Com Truise: Mid-Fi Synthwave Slow-Motion Funk

Blend nostalgic synths with driving beats and retro production techniques to create sci-fi-inspired electronic music.

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In 2011, the world’s first android astronaut launched into orbit. Or, at least, that was the concept behind Com Truise’s debut album Galactic Melt — a synth-fueled sonic exploration of a hero’s journey through space.

Combining a nostalgic reverence for ‘80s drum machines and production techniques with a futuristic sensibility, Com Truise has been building intricate musical worlds that are hypermodern and yet emotionally familiar for over a decade.

In this course, you’ll discover how Com Truise produces music that is both textural and driving, awash in retro drum sounds and thick clouds of synthesizers. You’ll follow along as he creates a brand new track from scratch, and opens up the sessions to some of his most popular songs, giving you a unique look at how he approaches synthesis, drum machine programming, production, gear, and more. 

Whether you’re an aspiring synthwave artist, a gearhead, or simply someone in need of inspiration and constraints for your next musical project, this in-depth course will help you add an otherworldly quality to your music.

Com Truise

Producer, DJ, & Composer

An admitted synth obsessive, Com Truise (aka producer and designer Seth Haley) is the maker of an experimental, bottom-heavy-style he calls “mid-fi synthwave slow-motion funk.” After years of making music under an array of pseudonyms (Sarin Sunday, SYSTM, Airliner) and as a DJ, Com Truise arrived on the scene with 2010's Cyanide Sisters EP, released for free on AMDISCS, and then re-released after he was picked up by famed electronic label Ghostly International.

2011 saw the release of his first full-length Galactic Melt, the album that also introduced the world to the narrative of Com Truise — the astral adventures of an android astronaut traveling the cosmos to make contact with distant civilizations. This imagined story would continue through his EPs Wave 1 and Silicon Tare, culminating in his 2017 full-length Iteration. He's done countless remixes along the way, for artists as varied as Maroon 5 and Daft Punk. And he's toured constantly, both as a DJ and a performer with a grandiose visual component to his set.

Now, more than a decade since his first release, Com Truise is still known for his synthwave-influenced immersive soundtracks — film scores for movies that only exist in his mind. Influenced by some combination of retro production techniques, his parents' record collections, and his love of technology and gear, his sound builds on a sense of nostalgia but always catapults it forward into the future.

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Watch a Sample Video

Washy synths, funky drum machines, epic astral space sagas — Com Truise's music transports you to another universe. How does he do it? Watch this sample video from the course to get a sense of what to expect in this one-of-a-kind online learning experience. 

Take Your Electronic Music to New Worlds

Learn how Com Truise makes synth-driven electronic music and draws on classic production techniques to craft futuristic beats.

Make More Evocative Synth Patches

Create melancholy synthscapes using detuning, chorus, LFOs, and more.

Hit Harder With Retro-Sounding Drums

Leverage old drum machine sounds to create driving rhythms and beats.

Find New Sources of Sonic Creativity

Use imaginary film and art narratives to drive creativity and sounds.

Turn Unique Sounds Into Full Songs

Watch Com Truise's process at work as he creates a new song from scratch.


Course Outline

  1. Preview
    Section 1

    Initiating the Launch Sequence

  2. Section 2

    Call to Adventure

  3. Section 3

    Harnessing Dark Matter

  4. Section 4

    Launching Into Orbit

  5. Section 5

    Side Quest: Existence Schematic

  6. Section 6

    Escaping the Asteroid Field

  7. Section 7

    Side Quest: Compress—Fuse

  8. Section 8

    Entering the Abyss

  9. Section 9


  10. Section 10



Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is a fan of Com Truise, synthwave, drum machines, retro production techniques, or crafting dreamy, otherworldly soundscapes. In particular, it's a course for producers looking to better employ these tools in their music. 

What will I learn in this course?

You'll learn how Com Truise uses synths, drum machines, retro production techniques, and a love of science fiction to create his music. He'll discuss his process, open up the sessions to some of his most popular songs, and create a brand new song from scratch.

Are there any pre-reqs?

This course requires some knowledge of music production and synthesis. Com Truise predominantly uses Ableton Live in the course, although you can use any DAW. If you're new to working in a DAW, it might help to start with our course Intro to Making Music in Ableton Live.

You certainly don't need to be a synth master to take this course, but it helps to have a grasp of the fundamentals. If you want to deepen your knowledge of synths and synthesizers either before taking this course, or alongside it, feel free to explore these complementary courses: 

Where was this course shot?

This course was shot at the beautiful Hyperballad Studios in Brooklyn, NY. 

How long does this course take?

This course was designed for you to take entirely at your own pace. If you want to watch and read all the content from start to finish, you could probably finish it in a couple hours; taking a more active approach and utilizing the various exercises and challenge prompts, you could probably spend a month or two working through it. 

You're also welcome to just skip around to the lessons and sections most relevant to you and your music.  

Is there a specific start date?

You can start the course anytime. If you'd like more accountability and guided feedback from a professional, you can request to work through the course and reach your own musical goals with a Soundfly Mentor for four or six weeks.

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How many lessons are there?

This course includes 57 lessons, including videos, graphics, text, activities, demos, creative prompts, downloadable tracks, stems, and much more. 

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