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4 Sessions / 10 hours of work per session
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Skill Level
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Video Transcripts
English
Topics
synthesizers, composition, filters, oscillators, audio effects
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Designing Synthesizer Sounds

Designing Synthesizer Sounds
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4 Sessions / 10 hours of work per session
Price
Free
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
Skill Level
Intermediate
Video Transcripts
English
Topics
synthesizers, composition, filters, oscillators, audio effects
Course Description

This course is designed to explore practical contemporary synthesis techniques in the context of creating a musical composition. It focuses on the musical and emotional implications of synthesizer components and techniques: envelopes, LFO’s, filters, oscillators, modulation, and audio effects. Frequent peer feedback on both the synthesizer patches and musical composition help to develop the student’s technical and musical capabilities.

At the conclusion of the course the student will have a solid foundation in practical contemporary synthesis techniques within an industry standard synthesizer, will have created a piece of music to demonstrate his or her skills, and will have developed the ability to critique synthesizer patches based on their appropriateness, emotional impact, category, and expressiveness.

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This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Getting Started with Synthesis in Strobe 2 (November 16, 2018)
This session will introduce you to synthesis and electronic music and getting started using Strobe 2. You will be asked to submit a mock up of initial ideas for your final project, to help you set their goals and begin to think about the overall vision for your song.
7 lessons
1. Welcome to Designing Synthesizer Sounds!
2. What is Unique about Electronic Music?
3. Initializing Strobe 2
4. DR Kick Drum (Premium Exclusive)
5. BA Bass
6. Creating Your Mock Up (Premium Exclusive)
7. Giving and Receiving Feedback
Session 2: Creating Custom Synthesizer Patches (November 23, 2018)
This session will dive into different types of synthesizer sounds from lead synths to organs & keyboards, and more. You will learn how to start crafting your own patches to use in your compositions.
6 lessons
1. Categories of Synthesizer Sounds
2. OR Organs
3. LD Leads
4. KB Keyboards (Premium Exclusive)
5. AR Arpeggiator
6. Draft 1 (Premium Exclusive)
Session 3: From Preset to Perfect Patch (November 30, 2018)
This session will take a deeper look at building and tweaking patches to get the perfect sounds for your song. We will also start to discuss your audience, and how to direct their focus, attention, and energy throughout the various sections of your piece.
6 lessons
1. From Preset to Perfect
2. PD Pad
3. SY Synchronized Synths (Premium Exclusive)
4. UN Unison
5. CH Chord
6. Draft 2 (Premium Exclusive)
Session 4: Putting it All Together: Timbre, Sequencing, FX (December 7, 2018)
This session will look at incorporating timbre, sequencing, special FX, and texture into your music. You will be asked to submit the final version of your song.
6 lessons
1. Timbre As Motive Force (Premium Exclusive)
2. SQ Sequence
3. FX Special FX
4. TX Texture
5. Draft 3 (Premium Exclusive)
6. Now what
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Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

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What You Need to Take This Course

Pre-Requisite Knowledge: students should have experience with a digital audio workstation and be comfortable using one that supports VST, AAX, or AU plugins.

Equipment: FXpansion Strobe and a MIDI keyboard (such as an oxygen 8)

Download Your FREE 90-Day Demo of Strobe 2

Berklee and FXpansion have partnered to bring you a free, 90-day trial of Strobe 2. This demo includes all of the features available in the full version and is only available to students in this course.

To download your free 90-day demo of Strobe 2, click here.

You will be directed to a webpage where you will need to create an account with FXpansion. If you already have an account with FXpansion, you may log in using your username and password. When you are ready to download the demo, you will need to enter the following Activation Code (please note this code is case sensitive):

BERKLEE123S

Once you have entered the code and verified you are a student in this MOOC, the demo will appear within the "My Registered Products" page in your user account and you can download it for free.

Please view the document below for instructions on downloading and authorizing your Strobe 2 demo.

The suggested Digital Audio Workstations are:

  • Ableton Live
  • Pro Tools
  • Digital Performer
  • Cubase
  • Reaper
  • Logic
  • GarageBand

Strobe 2 is provided in the following plugin formats:

On Mac:

  • AU (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • VST( 32/64-bit)
  • RTAS (32-bit)
  • AAX (64-bit)

On Windows:

  • VST( 32/64-bit)
  • RTAS (32-bit)
  • AAX (64-bit)

A simple USB keyboard controller that can interface with your DAW is also required, an M-Audio Oxygen 25 is an example of a small keyboard controller that could work well for this course.

System Requirements

For the Strobe 2 synthesizer, the hardware requirements are:

  • Windows 7 or later or Mac OSX 10.8.6 or later
  • Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz
  • 1GB RAM
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