Syntorial Puts Virtual Synthesizer Into Synthesis Training Program

Developer Joe Hanley has launched a KickStarter campaign for Syntorial – an interactive training program designed to help musicians program synth sounds faster and easier.

Handley says that Syntorial differs from other synth tutorials in two important ways:

  • It’s software. The current offerings of synth tutorials are either books, videos, articles or websites. While they can only present information, a program can interact with the user. And that’s just what Syntorial does. Through a series of challenges Syntorial gradually builds up your sound design skills so that by the end of the entire tutorial, you’re doing it.
  • Most tutorials focus on the technical ins-and-outs of synthesizers. Syntorial takes you through 58 different common synth parameters and trains your ear to instantly recognize how each one effects sound.

The deadline is Sep 22. It’s currently about 45% funded.

See the Syntorial Kickstarter site for details.

via Joe Hanley

How To Make Glitch Drums & Breaks

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The latest tutorial video, via ohdratdigital, takes a look at how to make glitch drums and breaks:

This week’s video is all about how to create glitch drums and breaks, from subtle reworking all the way to Aphex Twin and Squarepusher style craziness!

For the download links to the plugins used in the tutorial, see the OD site.

Turn A Crapallicious Massive Sound Into A Nasty Filtered Bass

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This sound design tutorial, via DJVespers, takes a look at how to make a nasty filtered bass in Massive & Ableton Live – starting with a ‘crapallicious sound’.

Along the way, he looks at unisono detuning and pan spreading, filters, macros, pitchbends, and filter frequency automation.

Akai Pro MPC Software (Sneak Preview)

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Product Specialist, Andy Mac, gives you a sneak preview of the new Akai Pro MCP Software – a new app that will put an MPC into your computer.

Features:

  • 128-track sequencing capability
  • Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000
  • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins
  • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in
  • Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST/AU/RTAS plugin
  • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
  • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
  • Mac and PC-compatible

This is the platform that will drive the new MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio Music Production Controllers.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

The Fundamentals of Synthesizer Programming

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This video, via MoogMusicInc, is the third in Moog Music’s series on The Fundamentals of Synthesizer Programming, featuring Dr. Joseph Akins.

Dr. Akins is an associate professor at Middle Tennessee State University and strives to teach his students a complete understanding of synthesizers and computers as tools for modern music production.

In this five part series Dr. Akins uses a Voyager to teach the process through which a synthesizer’s sound is generated and the techniques needed to program your own sounds and sonic experiments. In part three of this five part series Dr. Akins goes over signal modifiers and filters.

The Fundamentals of Synthesizer Programming – Audio Generators

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In this video, via Moog MusicDr. Joseph Akins continues his five part series on the fundamentals of synthesizer programming.

In part two of this five part series, Dr. Akins goes over operation of a synthesizer’s two main sound sources, the oscillators and the noise generator.

Dr. Akins is an associate professor at Middle Tennessee State University and strives to teach his students a complete understanding of synthesizers and computers as tools for modern music production.

See this earlier post, The Fundamentals of Synthesizer Programming, for the first episode in the series.