Ableton has created a new, interactive website called Learning Synths to teach interested producers the basic principles of synthesis. This new website is the follow-up of Ableton’s 2017 site Learning Music, which walks interested parties through the inner workings of their DAW.
Learning Synths can be accessed on the go via mobile browsers or on your desktop. The website caters to non-musicians and anyone with little to no experience in synthesis – teaching step-by-step lessons that cover everything from envelopes to LFOs.
For more experienced synth enthusiasts, the site offers “playground mode” in which users can mess around and start patching their own synths.
Check out Ableton’s new free and interactive synthesis class here.
Ableton have also launched a new microsite teaching users how synthesis works, using interactive widgets allowing users to build their own rich-sounding synth while teaching the basics of synthesis along the way. You’ll learn about amplitude, envelopes, LFO modulation, filters and more as you build your interactive synth from scratch.
The website works on both mobile and desktop and uses touchscreen functionality where available to design and shape sounds. You’ll also learn about the different types of oscillator shapes and sounds, as well as filter types, how to create drums and percussion sounds and eventually create common synthesized sounds like plucked bass and strings.