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Using Vibrato Synthesizer

To create electronic music you may to use many effects in software. One of these effects is vibrato. When used appropriately, it has the potential to dramatically improve your basslines, leads, and vocals. In this article we show you how to use vibrato in electronic music production. For this you will need: Music software, for example Ableton Livel; VST Synthesizer, we will consider Synth1.

Vibrato is produced when a notes pitch is continually raised and lowered while the note plays. An example of vibrato is a police siren. Vibrato is mostly much faster than that. A regular person singing voice has a natural vibrato.

Many synthesizer presets dont have any vibrato. When vibrato is added to a synthesizer, it often produces a funky result. Here is a simple audio example of synthesizer vibrato:


In this tutorial you will learn the most common and is usually best method for producing synth vibrato. We will use synthesizer automation to produce the vibrato.

Every synthesizer has the following sections: Oscillators, Amplifier, Filter, and LFO. We will focus on the LFO section. LFO stands for low frequency oscillator. Its sole purpose is to control other parts of the synthesizer.

Depending on your settings, LFO can raise and lower the pitch, volume, or filter with it. It can manipulate lots of synthesizer settings at once.

We will use the LFO to produce vibrato. The LFO speed will determine how fast the vibrato occurs. The LFO depth will determine how high and low the pitch is bent.

Low speed:


High speed:


The purpose for a good synth vibrato, the depth and speed is to be subtle distinct.

LFO in Synth1 Vibrato

Consider the excellent free VST synthesizer is Synth1. First of all, upload your composition in the software, in our case Ableton Live, and load Synth1 on a midi track. Select a simple bass.

Make sure that LFO is enabled, the box with the number 1 inside of it should be yellow. Click the box beside "osc1,2" so that it is red. This makes the LFO affect the synth’s pitch. Now you are ready to create some vibrato.

Now turn up the knob "amt". Use the "spd" knob to control the vibrato speed and the "amt" knob to control the depth. For maximum playability, map these two settings to knobs or faders on a midi keyboard.


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