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Synthesizers! Using Synthesis For Sound Design And Production
5.0( 2 REVIEWS )
2h 46m

This course is designed for those interested to learn how to operate synthesizers to make their own sounds.

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2h 46m


Jason Allen is a PhD in music, and was recently named one of the semi-finalists for the Grammy Foundations "Music Educator" award.

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • This course is meant for anyone interested in making their own sounds to enhance their productions.
  • This course does not go into complex terminology about synthesis, so it is ideal for students just starting out (or needing a refresher) in synthesis and sound design.

What you’ll learn:

  • Design amazing sounds using any synthesizer
  • Work in Reason to understand synthesis
  • Work in Ableton Live to understand synthesis
  • Create any sound you can imagine using whatever software is at your disposal


  • This course uses both Reason and Ableton Live, but is designed to work on any software (or hardware) platform. So no matter what software you are using, this class will guide you through how to use your synthesizers.

This classes uses the same system I’ve used for years in my college courses for teaching sound design: Identify and master the 4 main pieces of any synthesizer, and you will be flying when you first approach any other unit in the future.

This system keeps the technical jargon to a minimum and gets you making your own sounds quick.

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and Master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater.

He is currently an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, Macphail Academy of Music, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for other classes by J. Anthony Allen:

– “Dr Allen does it again with his music theory for electronic musicians series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of.”

“The Best Teacher ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all mean without giving what you don’t want to know.”

“I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going thru this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to make your own sounds with the use of synthesizers.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction To Sound Design And Synthesis
Introduction And Overview 00:00:00
About The Software We Will Use: Reason And Ableton Live 00:00:00
The Types Of Synthesis We Will Cover In This Class 00:00:00
The 4 Elements To All Synthesizers 00:00:00
Section 2 - Fundamentals Of Subtractive Synthesis
The Sub-tractor In Reason: The Interface 00:00:00
The Oscillator 00:00:00
The Filter 00:00:00
Envelopes 00:00:00
The Amplifier 00:00:00
Putting It All Together In Reason 00:00:00
Using Ableton’s Analog For Subtractive Synthesis 00:00:00
Section 3 - The Other Elements: LFO, Modulations, And Other Key Elements
The LFO 00:00:00
Portamento or Glide 00:00:00
Trigger Modes 00:00:00
Velocity Control 00:00:00
Section 4 - Deconstruction: Part 1
Subtractive Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 1: Reason 00:00:00
Subtractive Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 2: Ableton Live 00:00:00
Section 5 - FM Synthesis
What Is FM Synthesis? 00:00:00
Using Ableton’s Operator: The Interface 00:00:00
Making Sounds Using FM Synthesis 00:00:00
Adding The Additional Elements 00:00:00
Section 6 - Deconstruction Part 2
FM Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 3: Ableton’s Operator 00:00:00
FM Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 4: Ableton’s Operator 00:00:00
Section 7 - Wrap Up!
Coming Up In Sound Design Fundamentals: Sampling 00:00:00
Parting Thoughts! 00:00:00
Section 8 - Bonus Videos: Ableton Live's Analog Instrument
Analog Overview 00:00:00
Analog Basic Outline 00:00:00
Programming Analog 00:00:00
Noise And LFO In Analog 00:00:00

Course Review


2 Ratings
  1. Anonymous

    FM for Beginners


    Enjoyed the clear introduction to FM synthesis!

  2. Anonymous
    Doty Colonna Trader Family January 12, 2020 at 05:57 AM

    Informative, Concise, and Personable - Great Course!


    Dr. Allen’s course lays out all the synth essentials in an accessible, focused series of videos that–even before the halfway mark–had me loading up FL Studio and generating my first-ever synth sounds from scratch. After 6+ years of producing and recording in FL, I can finally put words to and EXPLAIN, these oscillators and effect parameters. Really grateful for this course!



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