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Old 21st July 2009
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Old 30th July 2009
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i find miller puckette's theory and technique of electronic music to be one of the most useful writings for synth and electronic music.. free one anyway. curtis road's computer music tutorial (book) is very good too.

heres puckette's paper: Miller Puckette
Old 2nd August 2009
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Hi, thanks for posting these links, and sorry for posting late to this thread. I don't spend a lot of time on this forum, and often turn up late.

I have a G2, and frequent the electro-music forum. Rob Hordijk is very astute. I am an electronic engineer, and majored in communications theory, signal processing etc. From an engineering perspective, Rob Hordijk's synthesis observations and designs are very insightful, and also technologically very creative. He really gets it. His tutorials are fantastic, but he also posts some other great ideas in the threads at electro-music. It can be really easy to miss the crux of some of his ideas, which can use mathematical principles in rather creative ways.

I think the members there who have stood out to me are:

Rob Hordijk
Roland Kuit
Chet Singer
Wout Blommers (very friendly, knowledgable, community oriented guy)

There are a few other things I think worth looking at from there, pretty Nord Modular oriented, but contain many trasnferable principles.

I think someone may have mentioned the Wizoo book on the Nord modular? I thought it was hosted online somewhere, though I haven't turned it up just now.

Chet's physical modelling
Some collected interesting threads
Some workshops, maybe some replicated material here
Roland Kuit's tutorial DVD

I have to say that technologically, the Nord modulars are out dated these days. They are closed systems, with no further back end development. The current crop of VST modulars offer much greater flexibility for sound design. Analogue modulars also have much heartier sounding oscillators and filters. Kyma, and also synth oriented programming environments and languages, of course, are another step again. I think the Nord modular kit still has some good points though.



edit - should note, I have only skimmed through this material, not really examined it in depth yet
Old 6th August 2009
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A top*twenty synth list without this:

Sure it is unobtainable to mere mortals and it was listed in the Yamaha catalogue as a home organ but DAMN!!!
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Old 25th December 2009
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The original gear slutz. thumbsup

Edit: I posted this when this thread was still titled "Pure Genius".

Last edited by Don Solaris; 8th January 2014 at 10:21 AM.. Reason: obsolete / expired youtube video links
Old 10th January 2010
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Old 6th May 2010
This is a site for beginner to intermediate users. Covers a lot of ground, daws, synthesis, production, recording, tutorials, really a great all round resource. I always recommend it to people starting out as its all written in a very easy to understand way.


Old 9th July 2010
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Here are my latest V-Synth GT videos.

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Old 15th July 2010
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So you have decided you want to be a superstar dj

I am creating this thread for few reasons.
1. because we all started once upon a time and we all know its alot easier to follow guide lines than run around like headless chickens asking every time there's something we don't understand.
2.too bring up the standard of this message board not that i think its low but hey cant harm now can it.
3.because i am heavily dyslexic and i need practice writing as the majority of the time i read and hardly write

learning music
Right lets kick things off the most under rated and least talked about thing is learning to play an instrument. Time and time again the one thing that lacks on every myspace soundcloud etc... is the fact that i can hear that some one has just penciled in a few midi notes and then trys to over compensate by using extreme amounts of modulation. tutt now i am not trying to say that everyone here wants to be the next Beethoven but a catchy melody is key to making a club banger. weather you like it or not learning to play an instrument will make your music grow leaps and bounds. as a side note i would like to point out that learning keys guitar theory etc does not happen over night but if you stick with it it does become easier

here is a few links to get you started

this is guy runs through all the basic for learning keys
YouTube - How to play piano: The basics, Piano Lesson #1

and theory

and more theory
Ricci Adams' - Lessons

whats a melody?
YouTube - How Music Works 1 - Melody - Part 1

whats is harmony?
YouTube - How Music Works 3 - Harmony - Part 1

how does rhythm work?
YouTube - How Music Works 2 - Rhythm - Part 1

whats bass and how does it work?
YouTube - How Music Works 4 - Bass - Part 1


jazz theory

learning your daw
Ok so next thing is learning your daw you need to learn this to the point that it becomes second nature to you. pick one and stick to it like glue
all of them pretty much do the same thing.
here are a list of them

logic (mac only)

cubase (pc and mac)

ableton live (pc and mac)

pro tools (pc and mac)

fl studio (pc only)

reaper (pc and mac)

if people could please send me links to vids or fourms of each one of these
daw it would save me a lot of work thank you

this is really good video to get the basics down once you grasp the concept of subtractive synthesis the sky's the limit it also means that if you watch a video of how to make xxxx sound you start to figure out why the patch sounds the way it does anyways here we go

