The Secrets Of Analog & Digital Synthesis

In this vintage 1985 full-length tutorial video, Steve DiFuria explains the secrets of analog and digital synthesis.

There a lot of good information in the video, along with some truly bizarre things. We’re talking incomprehensible voodoo-doll nipple torture bizarre.

Luckily, Difuria spends most of his time demonstrating synthesis concepts on what are now classic synthesizers.  Continue reading

The State Of 21st-Century Synthesis

This video captures a panel discussion on The State Of 21st-Century Synthesis, held at the 2014 NAMM Show.

Led by author Mark Vail (Vintage Synthesizers, Beauty In The B, The Synthesizer), the panel features industry leaders offering their take on the state of synthesis.

The panelists, from left to right, are:

  • Composer/synthesist Drew Neumann (Aeon Flux, The Wild Thornberries)
  • Composer/producer & Continuum expert Edmund Eagen
  • Synth designer and MIDI creator Dave Smith
  • Synth designer & sound designer Eric Persing (Roland, Spectrasonics)
  • Gerry Bassermann (E-Mu, Opcode, Be, Propellerhead)

The video is close to 90 minutes long and offers some great perspectives from true gurus of synthesis.  Continue reading

Synthesis Fundamentals Explained In New Poster Series

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The Bob Moog Foundation has released a new series of posters that explain the fundamentals of synthesis.

This set of seven 11″x17″ posters covers these topics:

  • What is a waveform?
  • What is an oscillator?
  • What is a filter?
  • What is an envelope?
  • What is an amp?
  • What is a harmonic?
  • What is an L.F.O.?

The Fundamentals of Synthesis posters are available individually, or as a set for US $25.

The ‘Heart of Subtractive Synthesis’: The Moog Ladder Filter, Explained

Moog Music has a new video out today on The Moog Ladder Filter, the patent for which Bob Moog is being inducted into the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame.

Rick Shaich, Moog Hardware Engineer, narrates the video and explains the Ladder Filter’s important distinction of being “voltage controllable… It’s really the heart of subtractive synthesis, which is ‘The Moog Sound.’”

It’s a great explanation of what a Ladder Filter is/does, and the role it has played in modern music.

An Introduction to Modular Synthesis

This series of videos, via , captures an introduction to modular synthesis, presented at MakeNoise Music, featuring designer Tony Rolando, artists Robert Lowe (Lichens) and Richard Devine, and performances of patches from the MakeNoise Shared System Series. Continue reading