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Synthesis 101 - Introduction to synthesis

Switched On is here to make using a synthesizer of any type a little less daunting. We'll go over the basics of each part of a keyboard synth, discuss modular synths, and show how powerful any device can be once you know how the parts of it interact.

There will also be plenty of time for hands on experimentation and one on one questions after class.
This class is great for the beginner or anyone who'd like to learn a little more about what all those knobs and buttons really do. No synth or musical knowledge required.

Key topics:

  • What’s a synth? What’s an oscillator?
  • Detailed discussion of each block of a synth. Filters, envelopes, sequencers, and more

Synthesis 102 - Introduction to eurorack modular

Have you been wanting to get into modular synthesis but don’t know where to begin? In this class we’ll demystify the wall of wires and knobs by breaking everything down into simple building blocks. From there we'll show you how to make your own patches, whether they be noisey, melodic, ambient, or beyond.

Key topics:

  • Eurorack standards. Voltages and module types
  • Overview of the basic blocks of synthesis. Getting the most out of a small modular setup using midi and audio inputs.
  • How to use seemingly simple modules in interesting ways

This is the second class in our Austin Modular Academy series. Though there are no prerequisites for it, it is encouraged that you attend our Intro To Synthesis course before this one.

These classes are taught by John-Mike Reed, repair tech at Switched On as well as founder of Bleep Labs.