Additive Synthesis Explained
In this tutorial course, Echo Sound Works walks you through the complex but rewarding world of all things additive synthesis.
Additive Synthesis is one of the three main forms of synthesis. It’s actually the oldest form of sound synthesis. It’s methods and techniques predate subtractive and FM synthesis.
Featuring more than 60 minutes of intensive video tuition, this course is broken up into 5 parts and covers everything from the theory behind Additive Synthesis to how to make sounds using harmonics and partials.
By the end of the 5 videos, you will be familiar with the concepts of Additive Synthesis and be comfortable using multiple software synthesizers that are either Additive in nature or have Additive engines.
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The Theory of Additive Synthesis
PART 1 – INTRODUCTION – This video covers the scope of the course.
PART 2 – WHAT IS ADDITIVE SYNTHESIS – This section covers the basics of Additive Synthesis covering ideas like fundamental frequencies, harmonics, overtones, partials etc.
PART 3 – ADDITIVE SYNTHESIZERS – This video discusses and looks at some of the most popular Additive Synths on the market. If you don’t own an Additive Synth or want to know about the other options out there, this is a great video.
Additive Synthesis in Practice
PART 4 – HARMONICS – In this section, get a unique view on how to use harmonics and partials to sculpt sounds in an Additive engine.
PART 5 – MAKING SOUNDS – To finish up the course, we look at some generic tips and tricks that will allow you to make better sounds in any Additive synthesizer.
Learn to Create Not Just Imitate
As the name suggests, Additive synthesis involves adding together multiple basic waveforms to create more complex ones. Some of the most powerful VSTs including U-he Zebra, Logic Pro-X Alchemy, and a whole slew of NI Reaktor ensembles feature additive synthesis as part of their M.O.
In skilled hands, Additive Synthesis provides an amazing level of control and flexibility and can be used to create unique and unusual sounds. Difficult to master, it’s worth getting your head around if you want to design sounds that are truly original.
About Your Tutor
Echo Sound Works is one of the lead tutors on the ADSR network. He is also the sound designer behind the hugely popular sound design label Echo Sound Works as well as a producer.
With his years of experience as a producer, sound designer and tutor, Echo easily explains often complicated topics in a way that anyone can understand them. By reinforcing everything he teaches with real world examples, you will come away fully understanding everything presented to you in this course.
Professional instruction from a working producer. It’s like having your own private tutor!