Synthesis Basics

Synth Basics

About the lessons

Level: Beginner
Length: 1 hour for each lesson
Topics: Synthesis basic concepts and techniques
Prerequisites: DAW, midi keyboard, soft synth

Interested ?

We hear big synth sounds in almost every production of modern music styles: EDM, Trap, R&B, Metal and movie soundtracks.

Big producers already harness the abilities of synthesizers in their productions, from Dr. dre to Hans Zimmer, synthesizers have the option to go beyond normal sound shaping and create impressive sounds that are out of this world. They are a useful tool for every producer.

Synthesizers can control the size, shape, timbre, envelope, the sound source and more, but it’s a real artist who can control how a synth sound will enhance a movie scene or strengthen emotions in song intros.

Music isn’t the only industry that synthesizers are affecting, today even in the most simple phone applications you will find some synth sounds if you click on the user interface.

What to expect

In these lessons we will use software synthesizers inside your favorite DAW.

There are many good synthesizers for free and great paid synthesizers, you will get some tips about choosing the right synthesizer for your project.

We will explore the technical aspects of the synth but we will also dive into some creative techniques and how you can use them to improve your productions in the sound design stage.


  • Oscillators
  • Envelopes – ADSR
  • Filters
  • Unisons
  • Sliding – portamento
  • Polyphonic manipulations
  • Effects
  • LFOs – filters, panning, amp (volume), pitch
  • Key tracking
  • Arpeggiator + Sequences
  • Creating motion + midi controllers
  • Synth types – subtractive, additive, FM, granular, wavetable, sample-based
  • Synthesize specific sounds: Pads, Bass, Kick, 808, FX (Sirens, Noise Sweesh), Leads, Plucks
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