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Analog Synths Explained

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Introduction

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    2:01

    Scottie welcomes you to the series.

Oscillator

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    Tutorial 2

    Quiet Already

    10:32

    We will start it off with the Moog Modular Clones Oscillators. The Oscillator is the sound source of any synth. They come in a variety of shapes and sounds and these guys just dont know how to be quiet. We will take a look and listen to the four most common wave forms and what makes them different. We will also quickly visit the noise generator.

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    Tutorial 3

    CV

    4:06

    Next we talk about the ancient synth language, Control Voltage, or CV for short. This is the analog signal used to control older style synths like the Modular. After converting MIDI to CV we have Control Voltages for Pitch, Velocity, Gate and Trigger.

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    Tutorial 4

    Oscillator Master

    4:22

    Now that you know what an Oscillator does, lets mix their signals together. We will control pitch via Control Voltage, mix multiple Oscillators together, then add noise. We will also take a look at the complex Wave Form we create when mixing multiple Oscillators together.

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    Tutorial 5

    Other Oscillator Flavors

    2:43

    In this video Scottie takes a look at the Oscillator Section of the Juno-60 and the MiniBrute. You will see how much easier it is to get up and running with them being hardwired and not worrying about tuning.

Filter

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    Tutorial 6

    Trim the Fat

    1:48

    Next lets start removing stuff. By stuff I mean frequencies. Lets use a Filter to remove some of the sound. This process involves setting a Cutoff Frequency and adding resonance if desired.

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    Tutorial 7

    Filter Master

    5:17

    Now that you know what a Filter does, lets take a look at what its doing with a Spectrum Analyzer. We will get to visually see exactly how subtractive synthesis got its name.

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    Tutorial 8

    Other Filter Flavors

    1:45

    Next were off to the Juno and Brute again to see what the Filter section looks like on other Synths. Also, we take a listen to how different they sound.

Envelope Generator

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    Tutorial 9

    Work Smarter Not Harder

    2:57

    In this video lets make the Synth do some work for us. By using an Envelope Generator we can add movement that changes the sound whenever we play a key. We will go over the most common EG called an ADSR and control the Synths Amplitude.

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    Tutorial 10

    EG Master

    3:00

    Lets head back to Live and visually take a look at what the Envelope Generator is doing when it controls Amplitude. If youre familiar with the iconic ADSR info graphic, this is what we will be creating.

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    Tutorial 11

    Move the Filter

    1:53

    Now we will take a look at automatically moving the Cutoff Frequency of the Filter with the Envelope Generator, with the only difference being the starting point. The Amplifier always starts at 0% volume and goes to 100%. The Cutoff Frequency starts wherever that parameter is initially set.

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    Tutorial 12

    Other EG Flavors

    2:12

    In this video we take a look at the Envelope Generators on the Juno and MiniBrute. Notice how some synths might not have a separate EG for both the Amplitude and Filter.

LFO

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    Tutorial 13

    Make it Move

    3:21

    Lets take it to the next level. Please welcome Mr. LFO. The Low Frequency Oscillator is responsible for adding another layer of Modulation. With it we can add complexity, movement and rhythm.

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    Tutorial 14

    FM Synthesis

    3:23

    Next lets explore what happens when the LFO modulates pitch. Instead of the LFO being a true LFO we will bring its Frequency into the human hearing range. This is a very basic form of Frequency Modulation Synthesis.

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    Tutorial 15

    Other LFO Flavors

    4:33

    Now lets take a look at how our other two synths incorporate the LFO into their workflow. The Juno and Brute both allow control over the depth of the LFO using a button, mod wheel or even aftertouch. This gives us more expression when playing them. We will also take a look at both synths build in Arpeggiator.

Sound Design

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    Tutorial 16

    On Board Effects and Patch Recall

    2:58

    In this video we apply our knowledge and create some patches. Ill also show you why digitally controlled synths took off so quickly.

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    Tutorial 17

    MiniBrute - Lead

    1:46

    In this video we will also take advantage of the MiniBrutes great modulation section. Aftertouch will control Vibrato and the Mod Wheel with control LFO depth. The LFO will modulate Amplitude, the Filter and Pulse Width.

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    Tutorial 18

    Juno-60 - 80s Bass

    1:31

    This patch will take advantage of the built in Arpeggiator. The LFO is used to create some subtle movement with Pitch and the Filter. The Envelope Generator is set to create a very staccato sound by having a short Attack, Decay and Release time along with the Sustain level set to zero.

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    Tutorial 19

    Modular - SciFi

    1:46

    In this video Scottie how the Modulars Filter Resonance can be turned up so high that it will make a sound all by itself. This patch will take advantage of this Self Oscillation. The only Oscillator being used is in LFO mode controlling the Filters Cutoff Frequency.

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    Tutorial 20

    MiniBrute - Drum Machine

    1:24

    Now lets take a look at how to create a percussive sound. We will set both EGs to a fast ADR time and low Sustain level creating that punchy sound needed for a kick or tom. Just a little bit of White Noise and the Brute Factor also helps by bringing in some dirt.

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    Tutorial 21

    Juno-60 - Stab Comp

    0:57

    This patch also gives us a percussive type sound. We will use the EG to close the filter very quickly. Turning up the resonance accentuates the closing of the Filters Cutoff Frequency.

