Synths Tutorial

Synths Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Subtractive Synthesis Fundamentals

  • Waveforms 4:02


    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

    Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)

    Explore what pulse width modulation is and how it works, as well as how you can use it when creating sounds.

  • Filters 5:30


    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.

  • ADSR 3:18


    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.

  • Filter Modulation 7:09

    Filter Modulation

    See how filter modulation can transform a static sound and give it a new lease on life using envelopes and modulation sources.

  • Amplitude Modulation 4:49

    Amplitude Modulation

    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.

  • Velocity Effects 2:19

    Velocity Effects

    Learn to use velocity to give different timbre and shapes to your sound.

  • Scaling 2:35


    Discover what scaling is and how it can add another level of realism to your sounds.

  • Stacking & Detuning 3:05

    Stacking & Detuning

    If you want fat basses, soaring leads and huge pads, then stacking and detuning is the way to go. See how in this video!

Chapter 2 : Other Synthesis Types

  • FM Synthesis 4:24

    FM Synthesis

    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.

  • Wavetable Synthesis 5:42

    Wavetable Synthesis

    Made popular by PPG with their Wave synth, wavetable synthesis brings another unique sound source to synthesis - here it is explained.

  • Granular Synthesis 4:24

    Granular Synthesis

    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 Synthesis 3:18

    Sample Based Synthesis

    See how to turn your samples into brand new sounds using sample based synthesis.

Chapter 3 : Creating Sounds

  • Creating a String Pad 7:08

    Creating a String Pad

    Dive in and create a string pad from scratch using many of the principles used in earlier videos.

  • Creating a Brass Sound 3:17

    Creating a Brass Sound

    Get a big fat brass sound in less than 3 minutes.

  • Creating a Bass Sound 6:23

    Creating a Bass Sound

    Earth shaking, big bass sounds are just minutes away after watching this tutorial.

  • Creating a Synth Lead 3:50

    Creating a Synth Lead

    See how to throw everything but the kitchen sink in to create a dirty sync lead sound.

  • Creating an Arpeggiator Sound 4:34

    Creating an Arpeggiator Sound

    There's nothing like a nice arpeggiator to drive a track along - find out how to make one here!

  • Retro Drum Sounds 7:09

    Retro Drum Sounds

    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 Box 7:03

    Build Your Own Retro Beat Box

    Discover how to take all your retro drum sounds and create your own vintage beat box in minutes.

  • Create an FM Bass Sound 6:03

    Create an FM Bass Sound

    Learn to get deep and unique bass sounds using FM synthesis.

  • Create an FM Bell Sound 4:11

    Create an FM Bell Sound

    The perfect use for FM synthesis is rich and bright bell sounds - here's how!

  • Create an FM Piano Sound 8:48

    Create an FM Piano Sound

    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 Choir 4:32

    Create a Granular Choir

    See how to mangle, morph and manipulate sound beyond your wildest dreams to create a granular choir.

  • Create a Synth Soundscape 8:25

    Create a Synth Soundscape

    Discover how to stack, reshape and effect more than one synth to make your very own soundscape.

Product Overview

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!

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