Meet the Synthesizer - Create Sizzling Hits In Minutes

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October
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Tue Oct 27th 5:00pm-6:00pm 1 Days
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Meet the Synthesizer – Create Sizzling Hits In Minutes

Learn the fundamentals of digital audio and sound design, using a browser-based synthesizer program to create your own unique sounds.

Ages:

13-17

Equipment:

Laptop, required

Currently available in:
  • Online
Pricing details
Price:  

£10

Course highlights

Understand the Fundamentals of Digital Audio

Understand the Fundamentals of Digital Audio

To understand what makes different sound textures distinct from one another, we will take a look at a frequency spectrum analyser, and use this to investigate a range of sounds created by different instruments.

Learn the Main Concepts of Synthesis

Learn the Main Concepts of Synthesis

From oscillators all the way to effects, this session will provide an overview of how signals are processed through a subtractive synthesizer, and how this can be used to create different textures.

Create and Share Your Own Sounds

Create and Share Your Own Sounds

This is a hands-on session in which you will be able to experiment, tweaking the synthesizer controls to develop your own unique sounds! These can then be saved and shared via a simple web link.

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Course Overview

In electronic music, many of the melodies and beats you hear were not recorded using a conventional, physical instrument – instead, these sounds have been synthesized.

This involves electronically creating a new sound entirely from scratch, by directly altering and processing the waveforms themselves. Synthesis is a fun and very powerful way to make many different sonic textures, from sizzling leads to pulsing basslines to punchy drum hits!

In this session, you will be introduced to the science of audio, making use of frequency spectrum analysis to understand what gives different sounds their unique texture. We then apply this to an online synthesizer that you can access within your browser, using it to learn the fundamental components of synthesizers, including oscillators, filters and envelopes.

Although we will be experimenting with these techniques using the online program, the same principles can be applied to all conventional synthesizers.

This session will be useful to those who are familiar with DAW software and want to begin creating their own sounds, but also for anyone with an interest in sound design and musical experimentation!

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What your child will learn

  • What makes different instruments sound different? Using the frequency spectrum to analyse the harmonics of a sound.
  • Important terms and techniques within sound design to make a range of different textures, from melodic pads to crazy sci-fi effects.
  • How to use LFOs and envelopes to modulate the synthesizer, creating dynamic configurations that evolve over time.
  • Applying effects to polish the final sound, and saving/sharing new creations.

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Meet Will

Will studied at the Royal Academy of Music and is one of Fire Tech most long-standing digital music tutors. He's a drummer, composer, and loves teaching young people how to combine technology with music to build sounds, songs, compositions and much more.

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