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Easy Synth Programming. Stop the madness when it comes to synths. Learn to make your own sounds.

When I first started using synths, I was hopelessly lost. Press down on a key and get a sound, right? Apparently not!  Easy Synth Programming almost seems like a contradiction.

There are many features and functions on synths that are utterly in conflict with one another. Synthesizers have a slider called attack, for instance. You would think that increasing that value would give you a punchier sound. Not so!

Due to the many conflicting and confusing configurations synths have baked into them, I thank my lucky stars that I found Syntorial. By word of mouth, it’s existence became known to me. Now that I’ve completed the entire course, I want to share what I’ve learned.

While I’m by no means a synth expert, I care enough about the topic to continue learning. They say that teachers learn most and students can be the best teachers. So, get on over, grab some coffee and let’s twist some knobs together!

Easy Synth Programming – Reverb

Easy Synth Programming – Reverb

Easy Synth Programming – Reverb Some things you want wet and some things you want dry.  If you favor a bit of the drop, an alcohol-dry province won’t make your holiday itinerary.  Should you care for depth and space in your patches and mixes then a reverb dry impression is wrong.  Let’s explore this effect, and how it relates to synths and mixes, in more depth now. Butter Knife

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Easy Synth Programming – Unison

Easy Synth Programming – Unison

Easy Synth Programming – Unison Thin, limp, and narrow.  My girlfriend doesn’t like how that sounds and neither do your listeners.  Sometimes you need a sound like that.  However, if all your sounds are needles in your haystack of a mix then no one will listen.  Come with me on a journey, along with Syntorial, to make thick, wide, and full synthesizer sounds with unison. Say it With Me

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Easy Synth Programming – Polyphony

Easy Synth Programming – Polyphony

Easy Synth Programming – Polyphony I never heard the word ‘polyphony’ until I worked in a music store.  By then I had been playing music for about 13 years.  How can something so common go unnoticed for so long?  And why is it so confusing? Real quick: learn to program synths by ear by getting the demo of Syntorial here. Choir for the Choristers I challenge you to define

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Easy Synth Programming – Resonance

Easy Synth Programming – Resonance

Easy Synth Programming – Resonance I get it: there is a big disconnect between loading a killer patch compared to beginning with a blank slate.  There is nothing less inspiring for some producers than listening to a basic sawtooth come out of an initialized synth.  However, if you want to accelerate your sound design progress, then you must master filter resonance.  If you really want to skyrocket your skills

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Easy Synth Programming – Synth LFO

Easy Synth Programming – Synth LFO

Easy Synth Programming – Synth LFO Here’s the ugly truth: if you don’t know how to wield the power of a synth LFO effectively, then you are not making world-class sounds.  There is no way around this fact.  You need to learn not only what an LFO is and what it does but also where it goes, how much it goes there, and many more details which aren’t immediately

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Easy Synth Programming – Sub Oscillator

Easy Synth Programming – Sub Oscillator

Easy Synth Programming – Sub Oscillator It’s scary to think about the problems which lurk around the corner for music people.  Specifically, in dealing with audio, the problems are particularly tricky because they can be invisible.  Inaudible, actually.  Even if you have the world’s greatest room, if you don’t realize that your bass is too thin then your music will never sound professional.  Make sure you have enough bass

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Easy Synth Programming – More Filter Envelope

Easy Synth Programming – More Filter Envelope

Easy Synth Programming – More Filter Envelope Filter decay and sustain have an amazing level of influence of your end sound.  If you don’t know how to wield the filter envelope’s parameters then you should keep reading.  Pick up a copy of Syntorial for free here.  Why not put my tunes on in the background while u read? First, the Agony You don’t realize how much you’re missing out

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Easy Synth Programming – Detune

Easy Synth Programming – Detune

Easy Synth Programming – Detune There’s nothing worse than opening up a synth, hitting a key and being greeted by the most boring and annoying sound in the history of man: the unfiltered saw wave.  Luckily for you, it’s actually pretty easy to take that simple buzz and transform it into a swirling, or pulsing, or even wobbling masterpiece.  All you need to do is click your heels and

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Easy Synth Programming – Amp Decay-Sustain

Easy Synth Programming – Amp Decay-Sustain

Easy Synth Programming – Amp Decay-Sustain All’s well that ends well – but not so fast!  We all know the star athlete back in high school, right?  That jock had his peak but did he suddenly just die off into fat middle-aged oblivion?  No he didn’t!  He instead faded a bit and then hung out in a middle management position while his midsection remained at a healthy girth.  Synths

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Easy Synth Programming – Echo

Easy Synth Programming – Echo

Easy Synth Programming – Echo Hello?  Hello?  Hello?  Is there anybody IN there?  Remember Pink Floyd?  That sound, as you know, is called an echo.  Technically, it’s called a delay.  It’s called a delay due to the mechanical way it’s produced in audio.  If you go to the grand canyon, it’s an echo.  Two different things.  Today, we’re going to explore echo-slash-delay and how it can turn your flat

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