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Certificate in Synthesis & Sound Design


“This is the kind of resource and technology I like to use to help students learn and enjoy music. I didn't have this many years ago but now, my students whose ages from 11 all the way to the late 40's can use and understand these technological learning aids. I think that structuring the lessons around the likes and tastes of the students allow them to improve faster and achieve good results. I think overall, this enhancement has added to their enjoying the music and learning it more vividly.”
by MusicTEC Guitar Teacher


Certificate in Synthesis & Sound Design

Who should join this course?

Participants with an interest in how synthesizers work and are used in the production of ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSITION, as well as looking for “new” avenues in creativity on sound creation and designing.

Some familiarity to the musical keyboard would be an advantage as the use of the keyboard is needed to “trigger” and control the sound sources, although the use of computer software would help in the inputting of notes as well. High levels of keyboard technique and dexterity are not required in this course. 

There are THREE LEVELS to this course in total. Each level, 10 hours in duration

  • Sound Timbres
  • Natural Harmonic Series
  • Electronic music compositional techniques
  • History of sound synthesis systems
  • What is a Synthesizer?
  • The Oscillator/Filter/Ampifier sections
  • The Step Sequencer
  • Application of Modulation Controllers
  • Sonic ear training
  • Creation "Sound Compositions”
  • Basic Level Project
  • MIDI Basics
  • Voltage Control applications
  • Multi-module patching
  • Further applications on Osc/Filt/Amp/EG/LFO
  • Applying Sync/PWM/FM
  • Different Filter types
  • Use of multiple control modules
  • Amplitude Modulation / Ring Modulation
  • Frequency Modulation
  • Modulation techniques
  • Intermediate Level Project
  • Application of clocking modules
  • Synchronization
  • “Synchro-sonic” compositions
  • Advance MIDI applications to modular synthesizers
  • Planning a semi-automated composition system
  • – Advance Level Project