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Synthesis - Using Synthesis for Music Production Intro Class

Using Ableton Live and Reason, we will learn how to craft sounds using any synthesizer to make our tracks amazing.
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1,328 students enrolled
Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 5/2016
English
Free
Includes:
  • 30 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Design amazing sounds using any synthesizer
Work in Reason to understand synthesis
Work in Ableton Live to understand synthesis
Create any sound you can imagine using whatever software is at your disposal
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Requirements
  • This course uses both Reason and Ableton Live, but is designed to work on any software (or hardware) platform. So no matter what software you are using, this class will guide you through how to use your synthesizers.
Description

This classes uses the same system I've used for years in my college courses for teaching sound design: Identify and master the 4 main pieces of any synthesizer, and you will be flying when you first approach any other unit in the future.

This system keeps the technical jargon to a minimum and gets you making your own sounds quick.

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

  • "Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!"

  • "Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"

  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."

  • "I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"

  • "I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"

  • "Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"

  • "Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."

  • "The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don't want to know."
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anyone interested in making their own sounds to enhance their productions.
  • This course does not go into complex terminology about synthesis, so it is ideal for students just starting out (or needing a refresher) in synthesis and sound design.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 8 Lectures Collapse All 8 Lectures 33:55
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Introduction to Sound Design & Synthesis
4 Lectures 13:36

Welcome to Sound Design Fundamentals: Synthesis! In this introductory video we will talk about the class, what we will cover, and how we will cover it.

Introduction & Overview
03:11

In this class we will use a few different synthesizers (Subtractor in Reason, Analog and Operator in Ableton Live), to show how you can find all the key elements of any synthesizer, once you understand the main principals of synthesis.
About the Software We Will Use: Reason and Ableton Live
03:02

For this class we will focus on 2 main types of synthesis: Subtractive and FM synthesis. What that means and why will be covered in this video.
The Types of Synthesis We Will Cover in this Class
02:25

This is it! The main key to understanding all virtual and physical synthesizers. Learn these four elements and you will be able to find your way through any kind of synthesizer and synthesis.
The 4 Elements to all Synthesizers
04:58
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Fundamentals of Subtractive Synthesis
4 Lectures 17:20
The Subtractor is a great synth for teaching subtractive synthesis. Finding our four key elements is fairly simple, and the signal flow is easy to follow. For this first section, we will use Subtractor as our main tool for creating sounds with subtractive synthesis.
The Subtractor in Reason: The Interface
04:34

Synthesizers! Using Synthesis for Sound Design & Production
3 pages

The oscillator is the main tone-generator for synthesis. It is one of the most important elements in any synthesizer. In this section, we will look at how Oscillators work, what they do, and what parameters they have for us to understand when crafting our own sounds.
The Oscillator
12:15

There is so much more to learn!

Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List
00:31
About the Instructor
4.5 Average rating
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26,262 Students
53 Courses
Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.

J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)

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