Synth Fundamentals


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Since the days of bands like The Beatles, synthesizers have gradually been making their way into the pantheon of core instruments used in modern music. Today, they are at the forefront of music making with the huge resurgence of hardware synths - along with an endless supply of software emulations and new designs. Understanding how to control them at a deep level has never been more critical for the modern producer.

Synths are typically structured as a collection of modules: an oscillator section, filter section, and an amplifier section with envelope generators. In these lessons, you're going to gain keen perspectives on envelopes and LFOs. You'll learn about the nuances of these essential components and how every millisecond matters in terms of shaping your sounds. You'll get a feel for how to dial in sounds that you imagine in your mind so that you can streamline your production process and create new, effective sounds on the fly.

Lesson topics include:

  • Introduction
  • Synth Architecture Overview
  • Examples of Subtractive Synth Layouts
  • Amp Envelope and LFO
  • Emulating a Vintage Synth
  • Creating a Punchy Bass Sound
  • Moog Amp and Filter Envelopes

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Noiselab is a community of Ableton producers and electronic musicians. All instructors are either Ableton Certified Trainers or successful producers with impressive industry credentials. We believe in learning from the best, so that's all we offer.

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