Striking pads and lead sounds: Xenos' new sounds for Curve 2
Curve 2's shared Preset Library keeps growing with new fantastic sounds from Xenos Soundworks
Xenos created some beautiful deep atmospheric pads and striking lead sounds, letting his preferences for FM synthesis shine through.
He also talked with us about how he got into sound design and what he likes most about Curve 2.
As with all of Curve's sounds, Xenos' sounds are free to all users.
Cableguys: Hello Xenos. How long have you been making music?
I had about 18 years hobbyist experience as a synth programmer before getting my start professionally back in 2006. My first real keyboard was a Yamaha DX100 my mum got me for my 10th birthday, and I learned my way around FM synthesis from a very early age.
What style of sounds do you prefer?
As FM was the very first synthesis type I learned, it definitely influenced my style and sound. I would describe it as being very tonal and precise, with a tendency towards more stark and gritty textures. However, when I first got my hands on a non-FM synth (Roland JX8P), I was like "WOW!" It sounded so smooth and organic. I had never seen filters before then, and was surprised how the sound could be so dramatically changed with something so simple. A VA synth just has a character you simply cannot get from an FM synth. That had quite a big effect on my style as well.
What do you like most about Curve 2 and what makes it unique in your opinion?
What I like most about Curve 2 is the ability to use your custom waveforms as LFOs. Its FM synthesis parameters are great for adding an icy touch to your sound. If you're into Dubstep, FM is definitely your friend. It's how you get those robotic, aggressive basses.
Do you have any suggestions for users of Curve 2?
Take a Dubstep bass, automate Curve's Macros, and you have the twisting, warbling, morphing basslines we all love. There's another aspect of Curve 2 that deserves a mention: Thanks to the ability to draw complex waveshapes and use them as LFOs, it's a GREAT choice for making moving, evolving pads, soundscapes and atmospheres. You can stack 4 LFOs at once, each having a custom built shape, and create complicated rhythmic sequences that loop across several bars.
To get Xenos' new sounds, just open Curve 2
, hit the Sync button and you can check them out for yourself!
And watch out for more presets from other sound designers to come, getting the most out of Curve 2's versatility.