, often used to create a warm and soulful atmosphere. In this blog post, we will explore how to sound design an organ piano in Serum from scratch.

Step 1: Start with a Basic Waveform

Open Serum and start a new preset by selecting the "Init Preset" option. Then, choose a basic waveform such as a sine wave or a triangle wave. This will be the starting point for our organ sound.

Step 2: Adjust the Envelope

Next, we need to adjust the envelope to create a sustained sound. Click on the "Envelope" tab and adjust the sustain level to around 70-80%. This will create a sustained sound when a note is played.

Step 3: Add Some Character

Now it's time to add some character to the sound. Go to the "Filter" tab and select the "LP12" filter. Adjust the cutoff frequency to around 2kHz and the resonance to around 40%. This will give the sound some warmth and character.

Step 4: Add Some Harmonics

To create an organ-like sound, we need to add some harmonics. Go to the "Osc" tab and turn on oscillator B. Select a saw wave or a square wave and detune it slightly. Adjust the level to around 20-30% to blend it with oscillator A.

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Finally, we can add some effects to give the sound some more character. Go to the "Effects" tab and select the "Phaser" effect. Adjust the rate and depth to your liking. You can also add some reverb to give the sound some space.

And there you have it! With just a few adjustments, we've created a warm and soulful organ piano sound in Serum that is perfect for R&B music. Remember to experiment with different settings to find the perfect sound for your production.

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