Basic Synthesis Tutorial - Part 1

Basic Synthesis Tutorial - Part 2

Spectrasonics Omnisphere tutorial

production tips from the pros

these vids are mainly from professional producers
Thomas Gold Part 1

YouTube - Future Music In The Studio With Thomas Gold Part 1

Thomas Gold Part 2

YouTube - Future Music In the Studio With Thomas Gold Part 2

Thomas Gold Part 3

YouTube - Future Music In The Studio With Thomas Gold Part 3

Joris Voornpart part 1

YouTube - Joris Voorn - Future Music Magazine { In the Studio } PT.1
Joris Voornpart part 2

YouTube - Joris Voorn - Future Music Magazine { In the Studio } PT.2

Chris Lake Part 1

YouTube - Future Music In The Studio With Chris Lake Part 1

Chris Lake Part 2

YouTube - Future Music In The Studio With Chris Lake Part 2

The Young Punx

Chase and Status




YouTube - Future Music : In the studio with D.Ramirez Part 1
YouTube - Future Music : In the studio with D.Ramirez Part 2
YouTube - D Future Music : In the studio with D.Ramirez Part 3


YouTube - FM213 Funkagenda 1a
YouTube - FM213 Funkagenda 1 b
YouTube - FM213 Funkagenda 2 a
YouTube - FM213 Funkagenda 2 b
YouTube - FM213 Funkagenda 3 a
YouTube - FM213 Funkagenda 3 b
YouTube - FM213 Funkagenda 4 a
YouTube - FM213 Funkagenda 4 b
YouTube - FM213 Funkagenda 5 a
YouTube - FM213 Funkagenda 5 b


YouTube - In the studio with AlanBraxe FM219

Nathan Fake

YouTube - Nathan Fake part 1
YouTube - Nathan Fake part 2
YouTube - Nathan Fake part 3


YouTube - Benga Interview - Future Music May 2008 - Part1
YouTube - Benga Interview - Future Music May 2008 - Part2
YouTube - Benga Interview - Future Music May 2008 - Part3

The Body Snatchers

YouTube - The Body Snatchers Producer Masterclass Part 1
YouTube - The Body Snatchers Producer Masterclass Part 2
booka shade

Slices - Tech Talk: Booka Shade

Martin Buttrich
Slices - Tech Talk: Booka Shade

Slices - Tech Talk: Booka Shade

Slices - Tech Talk: Booka Shade

YouTube - Bonobo Producer Masterclass Pt.1
YouTube - Bonobo Producer Masterclass Pt.2
YouTube - Bonobo Producer Masterclass Pt.3



POLE interview

Sherman filter bank


Matt Schwartz

documentary and interviews

pop music

red ball academy
this website is pure gold if you want to watch interviews sometimes technical sometimes not but all ways interesting none the less

to be continued..........
Old 26th July 2010
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Machinedrum 32 Operator FM Synthesis

Thought I'd share something the FM fans over here might find interesting. You might know the Machinedrum has an EFM machine which provides 2-op FM synthesis (maybe 3-op, the manual doesn't say the number). But, then one day it occurred to me that since it has 16 independently configurable oscillators and 16 modulators, it's actually capable of a very high number of simultaneous FM synthesis operators (32 total). Plus, it has a number of the modulator types that the TX81Z offers over the DX series.

I'm still hanging on to my DX for old time's sake but once this occurred to me, the MD has been adding a lot into my FM palette.

YouTube - Machinedrum 32 Op FM Synthesis

Hope you enjoy the tutorial vid.
Old 31st August 2010
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Several years ago Access put together a decent intro guide called "Programming Analog Synthesizers." Although it's geared towards the Virus a lot of the tips are applicable to any analog or VA synth.

Access Music | Support contact and resources
Old 15th September 2010
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Old 1st October 2010
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FM synthesis

Old 30th October 2010
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Useful for the basics, saves me reposting them over and over again:

Old 4th November 2010
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Old 26th January 2011
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I have some free synthesis tutorials on Youtube:

YouTube - soundsLogical's Channel

which cover making various sounds, some of which have got rather popular. I cover stuff such as fx sounds, nice dubby chords, nice bass sounds and, er, obnoxious bass sounds. Whatever takes my fancy really.

