Creating multi-layer grid synth sounds in Kilohearts Phase Plant
One of the greatest aspects of Kilohearts Phase Plant is its routing capabilities, especially for creating multi-layer synth sounds.
The advanced grouping and routing capabilities inside Kilohearts Phase Plant certainly make it a great option for quickly and easily creating compelling multi-layered synth arrangements, all within a single instance of the plugin. The grouping system in the generator section allows you to easily navigate the modules you’ve chosen to create the sound – this is particularly helpful for these more complex patches, especially if you’re going to be saving it and using it at a later stage.
The Trancegate effect in Kilohearts Phase Plant is also great for creating these sounds, all you need to do is route several groups to different effects lanes, drop a Trancegate on each one and you’re off to the races. This gives you full rhythmic control over your entire synth arrangement in a single plugin window, and this is very helpful for creating compelling layers that work alongside each other.
Creating contrast between the layers…
The modular nature of the effects in Kilohearts Phase Plant is another great aspect, it allows you to create contrast between each of the layers by applying different effects to each one. You can also drop an EQ anywhere in the effects signal-chain to clean up or fine-tune the signal before sending it onto various other effects. This allows you to get a decent mix of the layers, all within the plugin itself.
So, the concept here is straight forward, however you can combine it with several other techniques for a variety of results. I like to apply Filters to each of the layers and set a different macro to control each of them, as well as some macros to control the envelope settings of the Trancegate effects, that gives you enough hands-on playability to adapt the patch to a number of tracks and styles.
For an in-depth walkthrough on how to set this up, check out the video tutorial here: