Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

5 Mai Tai Tips & Tricks

10/06/2022

We already covered Mai Tai's FM synthesizer secret identity-but that was the start of fun things to do with Mai Tai, not the end. Here are five more Mai Tai tips, along with a couple bonus presets you can import.

1. The Character section. If you didn't get into this feature, maybe it's because you tried the top three options, thought whatever, and moved on. But this section doesn't start hitting its stride until you get to CharacterSaw, Subvox, Talky, and Voxil, with honorable mention going to the bottom five options. The associated Sound and Amount parameters are the key to creating versatile variations (the effects are most pronounced with Amount between halfway and all the way up). Do yourself a favor: loop a big fat sawtooth chord, and play around with the Character section controls to hear what they do.

2. Random Phase. Enabling RP emulates the analog synth characteristic where an oscillator doesn't always start from the same point when you press a key. With the two oscillators panned to center, this produces some mild timbral differences-but the magic happens when you enable RP for both oscillators, and pan them hard left and right. Put on headphones, and the slight differences between the two waveforms create animated psychoacoustic motion inside your head.

3. Hard sync. The Sync button in Osc 2 produces this classic synth effect, but be aware that:

Osc 2's Octave range must be equal to, or higher than, Osc 1.

For the smoothest sync sweep sound, modulate Osc 2's pitch with an envelope rather than modulating the Semi control.

Import the preset CA Hard Sync.preset (fig. 1), which is just waiting to be customized. Change the Osc 2 octave, edit the Env 3 shape that goes to the Osc 2 Pitch, try different PWM settings, see what else the Character and Filter sections can do there are a lot of options.

Figure 1: Settings for the CA Hard Sync.preset. 4. You can automate almost anything, including the effects. Automating the Character section's Sound and Amount controls can add ever-changing timbral variety, although it also reminds me that I really wish Studio One's Paint tool could draw smoothed random waveforms. However, I do like to use the Paint tool to draw square wave modulation, and automate the Osc 2 Semi parameter when doing hard sync. This flips the sound between two timbres, like a crazy sample-and-hold.

5. The Modulation Matrix. My Faux Feedback preset (fig. 2) depends on the modulation matrix, and emulates what happens with electric guitar as feedback starts to build up.

Figure 2: The CA Faux Feedback.preset. The interesting programming aspects are:

Osc 2 is tuned an octave and fifth above Osc 1. This produces the feedback whine.

To bring in feedback as the note develops, Env 3's slow attack increases Osc 2's Level. If you're impatient and want the feedback to come in sooner, shorten the attack time.

Env 3 also applies vibrato to both oscillators as the feedback comes in. Guitar players often add vibrato as the string sustains.

If you want manual control over vibrato, the Mod Wheel introduces vibrato in parallel with Env 3's delayed vibrato.

Import the CA Faux Feedback.preset, and play slowly at first-hold the note until the feedback appears, because this will give you a feel for how the sound develops. Don't forget to include a lot of pitch-bending action when doing single-note solos (although the preset also sounds good with chords). And there are plenty of opportunities for customization so have at it!

Download the CA Hard Sync.preset

CA-Hard-Sync.presetDownload

Download the CA Faux Feedback.preset

CA-Faux-Feedback.presetDownload
LINK: https://blog.presonus.com/2022/06/10/5-mai-tai-tips-tricks/...
See more stories from presonus

More from PreSonus

12/08/2022

The Artist Version Remix: Super Stereo/Mondo Mono

After the July 27 post on the Super Stereo and Mondo Mono FX Chain for Studio One Professional, there was interest in a version for Artist. I've always said...

05/08/2022

Beyond New York-Style Compression

Go to the web, and you'll see a zillion YouTube videos and web posts that all say the same thing: a technique called parallel compression (also called New Y...

29/07/2022

Super Stereo and Mondo Mono

This is my first FX Chain designed for Project page songs, although it also works for tracks and buses in the Song page. It's based on mid-side processing. ...

25/07/2022

Purify Your Reverb

With algorithmic reverbs (like the Room Reverb), you might be surprised at how much dry sound makes its way to the output, even with the dry/wet control set to ...

15/07/2022

Pump Your Pads and Power Chords

I've written about how to get that cool pumped drum sound using the Compressor's internal sidechain-but I've never written about how to obtain the...

08/07/2022

Multiband Harmonic Tremolo

If you've been following the Friday Tip blog posts, then you know two things: I actually use the stuff I write about, and ask What if? a lot. Those attrib...

01/07/2022

Surf's Up

The July 4th weekend is approaching, so it's time to hit the beach-but you can't have surfing without surf music, right? So before you start scouting fo...

23/06/2022

Play Faster with Tape Stretch

How to Play Faster-By Playing Slower covered how to slow down tempo of non-MIDI based music without changing pitch. This allows playing a difficult part at a sl...

17/06/2022

That Vintage Airy Sound

as in, 10cc's I'm Not In Love. Back in those days, to minimize tape hiss, noise reduction compressed and increased highs when recording, then expanded...

10/06/2022

5 Mai Tai Tips & Tricks

We already covered Mai Tai's FM synthesizer secret identity-but that was the start of fun things to do with Mai Tai, not the end. Here are five more Mai T...

03/06/2022

Spruce Up Your Mono Guitar's Image

Almost all guitars, and many vintage keyboards, have mono outputs-but when it comes to recording and mixing, it's a stereo world. Ooops. Although you can al...

27/05/2022

Mixmaster Magic FX Chain

This Main bus FX chain is all about an easy-to-adjust, useful set of controls for processing a stereo mix (or other buses, like background vocals or drums). Wan...

20/05/2022

Studio One's FM Synthesizer

On the surface, Mai Tai is an easy-to-program, fine-sounding virtual analog subtractive synthesizer. But let's dig deeper-and unlock its unique FM synthesis...

18/05/2022

PreSonus Sound: Chiara Luzzana

I don't need a musical instrument when life plays the best notes Chiara Luzzana (2022) We at PreSonus are extremely thrilled to hear and see Chiara Luzz...

13/05/2022

Capturing The UNLV Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Quantum 2626 and Studio One

The way I found out about Studio One and PreSonus: I had lunch with Bob Moses (president of the Audio Engineering Society at one time) and I asked him some que...

13/05/2022

Become a Grouping Groupie

Recently, I did some mix consulting on a 60-track project centered around Ukrainian relief-and as someone who usually works with far fewer tracks, it reminded m...

11/05/2022

KRIS XEN: Modern Fusionist with PreSonus Studio One

Kris Xenopoulos, AKA KRIS XEN is a South African guitar player, musician and producer. Most well-known for his work with South African death metal outfit, Vul...

06/05/2022

Unlock the Power of Impact XT's Multiple Outs

We all know Impact XT is cool-but it's at its coolest when you use the individual audio outputs, because then you can add exquisite effects to individual dr...

29/04/2022

Frequency Splitting in Artist

The Splitter is one of Studio One Professional's coolest features, because it can split by frequency and do multiband processing. I'm a huge fan of the ...

22/04/2022

The Guitarist's Hum Buster

Hum is like an unwanted house guest-when it shows up, all you really want to do is get rid of it. Unfortunately, I can't help you with unwanted house guests...

15/04/2022

Your Virtual Listening Room

Listening to speakers is a different experience than listening to headphones. Instead of your head being one point of an equilateral triangle with speakers, hea...

08/04/2022

Fix Mixes with Multiband Dynamics

Multiband compressors can seem daunting. However, they're just several compressors stuffed into one plug-in (or in the case of Studio One, dynamics processo...

04/04/2022

Get FREE Bluetooth connectivity when you purchase new R-Series V2 Monitors!

From April 1, 2022 until May 31, 2022 get a FREE*** PreSonus MicroStation BT when you purchase a new pair of R65 V2 or R80 V2 studio monitors from participating...

01/04/2022

Universal Gated Reverb

Last week's tip covered using the Mixverb to create the 80s gated reverb effects with drums. This week, we'll present a more universal solution. But als...

25/03/2022

EZ 80s Gated Mixverb Drums

The gated reverb effect on drums was one of the signature sounds of the 80s, with probably the most famous example being Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight. ...

18/03/2022

Studio One's VCA Module

A modular synthesizer's VCA (Voltage-Controlled Amplifier) changes gain in response to an input control voltage. One of my favorite applications is controll...

11/03/2022

Parallel? Narrow? Bass? Say What?!?

It's probably obvious that I love the Chords track. It's so useful that if you haven't made friends with it yet, look over the Reference Manual then...

04/03/2022

Lively Up Your Drums

One element that can help make drums exciting is including the room sound where the drums were recorded. If you don't believe me, listen to the drum part in...

