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Analog Synthesis in a Digital World

Synthesis 201

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Learn how Analog synths fit into your modern music production workflow in this amazing tutorial for ALL audio producers.

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1 Introduction 01:09
2 Introducing Buchla & Lainhart 03:03
3 Types of Modules and Synthesis 03:39

Course Outline

  1. Section 1: An Introduction to Analog Synthesis

    1. 01 Introduction
      01:09
    2. 02 Introducing Buchla & Lainhart
      03:03
    3. 03 Types of Modules and Synthesis
      03:39
    4. 04 Generators, Modifiers, and Controllers
      02:45
  2. Section 2: Analog Synthesizer Modules

    1. 05 Waveforms and Oscillators
      04:56
    2. 06 Sine Waves and Square Waves
      04:41
    3. 07 Waveshaping
      02:01
    4. 08 All About Noise
      03:20
  3. Section 3: Controlling and Analog Modular Synthesizer

    1. 09 About Voltage Control and Frequencies
      04:30
    2. 10 Voltage Control from a Battery
      03:56
    3. 11 Sine Wave Modulation
      04:00
    4. 12 Changing the Wave Shape
      02:45
    5. 13 Voltage Control with an Advanced Keyboard Controller
      04:15
  4. Section 4: Moog Modular V Waveforms

    1. 14 Introducing Moog Modular V
      02:19
    2. 15 Setting up a Basic Patch
      03:57
    3. 16 Sine Wave vs. Triangular Wave
      02:07
    4. 17 Harmonics and Overtones
      02:51
    5. 18 Square and Sawblade Waves
      02:22
    6. 19 Waveform Review
      02:18
  5. Section 5: Envelops and VCAs

    1. 20 Introducing Envelopes
      01:51
    2. 21 The Waveform Display
      01:42
    3. 22 Acoustic Envelopes: Attack and Decay
      04:52
    4. 23 Acoustic Envelope of a Snare
      01:16
    5. 24 Acoustic Envelope of Horns and Strings
      03:30
    6. 25 Comparing the Acoustic Envelopes
      01:14
    7. 26 Attack with String Instruments
      02:50
    8. 27 ADSR - Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release
      02:48
    9. 28 Attack
      02:56
    10. 29 Decay and Sustain
      03:03
    11. 30 Triggers and Gates
      04:00
    12. 31 Releases and More
      04:17
    13. 32 All Together Now
      05:18
  6. Section 6: Using Voltage Control Filters

    1. 33 Filter Types
      05:42
    2. 34 Using the Low-Pass Filter
      04:12
    3. 35 Assigning Controllers with MIDI Learn
      03:28
    4. 36 Low-Pass Filter Resonance
      03:59
    5. 37 Sawtooths and Extreme Low-Pass Resonance
      04:03
    6. 38 Self-Oscillation
      02:18
    7. 39 Oscillator Modulation
      05:53
    8. 40 Oscillator Modulation with Other Waveshapes
      02:28
    9. 41 The Classic Minimoog Bass - Part 1
      04:44
    10. 42 The Classic Minimoog Bass - Part 2
      04:17
    11. 43 Envelopes for Filter Control
      01:44
    12. 44 Using a Second Envelop for Filtering
      03:47
    13. 45 Summary of Envelope Usage
      00:49
  7. Section 7: Filters in ES1

    1. 46 Velocity Filters
      03:58
    2. 47 Filtering Noise
      06:40
    3. 48 Envelope Following
      02:07
    4. 49 Simulating Wind
      05:29
  8. Section 8: FM Synthesis in ES2

    1. 50 Introduction to the ES2
      01:09
    2. 51 Fundamentals of FM in ES2
      02:32
    3. 52 Vibrato's and Sidebands
      01:37
    4. 53 Overview of the ES2
      02:55
    5. 54 Definition of a Sideband
      02:16
    6. 55 Harmonic and Inharmonic Overtones
      03:57
    7. 56 Modulation Index and Deviation
      02:12
    8. 57 Multiple Sidebands
      03:12
    9. 58 Simulating Acoustics with Oscillators
      01:50
    10. 59 Using Multiple Envelope Generators
      05:42

Course Overview

Richard Lainhart

Richard Lainhart

In a world before computers and virtual instruments and long before MIDI, electronic music was made with analog modular synthesizers, with real 3-dimensional knobs, faders, and switches. Sounds were constructed by routing electricity from module to module with patch cords and turning potentiometers to sculpt sound and music real time. This was an awesomely creative period in the history of music. Composers/performers, like Morton Subotnick and The Electronic Art Ensemble, stood before their vast arrays of analog synths and towering sound systems performing otherworldly atmospheres of sound that to this this day are unmatched in their expression and primal audio pyrotechnics. These amazing synths were not controlled with your typical B&W keyboards that permeate today's bleak controller landscape. Rather, they were triggered by "Touch Activated Voltage Sources" and "Multiple Arbitrary Function Generators". It was an exciting time. But all things must pass...

The next wave in electronic music history was the era of presets and MIDI and suddenly everyone stopped turning knobs! Instead of making connections we started making selections and the fundamentals of synthesis and signal flow became a lost art.

Now analog synths are back and these new instruments are excellent tools to teach the art and science of synthesis. We at MPV are proud to bring back synthesizer wizard and performer , Richard Lainhart, to show us just how these modular synths work. In his tutorial, Analog Synthesis in a Digital World, Richard demonstrates his Buchla Series 200e and takes us on a educational excursion to through the world of basic synthesis explaining the fundamentals of waveforms, signal flow, additive and subtractive techniques and how they apply to today's software synthesizers. So get out your virtual patch chords and plug in to "Analog Synthesis in a Digital World.

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