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Old 20-06-2012, 04:02 AM   #1
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Whats a good way to expand my synthesis knowledge?

Ive read a few articles, seen that video in the sticky above and most important of all do experiment all the time but I'm looking for a little more direction. Anyone have any links, books, or tips that can help me out?

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Old 20-06-2012, 06:18 AM   #2
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Re: Whats a good way to expand my synthesis knowledge?

Watch youtube videos, read synthesis articles, try to create sounds yourself, pick a preset and analyze how the patch was made, use many different forms of synthesis, etc etc.

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Old 20-06-2012, 09:10 AM   #3
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Re: Whats a good way to expand my synthesis knowledge?

I absolutely love synthesis... There's certainly a learning curve involved, but I'd suggest that the simplest way to get a better understanding of how things work is to use a really simple synthesiser. Start with subtractive styles, and wait until you have a full grasp. If you don't recognise the term "subtractive synthesis", type it into your favourite search engine and read about it - hopefully a good and scientific article with diagrams pops up pretty high on the search list.

With so many synths these days that can do SO much, it may be quite confusing to jump on one of the mega-synths to learn. Ideally you'd start with a one oscillator synth, with a filter, one LFO and a single envelope, but I doubt there's a soft synth out there like that - you can always just use one oscillator of several I guess! If you have the cash and want a hardware synth, buy a Juno 106 which are lovely. Otherwise... hmmm... I'm not really sure of any super basic soft synths, but there must be some out there! Maybe you have one bundled with your DAW that is very basic? Once you start to get your head around the basics of a single oscillator, then the world of two oscillators is next - soft/hard sync, am and fm etc... fun fun fun! I guess the point is that the sooner you have a full understanding of the basics, the sooner you'll be able to master the complexities of deep synthesis!!

If you have any questions about what things mean on a synth (e.g. ADSR, cutoff, LFO) then this is the place to post it!

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Old 20-06-2012, 06:49 PM   #4
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Learn how to recreate all sounds, kick snare hit bass lead arpeggio and so on, youtube is your friend.
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Old 22-06-2012, 12:19 AM   #5
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Re: Whats a good way to expand my synthesis knowledge?

yeah I know what all of the various parameters do I just feel like the basic timbre of each sound I create(for the most part) sounds either cheap or simple, or when I do spend the time to get a decent sound it doesnt end up fitting. I was wondering if there was like an in depth theory of some sort for synthesis to help guide my exploration in sound design but idk...Thanks for those links!

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Old 22-06-2012, 01:49 PM   #6
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Re: Whats a good way to expand my synthesis knowledge?

I've been pondering this for a while now but I'm just too busy to look into it. Like a cook book for basic synthesis. Sometimes I scroll through the absynth presets and wonder how the original programmer even came up with the idea for some of the sounds.

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Old 22-06-2012, 01:50 PM   #7
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Re: Whats a good way to expand my synthesis knowledge?

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Like a cook book for basic synthesis.
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Old 23-06-2012, 12:26 AM   #8
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Old 23-06-2012, 01:16 AM   #9
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Re: Whats a good way to expand my synthesis knowledge?

I found 'How to make a noise' by Simon Cann one of the better resources around on sound synthesis. You can download a free version here:

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Another good one is Howard Scarr's Virus tutorial. Even if you don't own a Virus, it's still an excellent read, as he really outlines the idea of what kind of patch he wants to build first. And then starts to build it out piece by piece. You can still probably get pretty close to those patches with just about any synth based on subtractive synthesis. You can download it here:

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Ideally you'd start with a one oscillator synth, with a filter, one LFO and a single envelope, but I doubt there's a soft synth out there like that - you can always just use one oscillator of several I guess!
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is made exactly for that. It comes with a bunch of presets, which show the user what knobs do what. And it's really minimal.


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Old 23-06-2012, 02:01 PM   #11
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Re: Whats a good way to expand my synthesis knowledge?

[quote=YoMyEX;900820]Watch youtube videos, read synthesis articles, try to create sounds yourself, pick a preset and analyze how the patch was made, use many different forms of synthesis, etc etc.

Here are a couple sites you can use:
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