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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Section 1 - Introduction To Sound Design And Synthesis
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
Section 2 - Fundamentals Of Subtractive Synthesis
The Sub-tractor In Reason: The Interface
Putting It All Together In Reason
Using Ableton’s Analog For Subtractive Synthesis
Section 3 - The Other Elements: LFO, Modulations, And Other Key Elements
Portamento or Glide
Section 4 - Deconstruction: Part 1
Subtractive Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 1: Reason
Subtractive Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 2: Ableton Live
Section 5 - FM Synthesis
What Is FM Synthesis?
Using Ableton’s Operator: The Interface
Making Sounds Using FM Synthesis
Adding The Additional Elements
Section 6 - Deconstruction Part 2
FM Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 3: Ableton’s Operator
FM Synthesizer Patch Deconstruction No. 4: Ableton’s Operator
Section 7 - Wrap Up!
Coming Up In Sound Design Fundamentals: Sampling
Section 8 - Bonus Videos: Ableton Live's Analog Instrument
Analog Basic Outline
Noise And LFO In Analog