Audio School: Intro to Synthesis (3 hrs)

Intro to Synthesis | The N.Y. School of Synthesis (via matrixsynth) Intro to Synthesis | The N.Y. School of Synthesis (via matrixsynth)

Direct from the ’80s: the most comprehensive video explainer on synthesis for beginners.

Don’t let the aesthetics fool you: this is a fantastic three-hour presentation from Dean Friedman at the N.Y. School of Synthesis from, presumably, the early 1980s. Split into three one-hour sections, each video takes you step-by-step from zero to synthesis hero (via matrixsynth).

Intro to Synthesis Part 1 – The Building Blocks of Sound & Synthesis:

Intro to Synthesis Part 2 – Types of Synthesis & Programming Examples:

Intro to Synthesis Part 3 – Additional Synth Features, Performance Controls & Wrap Up:

Ready for more?

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

… or a Quick Recap of the Basics?

Shorter-form, easy-to-follow resources on synthesis for beginners: