Synthesis & Sound Design


101 // 201 // 301


Synthesis 101

The new era of sound synthesis is here and more accessible then ever. Synthesizers have changed the face of modern music and the quality of our films’ and games’ soundtracks dramatically. With the combination of the modern D.A.W and software synth, one producer can now take the place of an orchestra. Native Instruments is the de facto leader in software synthesis and Pyramind features Native Instruments Komplete through all 16 weeks of Synthesis 101. This course is designed to deliver a comprehensive understanding of Sound design and Synthesis basics using Native Instruments Products.

Topics Include:

  • Elements of a Waveform
  • Components of Synth
  • Additive Synthesis
  • Wavetable Synthesis
  • Subtractive Synthese
  • FM Synthesis
  • Drum Sampling
  • Sound Sculpting with Compression, EQ, and Saturation
  • Basic of Arrangement and Layering
  • Massive
  • Reaktor Player
  • FM8
  • Battery 4
  • Kontakt

Synthesis 201

A continuation of Synthesis 101, Synth 201 digs deeper into the Native Instruments toolset as well as the amazing “Serum” synth from xfer records. Concepts are reinforced through in-class lab work, homework assignments and the final project in which students create a sample pack of patches from every instrument covered in class.

Topics include:

  • Absynth
  • Modulation
  • Deeper Exploration of FM Synthesis with FM8
  • Deeper Exploration of Battery
  • Deeper Exploration of Kontakt
  • "The Keyboards"
  • Rounds
  • Kontour
  • Steampipe (Reaktor)
  • Guitar Rig
  • Hard Sync Synthesis with Massive
  • Monark
  • Serum (Xfer Records Synth)

Synthesis 301 (Advanced)

An in-depth look at Kontakt and Reaktor. Students will create various synthesizers from ‘scratch’ using Native Instruments’ Reaktor. Students will be blending standard synthesis forms to create customized instruments. By the end of the course, students will be able to deliberately and efficiently create complex systems within Reaktor. This knowledge will help them decipher and master any software synthesizer that comes their way. 

Topics include:

  • Reaktor Components
  • Creating Oscillators, LFOs and Gates
  • Signal Path
  • Ensembles and Macros
  • Creating sequences within Reaktor
  • GoBox
  • Morphing
  • Exploration of Kontakt 

Synthesis Instructors

David Earl aka sflogicninja

Instructor - Synthesis 201 & 301 // Logic 101 & 201  // Mixing 301

David is a composer, producer, author and educator. He has been working with Pyramind Training, teaching ground campus classes in Logic, Sound Design, Synthesis, and other music related subjects since 2000. From 2004 to 2007 he was Pyramind Studios' lead composer and creative director and now brings his Logic expertise to Pyramind's online training programs.

David is perhaps best known for his online avatar, sflogicninja, with a following of over 28,000 subscribers and over 3 million views on YouTube. Since sflogicninja’s humble beginnings in 2006, he has become a globally recognized certified trainer and expert for all matters relating to Apple's Logic Studio. 

Taylor Elsassor

Instructor - Synthesis 101

Taylor’s study of synthesis took him deep into the world of Native instruments and since he has worked on numerous projects including designing many of the sounds heard on his current collaborator and Pyramind alumni Luke Estes “Sugarbeat’s” release “Cherry Bomb”. Taylor’s passion lies in fusing glitch hop with Dubstep in aggressive mash-up’s of gritty bangers and granular robot sounds. He is also working on numerous online tutorials for Reaktor players and ensembles.

Synthesis Tutorials & Tips via Pyramind's YouTube Channel: