I'm trying to recreate a synthesizer sound in Ableton. I have access to VSTs like Sylenth and Massive, but I'd prefer to do it with only Ableton's Operator synthesizer.
But for starters, it'd be great if some of you pros could tell me, how the sound was assembled.
Here is a sound sample. The melody is D2, D3, D#2, D#3, F#3. D#3.
The waveform looks like this for a D2. Second one is enlarged, so the individual sample points are visible.
The spectrum for a D2.
So, what do I have so far? In the beginning I thougt this is a saw wave, because using a saw wave, I was able to get a similiar spectrum. But something was off. The even spikes were always too high.
As you can see here, every second spike is significantly smaller, than the other spikes. They also line up very well.
This led me two using a combination of a square wave and a saw wave, with the saw wave piched up one octave and a bit quieter. I think it sounds more "squarey" than "sawy" anyways.
What we have now looks like this. As you can see, the spikes somewhat line up.
But that doesn't quite make the cut. As you can hear the two synths still sound very different. They also look different. (Original vs clone)
It looks like my version needs some kind of "smoothing". But I have know idea, how to achieve that.
First off, the original is distorted in some way. The high end basically sounds like white noise. Then there's a cut off filter, reverb and something that brings in some stereo, as well as some bass wibble wobble.
Can you share some tips or do you have any ideas how to proceed? Am I on the right track or should I take a completely different approach.
A different way of copying the sound be to use Simpler, but I don't want to sample the original synthesizer.