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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Music producers interested in improving their production with better sound design skills
  • Beginners learning sound design for the first time
  • Experts looking to improve their skills by adding Serum, FM8, or other popular plugins to their toolkit

What you’ll learn: 

  • Fundamentals of Sound Design
  • Physics of Sound
  • Manipulating Overtones
  • Sound Generators
  • Filters
  • Envelopes
  • FM Synthesis
  • The FM8 Plugin
  • Additive Synthesis
  • The Operator Synthesizer
  • Wavetable Synthesis
  • Serum Plugin
  • Physical Modeling Synthesis
  • Analog Synthesis
  • Moog Mother 32
  • Making Leads with Synthesis
  • Making Drums with Synthesis
  • Making Bass with Synthesis


  • Students should already know an audio editing program. It can be any program you are comfortable on, including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic, Reason, Reaper, Pro Tools, Audacity, or any of the other available programs.

Software version used in the course:

  • This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.
  • I’ll be using Ableton Live Suite 10 in this course as my main DAW, but if you are using any other program you will be able to follow along just fine. That includes Logic, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reaper, Reason, Cubase, or any of the others. My method in this class is to teach concepts, so whatever I do, you will be able to do it in your own software.

This course is “5-Star Certified” by the International Association of Online Music Educators and Institutions (IAOMEI). This course has been independently reviewed by a panel of experts and has received a stellar 5-star rating.

This class is for anyone who has wondered what sound design is all about. Especially:

  • Producers: If you are making tracks that rely on presets, and you want to learn how to craft your own sounds, this is the course for you.
  • Aspiring Producers: If you are just getting started with music production, this course will be the swiss army knife that you will keep in your belt forever.
  • Musicians: If you have wanted to improve your compositions by understanding how the physics of sound and partials work, this class is for you.
  • Songwriters: Improve your compositions by understanding how to make unique and memorable sounds to use in your songs.

In this class, we start with the very basics of sound design and work all the way up to working with complicated plugins like Xfer Serum, Native Instruments FM8, and others. I’ll walk you through every step of the process and explain the logic behind every decision I make.

The goal of this class is for you to learn how to make original, compelling, and memorable sounds for your music.


I’m best known for working with electronic music, but I’ve designed this course to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to genre. We will talk about sound design techniques for all genres, sounds, and styles. All genres are welcome here!

Topics Covered: 

  • The Essential Tools of Sound Design
  • Physics of Sound
  • Timbre
  • Harmonics
  • Partials
  • Overtones
  • The Oscillator
  • Sine Waves
  • Square Waves
  • Triangle Waves
  • Sawtooth Waves
  • Waveshapers
  • Noise Generators
  • Subtractive Synthesis
  • Filters
  • EQ
  • Low Pass Filters
  • High Pass Filters
  • Bandpass Filters
  • Notch Filters
  • Signal Flow
  • Envelopes
  • ADSR
  • Building Thick or Thin Sounds
  • Building High or Low Sounds
  • Building Short or Long Sounds
  • Building Motion or Still Sounds
  • The LFO
  • FM Synthesis
  • The Native Instruments FM8 Plugin
  • Modulators
  • Ableton Live’s Operator
  • Additive Synthesis
  • Wavetable Synthesis
  • Xfer Serum Plugin
  • Wavetables
  • Creating Wavetables
  • Physical Modeling Synthesis
  • Analog Instruments
  • Moog Mother 32
  • Sound Design Recipes
  • Creating Bass Synths
  • Creating Drum Synths
  • Creating Lead Synths
  • And much, much more!