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    Tutorial 22

    MiniBrute - Sub Drop

    1:56

    Lets really take advantage of the Brutes Modulation section. The LFO is set to a Sawtooth Waveform and controls pitch in a positive way while controlling the Cutoff Frequency in a negative way.

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    Tutorial 23

    Modular - Drum Machine

    1:13

    In this video Scottie shows how this patch takes advantage of a high Resonance setting, White Noise and the LFO reset option. The sound this Synth makes is reminiscent of some of the non-real drum machines that play different types of noises instead of trying to emulate actual drums.

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    Tutorial 24

    Juno-60 - Pad

    1:30

    Next we take advantage of the Junos polyphony and onboard Chorus. There is also some very subtle modulation of the Pitch and Filter using the LFO. Creating a long Attack and Release gives us a very gentle and smooth sound.

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    Tutorial 25

    Modular - Bass

    0:58

    Finally we go back to the Modular for a huge bass sound. The LFO is modulating Pulse Width while the Filter movement is giving just a little bite. We can also detune the second Oscillator to create a fifth.

Effects

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    Tutorial 26

    Stereoizing

    3:29

    Now lets look at some effects that can help a mono synth spread out into the stereo field. We will use Delay, Chorus and Reverb to trick our Ears into thinking we have a stereo instrument.

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    Tutorial 27

    Creating Movement

    1:39

    We can also use effects to create movement. Of course, the LFO and Envelope Generator can do this, but lets take it to the next level. We explore how adding a simple pan and delay can transform our sound into something very complex and interesting.

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    Tutorial 28

    Thicken Up That Bass

    2:30

    Finally, in this video we will specifically look at bass. A good bass holds down the bottom end but it doesnt need to be boring. Lets look at ways to fatten up a bass patch and bring it more to the front of a mix by making it sound interesting and thick.

Remember the good old days when synths had wooden sides and a knob for each function and feature? Well if you don't, Scottie Dugan is going to reveal the magic and mystery of these wonderful machines, teaching you the basics of analog synthesis from the ground up, using both classic and modern analog synthesizers. (Moog Modular clone, Roland Juno 60 & Arturia MINI Brute) Shown in HD video, you'll learn everything you need to get going with that old synth in your closet, or apply the info to any virtual synth in your DAW.

Scottie starts with an introduction covering what you'll learn in the series and then jumps right in to Oscillators and Waveforms and what they do. Next, Control Voltage is revealed and you'll see how this pre-MIDI technology is used and get creative tips on using it with today's synths. Filters are next, and Scottie shows you all about these powerful sonic sculptors.

Envelopes and LFOs are then explained in detail as well as how they're used to creatively control other parts of the synth. Scottie now takes what you've learnt and shows you how to design sounds from scratch with your analog synth. Watch as Scottie makes screaming leads, fat basses, powerful stabs, sub-drops, pads, percussive sounds and more!

If you have an old or new analog synth or a virtual analog synth in your DAW, you need to know the important basics before you can program your own sounds or edit existing ones. Let Scottie show you what you need to work that magic analog synth and have a whole new sonic world revealed... Watch "Analog Synths Explained" today.

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Rabrad
Submitted 3 months ago

Wonderful!

Great introduction to modular synthesis. Highly recommended for any interested in any kind of synthesis and sound design.

I am a: Producer, Musician, Sound Designer, Beat Maker

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Submitted 7 months ago

Great Overview

I wanted a refresher over analog synthesis. It's been a while, and I needed something to refamiliarize myself. This course did that. And, I learned new things that will help me make lively sounds.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up taking classical piano lessons, so music has always been a part of my life. It started out as a daily chore and eventually evolved into a passion. Now I am very lucky to call it my profession.

2. What training have you had?

After thirteen years of private piano lessons I decided to pursue a formal degree. Two years in and I realized it wasn't for me. From that point on a began teaching myself and taking various online courses that offered subjects that excited me. I've gotten to learn and sit under individuals who are way better than I am.

3. When did you get into recording?

Ableton Live and the ability to make music with a computer were the two biggest reasons I didn't continue pursue a formal degree. I was in a band, we cut a DIY "garage album" and that started the obsession. The once obscured world of synths, hardware and software was now overwhealming as I transitioned away from a piano only mindset.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have the great privilege to be working with Ableton as one of their Ableton Certified Trainers. Being a part of that community has been really amazing and life changing. I have yet to work with anyone rich and famous... but I have a feeling one day some of these crazy talented people will be. I get to work with students and artists who are chasing their musical dreams. I like the purity and passion that comes with that.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well, I've always been told that I'm a good teacher but I hated talking to people I didn't know. It took a while to get over those introvert tendencies and fear of public speaking and now I can't get enough. Watching a student get that lightbulb breakthrough or seeing an ignition of passion after the transfer of knowledge creates such a sense of fulfillment for me. I can't not teach.

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    Analog Synths Explained

    Remember the good old days when synths had wooden sides and a knob for each function and feature? Well if you don't, Scottie Dugan is going to reveal the magic and mystery of these wonderful machines, teaching you the basics of analog synthesis from the ground up, using both classic and modern analog synthesizers. You'll learn everything you need to get going with that old synth in your closet, or apply the info to any virtual synth in your DAW!

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Analog Synths Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Always happy with Groove 3 Tutrorials I have never been disappointed with any of the tutorials I have purchased from Groove 3 - well presented and good value
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Great introduction to modular synthesis. Highly recommended for any interested in any kind of synthesis and sound design.
Date published: 2016-12-21
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