Sound Design (Synthesis & Sampling)
PLEASE NOTE: For the Sound Design course starting Monday, January 29, 2018, there will be no class on the scheduled third week of February 12, 2018 as the tutor will be away. Therefore, week 3 is postponed until the following week when classes will resume on February 19, 2018 and finish on March 26, 2018.
At School of Synthesis we cover SOUND DESIGN in a small class of between 1-8 students to ensure you develop a thorough understanding of this powerful music production method.
Sound Design is a growing field and one that is forever embracing new technologies and techniques. Our tutors create sound design for film, video games and their own music on a daily basis and employ modern techniques to distinguish themselves in the industry. Former School of Synthesis Sound Design students have gone on to become full time working sound designers and have created sound for several major projects. Learning how to create that sound inside your head is about understanding basic synthesis and sound manipulation possibilities. This course is designed by Davide Carbone who has been making sounds for synths, video games, music and film for over two decades and is renowned for his innovative sound design skills, and taught by both Davide and Mike Callander, who in addition to his own production has spent much of last year creating synth and sampler patches for chart topping band The Avalanches. This course introduces you to sound design, synthesis and sampling and uses the most advanced analogue and digital tools such as Korg Minilogue, Korg MS20, Moog Sub Phatty, Roland SH, Arturia Mini Brute, Rob Papen, Massive, FM8 and Davide's own MusicTech awarded virtual analogue synth, Carbon Electra, as well as samplers such as the incredible Kontakt by Native Instruments and others found in Ableton Live and Logic.
All sound design students receive a free full release MAC & PC copy of Carbon Electra and each student has their own Korg Minilogue to work on for the duration of the course. This course will dispel the complexities of creating your own sounds and introduce you to unique and advanced techniques that can be used across any analogue or digital synth or sampler.
The course is suitable for most people from beginners to those with experience in music production. This course covers basic and advanced techniques and benefits those who own a software or hardware based synthesizer. Please contact the school if you have any specific needs or requirements.
Course content and features:
An introduction to subtractive, additive, FM, wavetable, granular synthesis.
Modules of a synthesiser and parameters common to many samplers
Envelopes and other modulation sources
Creating original sounds
Advanced synthesis and sampling techniques
Creating sound design for various genres of music
Course objectives: by the end of this course you should be able to:
Understand synthesis and sampling
Utilise oscillators, envelopes, modulation, filters and effects
Navigate any analogue or digital synth or sampler
Create original sound design using advanced techniques
Create your own synthesizer and sampler patches and presets for use in any DAW
Develop a show-reel of original sounds
Each session commences with a group demonstration and discussion, followed by solo work on one of our eight Mac workstations and our analogue synths where you will practice set themes and techniques derived from real-world applications of the technology. Upon demonstrating your command of the necessary skills you will be further encouraged to add originality to your recreations and save various versions of your work.
Additional resources and materials:
All hardware and software is supplied, though we recommend students bring a storage device (eg. portable usb or firewire drive) to save and back up all work, and a pen and paper to take notes.
Assessment and feedback:
You will save successive work and will receive regular support, encouragement and feedback from your tutor. All students will be sent a School of Synthesis tote bag containing a t-shirt, sticker and certificate upon the successful completion of the course. At the conclusion of the course you will be invited to leave feedback and evaluate your experience, at which point we'll email you a link to a suite of exclusive sounds and various discount offers from the School and its partners to say 'thanks'!