This video captures an introduction to the basics of modular synthesis, by Ian Taylor. Taylor demonstrates the basics of synthesis using a rare Digisound 80 modular synthesizer. Many of the Digisound module designs were published as DIY projects in British electronics magazines in the 1980’s.
This video offers a quick introduction to Karplus-Strong Synthesis – a physical modeling technique that’s great for creating both realistic and creative string and percussive sounds. … Read More An Introduction To Karplus-Strong Physical Modeling Synthesis
Zynthian is a open hardware platform, currently in development, that promises to be a ‘swiss army knife of synthesis’, equipped with multiple engines, filters and effects. Zynthian’s hardware specification is public and the software is open source, so the platform is designed to be fully hackable.
Roland Canada Product Specialist Jacob Watters shared this series of video tutorials that explore the basics of subtractive synthesis. The tutorials are created on the Roland System-1, but they are general enough to apply to most subtractive synths. The first video, above, looks at making string synth sound.
Third Wave Graphics has introduced Waveforms – a series of posters that elegantly document the basic elements of classic synthesis.
In the last few weeks, we’ve featured a few videos from Ralph Baumgartl‘s vlog, featuring his discussions with the German synth group Thau. In this video, Baumgartl talks with Thau (Bernd-Miachel Land and Frank Tischer) about why they play the music they do, their inspirations, and their take on what Berlin School synth music is. Land & Tischer also… Read More The Philosophy Of Berlin School Synthesizer Music
Syntorial is video game-like training app, designed to teach you how to program synth patches by ear. The app combines video demonstrations with interactive challenges, providing hands-on experience programming patches on a built-in soft synth. Here’s a video intro:
This series of videos features Roger Arrick offering an introduction to modular synthesis.