With making patches I always think of what I’m going for.
Is it meant to be a old school west coast whine lead? Should it be fashioned after a pluck? Am I going for a synth drum? Once I have determined what sound I am after I pick a vst- i/synth with the appropriate textures.
Once I have these criteria out of the way, I begin to determine what sort of wave will interpret the idea I want to convey:
Sine = single fundamental frequency of harmonic.
Square = odd harmonics, instant harmonic changes.
Triangle = fundamental plus odd harmonic.
Sawtooth = both odd and even harmonics.
Draw a long note in the root of any key: determine if the sound will be higher, mid, or lower tone. Then I work on the ADSR of the sounds envelope. Many times I’ll go back and adjust adsr later. Envelope all shaped? Sound starting to sound like something I felt? Then I either add more oscillators, detune, check if I want to add phase, or create pitch bends on my “midi note(s)”.
If everything is sounding ok, I’ll do some work in internal routing for filters, glides, lfo, or any other internal modulation. Once all of the internal modulation routing has finished, I’ll do some internal fx and determine if I want to have any internal routing to them as well.
After all of that I may go back and pitch the tone up or down, or even fine tune it a few semitones…but that is only if I need it to be in a specific key.
Once all of this has been sorted out: time to create macros! Or not…but I usually like to setup a few…even if they don’t get used. May go back and use the synth another time, and volia it’s got macros!!
I think I left out wavetable drawing or importing, but that is also usually done pretty early on. Like after shaping my adsr.
I like to organize so I tend to make a few groups of folders:
After all is said and done I either come up with a name as I am creating the patch, or at the end will have a random title I give it, and put it in it’s folder.
Nothing worse than being at work and having someone say “we need a loud impact sound to warn people of the dangers of electrical shock”, and not knowing where I saved my photon zap Patch!