Comparing the graphical interface of four different synthesizers

Hello, I am Brandon Fallout from Seattle, WA in the USA. This lesson is for week 6 of Introduction To Music Production at Coursera.org. I will compare the graphical interface of four different synthesizers. Clearly showing where the Oscillator, Filter, Amplifier, Envelope, and LFO sections are. If you missed last weeks post on Delay effects – The flanger and phaser, you can find it here.

 

Saving the best for last?

Welcome back everyone, as some of you know, this is the last week of our Coursera Introduction To Music Production class. It’s been one heck of a class with quite a bit of work due on all our parts. Just wanted to say a finial fair well and present you with this last lesson on synthesizer interfaces. Is this the end you ask? Nay, I say. I may not update this blog weekly like I have been but I will post new content on here as I discover it. If you’re interested, feel free to follow my posts or drop me a note or comment. With out further ado, onto the lesson!

 

 

TAL-NoiseMaker

TAL-NoiseMaker
You can grab yourself a free copy of this great synth by clicking on the image above!

With this synth it’s pretty easy to see where all the main functions are located. Under the blue section in the top middle we have the Oscillators under the OSC1 & OSC2 label. The Filter is  in the red labeled section, center middle. Over in the top right is the green section labeled Master that contains the Amplifier. The Envelope is located in the center right labeled ADSR. Last but not least are the LFO sections, you guessed it, top and center left labeled LFO1 & LFO2.

 

 

Oberheim SEM V

Oberheim SEM V
This is the Oberheim SEM V synth. It’s one of my personal favorites. You can pick up a copy for 50% off by clicking on it’s image.

This synth is also pretty easy to sort out where everything is at. The two Oscillators are under the Synthesizer Expander Module as well as the Filter. They are labeled VCO1, VCO2 & VCF respectively. The Amplifier is under the section labeled Output. The Envelopes are located toward the bottom of the interface just above the keys and the LFO’s are to the very left labeled SUB OSC & LFO2.

 

 

Sawer from Image Line

IL - Sawer
This can be acquired via Image Line’s website. Click image for more details.

Since the above two have been broken down pretty well in terms of location, I’m going to assume you get the idea. I’ll call out areas of the image to look in and you’ll find what the item says will be there.

Oscillators: Bottom Left

Filter: Right in the middle

Amplifier: Top right

Envelopes: Bottom center

LFO: Bottom Right

 

 

Wasp XT from Image Line

Wasp XT
Wasp XT can be picked up from Image Line as well. Click on image for more details.

This last synth is a little different than the rest. It actually brings 3 oscillators to the table as well a way to directly manipulate your envelopes. You’ll need to attach this to a midi controller or midi channel in order to get sound out of it. Not all synths have keyboard parts!

Oscillators: Top right

Filter: Top left

Amplifier: Bottom right

Envelopes: Dead center

LFO: Center Left

 

 

Final thoughts

Well class, it’s been a very interesting 6 weeks. If you’re reading this now, I’m assuming you didn’t give up and kept on keeping on. Good for you, that’s the spirit! Whether you’re taking this class for a hobby or something bigger, the key is to not give up. There are tons of resources out there to help you take it to the next level. You can check out reddit for more information. I am starting up a sub there called r/AllThingsSynthesis. Come check us out and bring your noise to the table.

Above all else, don’t listen to the haters and get your groove on. Thanks for taking the time to read this post, as I said above, this may be the last post for this class but it is not the last for this blog!

Brandon Fallout

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