Announcing Our New Course With Com Truise: Mid-Fi Synthwave Slow-Motion Funk

New Course Announcement!

We’re thrilled to invite you inside our brand new artist-led course, featuring DJ, producer, and synthwave trailblazer, Com Truise, out today exclusively on Soundfly!

Combining a nostalgic reverence for ‘80s drum machines and production techniques with a futuristic sensibility, Seth Haley (aka Com Truise) has been building intricate musical worlds for over a decade.

In his first-ever course, Com Truise shares his “closely-guarded secrets” of production, songwriting, and creative ideation. You’ll discover how Com Truise produces music that is both textural and driving, awash in retro drum sounds and thick clouds of synthesizers, yet staggeringly modern and fresh. You’ll follow along as he creates a brand new track from scratch, and opens up the sessions to some of his most popular songs, giving you a unique look at how he approaches synthesis, drum machine programming, production, gear, and more.

This course requires some basic knowledge of music production and synthesis. Com Truise predominantly uses Ableton Live in the course, although you can use any DAW. You certainly don’t need to be a synth master to take this course, but it helps to have a grasp of the fundamentals. If you want to deepen your knowledge of synths and synthesizers either before taking this course, or alongside it, feel free to explore our complementary courses, Demystifying Synths and Advanced Synths and Patch Design for Producers.

Are you an aspiring synthwave artist, a gearhead, a superfan of contemporary nostalgic music, or simply someone in need of inspiration and constraints for your next musical project? Yes? Well then, let’s get started!

Let’s talk about outcomes. In particular, you can expect to encounter a number of things:

  • You’ll learn Com Truise’s unique approach to channeling inspiration and creativity, including how he creates fictional narratives to guide his music.
  • You’ll learn how Com Truise creates his signature synth patches that ground so much of his music, both analog and digital.
  • You’ll learn Com Truise’s approach to beat making using retro-sounding drum machines and production techniques. 
  • Best of all, you’ll go in depth into the composing process as Com Truise brings a brand new full track to life in front of you from scratch. Soundfly students will have exclusive access to his new song, called “Dynetics,” released nowhere else.

More than anything, you should leave this course feeling validated in your creative pursuits and inspired with new frameworks to try new things.

Preview a full lesson in Com Truise: Mid-Fi Synthwave Slow-Motion Funk.

Meet Your Instructor

Com Truise in the studio surrounded by gear

COM TRUISE

Producer, DJ, Graphic Designer, Sci-Fi Nerd, and Synthwave Trailblazer 

Seth Haley first began sharing music under the moniker “Com Truise” on MySpace. His is the rare story of an artist “getting discovered,” so to speak, and having his career take off accordingly. His first release, the Cyanide Sisters EP, was released in 2010 on the digital label AMDISCS, which helped him build a relationship with the famed electronic label Ghostly International, who signed him to a record deal. The digital buzz also led to a few remix requests, including for Neon Indian, Twin Shadow, and even Daft Punk.

His first full-length album Galactic Melt was released in 2011, and began the saga of an android astronaut traveling the cosmos that would act as inspiration source material for a number of his subsequent releases. From there, he went on to release countless remixes for artists like Tycho, deadmau5, Deftones, and more, numerous EPs, and five full-length albums, three of which documented the Com Truise narrative and two of which are compilations.

Nowadays, Com Truise continues to perform live and DJ, and his live shows are famous for bridging huge projected visualizations with his music. And he’s ventured out into new areas like scoring feature-length films and even soundtracking cryptic Super Bowl commercials…

Check out our playlist of his most impactful tracks, including a few that we’ll see up close within the course and a few others that give a great sense of his sound.

How does a Soundfly course work?

Great question! We offer two ways to experience our courses: on your own with an all-access subscription or with personalized coaching from a Soundfly Mentor.

It costs as little as $19 per month to subscribe to Soundfly. And with your subscription, you’ll get unlimited access to all of the premium course content on Soundfly.com, including this course, to go through at your own pace. This includes all the videos, tutorials, demos, quizzes, activities, downloads, and other materials that make our online courses one of a kind!

But that’s not all, subscribers receive an invite to join our private community Slack channel, exclusive perks from partner brands, and exclusive access to livestreams, office hours, and contests. Plus, you’ll be entitled to a 25% discount on custom mentorship sessions.

If you’d like personalized guidance, feedback, and support from a professional as you go through the course material, you can do that with one of our incredible Soundfly Mentors. Simply subscribe, and fill out a Mentorship Interest Form (found inside all our courses), or head here to learn more about what custom mentorship entails and to get in touch with us directly.

Are you ready?

Let’s get you signed up, so you can learn from an award-winning electronic producer how to expand your breadth and tell your own musical stories. 

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