Demystifying Synths


Uncover the basic elements at the heart of all your favorite synth sounds.

20 Minutes
4 Sections

We freakin' love synths. From laser noises to thick atmospherics, synthesizers can produce an incredible world of sound. But what do all those mysterious buttons and knobs actually do? The path to understanding the wide world of synthesis begins with oscillators

In this course you'll learn more about oscillators, what they are, and the role they play in creating the synth sounds we love. Dive in to part one of our series, Demystifying Synths, to start making robot music today! 

Martin Fowler

Composer, Producer, Bassist

Martin composes and produces music for commercial, educational, and artistic media, and records and performs internationally with many NYC-based artists. He also produces original electro and house music and remixes as MDFX, plus trap/jungle/bass music and remixes as WNNR, and will release his debut solo record later this year. His favorite cloud type is the lenticular cloud.

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Course Outline

  1. Section 1


  2. Section 2

    Basic Terms and Concepts

  3. Section 3


  4. Section 4



Who is this course for? 

People with no prior knowledge of synths. Or people who think they know something about synths but really don't. They just know that tweaking that one button makes a slingshot sound. 

What are the requirements? 

Nothing whatsoever. At some point you're going to want your own synth to play with, but you can also use the built in ones from Garage Band or find one online. 

What will I get out of this course? 

Well, round one: a basic understanding of oscillation, which is the central building block of synthesis. But if you keep going with the whole series, you should be able to make any synth sound you hear...