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Certificate in Synthesis & Sound Design


“I began putting my eldest son, Malcolm (11), at MusicTec since about 4 years ago. Subsequently, my 2 younger sons Ian (9) & Andre (7) also enrolled in the programme. I’ve discovered that, within the first year, all of them were able to read musical notes and play out the songs rather independently. I was amazed at their progress and overall appreciation of music and musical styles. One thing for sure, they are technically sound! And the IT-based system brought a whole new dimension to music Education! I believe it is the combination of the right programme, right methodology , the passion, dedication and competence of the teachers that have resulted in their systematic and progressive learning. Furthermore, active monitoring process allowed my sons to progress at their own pace, and expedited when necessary. I’m so impressed that I’ve recommended many friends to start lessons with the School!”
by Mrs Eunice Shum, mother of Malcolm, Ian and Andre Shum


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