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The Ableton Operator

via CreativeLive


This in-depth class unlocks the inner workings of one of the most powerful multi-mode synthesizer tools around: the Ableton Operator. Coined as the "Swiss Army Knife" of synthesizers, the Operator is capable of handling the heaviest sound design tasks - and of keeping the process simple and effective from start to finish. Join master sound designer James Patrick as he details every single element within the Operator instrument. Though he'll start by exploring it as a basic synthesis engine, by the end of the class he'll reveal it to be an instrument capable of creating the most advanced, futuristic sounds of our time. He'll talk about combining Additive, Subractive and FM synthesis elements. He'll also cover the details of creating drums, percussion, leads, brass, pads, and evolving textures.  


  • Course Introduction
  • The FM Concept
  • Operator Fundamentals
  • FM Pro Tips
  • Classic Subtractive Techniques
  • FM Monophonic Bass
  • FM Polyphonic Leads
  • Drum and Percussion Overview
  • Kicks and Tom Drum Techniques
  • Snares and Hardware Techniques
  • Advanced Modulations
  • Crossfades and Aftertouch
  • Live's Filter Models

Taught by

James Patrick

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