Waves Element Workshop Part 1 – The Oscillators

a screenshot of the Waves Element synth in Logic Pro X

In a new four-part series of Free Waves Video Tutorials on how to use the Waves Element 2.0 Virtual Analog Synth, Eli Krantzberg shows you how the Oscillator section works, how to use the synth’s filter section, how to use the LFO section, and how to use the Arpeggiator to create some interesting sequential patterns. You can get up and running with subtractive synthesis principles that you can use and apply to almost any software synth.

Waves Element

a screenshot of the waves element synthesizer

Classic analog style subtractive synthesis. That’s where everything begins. It contains the basis that most synthesis is built on. And Element from Waves is a fantastic place to start. Two oscillators are used to generate raw waveforms. They are combined in interesting ways by either blending them or modulating one waveform with the other. They are then run through filters. And finally through some effects and to an output amp stage. Various parameters can be modulated either with envelopes or LFOs. And Element even features a simple and elegant fun to use built-in arpeggiator.

Waves Element Workshop Part One – The Oscillators

In part one of the series, Eli Krantzberg shows you how the Oscillator section works, and how to use them to build a simple synth bass sound.

The oscillator section is simple, but effective. The waveforms sound sharp and crisp and offer simple controls for various ways of altering them; including frequency modulation (FM), ring modulation, phase modulation, pulse width modulation, and more. The portamento section is simple to grasp and set up effectively for great sounding monophonic style effects.


Waves Element Workshop Part Two – The Filters

In part 2, Eli explores the voltage controlled filter section of the virtual synth. Hear how the envelope parameters, keyboard & velocity tracking and other functions influence the sound of the filter.

The filters as well are intuitive and easy to get your head around. There are four basic filter types, accompanied by a dedicated envelope to alter the characteristics of the filter over the duration of each note.


Waves Element Workshop Part Three – Modulation

In part 3, Eli explores the LFO section of the virtual synth. See how the LFO’s are assigned and used to modulate various sound shaping parameters in the oscillator and filter sections.

The LFO section offers all the important basic cyclical wave shapes that are used to automate the movement of various parameters (assigned in the Mod Matrix) and can be easily synced to the tempo of the host DAW.


Waves Element Workshop Part Four – The Arpeggiator

In the final part of the series, Eli explores the arpeggiator of the virtual synth. Watch how he explores the rhythmic patterns generated by the arpeggiator and learn how to create patterns using the step sequencer functions.

The arpeggiator is great for generating interesting rhythmic patterns, particularly when the step sequencer portion is employed for odd number patterns. Add to this the ability to offset the pitch of the individual steps, and you have a great tool to create some interesting sequential patterns!


Pricing, Demo, Reviews

Waves Element 2.0 Virtual Analog Synth, based on ‘Virtual Voltage’ technology, includes five integrated effects, a 16-step sequencer, MIDI learn for all synth controls, and a massive preset library.

For more info, reviews or a to download a demo, visit Waves Element.

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