Music School: Intro to Synthesis

Image from Andrew Huang's video "FM SYNTHS in under 4 minutes"

Easy-to-follow resources for beginners.

First up: Andrew Huang takes a moment between his regular videos about creative music production techniques and gear talk, to offer one of the best, most concise explanations of FM synthesis ever:

That’s the concept – but what does it look like in practice? And how do all those boxes and wires add up to those sounds we hear?

Try It Yourself

Ableton offers a free online synth school for beginners – and you don’t even need their software, just your web browser. Learning Synths is an interactive web site that teaches you, step by step, the basics of how synthesizers work:

Ableton | Learning Synths
Ableton | Learning Synths

Ready for more?

Don’t let the visuals fool you: this fantastic three-hour presentation from the 1980s covers all the fundamentals so comprehensively, it can take you step-by-step from zero to synthesis hero:

Intro to Modular Synthesis looks at combining different devices, or modules, to create all kinds of sounds: