SynthMaster Tutorial

SynthMaster Explained®

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    An overview of the types of synthesis available in Synthmaster, changing skins, and organizing presets.

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    Altering Presets & Modulation in SynthMaster

    How to assign modulators, the modulation matrix, and saving full and partial presets.

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    SynthMaster Architecture

    A look at Layers, routing and adding effects.

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    Oscillators Pt. 1

    The basic Oscillator waveforms, sampled waveforms, and SFZ file are covered, as is how to use the Oscillators as modulators.

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    Oscillators Pt. 2

    Additive, Vector and Wavetable Oscillators are discussed, as well as how to import your own sounds into SynthMaster.

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    A description of the filter modes, routing and types.

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    The Arpeggiator

    The arpeggiator modes and parameters are discussed, as is using the step velocity as a modulation source.

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    The Sequencer/Drum Mode

    You can program monophonic and polyphonic patterns into sequencer mode, and use the drum mode to make drum grooves.

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    Layer FX

    A description of each effect available.

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    Modulation Sources Pt. 1

    ADSR, Multistage and 2D Envelopes.

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    Modulation Sources Pt. 2

    How to us the Keyscaler and the basic, step, glide and dual LFO settings.

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    Using SynthMaster as a Vocoder

    You can set up SynthMaster as a Vocoder and process the output through a reverb for rich Vocoder FX.

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    The Master FX Page

    This is the overview page in SynthMaster for all your effects.

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    Using SynthMaster as an Audio Effect

    You can run external audio through SynthMaster and using its internal effects and filter to sculpt the sound.

Product Overview

KV331’s SynthMaster is one of the most comprehensive semi-modular software instruments out there, and Larry Holcombe delivers a video tutorial series that gets you one step closer to becoming a real synth master!

Larry begins with an introduction explaining all of the types of synthesis available, and what their differences are. He then shows you how you can take the included presets and modify them by assigning modulators and saving new presets. That leads into an exploration of the layers, routing, and architecture of SynthMaster.

Larry then dives into the oscillators, showing you around the different types, and how to use them and their modulators, as well importing your own sounds. Filter types and the different routing options available to you are then all explained and explored, expanding your sonic capabilities.

The classic arpeggiator modes and parameters are then revealed, and you’ll see how you can set up custom arpeggiator patterns, as well as apply step velocity as a modulation source for wild pulsing synth parts. You’ll then see how you can program monophonic and polyphonic patterns into sequencer mode, and how you can make banging drum grooves in Drum mode.

The powerful effects are then examined, as well as all the modulation sources, showing you how you use them to modulate the effects and synth parameters. You’ll even learn how to use SynthMaster as a vocoder, and set up effects busses and stack effects!

Finally, Larry explains how you can use SynthMaster as an audio effect, running external audio through it and using its internal effects and and filters to endlessly sculpt your sound.

Whether you’re new to SynthMaster, or you’re an accomplished user looking for further ideas and info, don’t miss “SynthMaster Explained”!

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SynthMaster Explained® is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! I learned a lot! Just about everything was explained in detail.
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent I really like the tutorials that Laurence Holcombe offers - always very thorough, with clear examples. This tutorial on synthmaster is no exception to that - he demonstrates the depth of this great synth & makes me feel excited to use it. Highly recommended
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good overview of parameters Good first stab at synth master. Would have liked a section demonstrating building patches with it.
Date published: 2019-07-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Easy On The Saw Sounds Please The tutorial itself is excellent, but it still baffles me that people who do these kinds of tutes use super aggressive sounds like Saws. Extremely irritating. Try to use softer sounds in the future. Organs or whatever.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is very helpful New to Synthmaster2, this hands-on practical tutorial helped a lot in uncovering many aspects of the versatile synth and to alter presets as needed and even start building sounds.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from Good,bad and ughly Sometimes the instructor is explaining things and they are not illustrated on the screen. Then there are occasional and unexpected white outs. Over all the tutorial is very good but at times slightly obscure. There is a lot to explain with this program and in a few short lessons, SynthMaster Explained covers a lot of ground.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Learned so much Thorough review of the features and how to use them
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Learned So Much! Very inspiring, really focused and incredibly comprehensive. Would love having more sound design examples for particular genres!
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good Good review of most of the basics of this monster synthesizer.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good overview The videos provide a good overview of the synthmaster features. But sadly, that's about it. I would have loved a bit more meaningful examples. The majority of filters and effects are applied to a bare saw. While that's good to see what they do, it's combining them what makes synthmaster powerful. Guess I would have liked a bit more see, if you do this and then that and then this, this is what you get. So get this, if you are unsure of the synthmaster features, don't get it if you expect to learn sounddesign with synthmaster.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good, but looking for more depth The videos are well done and cover the big stuff, but Synthmaster is a very deep app and I find myself wanting more. I am happy to have the resource, but it seems overpriced for what feels like an overview.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Synthmaster 2.8 Explained This video is excellent and I am very glad it has finally come out. I have been using Synthmaster for quite a while now but due to its amazing depth I have never fully realised its potential. After getting this video I feel I am much more knowledgeable about all its features and parameters. And it is up to date with version 2.8 too which has had some significant changes. It has been very well explained and all of its features and I mean ALL are clearly detailed one by one and also in a great order too. Like crawl before you walk before you run type approach. Well done Groove 3. I have been a fan of Groove 3 for years now and invested in many videos from them. They have all helped me very well for all the products I have invested in.
Date published: 2016-08-20
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