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Synthesizers! Using Synthesis for Sound Design & Production

via Skillshare


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 currently is a professor at Augsburg University and the CEO of Slam Academy in

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 through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 About the software we will use
  • 3 The types of synthesis we will cover
  • 4 The 4 Elements to a synthesizer
  • 5 The Subtractor in Reason Interface
  • 6 The Oscillator
  • 7 The Filter
  • 8 Envelopes
  • 9 The Amplifier
  • 10 Putting it all together in Reason
  • 11 Using Ableton’s Analog for Subtractive Synthesis
  • 13 The LFO
  • 14 Portamento or glide
  • 15 Trigger Modes
  • 16 Velocity Control
  • 17 Subtractive Synthesizer patch deconstruction No
  • 18 Subtractive Synthesizer patch deconstruction No
  • 19 What is FM Synthesis?
  • 20 Using Ableton’s Operator Interface
  • 21 Making sounds using FM Synthesis
  • 22 Adding the bells and whistels (from before)
  • 23 FM Synthesizer patch deconstruction No
  • 24 FM Synthesizer patch deconstruction No
  • 25 Whats coming up in the Part 2
  • 26 Thanks!
  • SkillshareFinalLectureV2

Taught by

Jason Allen

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