Learn the fundamentals of creating the sounds you love with vintage and modern day hardware and software.
12 classes (2 hours)
Instructor: Brandon Smith
What is this course about?
The goal of Synthesis I is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of how synthesizers work and where they came from. The history of synthesizers, from the earliest electronic instruments of the 1900s through to the powerful soft-synths commonly used today, will be covered with plenty of interesting A/V material and hands-on experience with real vintage hardware. ie: (Theremin, MiniMoog, Oberheim OB-8, Korg DW-8000, Korg M-1)
In addition to a solid historical background, essential synth elements such as oscillators, filters, and envelopes will be explored: what they do, how they work together, and how to go about creating sounds beyond the manufacturer’s pre-set patches.
Upon finishing this course you will know:
How to identify just about any synthesizer by type, old or new, and how to use it
How to create any sound of your own concept using a hardware or software synthesizer
How to incorporate synthesizers and synth-style processing techniques into DAW programs like Ableton Live
How to distinguish where your favorite “retro” synth sounds come from along with other classic sounds like those made by Moog, ARP and Oberheim
Who is this class for?
Producers of any level looking for a deeper understanding of synthesis and synthesizers
Producers looking for new tools and sounds that best suit them
Music Enthusiasts interested in how music is made and what sounds they are hearing in their favourite tracks
Synthesizer modules – (VCO, VCF, VCA, CV processors, LFO, Wave Shapers)
Common synthesizer layouts
Different methods of synthesis (subtractive, additive, FM, wavetable etc.)
Incorporating synth elements into audio production
Sequencing in Live using combinations of soft-synths and hardware
The merits and pitfalls of using vintage equipment vs. new
Hardware vs. software - finding the right synth for you