To understand what happens when you synchronize one oscillator to anther (including the difference between soft and hard sync), and to exploit the results in a musical context
- In the previous chapter, we focused…on the traditional subtractive synthesis approach.…We have one or more oscillators…going into a filter to remove some…of their harmonics,…and then send the filter into an amplifier…to shape the loudness of the note.…In this chapter, we're going to focus…on some extended techniques,…different ways of modulating oscillators…and other sources to create more harmonics…and move the harmonics around…in unusual ways.…Sometimes the results are quite harsh and noisy.…Sometimes they're beautiful,…bell-like, and other worldly.…So we're going to have fun in this chapter…exploring different techniques.…
First up is oscillator sync,…an old traditional technique…that could be used in East Coast…subtractive synthesis, but really does…some cool things to the wave shape…and to the harmonics.…What I've done is I've taken a copy…of the square wave of my second oscillator,…which is going to be my master oscillator,…and I've descended off to my oscilloscope,…and it's this green display here,…nice clean square wave.…
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
Learning 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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