Subtractive Synthesis Fundamentals
Discover the basics of synthesis and get a guided tour of the synth and the waveforms used to create sounds.
Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)2:15
Explore what pulse width modulation is and how it works, as well as how you can use it when creating sounds.
Learn how to use filters to shape the character of your sound. Explore the different types of filters and how they work and discover how an envelope can bring a filter to life.
Learn what an amp envelope is and how it helps in sound creation. Explore the ADSR of synths and see how they bring movement and motion to a sound.
See how filter modulation can transform a static sound and give it a new lease on life using envelopes and modulation sources.
Watch how to create space and energy in your sounds using amplitude modulation. This is where sounds come to life and have almost magical qualities.
Learn to use velocity to give different timbre and shapes to your sound.
Discover what scaling is and how it can add another level of realism to your sounds.
Stacking & Detuning3:05
If you want fat basses, soaring leads and huge pads, then stacking and detuning is the way to go. See how in this video!
Other Synthesis Types
FM synthesis may be a mystery to many, but in this video, FM gets demystified and gives you the power to create sounds with real edge.
Made popular by PPG with their Wave synth, wavetable synthesis brings another unique sound source to synthesis - here it is explained.
Granular synthesis is an ideal way of creating soundscapes by morphing sound sources in new and unbelievable ways. Russ shows you how in this video!
Sample Based Synthesis3:18
See how to turn your samples into brand new sounds using sample based synthesis.
Creating a String Pad7:08
Dive in and create a string pad from scratch using many of the principles used in earlier videos.
Creating a Brass Sound3:17
Get a big fat brass sound in less than 3 minutes.
Creating a Bass Sound6:23
Earth shaking, big bass sounds are just minutes away after watching this tutorial.
Creating a Synth Lead3:50
See how to throw everything but the kitchen sink in to create a dirty sync lead sound.
Creating an Arpeggiator Sound4:34
There's nothing like a nice arpeggiator to drive a track along - find out how to make one here!
Retro Drum Sounds7:09
Get back to the roots of the first drum machines and create your own kick, snare and hi-hat using subtractive synthesis.
Build Your Own Retro Beat Box7:03
Discover how to take all your retro drum sounds and create your own vintage beat box in minutes.
Create an FM Bass Sound6:03
Learn to get deep and unique bass sounds using FM synthesis.
Create an FM Bell Sound4:11
The perfect use for FM synthesis is rich and bright bell sounds - here's how!
Create an FM Piano Sound8:48
Perhaps the most famous use of FM synthesis in the 1980s was the FM piano sounds; find out how to make one in this video.
Create a Granular Choir4:32
See how to mangle, morph and manipulate sound beyond your wildest dreams to create a granular choir.
Create a Synth Soundscape8:25
Discover how to stack, reshape and effect more than one synth to make your very own soundscape.
Have your ever wanted to get under the hood of your synths? Are you tired of using presets and wished you knew how to make the changes needed to get the sound you want? Well look no further. "Synths Explained" is aimed at the beginner who wants to understand what synths are, how they work and how to program them to get the sound you want.
This awesome series by synth master Russ Hughes covers everything from the basics right though to complex sound design including subtractive, FM, wavetable, granular and sampled based synthesis. The series is aimed at anyone who lacks the confidence to start taking control of their synths.
This collection is useful to anyone using synthesisers in their productions and is not limited to any one product. Even better, much of the training is done using the Fxpansion DCAM: Synth Squad synths, specifically so that users can download a fully working 30 day trial and use them to follow along with the video examples.
By the end of this series you will be creating your own sounds and pimping your presets, so get "Synths Explained" today!
Submitted 2 months ago
Just what you need if you are new to synthesis
Combine this with the program Syntorial and you will be ready to shape any sound that you can imagine in your mind.
I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Reaper
Submitted 6 months ago
SYNTHS, YES PLEASE!
Ive been looking for tutorials like this. PERFECT, only thing is that I was transferring what I learned here to SERUM. Make more tutorials like this...
Submitted 9 months ago
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Studio One
Submitted 1 year ago
There's something here for everyone.
I'm fairly new to the art of synthesis / sound design so from my point of knowledge this series was pure gold. This course is a gem for beginners and intermediates especially but I believe there's something here for the advanced crowd as well. It won't take you long to observe that the instructor KNOWS HIS STUFF he's very well studied and practiced on the topic at hand. This course was designed to cover a diverse range of topics in synthesis so it kind of serves as an overall primer into the world of synthesis but I assure you it's not just another run-of-the-mill tutorial course it most definitely succeeds in scratching more than the surface. I especially enjoyed the bits on granular synthesis and I'm now anxious to delve deeper into that particular method. I'm confident that anyone who views this course will most definitely learn at least a few new things from it. Many thanks and much appreciation to the instructor for taking your time to share your valuable knowledge I enjoyed this course.
I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Beat Maker
Submitted 1 year ago
More playing around than explaining
The course starts out by saying it will explain how synths work, and that while this specific synth is used for the course, the same principles can be used on any synth. It starts out well, explaining what different waveforms are and how filters work, but it pretty quickly starts skipping things. "We'll go through LFOs in a later video, but let's just do this and this and this with it..." Another video or two later the explaining part seems to have disappeared altogether, and the session now consists of the narrator very quickly doing a gazillion things (that seem to be very specific to this particular synth) to a sound, like "and if you do this and this and this, then it sounds really cool..." By now any beginner will be pretty much lost, and the videos have become more about playing around with all the cool stuff you can do with this synth than about actually explaining how synths work. Great for getting new ideas if you're already familiar with synths, I guess, but hardly "synths explained".
I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist
Submitted 2 years ago
Interesting & enjoyable.
I bought this just a few days ago, and today got around to watching it in full. As somewhat of a synth beginner, I found the course interesting, and easy enough for me to understand. I also felt it to be thorough enough, such that I definitely intend watching in full again soon.
I am a: Hobbyist, Beginner
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