Phase-4 is a powerful synth that ships with Bitwig Studio 2. But what exactly is a phase synth, and how does it work? In this short video from the course Bitwig Studio 2 202: Phase-4 Deconstructed, certified Bitwig professional Thavius Beck explains what Phase Distortion actually is, and how it is used in this instrument to shape and mould the sound.
Each of Phase-4's four oscillators allows you to extensively modify and shape the waveform being used to generate sound. Thavius demonstrates how altering the parameters on each one and changing wave shape by distorting its cycle can radically affect the sound, introducing harmonics and other interesting elements. And it's not just about changing entire waveshapes - by distorting a wave at different points in its cycle, you can get very different results. Be sure to check out the rest of this course to become a Phase-4 master!
Inspired by classic digital synths like Yamaha’s DX7 and Casio’s CZ series, Phase-4 sound manipulation possibilities go way further. In this course, sound designer and trainer Thavius Beck reveals exactly how this powerhouse synth is capable of everything from vintage sounds to digital sonic madness.
The course starts with a detailed explanation of how Phase-4 works. The concepts of phase, phase distortion and phase modulation are clearly explained, and you get a tour of all the parameters of the synth and learn how they work together. The next series of tutorials are all about applying the technical concepts learned to create every sound of a music project from scratch: kick, snare, hi-hat, bass, pad and lead. Thavius then shows you how to bring life and movement to these sounds with modulators and get some craziness happening. Continuing with the course, you also learn about expression controls, Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) Controls, and more…
So if you want to get the most of the awesome Phase-4 instrument, sit back and learn everything about it with certifed trainer Thavius Beck!