The Technique range of tutorials are aimed at producers who want to understand the theory and practical application of music production in general. This range includes tutorials on the theory and practice of different forms of synthesis through to mixing and mastering and remixing.
Volume 1 of our technique series focuses on the theory and principles behind programming subtractive analogue synthesizers. One of our best selling tutorials and spanning Over 4 hours of video we examine the components of sound within the typical analogue synthesizer. Using both FFT and analysis we explain the theory and principles behind oscillators, filters, envelopes, operators and the creation of harmonics – and how you can use this theory to program synthesizers and also closely replicate sounds from other records.
The tutorial consists of an in depth exploration of waveforms, oscillators, envelopes, filters and modulation. Combined with the aid of waveform analysis, each parameter is broken down into detail to help the user fully understand the principles of synthesis.Combined with some simple exercises, these basic principles are then used to reveal how to approach synthesis programming, how to program timbres from scratch and also how to reverse engineer timbres, whether they’re from another synthesizer or another record.
Please note that this is a very early release and therefore the video resolution is lower than all other HD releases and does not contain the HTML menu system.
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Runtime: Over 4 Hours
An introduction to the DVD
Session 01: Harmonic Structure:: 20 minutes.
An introduction to the theory of harmonics and their formed structure, and how they combine to constitute a sound.
Session 02: Mixing Oscillators: 20 minutes
How mixed oscillators add to the harmonic foundation of a sound and how detuning of oscillators can affect the harmonic spectra.
Session 03: Synthesis Paramaters: 26 Minutes.
Here, using further examples, we examine how the different synthesis parameters affect the harmonic spectra.
Session 04: Approaching Synthesis: 30 minutes
We now begin to look at how we can apply the theory from the previous sessions to produce sounds, and how to first begin to approach programming a timbre you may be thinking of.
Session 05: Synthesis Programming 1: 21 minutes
In this session we work on building an example timbre using subtractive synthesis and the previously discussed theory.
Session 06: Synthesis Programming 2: 21 Minutes
For this session, we look at another example of programming subtractive synthesis and the effects on the harmonic spectra.
Session 07: Synthesis Programming 3: 15 Minutes
Another example of programming subtractive synthesis, this time using a different instrument.
Session 08: Synthesis Programming 4: 22 Minutes
Another example of programming subtractive synthesis, this time using another subtractive analog instrument.
Session 09: Frequency Modulation Part 1: 26 Minutes
An introduction to the theory of Frequency Modulation and the concepts of Operators and Algorithms.
Session 10: Frequency Modulation 2: 10 Minutes
In this session, we take a closer look at the mathematics behind carriers and modulators and how it affects the harmonic spectra.
Session 11: Frequency Modulation 3: 15 Minutes
Here, we take a quick look at how we can approach programming a timbre on a Frequency Modulation Synthesizer, and how the DX7 Algorithms play a part.
Session 12: Frequency Modulation 4: 25 Minutes
We now tie all the theory of Frequency Modulation together and use that theory to look at how to program a typical dance timbre. Note that these should only be considered a cursory introduction to frequency modulation and this is expanded upon heavily in Synthesis 2.
Session 13: Reverse Engineering 1: 26 Minutes
In this session we examine how, using all the theory discussed so far, we can examine and use the harmonic signature to emulate sounds from another synthesizer.
Session 14: Reverse Engineering 2: 25 Minutes
For the final session we use our knowledge of synthesis and the harmonic spectra to recreate a sound from a famous record in our own synthesizer.
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