Synthesizers! Using Synthesis For Sound Design And Production

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

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About This CourseBeginner

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.”


What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

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

Course Sections

Introduction And Overview

About The Software We Will Use: Reason And Ableton Live

The Types Of Synthesis We Will Cover In This Class

The 4 Elements To All Synthesizers

The Sub-tractor In Reason: The Interface

The Oscillator

The Filter


The Amplifier

Putting It All Together In Reason

Using Ableton’s Analog For Subtractive Synthesis


Portamento or Glide

Trigger Modes

Velocity Control

Subtractive Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 1: Reason

Subtractive Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 2: Ableton Live

What Is FM Synthesis?

Using Ableton’s Operator: The Interface

Making Sounds Using FM Synthesis

Adding The Additional Elements

FM Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 3: Ableton’s Operator

FM Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 4: Ableton’s Operator

Coming Up In Sound Design Fundamentals: Sampling

Parting Thoughts!

Analog Overview

Analog Basic Outline

Programming Analog

Noise And LFO In Analog


1 student review
  1. Doty Colonna Trader Family says:

    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! -J