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- Aug 19th, 2012
Learn all about Oscillators and sound generation from synthesist Marc Doty and support the educational activities of the Bob Moog Foundation all at the same time...
This second course in the 6-part series on the Foundation Of Synthesis is all about Oscillators. Bob Moog Foundation lead educator, Marc Doty, introduces you to the basic concepts of sound generation and waveforms. You’ll see and hear these waveforms in action as Marc brings out his arsenal of “collector” synths and explains the details of what made these famous analog and digital instruments tick!
Get ready to modulate! First you’ll learn about modulating wave shapes via pulse and wave-shape modulation techniques. You’ll see LFO and FM modulation in action on the classic ARP 2600. Then Marc dives into the digital domain with a look at some classic hardware and software digital synths (Ensoniq & Reason) with their digital oscillators, wave tables and more.
Throughout this series, Marc demonstrates the science of sound with informative animations and hands-on demonstrations of his collection of classic synths from many different designers! It’s great to see how these fantastic instruments deploy their unique sonic technologies.
Bob Moog was an early pioneer and inventor of voltage controlled analog synthesizers. He revolutionized the music industry and his ideas, inventions and musical instruments have dominated the sound of music for more than 30 years. Aside from being an innovator, Dr. Bob was an outspoken advocate of education. The Bob Moog Foundation, created by his daughter, Michelle Moog-Kousa, continues his legacy with Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, the preservation of his inventions and the development of the Moogseum – the only museum of its kind dedicated to the advancement of sonic education. We hope you will help support the BMF's efforts by watching these courses with the knowledge that a large portion of the proceeds go to support their awesome efforts!
So sit back, turn up the volume, and continue your journey into the Foundation of Synthesis with Marc Doty, and the Bob Moog Foundation. Be sure to watch all 6 of the BMF's courses on filters, modulation, oscillators and more!
- Synthesis 201: Analog Synthesis in a Digital World
- Synthesis 301: Advanced Synthesis
- The Foundation Of Synthesis 101: The Synthesis Of Synthesis
- The Foundation Of Synthesis 102: The Oscillator
- The Foundation Of Synthesis 103: The Filter
- The Foundation Of Synthesis 104: Control Voltage
- The Foundation Of Synthesis 105: The VCA & Other Tools
- The Foundation Of Synthesis 106: Designing Timbres
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Outstanding review of wave synthesis. It's great to be shown where this all came from and why. Now I can actually understand what knob I'm tweaking and why! thanks!
Great introductory overview with some neat tips. The volume balance between the voiceover and the synth in some videos could be a little better though - I found myself continually turning the volume up and down to avoid blasting my housemates with piercing tones!
This course is more for people which like how things really, really work. For me it was a bit too much and boring. The Oscilloscope was a really nice touch to illustrate the waveforms. I did not know that oscillators are so complex to dedicate its own course. All the explanation are good, but 10 times hearing similar sounds was too much for me.
Bravo, amazing course very informative and complete. Easy to digest and understand the teacher makes learning synthesis a breeze.
Thanks for this awesome course. I will follow on to the other parts of this course series.
A good tutorial on synthesis that covers and breakdown each topic subject very well..found this course very interesting but also explained very well
This was great, I've never had the opportunity to touch one of the analog synths or oscillators. This course has shown me the foundation of the software synths that I use today!
this guy is the best!!! this was fun and very Practical, you can really see it's his passion!! great job dude....
A great video about analog synthesis! A lot of what I learned here could be applied to my own virtual analog synthesiser (The Waldorf Blofeld). This gives you a good basic understanding of all the possibilities.
Nice course, wish I would have seen this years ago, I have learned most of this stuff on my own. But I did learn a more in depth exploration of synthesis.
This is an awesome course. I recommend it to any keyboardist, electronic musician, or just anyone interested in the history of synthesizers. Brings a lot of understanding to the modern digisynthesizer
Comparisons in modulation made by an oscillator and the equivalent manual adjustment were useful in understanding modulation. This course also makes brilliant use of the o'scope for demonstration.
Wow I now have a considerable knowledge and understanding of oscillators....next up...filters I think
Although on a basic level, this course is very informative and organized in a clear and straightforward fashion. I hope this series will include advanced concepts in the future as well.
Yea.. I'm finishing this series!!! This one was pretty incredible.. The trainer was very easy to understand and gave great examples.. Very applicable to hardware and software synths!!!
Great course. Really enjoyed how the use of synthesis and oscillators were displayed through analog systems (making the concepts easier to understand) as well as with oscilloscopes.
A good course for absolute beginners,explaining things very clearly in a good structure. It also explores the creative aspects a little bit as well. Might be a bit slow if you already know the basics.
Nice intro to oscillators. Useful for anyone using analog synths to software synths. Lot's of played examples to help understand how the sound is affected by the changes in waveforms.
Watched the first one and loved it. Interesting methods to get across the concepts. Good use of props and visuals to drive home ideas. Great layout of the course to build a greater picture. Lots of interesting footnotes. Excellent video!