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Synth Programming Basics
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Synth Programming Basics

with Scott Hirsch

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Hi, I'm Scott Hirsch, and welcome to Synth Programming Basics. Early modular synthesizers that once took up entire rooms are Software synths operate largely on the same controls and I'll start by showing you the fundamental building blocks of all Then I'll show you how to use filters and Once we work through these basic concepts, we'll use these skills We'll be covering all these concepts as well reason and Logic Pro.

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Synth Programming Basics
1h 32m Intermediate Mar 07, 2014

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Early modular synthesizers that once took up entire rooms are now available at our fingertips with modern DAWs. Though software synths often use the same knobs and sliders as the originals, all the controls can be confusing. But you can crack the code of programming synths with these tutorials from sound designer and engineer Scott Hirsch. Learn about the building blocks of synthesis (sine waves) and how you can build more complex tones with additive synthesis. Then discover how to sculpt your sound with filters and envelopes and create a number of example synth sounds, including a synth lead, a rich pad, a drum sound, and a synth bass. Along the way, Scott shares specific techniques for synth programming using the AIR Vacuum synth in Pro Tools, Reason's Subtractor, and Retro Synth in Logic Pro.

Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Music Composition Virtual Instruments
Software:
Logic Pro Pro Tools Reason Max MSP
Author:
Scott Hirsch

Welcome

Hi, I'm Scott Hirsch, and welcome to Synth Programming Basics. Early modular synthesizers that once took up entire rooms are now available at our fingertips, in every digital audio workstation. Software synths operate largely on the same controls and principles as these original synths and for good reason. They sound incredible. But for the beginning synth fan, all the knobs and sliders can be a bit daunting at first. In this course, we'll explore basic principles of synthesis and crack the code of how to program software synths to craft your own sounds.

I'll start by showing you the fundamental building blocks of all synthesis and how additive synthesis is used to make complex sounds. Then I'll show you how to use filters and envelopes to sculpt your sound in time and frequency. Once we work through these basic concepts, we'll use these skills to create synth, lead, pad and base patches and also, sync drums. We'll be covering all these concepts as well as specific techniques for using Synth in Pro Tools, reason and Logic Pro. After completing this course, you'll be in power to create you own magical synth sounds.

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