Dutch synthesist Rene Splinter shared this video that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his 2010 album, Transit Realities.
In the video, Splinter talks about the music on the album and takes a look at some of the (now vintage) gear that was used in making it.
Here’s what he has to say about it: Continue reading
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
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
Joe Hanley, the creator of Syntorial, walks you step-by-step through the programming of the the synth lead from Daft Punk’s Derezzed. Continue reading
Last year, we covered a KickStarter project for Syntorial – an app designed to interactively teach you about synthesis.
The project was fully funded and Syntorial is now available. Continue reading
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.
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.
This series of videos, via Walker Farrell, 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