Using the latest software synthesizers to create intruments, drums and sound effects.
I've taken some time off from my sampling adventures to deep-dip into the world of synth sound design. Having always been a fan of music made by circuits and wires I really wanted to get a better understanding of how to create useable and useful sounds for use in my productions. I'm not a big fan of the presets you get with soft-synths and there is so much sound-generating potential behind the new generation of synths, with their wave modifiers, super-nice sounding analog
filters, waveshapers and effects. I'm thinking mainly here of my favourite, fun-to-program synth Surge
and also the deep, powerfull Zebra
To start with here is a pack of some of the best synth programming tutorials I have found around the worldwide web. If, like me, you want to get to grips with coaxing great sounding patches from your gear that sit well in your tracks and compositions, then read on...
- Zip file of 19 synthesizer tutorials as .pdf documents (Updated May 2012) 40MB
- A quick and easy guide to the fine points of basic patches - pdf - a really nice walk-through of creating Brass, Bass, Strings, Leads, Keyboards & Sound FX using basic subtractive, analogue techniques. Focussing on traditional, acoustics sounds it's nevertheless a good starting point for synthesising those basic instruments we all use. * Recommended by Dave (June 2012)
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