If you’re sick of wading through hours of YouTube tutorials trying to get your head around how to program soft synths, then this will be right up your alley.
Berklee College of Music, via online education portal Coursera, is currently offering their ‘Creating Synthesizer Sounds for Electronic Music’ course for free.
Wanna learn the basics of synth programming? Berklee College of Music is offering their ‘Creating Synthesizer Sounds for Electronic Music’ course for free!
The course outline describes it as a project-centred module, where you’ll “create sounds and use them in your own musical compositions.”
“Whether you’re an aspiring producer, composer, or hobbyist,” the description reads, “this course will help you gain skills in music production and confidence using software synthesizers. Along with your classmates, you will create a massive database of designed sounds, or patches, to use in your compositions. As part of the course, you will work with a free version of FXpansion Strobe 2.”
If you’re interested in doing the course, it’s $62 to complete in full, or free if you choose the ‘Audit Only’ option, which gives you access to all course materials except graded items, meaning you won’t be eligible for the certificate at the end. But if you’re keen to learn, and to watch and read all the course material, then dive in here.
Just a heads up, you’ll need to have some basic knowledge of music production, access to a computer and a DAW that supports VST, AAX, or AU plugins, and access to a MIDI controller. If you enrol in the course, you get a free 90-day trial of FXpansion Strobe 2 too, which is pretty sweet.