Advanced Synths and Patch Design for Producers

Learn how to move beyond presets and create a wide array of scintillating synth sounds for your productions.

Are you tired of using presets? Looking to use more complex and interesting-sounding patches in your productions? Or do you want to be able to better replicate the sounds you hear on other artists' tracks? We created this course to help you make better synth sounds, whether you're a producer looking to up your sound design chops or just want to have some fun diving down a synth-fueled rabbit hole.  

In this course, we'll look at popular synths, sounds, and post-processing techniques to give you strategies for creating better sounds of your own from the ground up. From epic house leads, to snarling dubstep basses, and vintage '80s keyboard sounds, we'll show you how to create patches step by step. Along the way, we'll explain concepts related to subtractive synthesis, wavetable synthesis, FM synthesis, and sampling. In the end, you'll have a better idea of what type of synth to reach for in a particular situation, understand the ins and outs of creating patches, how to program better parts with it, and make better sounds than you ever thought you could. 

We'll also hear from four well-known electronic producers, from film composer Ian Hultquist (formerly of the band Passion Pit) to Grammy Winner Enrico de Trizio, and check out their favorite tools and strategies for making their unique sounds that support their tracks. 

John Hull

Engineer + Producer

One half audio nerd, one half guitarist, and one half fisherman... John Hull sometimes talks about synthesizers in his sleep. He enjoys long walks on the beach (as long as fishing is involved) and creating videos and songs.

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Level-up your synth skills

Learn to recreate sounds from popular records and understand how to use subtractive, FM, wavetable, and sampling in your own projects.

Recreate Inspiring Patches

Write better parts and patches by relating them to sounds you're already familiar with.

Unpack The Function

Learn when to reach for each kind of synth and the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of sound generation.

Know Where To Turn

Develop strategies for identifying the sound you need and the function it serves in your composition.

Learn From The Pros

Check out how the pros approach designing sounds for their productions.
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Our expert mentors do whatever it takes to ensure that you achieve your musical goals for the course and leap forward in your learning.

Andrea De Carlo

Producer, Engineer, Keyboardist
  • Award-winning producer and engineer
  • Worked at some of the best studios in Italy and the USA
  • Master's Degree in Audio Production from the SAE Institute in Milan

Jamie Billings

Engineer, Sound Designer
  • Audio designer at MIT Audio Labs
  • Pro Tools Certified Instructor
  • Graduate in electronic production and design from Berklee
  • Leads production workshops at NYU

Martin Fowler

Composer, Producer, Bassist
  • Produces & composes works for TV, film, & podcasts
  • International touring & recording artist with over 15 years experience
  • Studied bass & music technology at Berklee College of Music


Course Outline

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    Section 1


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    Section 2

    Synth Foundations

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    Section 3


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    Section 4


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    Section 6

    FM in Action

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    Section 7


  8. Start
    Section 8

    Bringing It All Together


Who is this course for?

This course is for producers and composers looking to better understand how to design interesting synth patches and create interesting synth parts for their tracks. 

What will I learn in this course?

We'll explore four types of synthesis — subtractive, wavetable, FM, and sampling — to pad out your toolkit for creating interesting sounds that bring your productions to life. We'll look at these types of synthesis in a few different ways, from technical tutorials to rebuilds of popular songs to interviews with professionals on how they use them in their music. 

Are there any pre-reqs?

You're probably going to want a basic understanding of synths before taking this course, as well as an understanding of production and how to make music in a DAW. If you're starting from scratch, check out our free Demystifying Synths series instead. 

When does it start?

You can start anytime.

How does a Soundfly course work?

We offer two ways to experience our courses: with mentorship or with a subscription. Enrolling with mentorship involves in-depth weekly personalized support and feedback from an expert for the six week duration of the course.

Enrolling with a subscription does not include mentorship but gives you access to all of the courses on to go through at your own pace for as long as you're subscribed (and tons of extra perks — see below).

What do I get if I enroll as a subscriber?

As a subscriber, you'll get unlimited access to all the course content on, including this course and all our other premium courses, to go through at your own pace, for as long as you remain subscribed. This includes all the videos, tutorials, demos, quizzes, activities, downloads, and other materials within our courses. You're also entitled to discounts of up to 33% on our mentorship programs, you will be invited to join our exclusive community Slack group, and you'll have access to exclusive discount perks courtesy of our partner brands. You can cancel anytime.

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What do I get if I enroll with mentorship?

Our mentorship program is our science-backed learning model designed to help you learn more efficiently and effectively. When you sign up, we'll pair you with an expert who will tailor the course to your experience level, offer detailed weekly feedback on your work, answer any questions you have, help you blow past obstacles, and keep you on track to accomplish your musical goals.

You can find out more about mentorship and our expert mentors here.

You'll also get unlimited, lifetime access to all the course content and lifetime access to our tight-knit musician community group on Slack, where you'll find peer-to-peer feedback and support, lots of inspiration, and fun, musical conversations with fellow Soundfly students, mentors, and staff.

How does the pricing work?

A subscription costs $39/month or only $19/month if you enroll annually.

Enrolling with mentorship costs $649 for six weeks of intensive support from an expert, plus lifetime access to the specific course you're purchasing. Payment plans are available — reach out to [email protected] to find out more.

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes, if you enroll with mentorship. If you enroll with mentorship and the course isn't what you expected, we will give you a full refund as long as you tell us before the start of the second week, in order to honor the valuable time of our mentors.

We're also happy to move you to a subsequent session, if you end up not having as much time as you expected. Once again, let us know as soon as possible!

How long does this course last?

Our courses were designed to be taken in six weeks. If you enroll with a mentor, you will go through that six week curriculum. If you enroll with a subscription on the other hand, you can choose to use the six week structure, or you can ignore it and jump around as much as you want.