I also have a paid set of tutorials on Logic's ES2 here:

Sound Guru - Logic Pro & Sound Design Tutorials

Which are a bit more comprehensive, and serve as a good introduction to subtractive synthesis in general. The difference between these and (say) the MacProVideo tutes is that after explaining all of the synth's features, I go on to do 1 1/2 hours of synthesis workshop videos, which offer practical advice on making all kinds of sounds from scratch.

I felt other video tutorial series were missing this "practical application" element, so I decided to make my own.

(hope this is not considered spamming tutt )
Old 26th January 2011
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Found this youtube dude. Showing how to patch modular synth and test different modules:

More of 7th Dan Black Belt modular synths videos:
YouTube - 7thDanSound's Channel

Kind regards
Old 9th February 2011
Old 25th March 2011
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Originally Posted by Jake View Post
Several years ago Access put together a decent intro guide called "Programming Analog Synthesizers." Although it's geared towards the Virus a lot of the tips are applicable to any analog or VA synth.

Access Music | Support contact and resources
I just came across this guide and wanted to second this recommendation. It's actually written by Howard Scarr and it's really interesting for the non-techy asides.

Check out this excerpt from his site:
Originally Posted by On the Origin of Music - Howard Scarr
As far as I know, the father of ambient sounds in western popular music was one Bernie Krause, who teamed up with organist Paul Beaver during the late 60s. In 1967 Beaver and Krause released “The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music”, still considered a standard reference in the annals of electronic music history. Bernie Krause is a highly interesting character who was not only instrumental in promoting the use of synthesizers in the broadcast media, but also put forward quite a plausible theory on how music-making began all those millennia ago. The following paragraph is a short excerpt from Bernie’s article “THE NICHE HYPOTHESIS: How Animals Taught Us To Dance and Sing”. I think it is worth quoting here, although the good Doctor Krause says this section is a bit out of date..

“Experienced musical composers know that in order to achieve an unimpeded resonance the sound of each instrument must have its own unique voice and place in the spectrum of events being orchestrated. All too little attention has been paid to the possibility that insects, birds and mammals in any given environment have been finding their aural niche since the beginning of time... A complex vital beauty emerges that the best of sonic artists in Western culture have yet to achieve. Like the recent acknowledgement that medicine owes much to rainforest flora, it is my hunch that the development our sound arts owes at least as much to the "noise" of our natural environments.” - Bernie Krause

Whether this really applies to Cro-Magnon bone-bashing or not, this article certainly got me thinking a bit further than usual. I came up with the following, very obvious answer to a big question that had been bugging me for many years: Because of the huge advantage of listening intently and recognising patterns in all the animal noises around us (otherwise we get eaten and/or fail to catch our prey), early humans evolved to take great pleasure in this activity - it was another survival factor like eating, sex and physical exercise. OK, that applies more or less to all animals with ears, but we humans were the only species brainy enough to develop highly structured music over a few generations (memes require intelligence). So the sonic pleasure of the whole tribe is maximised and they stick together through thick and thin. I suppose we now have “death by chocolate” type foods, porn and hooliganism for similar reasons - there are a few downsides to being an intelligent species of pleasure-seekers!
He has a v-synth guide too. I hope it's just as interesting.
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Old 15th December 2013
My tutorials on programming the Kurzweil PC3:

poserp - YouTube

There are three series, each with a different focus. PC3 Programming Tutorial Series starts with basic VA synthesis and moves through FM, wave sequencing, and physical modeling, among other topics. PC3 Tutorial -- DSP Overview is a series about the various DSP blocks in VAST. Finally, there's "The Good Stuff"; these videos go into more esoteric and (hopefully) interesting synthesis tricks including rolling your own anti-aliasing SAW oscillator and using aliasing noise in synthesis.

These series are all works in progress; as I have time I will be adding more. They also overlap a bit -- "The Good Stuff" video FM+ is a precursor to the physical modeling series, for instance, as I discovered a sort of alternate way to do physical modeling on the PC3 and then evolved the technique to the point where I could outline a practical application.

Anyways, enjoy!
Old 15th December 2013
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Don't know if it's mentioned already, but check out Syntorial - The Ultimate Synthesizer Tutorial

There is a demo version, but the demo version gives plenty of lessons, i spent a couple of hours with it, still enough lessons to go with demo mode
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