Synth Programming Basics

with Scott Hirsch
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Synth Programming Basics
Video duration: 0s 1h 32m Intermediate


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.

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- [Voiceover] 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 work station. Software synths operate largely of 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.

(synthesizer noises) 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 bass patches, and also synth drums. (drum noises) We'll be covering all these concepts as well as specific techniques for using synths in Pro Tools, (synthesizer noises) Reason, (synthesizer noises) and Logic Pro.

(synthesizer noises) After completing this course you'll be empowered to create you own magical synth sounds. Now let's get started with Synth Programming Basics.

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