25/02/2022

Create Your Perfect Vocal Channel Strip Preset

First, some news: If you own The Huge Book of Studio One Tips and Tricks, the free update to version 1.2 is available from the PreSonus shop. Just go to your ac...

11/02/2022

Slick Tricks for Stack and Strum

Version 5.5 introduced Chord Stack and Strum features, which are pretty cool (for the basics on how they work, check out Gregor Beyerle's YouTube video). We...

04/02/2022

Melodify Your Beats

Wouldn't it be cool to add a harmonic element to beats? Well, thanks to Harmonic Editing and a little pink noise, you can. The goal is to have your beat or ...

28/01/2022

Cool Reverb Trick, Bro!

Let's go right to the audio examples, because they're worth a thousand words. The problem: You want a big, lush reverb on drums. But that overpowers th...

21/01/2022

Don't Ignore the Free VU Meter Plug-In

It may seem like VU meters are a relic of the past. However, the VU Meter plug-in that's available for free in the PreSonus Shop is well worth the download-...

14/01/2022

Hit LUFS Targets with the New Digital Release Menu

It's a streaming world-and streaming services have their own audio standards with respect to LUFS and True Peak levels. LUFS is not the same as peak or aver...

14/01/2022

Studio One 5.5 Mastering with Perry Sorensen (Head of Mastering, NAXOS of America)

Perry Sorensen, Head of Mastering for NAXOS of America, gives us his favorite fe...

11/01/2022

Happytwobehere with PreSonus

Happytwobehere is a duo from Covington, Louisiana comprised of two young ladies: Isabel Mathes (vocals) and Lillian Stegen (drums, keyboard, programming, produc...

11/01/2022

Studio One 5.5 is here!

Studio One 5.5 has arrived, adding a ton of new mastering power to the Project Page - including Automation - as well as plenty of other features, including a st...

08/01/2022

Talk Box Emulator for Guitar

Although this isn't an actual talk box, it does give humanized mouth sounds with Studio One Professional. This is possible because the human mouth is a filt...

31/12/2021

Mix Referencing with Master Matching

Mix referencing, where you compare your mix to well-mixed music, can be a big help if you want a reality check on what you're doing. There are even curve-s...

24/12/2021

The Night Before Christmas (And All Through Studio One)

Check out renowned composer, Robin Hoffmann's, rendition of The Night Before Christmas created exclusively in Studio One showcasing the use of Sound Varia...

24/12/2021

The Songwriter's Assistant

It happens to everyone: creative blocks. You want to do something musical, but you keep falling into the same old patterns, or you need something new and differ...

17/12/2021

Add Lookahead to the Fat Channel Compressors

The Fat Channel is a versatile channel strip plug-in that, because of all the other cool Studio One individual processors, is easy to overlook. But it has sever...

10/12/2021

SoWhat's the Deal with Aux Channels?

Hardware is making a comeback. Real-time, improvisation-based drum machines and synths are gaining popularity, and you can find occasional bargains for used syn...

08/12/2021

James F. Reynolds: VOXPOD Studios and Studio One

So why is BTS ( ) Fake Love official video shown above? Because their hit song was mixed in Studio One Professional by our latest PreSonus Sphere Featured...

03/12/2021

Amp Sims: Garbage In, Garbage Out

An astute Friday Tip reader commented that while the tip on how to level the outputs of amp sim presets was indeed useful, I should also write about the importa...

27/11/2021

Why You Want to Level Ampire Presets

It's great we can store presets, trade them with other users, and download free ones. But when selecting different Ampire presets to decide how they fit wit...

23/11/2021

Brody Tullier on using Studio One for Video Game Soundtracks

Brody Tullier (aka Zeno) is a 17 year-old composer based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who has been composing and arranging original music for the past four years. ...

22/11/2021

Instant Rebate! Get a PX-1 or a pair of PM-2s for $99.95 in the USA until November 29th 2021!

Click here to find a dealer! Instant Rebate! Now through the November 29th 2021,...

22/11/2021

Instant Rebate! Get the AudioBox 96 Studio Blue Edition for just $149.95 in the U.S. and Canada!

Click here to find a dealer! Now through the end of December, get an instant reb...

22/11/2021

Black Friday Deals!

JOIN PRESONUS SPHERE SOFTWARE HARDWARE TUTORIALS BUY...