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David Earl aka sflogicninja
Synthesis Instructor 210, Logic 101 & 201
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.
Synthesis and Sound Design
Synthesis and Sound Design
Acclaimed Pyramind instructor David Earl (aka YouTube’s “SFLogicNinja”) has been tapped to offer our newest elective, “Native Instruments 101.” Native Instruments is a pioneer in computer-based music production and has an ever expanding collection of software and hardware that has become a mainstay of digital music production studios worldwide.
Native Instruments 101 will explore Absynth, Massive, Guitar Rig, FM8 and Battery. The class culminates in a final project to be played and reviewed on the last day of class.
• Absynth • Massive • Guitar Rig • FM8 • Battery • Exploration of Synths: commonalities and differences • Building your own synths • Exploration of Signal Flow • Assigning Modulation • Exploring Keytracking • Filter Types • FX Sections • Sample Editing • Mapping & Layering • Mapping MIDI Control
The age of virtual sound creation is at its peak, and the weapon of choice is the software synthesizer. Synthesis 101 students will embark on their journey through synthesis using the tools found within Propellerhead’s Reason and Ableton Live. The primary goal of this class is to provide a general foundation of soft synth basics and mechanics in order for students’ own personal sounds to develop. The secondary goal is to build our own class patch library over the duration of the class, so the only sound libraries students are pulling presets from are the ones they develop! Along with Reason 101/110, this double-length (15-week) class sets the foundation for Synthesis 110 & 210.
• Subtractive synthesis (Subtractor)
• Graintable synthesis (Maelstrom)
• Sampling Basics
• Semi-Modular Synthesis
Synthesis is the cornerstone of electronic music and this final frontier needs serious exploration. Various types of synthesis are discussed and demonstrated using both older analog synths and software-based synths. Each type of synthesis is explored through group work and it is immediately applied to songwriting through contrapuntal compositional techniques.
• The elements of synthesis
• Subtractive synthesis
• Additive Synthesis
• FM synthesis
• Granular synthesis
• Sampling and synthesis
• Modular synthesis basics
The second class in Pyramind’s Native Instruments series, Synth 301 will explore the deeper levels of Native Instruments, primarily through exploration of Reaktor and Kontakt. The class culminates in a final project that requires students to create their own formant synth in Razor, route signal through “The Mouth” and record a performance, manipulate and record “The Finger,” create a Kontakt patch and more.
• Reaktor Components • Creating Oscillators, LFO’s and Gates • Kontact • Exploring Razor • Exploring The Finger • Triggering Effects in Real Time • Morphing • Exploring The Mouth • Reaktor Prism • Scripting Libraries • Mapping Samples in Kontakt • Using the Sample Editor • Assigning Multiple Outs