LESSON 8: Synthesis

Discover a plethora of different methodologies for making sounds from scratch! Through careful examination of the building blocks of synthesis, we gain a deeper understanding of the complex sounds we hear on our favorite tracks, as well those inside our heads. One-on-one with your mentor, you’ll experiment with different synthesis types, from subtractive and FM, to wavetable, physical modeling and beyond, to craft a sonic signature of our own. With a wide palette of tools in Logic, you’ll create sounds that will inspire for generations to come, and with this knowledge internalized, you’ll have the ability to program any piece of gear to it’s fullest potential.


  • Section 1 – What Is Synthesis?
    • Types of Sound Synthesis
      • Additive Synthesis
      • Subtractive Synthesis
      • FM Synthesis
      • Phase Distortion Synthesis
      • Analysis/Resynthesis
      • Sample-based Synthesis
    • Section Review
  • Section 2 – Synthesizers in Depth
    • Synthesizer Components
      • Oscillators
      • Filters
      • Envelopes
      • Volume Envelope
      • Pitch Envelope
      • Filter Envelope
      • Low-Frequency Oscillator
    • Section Review
  • Section 3 – Synthesizers in Logic Pro X
    • Creating and Saving Patches
    • Built in Synths
      • EFM1 – FM Synth
      • ES E – Ensemble Synth
      • ES M – Monophonic Synth
      • ES P – Polyphonic Synth
      • ES1 – Logic Synth 1
      • ES2 – Logic Synth 2
      • EVOC 20 PS – Vocoder Polyphonic Synth
      • Klopfgeist
      • Sculpture – Physical Modeling Synth
      • Retro Synth
      • Ultrabeat – Drum Synth
    • Section Review

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