Tag: demystifying synths

Articles about synthesizers/soft synths, referencing any of the courses in the course series “Demystifying Synths”

  • Introducing Our 5 Favorite Synths from NAMM and Superbooth This Year

    Introducing Our 5 Favorite Synths from NAMM and Superbooth This Year

    Let’s face it: It’s basically impossible to keep up with the pace of trade shows through the late winter and early spring. Between the flurry of announcements about monitors, synths, modules, mixing desks, and the endless stream of video demos pouring out, merely paying attention can feel overwhelming, let alone taking meticulous notes on what’s…

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  • How to Make ‘Pew! Pew!’ Laser Sounds with a Synth

    How to Make ‘Pew! Pew!’ Laser Sounds with a Synth

    Learning to play music should be more of just that — playing! Why not make everything fun? With that in mind, here’s a new miniseries exploring how to make your synthesizer of choice do whatever you want: from burping and farting to shooting out lasers (sonically, of course)! Why? Because laser sounds are actually pretty ubiquitous in music today.…

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  • Using Synth Bass as an Expressive and Supportive Tool for Bass Players

    Using Synth Bass as an Expressive and Supportive Tool for Bass Players

    As you move from your electric or upright to synth bass, you may start to wonder how to support your group or artist while still expressing the arc of the piece. In many situations, we bass players rely on dynamics, feel, and attack to inform our navigation through a piece of music. When I’m building a…

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  • What Is the CV Input on My Synth? — Demystifying Control Voltage

    What Is the CV Input on My Synth? — Demystifying Control Voltage

    If you have a synth, odds are it has a CV, or “control voltage” input. In more modern synthesizers, like those from Dave Smith Instruments, digging into menus will allow you to assign control voltage inputs to just about anything: pitch, filter, LFO, etc.; in older models, there might just be one CV input that’s hard-wired…

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  • What Is Granular Synthesis?

    What Is Granular Synthesis?

    + Learning about synthesis? Soundfly’s got a definitive new online course called Advanced Synths and Patch Design For Producers! Preview for free and subscribe for access.  When it comes to sampling and Ableton, there are an overwhelming number of methods for turning almost any recorded sound into a functional musical tabula rasa. From simply dragging and dropping a…

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  • How to Create the Iconic Synth Sounds in “Gin and Juice” from Scratch

    How to Create the Iconic Synth Sounds in “Gin and Juice” from Scratch

    Here’s something I know you’re going to dig! Throughout our free Demystifying Synths series of courses, we explore how to recreate the iconic keyboard sounds from tons of our favorite songs. You may have read our recent in-depth article on how to create that unmistakeable keyboard sound from Radiohead’s song “Everything in Its Right Place” off of Kid A, through…

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  • 8 Artists Making Brilliant Exploratory Music Using Modular Synths

    8 Artists Making Brilliant Exploratory Music Using Modular Synths

    + Learning about synthesis? Soundfly’s got a definitive new online course called Advanced Synths and Patch Design For Producers! Preview for free and subscribe for access.  My love of synthesis is well documented here on Flypaper. There’s just so much to explore, from digital to analog, computer-based to modular. Today, we’re going to take a look at modular synthesis as…

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  • 10 Vocalists Using Loop Pedals to Make Extraordinary Collages of Melody

    10 Vocalists Using Loop Pedals to Make Extraordinary Collages of Melody

    Artists are using loop pedals to improvise with themselves and bring out a new, diverse spectrum of vocal textures and tones.

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  • The 10 Most Widely Influential Synths Ever

    The 10 Most Widely Influential Synths Ever

    Get to know these 10 classic synths, and you’ll start recognizing their oscillating tones in all your favorite tracks.

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  • Sounds of the Future: A Historical Primer on Synths in Sci-Fi Movies

    Sounds of the Future: A Historical Primer on Synths in Sci-Fi Movies

    We live in the most exciting time one could possibly hope to be alive. Every day, new aspects of our earthly existence are being discovered, advanced, and technologically exploited to further improve our experience of reality on this planet and in this universe we humbly occupy. Yet, despite these fascinating daily occurrences, we still love…

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