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Reverse Engineering Synth Sounds Explained®

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  • Selecting Synthesizers 6:01

    Selecting Synthesizers

    Thomas introduces the course and shows you how selecting different types of synths can help you make the various different synth sounds.

  • Listening to Oscillators Pt. 1 11:31

    Listening to Oscillators Pt. 1

    This video covers the basic subtractive synthesizer waves and how they sound in context, and also discusses which waves to chose for different types of sounds.

  • Listening to Oscillators Pt. 2 8:10

    Listening to Oscillators Pt. 2

    Now learn how to listen for different types of wavetable oscillators and what makes them sound different from one another. This video also shows you how to go about re-creating different wavetable sounds.

  • Noise Layers 9:40

    Noise Layers

    Discover how to identify and re-create different types of noise layers.

  • Unison & Detuning 7:14

    Unison & Detuning

    Learn how to hear the difference between Oscillator Detuning and Unison Controls, and when to use each of these features.

  • The Filters 13:14

    The Filters

    Learn what the different filter types sound like and when the use them to create different sounds.

  • Volume Envelopes 5:37

    Volume Envelopes

    In this video, Thomas explains how to identify the different parts of a volume envelope and how each part shapes the sound that you are wanting to create.

  • Filter Envelopes 9:33

    Filter Envelopes

    Now see how to approach and tweak filter envelopes when re-creating synth sounds.

  • LFOs & Modulation 7:23

    LFOs & Modulation

    Learn how to identify LFOs, their effect on synth patches, and how to re-create the effect they are having on a sound.

  • Applying Effects 11:04

    Applying Effects

    This video covers how to approach using effects on sounds, what different effects layered together sound like, and how to identify them.

  • Recreating a Lead Synth Pt. 1 11:08

    Recreating a Lead Synth Pt. 1

    Thomas uses a lead patch from the Serum synth and applies the methods discussed earlier to re-create the patch from scratch.

  • Recreating a Lead Synth Pt. 2 5:32

    Recreating a Lead Synth Pt. 2

    In this video, Thomas wraps up the discussion on the lead by making some final adjustments to the patch.

  • Recreating a Bass 9:37

    Recreating a Bass

    Thomas now auditions a bass patch from the Serum sound bank and uses the methods learned previously to re-create the patch from scratch.

  • Recreating a Pad 16:17

    Recreating a Pad

    In this final video, Thomas shows you a pad patch from the Serum sound bank and utilizes the methods shown to re-create the patch from scratch.

Product Overview


Synth guru Thomas Cochran presents awesome synth sound design video tutorials! Have you ever heard a killer synth patch and wondered how it's made? Follow along with Thomas as he shows you how to listen to a patch and then recreate it from scratch, using any modern synth! These videos are designed for beginner hardware or virtual synth users.

Thomas greets you and then shows you how to first select the right synth for making the various different synth sounds heard throughout history, followed by an in-depth look at where any synth sound starts, with the Oscillators. Thomas also covers different kinds of synthesis including subtractive and wavetable based, which can produce an almost endless palette of sounds.

Applying noise layers is then explored, plus you'll see how using Unison modes and Oscillator Detuning can beef up your patches dramatically. Thomas then moves onto the Filter section of the synths, where you can sculpt your sounds and set their overall character creatively and dynamically.

Throughout the rest of the videos Thomas covers how to use LFOs, Modulation and routing, applying effects to sculpt your sound, and then gives you real-world examples of how to reverse engineer patch staples like Leads, Basses and Pads, all from scratch.

To see what these detailed synth sound design tutorials show you, and how they'll help you to understand and identify what's going on in any synth patch, see the individual synthesizer sound design video tutorial descriptions on this page. Turbocharge your synth programming skills now... Watch "Reverse Engineering Synth Sounds Explained®" today!


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