Move beyond the preset sounds on your synthesizer—or just learn the basics of synthesis—with this collection of courses. In this learning path, you can explore the creative and technical aspects of synthesis and sound creation for modern keyboards and synthesizers.
Learn the basics of synth programming.
Explore the options of synthesis and how to use them to create custom sounds.
Apply your skills to modern software and hardware synthesizers and virtual instruments.
Demystifying Audio Synthesis: The Basics with Scott Hirsch
Learn how synthesis actually works, how to sculpt sound with filters and envelopes, and how to craft your own synth patches, including leads, pads, drums, and bass.
1h 11m • COURSE
Demystifying Audio Synthesis: Beyond The Basics with Scott Hirsch
Move beyond the basics of synth programming, and learn techniques for creating big moving basslines, evocative percussion patterns, and rich synth pads.
1h 25m • COURSE
Logic Pro X: Virtual Instruments with Evan Sutton
Improve music and audio production using the virtual instruments in Logic Pro X. Learn how to apply effects and take a tour of synthesizers, samplers, drum kits, and sound design.
7h 22m • COURSE
Pro Tools: Virtual Instruments with Evan Sutton
Explore how to work with the virtual instruments in Pro Tools. Learn about the Boom drum machine, vintage keyboards, XPand!2, and more.
2h 16m • COURSE
Learning Sylenth with Nate Mars
Learn about some of the basic and advanced features of Sylenth—a powerful virtual synthesizer plugin—and dive into some synthesis concepts along the way.
1h 43m • COURSE
Learning Ableton Analog with Rick Schmunk
Explore Ableton Live's virtual synthesizer, Analog. Learn how to create sounds using oscillators, sculpt the sounds with filters, and add motion to the sounds using modulation.
2h 31m • COURSE
Learning REAKTOR with J. Scott Giaquinta
Learn how to use REAKTOR as a synth, a drum machine, a sampler, a sound generator, and a multi-effects processor.
27m 24s • COURSE
Learning MASSIVE with J. Scott Giaquinta
Discover the power of MASSIVE, Native Instrument's popular and flexible soft synth for creating colossal-sounding basslines, leads, pads, and more.
52m 47s • COURSE
Learning Modular Synthesis: Eurorack Expansion with Chris Meyer
Discover the important modules you need to expand a core system such as a Moog Mother-32, and explore a selection of modules available in the Eurorack modular synthesizer format.
6h 58m • COURSE
Learning Modular Synthesis: Arturia Modular V with Chris Meyer
Use Arturia Modular V—a realistic emulation of the original Moog modular synths of the 1960s and 1970s—to "patch" a modular synth to create your own sounds.
3h 8m • COURSE
You'll master audio synthesis skills with these experts
NYU professor Scott Hirsch is a sound designer, an editor for film and video, and an audio engineer.
Scott Hirsch is a sound designer, an editor and mixer for film and video, a musician, and an audio engineer. Scott's straightforward approach to teaching professional audio concepts, including applications such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and Reason, has brought indispensable knowledge and boundless creativity to his students. As a sound designer, editor, and mixer for film and video, his selected credits include sound design for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival special jury mention, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, and director Jonathan Caouette's short All Flowers in Time. He was the sound effects editor on the 2012 feature The Comedy, Sundance 2011 and IFC feature Septien, and Outfest 2013 outstanding screenwriting and best dramatic feature winner, Test. Scott was the supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer on Cannes Film Festival 2012 and SXSW best short winner The Chair, Seattle Film Festival short film winner Mobile Homes, and cult favorite Plagues & Pleasures of the Salton Sea, as well as countless other narrative films and documentaries. Musically, he engineers and plays multiple instruments with the bands Hiss Golden Messenger, Family Band, and his own project Dunedin Dunedin. Scott received his master's degree in music technology from New York University, where he concentrated his studies on 3D and spatial audio. He is an adjunct professor at NYU's Music Technology department and at Stephen F. Austin State University's Sound Recording Technology program. Scott is the coauthor of the Wiley/Sybex book Pro Tools® 7 Session Secrets: Professional Recipes for High-Octane Results.
Evan Sutton's music has been heard in clubs around the world, in short films, and in ad campaigns.
He is relied upon by a growing number of artists as a production luminary, working with Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Erasure), Dan Platzman (Imagine Dragons), Spank Rock, DJ Shiftee, and many more. As Astrolith, Sutton distills his sound further, rocking dance floors with live sets consisting entirely of original music. Astrolith has released on Mute; Boys Noize Records; Hot Mom USA; Slit Jockey Records; and his own imprint, Space Is The Place, comanaged by Rar Kelly.
Nate Mars is a producer and music technologist based in New York City.
He has released music on several labels, including Fabric (UK), ZZK (Argentina), and Lustre Kings Productions. In addition to his work as a recording artist, he works as a content marketing consultant. Nate is passionate about artist-to-artist music education, specifically helping inspire other producers to achieve their music production goals through collaboration and technology.
Rick Schmunk is a professor at the USC Thornton School of Music. He helps students adapt to new music tech.
Dr. Richard Schmunk is an assistant professor of pedagogical technology at the USC Thornton School of Music. To his work he brings the practical experience of 30 years as a professional musician, a clear vision for the future of new technologies in both music performance and education, and a passion for teaching. Rick has held positions in both the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME). He is an active music technology clinician and presenter at conferences and workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. His work encompasses two distinct audiences: music educators and young people aspiring to careers in the music industry. Rick's teaching reflects his commitment to equipping student musicians and those guiding their professional development with the tools, knowledge, and skills necessary for success in the rapidly evolving musical workplace of the 21st century.
J. Scott G. is an EDM veteran who has remixed A-list talent such as Madonna, David Bowie, and Paul Oakenfold.
J. Scott G. (Scott Giaquinta) is a twenty-year EDM veteran producer who has released countless original albums and singles, and has also remixed A-list talent such as Madonna, Seal, David Bowie, Paul Oakenfold, Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra (just to name a few). He's written music that has appeared in major motion pictures such as Bad Boys II, Tomb Raider, and The Art Of War; television shows like CSI and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and numerous video games. Find out more at Libra Rising Music.
Chris Meyer is a principle at Crish Design, a renowned graphic design studio in New Mexico.
Crish Design has created opening titles, promos, and graphics for CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, The Learning Channel, PBS, and PAX; corporations ranging from Apple to Xerox; and several movies, including Almost Heroes and The Omega Code. Chris is a refugee from the music industry where he designed musical instruments and digital recorders for Sequential, Digidesign, and Roland. He still consults on intellectual property issues in the music industry, and has been turning his attention to creating mixed media art. Chris also co-authored, with his wife Trish, the highly respected After Effects books Creating Motion Graphics and After Effects Apprentice.