SYNTHESIS - TEST DRIVE

12 Week Online Course - This is Lesson 1. Each week a new lesson is unlocked and will also include project files and course notes. Each week also includes 1on1 live chats or group live chats and opportunities for feedback on your assignments from your instructor.

Lesson 1

  • How does sound work?
  • What is a synthesizer?
  • Signal Generators and Modifiers
  • Hardware and Software Synth Tours
    • Mini Moog Model D
    • Novation Bass Station II
    • Roland System-1
    • Serum
    • FM-8
    • Operator
  • Analog in Ableton – A/B with Novation Bass Station (hardware synth)
  • Saving and Loading Patches

LESSON 1 - How does sound work?

 

LESSON 1 - signal generators and signal modifiers

 

Lesson 1 - Types of synthesis

 

Lesson 1 - mini moog model d - tour

 

lesson 1 - mini moog jam

 

Lesson 1 - The goal of this course

 

lesson 1 - Geography of ableton analog

 

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Lesson #2

  • Oscillators and common waveforms
  • Analyzing a Waveform using an Oscilloscope
  • Recognizing waveforms by ear
  • Audio examples of classic synthesizer waveforms
  • Assignment (See Appendix A)

Lesson #3

  • Oscillator waveform quiz
  • More varieties of waveforms
  • Pulse Width Modulation
  • Introduction to Filters
  • Assignment (See Appendix A) 

Lesson #4

  • Filter Quiz
  • Using filters in Live (Auto Filter, EQ-8)
  • Introduction to Envelope Generators
  • Applications of Envelopes
  • Assignment (See Appendix A)

Lesson #5

  • Envelopes Quiz
  • Introduction to the LFO
  • Applications of LFOs
  • Oscillator Sync
  • The Master section in Analog
  • Assignment (See Appendix A)

Lesson #6

  • Mid-Term Quiz
  • The Harmonic Series (Overtones)
  • Spectrum Analyzer and figuring out Harmonic Content
  • Introduction to Operator and FM-8
  • Mid-Term Assignment (See Appendix A)

Lesson #7

  • Operator Level II
  • Classic FM Synths & Sounds
  • Operator’s Envelope section (pitch envelopes, looping envelopes etc.)
  • Introduction to instrument rack (combining Operator and Analog) 

Lesson #8

  • The Sound Analysis Chart
  • Categorizing Sounds
  • Creating Percussion Sounds With Operator
  • Assignment (See Appendix A)

Lesson #9

  • Reverse Engineering a Synth Patch Exercise
  • Introduction to Collision
  • Introduction to Tension
  • Assignment (See Appendix A)

Lesson #10

  • Reverse Engineering A Synth Patch Exercise
  • Introduction to Electric
  • Simpler and Sampler as Synthesizers
  • Introduction to Massive
  • Max For Live
  • Assignment (See Appendix A) 

Lesson #11

  • Reverse Engineering A Synth Patch Exercise
  • Massive Level II
  • Layering Synthesizer Sounds using Instrument Racks
  • Creative Uses For Macros In Synth Patches
  • Final Test
  • Final Assignment (See Appendix A) 

Lesson #12

  • Class review of final assignments
  • Using External MIDI Synthesizers with Live
  • Other types of synthesizers (Additive, Wavetable, Phase Distortion Etc.)
  • Useful Max for Live Patches (Step Sequencers, Synths etc.)