Very brief overview of the evolution of synths from modulars to self-contained keyboards to software plug-ins...and back to modulars
- In the early days, when we were just starting to learn…that we could use electricity to make sound waves…that we could eventually hear,…old experimenters tried to figure out how to make music…using electronic circuits.…Some created dedicated instruments,…like the Telharmonium,…others assembled electronic test equipment,…and others especially designed circuits…into, so-called, tape studios,…where they could record and manipulate these sounds.…These individual devices were then refined into modules…that could be mounted together into a cabinet…and more easily connected in various ways.…
However, they were still rather unwieldy,…particularly to move around or play live,…even though some certainly did.…Eventually, these were repackaged to self-contained…keyboard instruments that became more and more refined…and more compact over the years…to the point, now, where a number of amazing synthesizers…are available only as software plugins.…So why, given all of that,…have modular synths enjoyed…an unprecedented resurgence right now.…
This course will be based around the widely available Roland SYSTEM-500 Eurorack-standard synthesizer modules, complemented with modules from several other manufacturers. As most modules, synthesizer keyboards, and plugins are designed around the same principles, this course lets you dig deeper into synthesis and programming your sounds regardless of the equipment you own.
- Putting a system together
- Getting sound in and out
- Patching a typical synthesizer "voice"
- Tuning voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs)
- Working with waveforms
- Using filters
- Exploring frequency modulation, waveshaping, oscillator sync, effects, and more
Skill Level Beginner
Synth Programming: Beyond the Basicswith Scott Hirsch1h 54m Intermediate
Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincentwith Daniel Mintseris2h 4m Appropriate for all
1. Putting a System Together
2. Learning Subtractive Synthesis
3. Exploring Alternate Techniques
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