Dune Tutorial

Dune 3 Explained®

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  • Introduction & the Interface 5:47

    Introduction & the Interface

    In this first video, Larry introduces the architecture of Dune 3, including the structure of the interface. He also outlines how to save and load presets.

  • Signal Flow & the Differential Unison Engine 3:31

    Signal Flow & the Differential Unison Engine

    Discover the architecture of the synth, including the unique Differential Unison Engine feature, which allows you to stack different voices with their own sonic characters.

  • Virtual Analogue Oscillators 9:29

    Virtual Analogue Oscillators

    In this video, you'll learn the parameters of the virtual analogue waveforms of oscillators 1 and 2 and some creative ways that we can tune their unison voices.

  • Wavetable Mode 4:56

    Wavetable Mode

    Next up, explore the Wavetable Mode, which allows us to play through a series of waveforms using the position dial. This is demonstrated using an LFO modulating the Position Dial.

  • FM Mode 7:08

    FM Mode

    In this video, Larry explains how to create sounds using operators and algorithms within Dune 3 for a nice and simple implementation of FM synthesis.

  • Oscillator 3 & Noise 3:18

    Oscillator 3 & Noise

    Learn the ways in which we can use Dune 3?s Oscillator 3 in this video. This includes the Noise and Sub Oscillators, which can be layered with Oscillators 1 and 2 for extra fatness.

  • Sample Playback 3:41

    Sample Playback

    Discover the Sample Playback functionality of Dune 3 next, including looping and re-drawing the sample?s waveform.

  • Ring Modulation & the Mixer 4:54

    Ring Modulation & the Mixer

    Explore some trademark sci-fi effects using the sum and difference side bands created with ring modulation in this video. Also learn how to use the Mixer to fine tune oscillator levels and also create stereo width by panning oscillators in the stereo field.

  • The Filter Section 11:16

    The Filter Section

    In this video, Larry covers the parameters of the Filter section, including the Routing Options and Effects feature.

  • The Differential Unison Engine 8:05

    The Differential Unison Engine

    Here, you'll explore the Differential Unison Engine, including the Voices Solo and Common/Voices edit sections.

  • Wavetable Editor Pt. 1 7:20

    Wavetable Editor Pt. 1

    Next up, discover the ways in which you can use the Wavetable Editor?s menu to load, alter, and export wavetables.

  • Wavetable Editor Pt. 2 9:26

    Wavetable Editor Pt. 2

    Larry focuses on the tools within the Wavetable Edit area next. This allows you to draw your own waveforms and also create additive waveforms using the Additive Tool. Learn how to create evolving wavetables of your own by creating new waveform slots.

  • LFOs 7:31


    Explore the parameters of the three LFOs, which give us the ability to create periodic modulations of different synth parameters.

  • MSEG 7:58


    Learn about the MSEGs in Dune 3 next, which allow us to create anything from standard envelope shapes to wild customizable LFOs and trance-gates.

  • Mod Matrix 9:39

    Mod Matrix

    Discover the ways in which we can use the Mod Matrix alongside the Differential Union Engine to create sounds that are packed with movement and contrast. Also learn to use the mod destination amount as a modulation destination for multiple modulation madness!

  • The Arpeggiator Pt. 1 8:14

    The Arpeggiator Pt. 1

    In this video, Larry demonstrates how we can create melodic patterns using the Arpeggiator and also how, by using the arp note and arp vel modulation sources, we can use the Arpeggiator as a modulation source in the Mod Matrix.

  • The Arpeggiator Pt. 2 4:00

    The Arpeggiator Pt. 2

    Next up, explore how using the key on Envelope Mode allows you to play back arp patterns that do not re-trigger the envelope. Larry also demonstrates the playing back of monophonic and polyphonic MIDI files.

  • FX Busses 6:16

    FX Busses

    Next up, follow along as Larry illustrates the ways in which we can route and re-order our FX busses using the Differential Unison Engine. This allows you to have dedicated FX chains for different voices, greatly expanding the potential of this synth.

  • Settings 1:42


    Explore the settings of Dune 3 in this video, including things like velocity routing, pitch bend range, and internal/host syncing.

  • Making a Soulful Pad Patch 11:56

    Making a Soulful Pad Patch

    In this video, Larry synthesizes an interesting pad sound layered with a chime sound for some added organic flavor.

  • Making a Drop Chord Sound 8:20

    Making a Drop Chord Sound

    Next up, learn to make an LFO-modulated drop chord sound, which starts as a saw patch and ends up as a square wave-based part.

  • Making a Square Wave Bass 5:51

    Making a Square Wave Bass

    Finally, discover how to create a bouncy square wave-based overdriven bass part.

Product Overview

Studio expert Larry Holcombe presents comprehensive Dune 3 video tutorials! Synapse's Dune 3 is one of the most versatile and powerful soft synths on the market, which means it can also be a bit intimidating for the less-experienced user. Well, look no further! In these Dune 3 tutorials, Larry will demystify Dune3 and walk you through all the most important features from the ground up. From the interface and signal flow to advanced tweaking of the oscillators, filters, arpeggiator, and more, you'll learn it all! These videos are for new Dune 3 users.

Larry welcomes you and begins by introducing the synth's interface, illustrating how to load/save presets and provides a quick overview of the instrument's architecture. You'll explore the oscillators - including creative uses for noise and unison tuning - and also learn about the sound-shaping possibilities with Wavetable Mode and FM Mode.

Next, check out how the Sample Playback's functionality enables you to redraw waveforms and implement looping, and learn how to create some classic sci-fi sound effects with ring modulation. Then explore the various parameters of the Filter as well as Synapse's proprietary Differential Unison Engine before diving into the Wavetable Editor for a thorough look at its extensive creative capabilities.

Throughout the rest of the course, you'll explore other key components, such as the LFO (for creating periodic modulation of different parameters), MSEG (multi-stage envelope generator), Mod Matrix (for routing modulation sources and destinations), Arpeggiator (for generating melodic patterns and also additional modulation sources), FX busses, and more! You'll finish up by learning how to design three different useful sounds using many of the concepts covered in the tutorials!

To see exactly what these in-depth Dune3 tutorials contain, and how they'll quickly reveal the nearly limitless sonic potential of this amazing synth, see the individual Dune 3 video tutorial descriptions on this page. Take your synth sound design skills to another world... Watch “Dune 3 Explained®” now!

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