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!
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
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
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
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
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!