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Berklee College of Music

Designing Synthesizer Sounds

Berklee College of Music via Kadenze


This course is designed to explore practical contemporary synthesis techniques in the context of creating a musical composition. It focuses on the musical and emotional implications of synthesizer components and techniques: envelopes, LFO’s, filters, oscillators, modulation, and audio effects. Frequent peer feedback on both the synthesizer patches and musical composition help to develop the student’s technical and musical capabilities.

At the conclusion of the course the student will have a solid foundation in practical contemporary synthesis techniques within an industry standard synthesizer, will have created a piece of music to demonstrate his or her skills, and will have developed the ability to critique synthesizer patches based on their appropriateness, emotional impact, category, and expressiveness.

Taught by

Loudon Stearns


4.5 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

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  • Charles Durbin

    Charles Durbin is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    So, this course is mostly really good. The instructor is clear-speaking and engaging. It's an interesting topic - if you're interested in learning Synthesizers, I haven't found anything that's better than this. The frustrating thing for me is that it's...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Great course for learning sound design with Strobe 2.

    Any course taught by Loudon Stearns (Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music) is worth taking.

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