If you are ready to start making professional sounding tracks, this is the class that will start you on that journey. Get started today.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction
Introduction 00:00:00
My Approach To Sound Design 00:00:00
Tools You Will Need 00:00:00
Physics Of Sound 00:00:00
Section 2 - Basic Physics Of Sound
What Is Timbre? 00:00:00
Harmonics And Partials 00:00:00
Overtones 00:00:00
Waveforms 00:00:00
Section 3 - Essential Tools: Sound Generators
The Sound Generator In Synthesis 00:00:00
Oscillators 00:00:00
Waveforms: Sine Waves 00:00:00
Waveforms: Square Waves 00:00:00
Waveforms: Triangle Waves 00:00:00
Waveforms: Sawtooth Waves 00:00:00
Waveshapes Under The Spectrogram 00:00:00
Noise Generators 00:00:00
Other Sound Generators 00:00:00
Section 4 - Essential Tools: The Filter
Subtractive Synthesis 00:00:00
The Filter And The EQ 00:00:00
Gain And Q 00:00:00
Filter Types: Low Pass Filters 00:00:00
Filter Types: High Pass Filters 00:00:00
Filter Types: Bandpass Filters 00:00:00
Filter Types: Notch Filters 00:00:00
Section 5 - Device 1: Ableton's Analog Instrument
Looking At Devices 00:00:00
The Sound Generators And Filters 00:00:00
Deeper Into The Oscillator Section 00:00:00
Deeper Into The Filter Section 00:00:00
Signal Flow 00:00:00
Why Two Amps? 00:00:00
The LFO 00:00:00
The Wub-Wubs 00:00:00
Quick Routing 00:00:00
Section 6 - Essential Tools: Envelopes
What Are Envelopes? 00:00:00
The ADSR Format 00:00:00
More Than Just Amplitude 00:00:00
Applying Envelopes 00:00:00
Other Ways Envelopes Can Look 00:00:00
Section 7 - Preset Analysis
Preset: FatEric 00:00:00
Preset: Sadness Pad 00:00:00
Section 8 - Methods For Creating Sounds
Waveforms: Thick Or Thin? 00:00:00
Filters: High Or Low? 00:00:00
Amplitude: Short Or Long? 00:00:00
LFO: Motion Or Stillness? 00:00:00
Section 9 - Other Types Of Synthesis
Applying The Essential Tools To Other Synthesis Types 00:00:00
The Other Synthesis Types 00:00:00
Section 10 - FM Synthesis
What Is FM Synthesis? 00:00:00
Musical Examples 00:00:00
What Is The Same? 00:00:00
Section 11- FM8 Plugin (Native Instruments)
Installing FM8 00:00:00
The Browser 00:00:00
Building Our Own Patches 00:00:00
Getting To A Default Patch 00:00:00
Adding A Modulator 00:00:00
Adding More Modulators And Experimenting 00:00:00
Section 12 - Additive Synthesis
What Is Additive Synthesis? 00:00:00
Musical Examples 00:00:00
What Is The Same? 00:00:00
Section 13 - Device 3: Ableton Live's Operator Synthesizer
Setting Up Operator 00:00:00
Simple Additive Patch Using The Oscillator Editor 00:00:00
The Overtone Series 00:00:00
Additive Synthesis With Oscillators 00:00:00
Applying Filters And Envelopes 00:00:00
Section 14 - Wavetable Synthesis
What Is Wavetable Synthesis? 00:00:00
Music Examples 00:00:00
What Is The Same? 00:00:00
Section 15 - Device 4: Serum
Setting Up Serum 00:00:00
Serum Basic Layout 00:00:00
Wavetables 00:00:00
Serum’s Warp Menu 00:00:00
Unison Settings 00:00:00
Other Controls 00:00:00
Creating Your Own Wavetables In Serum 00:00:00
Wait! Isn’t That Just Sampling? 00:00:00
Section 16 - Physical Modeling Synthesis
What Is Physical Modeling? 00:00:00
Musical Examples 00:00:00
What Is The Same? 00:00:00
Section 17 - Device 5: Ableton Live's Electric
Setup 00:00:00
The Model 00:00:00
The Mallet Section 00:00:00
The Fork Section 00:00:00
The Damper Section 00:00:00
The Pickup Section 00:00:00
The Global Section 00:00:00
Section 18 - Analog Insturments
What We Find In Analog Instruments 00:00:00
My Analog Synthesizers 00:00:00
Device 6: The Korg Monotribe 00:00:00
Device 7: The Moog Mother 32 00:00:00
The Moog Mother 32 Controls 00:00:00
Section 19 - Sound Design Recipes
How To Use Recipes 00:00:00
Verbalizing Sound 00:00:00
“Recipe Books” 00:00:00
Section 20 - Making Bass Sounds: Sound Design Bass Recipes
Deep House Bass 00:00:00
Dirty Dubstep Bass 00:00:00
Pluck House Bass 00:00:00
Growly Resonant Bass 00:00:00
Warm Foundational Bass 00:00:00
Section 21 - Making Lead Sounds: Sound Design Lead Recipes
Plinky Little Wavetable 00:00:00
Buzzy Wavetable 00:00:00
Sine-Based Lead 00:00:00
Aggressive Operator Lead 00:00:00
FM8 Drive Lead 00:00:00
Section 22 - Making Drum Sounds: Sound Design Drum Recipes
The Ableton Drum Rack 00:00:00
Synth Kick 00:00:00
Synth Hats / Hi-Hats 00:00:00
Synth Snare 00:00:00
Synth Toms 00:00:00
Download: Operator Drum Kit 00:00:00
Section 23 - Wrap Up
What Comes Next? 00:00:00
Thanks for Watching! 00:00:00
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