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Chapter 1: Introduction

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    Introduction (2:01)


Chapter 2: Oscillator

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    Quiet Already (10:32)


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    CV (4:06)


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    Oscillator Master (4:22)


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    Other Oscillator Flavors (2:43)


Chapter 3: Filter

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    Trim the Fat (1:48)


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    Filter Master (5:17)


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    Other Filter Flavors (1:45)


Chapter 4: Envelope Generator

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    Work Smarter Not Harder (2:57)


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    EG Master (3:00)


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    Move the Filter (1:53)


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    Other EG Flavors (2:12)


Chapter 5: LFO

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    Make it Move (3:21)


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    FM Synthesis (3:23)


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    Other LFO Flavors (4:33)


Chapter 6: Sound Design

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    On Board Effects and Patch Recall (2:58)


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    MiniBrute - Lead (1:46)


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    Juno-60 - 80s Bass (1:31)


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    Modular - SciFi (1:46)


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    MiniBrute - Drum Machine (1:24)


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    Juno-60 - Stab Comp (0:57)


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    MiniBrute - Sub Drop (1:56)


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    Modular - Drum Machine (1:13)


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    Juno-60 - Pad (1:30)


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    Modular - Bass (0:58)


Chapter 7: Effects

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    Stereoizing (3:29)


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    Creating Movement (1:39)


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    Thicken Up That Bass (2:30)


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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yousail
Submitted 5 months ago

Great introduction

This was a great introduction for me understanding the various parts of an analogue synth in quite a short time. In the end when creating the individual sounds, it was a little bit too fast but I really liked the very beginning and the basics.

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delphi069
Submitted 5 months ago

Very informative

Scottie explains the rather difficult subject of analog synths in a manner anyone can understand. And with different analog synths. I'm sure I can use what he explained on my Virtual Analog VSTi's as well as the basic theory is still the same. I also can't wait to test all of this on my new Deepmind synth :) I would recommend this to anyone that wants to get deeper knowledge of how the different parts of an analog synth work.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Mixcraft, Reason, Studio One

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Burt Crow
Submitted 6 months ago

Quality explaninations that feed my creativity

I love the way he moved form Moog modular to Roland Juno and Aturia Mini Brute - while making all the relevant connections between - Oscillator, Filter, ADSR & LFO. Knows his stuff - relevant, well delivered and his passion comes through

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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tbeltrans
Submitted 7 months ago

Very clear, very well organized.

This course takes you through analog synths, explaining how they work and how to program them. The author uses a couple of different synths to show how the principles apply the same way across different models. On completion of the curse, you will know your way around your analog synths. My interest stems from acquiring several of the Roland Boutique series. I wanted to be able to fully use these pieces, and this course is the perfect introduction.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Sound Designer

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Bruno
Submitted 10 months ago

Beautiful explanation,

Great explanation of all button and how use it and what can do. Goood

I am a: Hobbyist


DANK
Submitted 11 months ago

The bees Knees

I was really grateful to find this offer, the videos are informative and, like you say, the knowledge easily translate to plugins, emulators and virtual instruments just as well as it does for the actual analog instruments. Even though my own synths aren't even featured in the series I got a massive amount of stuff from the videos.

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Filo
Submitted 11 months ago

A Great Help

I learnt enough from this series to feel confident in creating my own sounds and not relying on presets. Explanations were clear and examples even clearer. I'm enjoying my journey into synth paradise so much more.

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joshuairon
Submitted 11 months ago

great material covered

Good way to learn all the complexities of synth. I enjoyed seeing the patch bay as that helped clarify what was happening in the synth.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Pro Tools

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Hammy
Submitted 11 months ago

Gordon's Knot unravelled

It's like unraveling a ball of string Instructor initially shows you the creation of a sound and guides you through each component the sound travels Pretty good

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Very cool !
Submitted 11 months ago

Very cool ! Amazing introduction to anagogic synthesis

I'm a young french audiovisual/sound student. I'm also musician and, since a little while, I wanted to learn analog synthesis. So, I regret a little bit the absence of subtitles (english would be perfect) but the lessons are perfectly adapted and serious for a semi-pro knowledges.

