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Developing Synth Sounds Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Introduction

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    Introduction

    This video covers what the course is about how it can be used to improve your synth sounds.

Chapter 2 : Bass Synths

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    Basses that Punch: Setup

    This video is about creating the basic patch and what types of waves are best for creating punchy synthwave basses. These techniques can be used for any full bass sound that you are wanting to create.

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    Basses that Punch: Technique

    See how to add a filter, volume modulation, and pitch modulation to the patch and make it really hit. Having a bass that hits is quite common in a lot of different styles of music and these ideas can be applied to any sound.

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    Heavy Punch Bass: Setup

    Watch how to make a basic FM bass patch suitable for a wide range of genres.

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    Heavy Punch Bass: Technique

    Discover how to make the FM bass punch further by using distortion, OTT compression, and other effects. Modulation is key to making bass sounds that punch properly.

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    Movement & Baselines: Setup

    See the basic patch setup and how to make it full sounding. These ideas can be applied to just about any classic sounding bass.

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    Movement & Baselines: Technique

    Explore how to best use detuning, modulation, and effects to create patches that have subtle moment. While it may seem more simple, subtle use of modulation is key to creating interesting and evolving sounds.

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    Movement & Heavy Baselines: Setup

    This video shows how to setup a basic sine compression bass, and also covers using soft clipping and distortion to enhance your bass sound.

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    Movement & Heavy Baselines: Technique

    Thomas discusses how movement is created for more heavy types of basses and reveals processing techniques such as stereo movement, advanced filters, and distortion.

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    808 Bass: Setup

    Learn how to create 808s from scratch. This first video covers the basics of setting up the patch as well as how you can edit the sound to create a wide variety of different 808s.

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    808 Bass: Techniques

    This video focuses on techniques for distortion processing, compression, and parallel distortion with groups to get 808s that properly hit in a production.

Chapter 3 : Lead & Arpeggiated Synths

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    Synth Lead: Setup

    Leads may sound simple, but they can be challenging to get right. In this video Thomas shows how to setup a basic lead patch that will then be changed into a really engaging lead sound.

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    Synth Lead: Techniques

    Watch how to add moment to lead synths with stereo movement and modulation effects, taking a basic lead and make it more exciting.

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    Arpeggiation: Setup

    Learn the steps to create an interesting arpeggiated synth patch. These basics can be used for any type of arp synth you wish to create.

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    Arpeggiation: Techniques

    This video covers how to make your leads more interesting including effects like delays, texture, and reverb to create lush sounding arp patches.

Chapter 4 : Keys & Pads

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    Keys: Setup

    See how to make keyboard patches, including manipulating the envelope and oscillator settings that are used to create Rhodes-like keyboard sounds.

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    Keys: Techniques

    Now that the basic patch is setup, watch how to process keyboard patches so that they are a lot more interesting.

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    Pad: Setup

    Learn what techniques are used to make full, fat sounding pads. These ideas can be used to make many different pads for numerous popular genres.

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    Pad: Techniques

    See how to process pads to make them bigger sounding. This video also shows you how to take this patch and turn it into a variety of different pad sounds.

Chapter 5 : Drums

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    Kick: Setup

    Discover how synthesizing kick samples works including patch setup, and the type of envelope settings that can be used on kicks.

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    Kick: Techniques

    Learn the techniques that are used to process kicks to make them hit just right. Thomas then shows how to take the basic kick and edit it based on what sound you are going for.

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    Snare: Setup

    Synthesizing snare sounds is a bit tricky, but there are a few modulations that can be used to make snares sound right. This video dives into modulation settings that are used to give snares that classic snap.

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    Snare: Techniques

    Wrapping it up, Thomas reveals techniques that are used to process snares, as well as how you can get a verity of different snare sounds based off of the main patch.

Product Overview


Synthesizer pro Thomas Cochran delivers in-depth synth sound design video tutorials! See how to make and develop a wide variety of popular synth sounds, including techniques that you can use to enhance and improve any type of sound. These videos are for those who already have an understanding of how synths work and the terminology used for identifying their features and functions. Finished presets are also included!

These synth sound design videos are shown using Xfer Serum, arguably one of the most popular virtual synth instruments available today, but the info can be applied to any virtual or hardware synth. Thomas also uses some 3rd party effects including the free Tal Chorus LX and OTT compressor, as well as "paid for" Native Instruments Transient Master and Fab Filter Saturn. These are used to "finish" the sounds, but you can use any chorus, compressor, transient or saturation plug-in to get similar results.

Thomas begins by welcoming you and goes over what the video tutorials will cover, and then starts with the bottom end, showing you how to setup and build punch basses, FM basses and 808 bass patches from scratch, and then uses different techniques to develop them further, such as adding filters, volume and pitch modulation, compression, effects and more.

Throughout the rest of the videos you'll see similar techniques shown to craft and improve lead and arpeggiated synths, synth keys and pads, and even how to synthesize kicks and snares from scratch using your synth.

To see what these comprehensive synth sound design tutorials show you, and how they'll enable you to build and expand your synth sounds, see the individual synth sound design video tutorial descriptions on this page. Improve your synth sounds design skills now, and learn to easily make the sounds you hear in your head... Watch "Developing Synth Sounds Explained®" today.


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zurkonic
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Got A Lot Out Of This

As I am still early on in learning about synthesis, just have to say how helpful I found this course in terms of synthesizing (sorry) what I know so far alongside getting me more comfortable working in Serum. The instructor is very easy to listen to and follow. Definitely feel like I got a lot out of it...thank you!!!


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Dunkirk
Submitted 1 month ago

Great course!

This course is great to help you understand how to get create great sounding sounds that can get your track going. Extremely helpful. :)


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zurkonic
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Got A Lot Out Of This

As I am still early on in learning about synthesis, just have to say how helpful I found this course in terms of synthesizing (sorry) what I know so far alongside getting me more comfortable working in Serum. The instructor is very easy to listen to and follow. Definitely feel like I got a lot out of it...thank you!!!

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Dunkirk
Submitted 1 month ago

Great course!

This course is great to help you understand how to get create great sounding sounds that can get your track going. Extremely helpful. :)

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Thomas Cochran electronic musician and multi instrumentalist from Austin Texas, who now lives in Los Angeles. He focuses on creating electronic music that features both ambient and classical influences.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing music at a young age, starting with classical guitar. This started my love for music and eventually expanded into learning other instruments as well. To date, I have had over ten years of classical experience and training as well as additional instrumental experience.

2. What training have you had?

I grew up studying classical guitar and composition and eventually started applying my classical knowledge to learning other instruments as well, ranging from violin, cello, keys, and drums.

3. When did you get intro recording?

I got into recording out of necessity when me and some friends started a band back in high school and couldn't afford studio time. Through this, I learned about music production and recording and haven't looked back since.

4. Why are you so good at training people?

I love learning about the technical aspects of music production, this helps me understand the how music production works under the hood. I have also worked for several years creating music production tutorials online.

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Developing Synth Sounds Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Got A Lot Out Of This As I am still early on in learning about synthesis, just have to say how helpful I found this course in terms of synthesizing (sorry) what I know so far alongside getting me more comfortable working in Serum. The instructor is very easy to listen to and follow. Definitely feel like I got a lot out of it...thank you!!!
Date published: 2020-08-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! This course is great to help you understand how to get create great sounding sounds that can get your track going. Extremely helpful. :)
Date published: 2020-08-12
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