Employing VCAs not just to control the loudness of the final sound, but also the depth of modualtion effects
- Next, let's use an LFO to patch up some tremolo, where we…alter the volume of a sustained note.…This requires a little bit of thinking, but that's why…modulars are so much fun because if you have the right…modules, you can go ahead and solve almost any problem…you're presented with.…I've set up a slight variation on the patches we've been…using so far.…I brought in the third oscillator just to create…a richer interval.…(electronic melody plays)…Now, let's say I want to add some tremolo to that…as the note is being sustained.…Now, you might think all you need to do is take something…like your sine wave out from your LFO, patch it into…a modulation input on your VCA, 'cause after all, you wanna…change the volume, you bring up that modulation amount...…
(electronic music)…and you hear your note even when you're not…playing anything.…That's because the LFO is constantly running.…It's sending both positive voltages and negative voltages.…A positive voltage is gonna open up our VCA…so we hear a sound.…A negative voltage that goes below zero is actually…
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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