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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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® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 28.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great introduction This was a great introduction for me understanding the various parts of an analogue synth in quite a short time. In the end when creating the individual sounds, it was a little bit too fast but I really liked the very beginning and the basics.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Quality explaninations that feed my creativity I love the way he moved form Moog modular to Roland Juno and Aturia Mini Brute - while making all the relevant connections between - Oscillator, Filter, ADSR & LFO. Knows his stuff - relevant, well delivered and his passion comes through
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very clear, very well organized. This course takes you through analog synths, explaining how they work and how to program them. The author uses a couple of different synths to show how the principles apply the same way across different models. On completion of the curse, you will know your way around your analog synths. My interest stems from acquiring several of the Roland Boutique series. I wanted to be able to fully use these pieces, and this course is the perfect introduction.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Somewhat helpful It was interesting to learn a little more about the fundamentals of analog synthesis. I basically knew what my ears were hearing, but now I know more about why.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Beautiful explanation, Great explanation of all button and how use it and what can do. Goood
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A Great Help I learnt enough from this series to feel confident in creating my own sounds and not relying on presets. Explanations were clear and examples even clearer. I'm enjoying my journey into synth paradise so much more.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from The bees Knees I was really grateful to find this offer, the videos are informative and, like you say, the knowledge easily translate to plugins, emulators and virtual instruments just as well as it does for the actual analog instruments. Even though my own synths aren't even featured in the series I got a massive amount of stuff from the videos.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great material covered Good way to learn all the complexities of synth. I enjoyed seeing the patch bay as that helped clarify what was happening in the synth.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Gordon's Knot unravelled It's like unraveling a ball of string Instructor initially shows you the creation of a sound and guides you through each component the sound travels Pretty good
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very cool ! Amazing introduction to anagogic synthesis I'm a young french audiovisual/sound student. I'm also musician and, since a little while, I wanted to learn analog synthesis. So, I regret a little bit the absence of subtitles (english would be perfect) but the lessons are perfectly adapted and serious for a semi-pro knowledges.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful Good value
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Solid Tutorial! I own a MiniBrute so this really helped out relating to the synth basics!
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good Due to the amount of time past from my MIDI applications class in college. It definitely reviewed some of the things that i almost forgot in school
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Really Cool Very well explained and demonstrated
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very neatly explained Although I knew most of this already, I did find myself having a few "a-ha" moments where I gained some new clarity of the relationships of some of the parameters and controls.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful ^ ^ ?Great intro and simplified use of a modular synth?
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great tutorial Great examples, easy to understand, well explained, but a bit short on some topics.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome !! Learned alot Really helped to enhance My skills
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Cool! Perfect for beginners!
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Intro To Analog Synths For someone with little to no (or even with much) knowledge about analog synths, this helps explain some key components that may be found on all analog synths.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Clear Presentation This course presents the fundamentals of creating sound with an analog synth presented in a very clear and easy to understand manner. I especially liked how the instructor used an oscilloscope and a spectrum analyzer to show exactly what was happening to the signal as he explained the various synth knobs and functions.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Approach to Synth Basics! I'm primarily an acoustic musician, and have spent some time over the years working with DAWs and some VSTIs, but it's been a long time since I delved into the old school analog thing - this is a great way (IMO) for anyone wanting to refresh, review and regenerate the approach that got us all started in the first place. Thanks for putting this series together!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good I watched the main parts of the tutorial till now ( till LFO) and I must say it's really good, even if i'm not english I can understand everything because the language/speaking is very clear and also interesting. I'll finish it as soon as I can, but i'm very impressed, great job, finally understood how a synth works and now I can use also vst with another approach. Thanks!
Date published: 2017-06-29
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
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Simple, easy, and insightful instructions. Simple, easy, and insightful instructions.
Just watch, listen, and the learning begins.
Thx!
Date published: 1969-12-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very informative Scottie explains the rather difficult subject of analog synths in a manner anyone can understand. And with different analog synths. I'm sure I can use what he explained on my Virtual Analog VSTi's as well as the basic theory is still the same. I also can't wait to test all of this on my new Deepmind synth :) I would recommend this to anyone that wants to get deeper knowledge of how the different parts of an analog synth work.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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