Creating a White Noise Riser from Scratch in NI Massive


Making a big, professional quality noise riser is very easy to do, and if you happen to be using Native Instruments Massive synth things just got really good for your music!

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This is one of the easiest FX to build in music production, and it’s priceless in genres like Trance music. No matter what program or synth you happen to be using to make your sounds, the process is going to be similar as to what is shared in this tutorial. I have simply chosen NI Massive because it is one of the most popular soft synths out there currently, and it is a very simple interface to understand and follow along with, regardless of what you may be working with.

Alright, to get started we just need a new sound loaded. Go ahead and turn off the main oscillators, as you won;t be needing them. This example is just going to use noise to accomplish the riser FX. In fact, all we will need is the noise oscillator, a filter, the FX tabs, EQ and main envelope. Everything else can either be ignored or turned off.

Turn on the Noise panel and turn both the Color and Amp parameters all the way up.

Now turn on Filter 1 and load a Lowpass 4 filter and turn the cutoff parameter all the way up.

Next we need to set up an LFO. Go ahead and click on the 5LFO tab and move the XFade Curve slider all the way up, as we will only be needing the top waveform for this sound. Now load up a sawtooth, replacing the default sine wave, and position it as I have in the image below. Turn the Rate knob down a bit.

Now we need to assign the LFO as a controller to modulate the Color and Amp parameters of the Noise oscillator, as well as the Cutoff knob of the Lowpass filter. Each of these will be modulated in reverse, which is why we start with the knobs all the way up. This way the sound starts at nothing, and slowly builds up to its peak.

Let’s make some adjustments to the main envelope to better shape the delivery of our sound. Click on the 4Env tab. This is the envelope that controls the main Amp of Massive. We need to raise the Attack, raise the Decay, lower the Decay Volume and Increase the Release value.

We now have a decent white noise riser, but we want this to be a lot bigger! Head on over to the FX tabs. ON FX1 load up Reverb. On FX2 load up a Dimension Expander. Now turn on the EQ and set up all three tabs to match the images provided below.

That’s it! As you can hear in the audio example below, it’s a pretty nice white noise riser.

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