Today, Ableton quietly launched Learning Synths, a new website that teaches the fundamentals of synthesis in an interactive way. The website includes playful explanations of the basic components of synthesizers, like oscillators, filters, envelopes, and LFOs, as well as step-by-step breakdowns of a range of classic synth sounds.
The step-by-step synthesis lessons are powered by a two-oscillator monosynth that runs entirely in the browser, enabling users to explore and learn the fundamentals of synthesis at their own pace.
More experienced people who already understand synthesis can skip the lessons and dive right into the synth itself, which is available on a separate page and comes with a range of presets and sequences. Users of the Google Chrome browser can even play the browser-based synth with any attached MIDI controller.
Pricing and availability
Learning Synths is free and works on mobile phones, tablets, computers, or any device with internet access and a modern web browser. Additional music tutorials are available in the Learning Music of the Ableton website.