Sound Synthesis feature articles
SOUND SYNTHESIS & SOUND DESIGN (30 episodes) - Make Jean-Michel Jarre sound like a beginner
Throughout history, humans all around the globe have never stopped diversifying the uses of music ─ ritual, recreational, intellectual, etc. ─ and have produced it using their voices and bodies or through the development and practice of musical instruments. Through the 19th century, the basic methods for creating music were the same: Hitting anima…
These synths may be lesser known, but they sound awesome - 5 Top Soft Synths You Might Have Missed
To help you avoid making music that sounds like everyone else’s, I want to tell you about some premium-quality soft synths you may not know about. Although none of these instruments are terribly obscure, each deserves more attention than it normally gets. Some are relatively new but haven’t gotten much ink, while others are all but forgotten by an…
Demystifying Synth Programming – Part 2 - How oscillators, LFOs and filters affect your sound
In our last episode, we talked about the differences between parameters and parameter values and between acoustic and electronic parameters. We also discussed envelope generators and the relationship between harmonics and timbre. Now let’s look at the most essential parameters for oscillators, filters, and LFOs.
Demystifying Synth Programming - Part 1 - Understanding synth parameters is key for creating your own sounds
Imagine if you could break free from the limitations of synthesizer presets and create your own custom sounds to fit your music. The first step toward that goal is to understand the standard synth parameters that you see on most instruments. Once you do, a whole new world of sonic control and creativity will open up for you.
All You Need to Know About Sound Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 30
Dear friends, the time has come to say goodbye, at least regarding this article series. This last article is a sort of summary of what we've seen throughout the series, which I hope has been useful.
The Trautonium and the Theremin - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 29
In the previous article we discovered two amazing instruments, the Ondes Martenot and the Ondioline. In this, the second-to-last installment of this series, I invite you to discover two even more amazing specimens!
The Ondes Martenot and the Ondioline - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 28
As I mentioned in the previous article, I want to end this series by reviewing some rather extraordinary instruments.
Stochastic and Graphic Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 27
Graphic and stochastic synthesis are not very widely used and, yet, they are quite interesting. Let's see why...
Formant and Linear Arithmetic Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 26
This time around, I invite you to discover two unusual forms of sound synthesis: Formant and linear arithmetic synthesis.
Pulsar and Phase Distortion Synthesis - Sound synthesis, sound design and audio processing - Part 25
We are slowly coming to the end of this series!