Synthesis

WINTER SEMESTER Begins JANUARY 15

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Details

Learn the fundamentals of creating the sounds you love with vintage and modern day hardware and software.

24 hours
12 classes (2 hours) 
Instructor: Brandon Smith

What is this course about?

 

The goal of Synthesis I is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of how synthesizers work and where they came from.  The history of synthesizers, from the earliest electronic instruments of the 1900s through to the powerful soft-synths commonly used today, will be covered with plenty of interesting A/V material and hands-on experience with real vintage hardware. ie: (Theremin, MiniMoog, Oberheim OB-8, Korg DW-8000, Korg M-1)

In addition to a solid historical background, essential synth elements such as oscillators, filters, and envelopes will be explored: what they do, how they work together, and how to go about creating sounds beyond the manufacturer’s pre-set patches.

Upon finishing this course you will know:

  • How to identify just about any synthesizer by type, old or new, and how to use it
  • How to create any sound of your own concept using a hardware or software synthesizer
  • How to incorporate synthesizers and synth-style processing techniques into DAW programs like Ableton Live
  • How to distinguish where your favorite “retro” synth sounds come from along with other classic sounds like   those made by Moog, ARP and Oberheim

Who is this class for?

  • Producers of any level looking for a deeper understanding of synthesis and synthesizers
  • Producers looking for new tools and sounds that best suit them
  • Music Enthusiasts interested in how music is made and what sounds they are hearing in their favorite tracks

Topics Covered

  • Synthesizer history
  • Synthesizer modules – (VCO, VCF, VCA, CV processors, LFO, Wave Shapers)
  • Common synthesizer layouts
  • Different methods of synthesis (subtractive, additive, FM, wavetable etc.)
  • Incorporating synth elements into audio production
  • Sequencing in Live using combinations of soft-synths and hardware
  • The merits and pitfalls of using vintage equipment vs. new
  • Hardware vs. software - finding the right synth for you

What you will need

  • Headphones
  • We have iMacs with midi controllers, loaded with Ableton 9 Suite
  • You can purchase LIve 9 Suite through us at Educational pricing. HERE. 
  • Prior musical experience or knowledge of Live is not required. 

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PLEASE NOTE "**" DENOTES A CONDENSED COURSE. SUMMER PRODUCTION COURSES ARE 6 WEEKS LONG WITH 2 HOUR CLASSES TAKING PLACE TWICE PER WEEK. THESE CONDENSED SUMMER COURSES FOLLOW THE SAME CURRICULUM AS OUR FALL AND WINTER COURSES.

Synthesis - Full Payment
1,199.00

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Synthesis - Payment Plan
330.00

4 payments of $330

Total Cost: $1,320

  • First payment at time of registration
  • Second payment on the first of each following month

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Testimonials

“Passionate and fitting teacher introducing the world of synthesis.” - Jeremy

“This course is perfect for anyone looking to learn the fundamentals of synthesis or sound design” -Mark

“If you are interested in creating your own personalized unique synthesized sounds this course is for you! I have a clear understanding of how to control a synth.” -Stephen

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