How to make an easy Pad Sound

This article is going to help you understand the basics of how to create a Pad Sound. I receive many emails from producers asking myself and Mr.DifferentTV how to create Pad Sounds. This will help anyone wanting to learn sound design and Sylenth is one of our favorite VSTi.

We need to initialize preset first, so click on Menu and initialize preset.

Make sure to Turn Off “ReTrig” and increase your voices to “8” as you can see in the image below.

Change your wave shape, it all depends on the type of sound you are going for but for this tutorial we’ll go with a “Saw” wave. Next turn your Polyphony up to “16” this will help to play more sounds and finally turn your Detune up to taste. Our setting is 3.76 but as I stated adjust to taste. Detuning helps widen the sound.

Now we’re going to adjust Oscillator 2 by turning off “ReTrig”, changing our wave sound to a “Triangle”, increase our voices to “8” and now Detune and our settings are “3.86

Now we’re going to adjust the “Attack” and “Release” faders.

Now adjust the Low Pass filter and Adjust the cutoff to about 50Hz.

Now we’re going to go to the Filter Controls, turn on the Warm Drive, adjust the Keytrack to 1.71 and now your basic pad sounds more alive.

LFO 1 we are going to add a Pan A and B and adjust it to about 4.29. Turn the gain all the way up to 10.0, change the wave to a Sine Wave, change the rate to 1/2.

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Originally published at on January 24, 2016.