Operator Tutorial

Synthesis with Operator

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21 Videos | Length: 2hr 31min 45sec
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  • Overview 5:11


    Basic overview of the interface and layout of Operator and what functions it provides.

  • The Basics of Pitch & Sound 4:02

    The Basics of Pitch & Sound

    Learn the fundamentals of what creates sound and pitch and how that relates to recreating sound, synthetically. This will help you to understand what Operator was designed to do.

  • Fundamentals of Harmonics & Partials 2:43

    Fundamentals of Harmonics & Partials

    Learn how harmonics give a sound its character.

  • Waveforms, Harmonics & Partials 12:41

    Waveforms, Harmonics & Partials

    Dive in deeper and learn how to manipulate and sculpt waveforms, harmonics and partials to create the sounds you want.

  • Subtractive Synthesis 5:43

    Subtractive Synthesis

    Get an overview of the process of removing content from a sound to create a different sound, using, filters, envelopes, LFO’s, etc…

  • FM Synthesis Overview 5:44

    FM Synthesis Overview

    Get an overview of how FM Synthesis works and how you can begin to utilize it in your sound design with Operator.

  • Using FM Synthesis 9:08

    Using FM Synthesis

    Get a thorough introduction into putting FM synthesis into practice with Operator.

  • Envelopes 5:55


    Envelopes are vital to sculpting and creating your sounds. Basically they effect a parameter or value over time. Operator provides many different ways to utilize envelopes.

  • Filters 12:02


    Get a detailed introduction into the various filters of Operator and how you can use them.

  • Filter Envelopes 4:38

    Filter Envelopes

    Learn how to use filter envelopes to further sculpt your sound.

  • The LFO Explained 12:24

    The LFO Explained

    Learn exactly what a Low Frequency Oscillator is and how you use it to modulate and affect various parameters within Operator.

  • Pitch 8:15


    Learn how you can use Pitch parameters like the envelope, spread and transpose to further tweak your sounds in Operator.

  • Envelope Loops 10:34

    Envelope Loops

    Learn how using repeating envelopes can create really unique sounds and even begin to sound like a new oscillator altogether.

  • Velocity 8:54


    Learn how to use velocity, or the hardness at which notes are triggered, to modulate or change your sounds.

  • Key Tracking 5:45

    Key Tracking

    Key tracking allows you to cause different notes to modulate, affect and sculpt your sounds.

  • The Global Section 11:42

    The Global Section

    This is where you control parameters that affect all of Operator.

  • Aliasing in a Nutshell 8:27

    Aliasing in a Nutshell

    Get an overview of what aliasing is and why you have some features that control it in Operator.

  • Phase 6:11


    Get an overview of what phase is and how it plays such a vital role in sound design and programming within Operator.

  • AMS Quick Tip 1:36

    AMS Quick Tip

    Quick tip on the use of AMS files.

  • Envelope Quick Tips 1:21

    Envelope Quick Tips

    Learn how to access some handy options within the envelope section.

  • Clip Envelopes & Automation 8:49

    Clip Envelopes & Automation

    Get an overview of how clip envelopes and automation within your Live tracks can be used in conjunction with Operator.

Product Overview

Presented by Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough, this series of tutorials not only teaches you everything you need to know to take total control of the Operator synth within Ableton Live, you'll also learn the fundamentals of synthesis too!

Craig takes you on a epic journey teaching you the core concepts of synthesis and sound design such as the basics of pitch and sound, waveforms, harmonics and much more. He then dives into Operator's envelopes, filters, LFO and other common synth controls for a complete understanding of synthesis that you can apply to any virtual or hardware based synth.

If you want to take full advantage of all the advanced features and functions that Operator offers and or learn the core concepts of synthesis that you can apply to other synths, look no further. Checkout "Synthesis with Operator" today.

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