Chapter 1: Subtractive Synthesis Fundamentals
Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) (2:15)
Filter Modulation (7:09)
Amplitude Modulation (4:49)
Velocity Effects (2:19)
Stacking & Detuning (3:05)
Chapter 2: Other Synthesis Types
FM Synthesis (4:24)
Wavetable Synthesis (5:42)
Granular Synthesis (4:24)
Sample Based Synthesis (3:18)
Chapter 3: Creating Sounds
Creating a String Pad (7:08)
Creating a Brass Sound (3:17)
Creating a Bass Sound (6:23)
Creating a Synth Lead (3:50)
Creating an Arpeggiator Sound (4:34)
Retro Drum Sounds (7:09)
Build Your Own Retro Beat Box (7:03)
Create an FM Bass Sound (6:03)
Create an FM Bell Sound (4:11)
Create an FM Piano Sound (8:48)
Create a Granular Choir (4:32)
Create a Synth Soundscape (8:25)
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Submitted 3 months ago
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I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Studio One
Submitted 10 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
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Submitted 1 year ago
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Submitted 2 years ago
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Submitted 2 years ago
More playing around than explaining
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Submitted 2 years ago
Interesting & enjoyable.
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