Operator Tutorial

Synthesis with Operator

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    Overview (5:11)


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    The Basics of Pitch & Sound (4:02)


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    Fundamentals of Harmonics & Partials (2:43)


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    Waveforms, Harmonics & Partials (12:41)


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    Subtractive Synthesis (5:43)


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    FM Synthesis Overview (5:44)


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    Using FM Synthesis (9:08)


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    Envelopes (5:55)


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    Filters (12:02)


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    Filter Envelopes (4:38)


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    The LFO Explained (12:24)


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    Pitch (8:15)


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    Envelope Loops (10:34)


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    Velocity (8:54)


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    Key Tracking (5:45)


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    The Global Section (11:42)


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    Aliasing in a Nutshell (8:27)


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    Phase (6:11)


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    AMS Quick Tip (1:36)


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    Envelope Quick Tips (1:21)


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    Clip Envelopes & Automation (8:49)


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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bigmiff
Submitted 6 months ago

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.

I am a: Student, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Ableton Live

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bdumaguina
Submitted 9 months ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Studio One

Response from Customer Service:

HI and thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! It is appreciated.
Yes, this tutorial is an entry level guide to to Operator so anyone wanting to learn the ins and outs will greatly benefit from it.
I have added a request to our customer request list for you to include synthesis technique and sound design.
Thanks again!
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aNDRES
Submitted 1 year ago

Good

Very good

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live, Reason

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jaskcah
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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dancindiie
Submitted 1 year ago

Great intro to operator

Excellent explanation of the different features, tabs, and shells within operator along with good use of some music theory.

I am a: Beginner

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I have been living and breathing music, and music technology, for most of my life. I first got into music by learning guitar over 20 years ago, at around 11 years old, and after playing in bands throughout my school years. I studied Audio engineering at college, at first with analogue tape and MIDI gear using external synths and an early version of Cubase.

2. What training have you had?

After leaving school and earning a living playing in bands for a while I started working in live sound in the mid 1990s, working on a lot of live music events, large and small, while still writing and producing my own music, both solo and with various different bands.  By this time my music took more electronic focus, switching to Logic to sequence samplers, synths and drum machines, and record live instruments and vocals. 

3. When did you get into recording?

From 2000 I worked in a production studio in the UK, mainly using Logic, Cubase SX, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sound Forge and the Waves plug-ins for audio engineering, and Reason and Acid for music composition, until discovering Ableton Live in 2002.

4. People you have worked with/for?

When MIDI was added to Live in version 4, I focused much more on using Ableton Live with Native Instruments and Waves Plug-ins, getting to know them intimately. Over the last few years I have been an internal tester for Ableton’s upcoming versions and I am also an Ableton Certified Trainer.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I am good at training people because I have an intimate relationship and passion with the technology I use. I strive to develop a deep understanding of the tools I use and genuinely want to share that expereince with others

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Synthesis with Operator is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 5.
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