Sylenth Tutorial

Sylenth Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:59

    Laurence welcomes you to this video series on Sylenth and gives a brief introduction to the synth and the ethos behind it.

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    Tutorial 2

    Interface and Signal Flow

    5:04

    Laurence explores the interface and the way you interact with it; using knobs and sliders as well as the way that the signal passes through Sylenth.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Part Section (Oscillators)

    6:31

    Laurence discusses the different waveforms,creates fat layered sounds using detuning and PWM, and layers oscillators to create harmonic intervals.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Filter Section and Amp Envelope

    6:36

    Explore the filters of Parts A and B and their routing. Laurence then explains filter types and Drive and sculpting the volume contour of the sound using the Amp Envelope.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Main Section

    4:50

    Laurence demonstrates the Filter Control section, altering Cutoff and Resonance levels of Parts A and B simultaneously. Laurence then demonstrates the Mixer and adjusting the respective levels of Parts A and B.

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    Tutorial 6

    The Modulation Section

    11:21

    Discover the modulation Envelopes, LFOs and the Misc Modulation Section. Laurence also discusses the way modulation is implemented in Sylenth.

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    Tutorial 7

    The Master FX Pt. 1

    8:06

    Laurence examines the Arpeggiator and creating rhythmic sequences before using Step Velocity as a modulation source.

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    Tutorial 8

    The Master FX Pt. 2

    13:12

    Laurence adds effects to the sound to enhance it using distortion, modulation, eq and spacial effects.

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    Tutorial 9

    The Keyboard Section

    2:36

    Watch as Laurence covers the Pitch Bend, Portamento and demonstrates Mono vs Poly Mode.

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    Tutorial 10

    Deep Techy Chords

    6:19

    Laurence shows how to make Dub Techno style stabs in Sylenth.

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    Tutorial 11

    Analogue Kick Drums

    4:12

    Laurence explores synthesizing Kicks using pitch modulation and creating different tones using distortion.

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    Tutorial 12

    Huge EDM Synth Hook

    8:25

    Laurence creates a huge detuned Saw/Square wave hook sound by stacking oscillators and using effects to make a big sound.

Laurence Holcombe takes you deep into Sylenth, the amazing software synth from Lennar Digital! This synth has a cult following and sounds worthy of being worshipped. Join Laurence as he shows you all that this power-synth can do, as well as create custom sounds like deep techy chords, fat basses and huge EDM synth hooks.

Laurence starts with an introduction to Sylenth, its GUI and signal flow. Next, you'll learn all about its powerful oscillator section and waveforms, filter section and amp envelopes. Laurence then reveals the main section where you control resonance and cuttoff, as well as mix parts A & B.

The modulation section is now presented, showcasing its amazing LFOs and modulation features. Laurence then turns up the master effects on Sylenth and the fun really begins. You'll see how to use its fabulous arpeggiator, apply distortion, modulation, EQ, special effects and more!

Wrapping up the series, Laurence gets into sound design with Sylenth and shows you how to make awesome synth and drum sounds. If you're new to Sylenth or just want to know more about it and what it can do, these videos will hit the mark... Watch "Sylenth Explained" today.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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