Advanced Sound Design with Wavetable

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In these videos you're going to learn how to create compelling sounds using Ableton Live 10 Suite's built-in synthesizer called Wavetable. We'll cover some useful sound design techniques that are heard in many songs today. The ability to dial in the synth sounds that you hear in your head, on the fly, is essential to successful music production sessions. These techniques will serve as a great foundation for you to build upon - it's always good to learn the rules before you break them.

It's worth noting that there are many kinds of software synthesizers like virtual analog synths, granular synths, etc. Wavetable, as the name implies, is based on wavetable synthesis, which allows you to specify single-cycle waveforms to be used as the oscillator(s) of the synth. Like many software synths, other forms of synthesis are combined such as subtractive synthesis, FM synthesis, etc. making Wavetable a very capable, versatile synth.

Lesson topics include:

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Turning Samples into Wavetables
  • FM Bass with Oscillator FX
  • Expressive Analog Bass
  • Evolving Ambient Pad
  • Split Filter Layered Patch
  • Expressive Mod Wheel Pluck

Your Instructor

Paul Laski
Paul Laski

Paul Laski (P-LASK) is an Ableton Certified Trainer with over six years of teaching experience at DubSpot New York and Icon Collective Music Production School in Los Angeles. Paul has been involved in the electronic music scene for over a decade as a producer, remixer, sound designer, DJ, and educator.

Blending sounds from house, techno, garage, and beyond, P-LASK's original productions and remixes have been featured on Moody Recordings, Groovebirds Records, Crowd Records, Cherrytree (Interscope) Records, Abe Duque Records, Mean Red Music, Krafted Music, and his own imprint, Electric Dangerous Records. He has done remix work for artists such as Coeur du Pirate, Abe Duque, Divisible, Pointe Claire, Edian (UK), Rainer Hoeglmeier (Germany), and Wei Wei (China).

A small selection of his sound design work can be heard in the factory preset bank of XFER Records’ SERUM software synthesizer. Paul continues to develop presets for software synthesizers, free Ableton Live Racks, and samples, many of which are available through his website ( When he's not busy in the studio, he offers instruction and consultation in Ableton Live and live performance for artists and producers in the LA area.

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