In this tutorial series we walk through building some handy synth presets so you can hit the ground running with circle2 within minutes.
Start with an oscillator
- Choose “Wavetable” for the first oscillator.
- Pick wavetable “0 classic saw” as the first wavetable
- Pick wavetable “85 nicosia” as the second wavetable
- Bring the crossfade down to 0.4
Note: By mixing the classic saw shape with wavetable “85 Nicosia” we create a texture rich in the higher harmonics spectrum. This will leave a nice texture when filtered.
Sculpt the Source
- Head over to the green envelope to the top right of the synth.
- Adjust the attack to 0.03 seconds
- Adjust the sustain to 1 seconds
- Adjust the release to 0.3 seconds
- Activate the “Dual Filter” in the middle effects section.
- Adjust reso 1 to 0.83
- Adjust reso 2 to 0.93
- Switch the second frequency (highlighted orange) to a bandpass filter
- Adjust freq 2 to 950hz
- Change the filter mode from serial to parallel
Note: Circle 2’s dual filter is a great feature, especially when used in parallel mode. In parallel mode, the the audio signal is split into two sources that feed into Filter 1/ Filter 2 independently.
Dial in some effects
- Activate “Chorus” from the bottom “Effects” tab.
- Take the Mix slider down to about 25%
- Take Out slider up to about 90%
- Dial up the Depth to 0.832
- Change the wave shape to a sine wave
Note: The chorus effect is great for widening the sound and adding more texture.
Modulate the synth
- Activate the second modulator (purple) and switch it to “Sequencer.”
- Select the little dropdown menu, and on the top right of the module, select the “morning” preset
- Bring to Rate to bpm/8
- Adjust the Smooth parameter to 0.2
Tip: You can click on the sequencer preset dropdown (top right) and save your custom sequences/LFO shapes.
- Drag the Purple Modulator (from the envelope) circle onto:
- The freq 1 parameter of the dual filter
- The freq 2 parameter of the dual filter
- Adjust the modulation amount of freq 2 to 0.291
Note: Modulating both filter frequencies by different amounts can give more dynamic sounds.
You’re now one step closer to mastering circle2. Keep building your skill set with our other Circle2 tutorials.