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Synthesis 101

Synthesis 101 is an intensive online course that includes 22 videos that cover all the fundamentals of subtractive synthesis with overviews of FM, additive, granular, wavetable, and Karplus Strong physical modeling synthesis.

$29.00 USD $14.00 USD

Additional Information

Video Episodes

22

Total Length

1 hour 15 minutes

DAW Used

Live 8 & Suite 8

Downloads

Ableton Live set

Skill Level

Beginner

Product Description

Tired of using other people’s played-out presets? Time to learn how to design your own sounds! This series will help you to get familiar with synthesis. It will equip you with the skills to create tons of new sounds and build your own unique arsenal of signature patches. The sky is not the limit, it’s your playground!

Synthesis is one of the core skills of a professional music producer. Imagine being able to hear a sound in your head, and recreate it in no time using your favorite synth? We all know that developing your own unique sound is a key ingredient to creating music people recognize and remember. Your new abilities with synthesis will empower you to start cultivating your own distinct sound.

If you have ever opened up a synth and felt lost, overwhelmed, or intimidated…this course is for you! Pretty much any synth, regardless of it’s make or interface, has the same “guts”; the same fundamental components: Oscillators, envelopes, filters, LFOs etc. After completing this series, you will be able to open the vast majority of synthesizers, easily identify these components, and quickly start making the sounds you want.

Knowing what each parameter does, and knowing how to USE them are two different things. In this series, we cover both. You’ll be introduced to the main parameters in synthesis, and then shown practical examples of how to use them. This combination of theory with real-world application will make sure you’re making leaps and bounds forward in your skills in the shortest period of time. We’re all about impact.

Preview Video: Basic Filter Types



Synthesis can seem very complex to a new producer. Rest assured that we break things down into easily understood, bite-sized chunks. During the series, you’ll get comfortable with all the technical lingo and we’ll demystify the process of generating sound. You’ll emerge feeling capable and confident in your knowledge, vocabulary and abilities. Let’s do this!

Preview Video: Wobble Bass in Analog


What You Get

  • 22 lessons that cover all the fundamentals of synthesis.
  • These videos contain the essential information only.  No filler.  They are concise and to the point, designed to get you up and running with synthesis in the minimum amount of time possible!
  • Additional overviews of FM, additive, granular, wavetable, and Karplus Strong physical modeling synthesis
  • A full Ableton Live template complete with tons of synth patches and processing Racks demonstrating the techniques in practice.
  • Student discount pricing (20-60% off) on third-party software & plugins from our partners!

Preview Video: Womp Rat Bass in Analog

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The curriculum is broken down into 22 lessons:

  1. Protecting your speakers and hearing
  2. Overview of a synthesizer
  3. Oscillators
  4. Frequency and pitch
  5. Basic waveforms
  6. Monophonic and polyphonic
  7. Glide and portomento
  8. Introduction to filters
  9. Basic filter types
  10. Amplifier stage
  11. Intro to modulators
  12. MIDI modulators
  13. Low frequency modulators (LFOs)
  14. Envelopes
  15. Introduction to frequency modulation (FM) synthesis
  16. Introduction to additive synthesis
  17. Introduction to granular synthesis
  18. Introduction to physical modeling synthesis
  19. Introduction to wavetable synthesis
  20. Pad synthesis in analog
  21. Wobble bass synthesis in analog
  22. Womp rat bass synthesis in analog

Frequently asked questions

What skill level is this course?

Beginner. This course is for total beginners to synthesis and is designed to get you on the fast track to an intermediate level. If you’re pretty well versed in synths already and want to take your game to the next level, check out Synthesis & Sound Design Masterclass, which is an intermediate to advanced level course with our resident synthesis expert and sound design guru, Myagi.

Is this course applicable to my genre?

In a word – yes. The techniques we teach can be applied universally to virtually any electronic music genre.

How long can I access this course and the videos?

You have lifetime access to this course.

What software and plugins do I need?

In this course we teach cross platform technique and approaches. This means you will be able to implement the techniques with virtually any setup. The following plugins are used, but are not necessary to gain knowledge from the course. We use Analog, Operator, Native Instruments Massive & Razor, and Max4Live Granulator.

What if I don’t like the course?

We want you to be as excited about your course as we are. If for any reason you’re not 100% happy with it, we offer a no-hassle, no-BS, super easy 30 day satisfaction guarantee. Any time within the first 30 days after purchase we will refund your money.

What version of Live do I need to use the course?

Ideally Live 8.2.2, although to gain full functionality, Live Suite is best. A demo of Live Suite available at https://ableton.com, though be sure and wait until the course begins if you go this route as it will expire after 30 days.

What if I don’t have Live?

This is course is designed to teach concepts, and because of this, Ableton Live itself is not 100% necessary so long as you have a comparable DAW and synths to work with.

What if I have trouble viewing the streaming videos?

Important: To get the best experience, we highly recommend you use the most updated version of Google’s free Chrome browser. This functions best with our streaming video players: https://google.com/chrome.

Can I download the videos?

No, but you have full access to all the video content after signing up. You can also access the videos from virtually any mobile device.

Are there any system requirements?

Yes, a broadband internet connection and computer are required. Minimum requirements are obviously the ability to run Ableton Live 8 so any computer with Mac OS 10.5 & Windows XP or newer should do just fine.

$29.00 USD $14.00 USD

Additional Information

Video Episodes

22

Total Length

1 hour 15 minutes

DAW Used

Live 8 & Suite 8

Downloads

Ableton Live set

Skill Level

Beginner