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Learn to create electronic soundscapes

Learn to create electronic soundscapes

Synthesizers have come a long way since the Moog and the Fairlight in the 1960s and 1970s. It’s no longer new to hear samples of raindrops falling into water in music tracks, as it was when Jean-Michel Jarre gave us his groundbreaking soundscapes on the pioneering albums Oxygène and Équinoxe. Synth sounds are so commonplace now that to create new sounds, you need to know a few things about how they work, and learn a bunch of software, to see how you can push the envelope.

 

There’s a course on Udemy for that. Synthesizers! Using Synthesis for Sound Design & Production by Jason Allen, who has a PhD in Music Composition and 2 Master’s degrees in Music Composition and Electronic Music, and has taught college courses in Sound Design, teaches how to create amazing sounds from any synthesizer and to create any sound you want using whatever software is at your disposal. Allen states that by mastering the 4 main pieces of any synthesizer, students will get a flying start when approaching any other synth unit.

 

The course uses software called Reason, a digital audio workstation, and Ableton Live, a music sequencer, but is designed to work on any software or hardware platform.

 

Allen states that technical jargon is kept to a minimum, yet inevitably students will be exposed to some. Here are some of the lecture titles:

Subtractive and FM synthesis

The Oscillator

The Filter

Envelopes

The Amplifier

Using Ableton’s Analog for Subtractive Synthesis

The LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator)

Portamento (or Glide)

Trigger Modes

Velocity Control

Sampling

 

Those who want to really geek out with synths and take their electronic sounds to the next level should check out this course.