Lesson Plan

Sound Synthesis Basics

Zoë Blade

Session Outcomes

  • Understanding of fundamental concepts of sound synthesis
  • Understanding of fundamental sound synthesis terms
  • Understanding of wave shapes, fundamental frequencies and harmonics, and subtractive synthesis signal flow (envelopes, filter (resonance and cut-off), amplification and controllers
  • Awareness of other types of sound synthesis and how to follow up knowledge development on additive synthesis, wavetable synthesis and FM synthesis
  • Knowledge of other free sound synthesis platforms

Lesson plan for an introduction to sound synthesis, to be used in conjunction with Nina Richards’ Interactive Online Synth.


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