Operator Tutorial

Synthesis with Operator

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21 Videos | Length: 2hr 31min 45sec
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    Basic overview of the interface and layout of Operator and what functions it provides.

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    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.

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    Fundamentals of Harmonics & Partials

    Learn how harmonics give a sound its character.

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    Waveforms, Harmonics & Partials

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

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    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…

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    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.

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    Using FM Synthesis

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

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    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.

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

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    Filter Envelopes

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

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    The LFO Explained

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

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

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    Envelope Loops

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

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

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    Key Tracking

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

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    The Global Section

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

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    Aliasing in a Nutshell

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

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

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    AMS Quick Tip

    Quick tip on the use of AMS files.

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    Envelope Quick Tips

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

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    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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Synthesis with Operator is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 11 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well explained All params are explained very well. And as well the theoretical background!
Date published: 2021-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is the course any serious sound designer needs to watch! I was looking for long time for a course like this. I think many people could think why learn Operator as many others option out there. But if you are serious about understand how synthesis actually works, additive, subtractive or FM this is the way to go.
Date published: 2021-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Once again blown away by these tutorials I've been using ableton for about 4-5 months now and now that I have the hang of using it, I wanted to learn to use the instruments in it. Not disappointed at all! Explains sound design while hes at it
Date published: 2020-10-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial From the rare tutorials that hooked me learning from start to end. Before this tutorial I have never put attention to Operator, but my love for FM synthesis led me here and I'm glad that I found this one :) I wish there is a similar tutorial for Collision by the same tutor. This is a great tutorial :) Thank you!
Date published: 2020-07-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of the best tutorials in groove3 In my opinion this is one of the best tutorials in groove3. Very systematic, gradual and methodical explanation of how synthesizers work. I love that use of spectrum plug in that illustrates graphically each concept. Now I realized that it is the best tutorial on how synths work that I’ve seen.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great introduction I am a total beginner with Ableton and synthesis in general and I found it very helpful not only for learning Operator but for synthesis in general. The instructor's voice is very clear and present very well.
Date published: 2019-04-06
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from A good overview, but doesn't go very deep It's fine as an introduction to Operator, but it is a rather ordinary and dry walkthrough, and it would have been more useful to see how it can be used in musical situations, and hear some demonstrations in that way.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good Very good
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful, technical, wanted more examples I liked this training on Operator. It walks through each parameter step-by-step with not enough ideas of how to use these parameters in making music. I wanted more examples of actually creating different kinds of sounds.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great intro to operator Excellent explanation of the different features, tabs, and shells within operator along with good use of some music theory.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Tutorial Series should have been called Ableton Live Operator Explained For someone who has used Ableton Live for a good few years now, one would only learn a few things from these videos. I for example only found the videos "Envelope Loops", "Velocity" and "Key Tracking" to be helpful. I was expecting more examples of synthesizing sounds using Operator (given the title of the series), and NOT a full explanation of how Operator works. Even at that, it failed to mention a crucial aspect of the Operator; in that the Coarse knobs controlled harmonics (not octaves and semitones) and the Fine knobs span an octave divided into 1000 steps. I would say the pacing of the videos were indeed good, the lecturer was very knowledgeable and the quality is of Groove3 standards, but the content is more suited for the beginner to the intermediate I would say. If you are looking to learn the inside and out of the Operator synth, then this video is indeed for you. If you are looking to learn how to expand your synthesis techniques with Operator via examples and sound design, then this video may not be for you. But one would argue that in order to improve ones' synthesis technique, one should understand his/her synth of choice inside and out.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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