Learning Synthesis with Pure Data Series 1 starts right from the beginning with both synthesis fundamentals and the programming environment, Pure Data. PD is an excellent tool to learn synthesis since it is open source and a free download. This way, viewers can follow along with the tutorials and not worry about learning from a different software than the videos. PD is also a powerful tool and worth learning for those who are interested in synthesis, electronic music, interactive systems, and a whole realm of purposes. In the series, viewers will learn how virtual synthesizers are built, and thus, learn from the inside out how synthesis works. Viewers will learn all of the important terms in synthesis so that they will understand what all those faders and knobs do in plugin synthesizers as well as hardware synthesizers.
While the series starts at the beginning, it soon moves into a building mode, where viewers can learn how synthesizers are built in software. By the end of the first series, viewers will end up constructing the FAM2 virtual synthesizer, which models a basic, virtual modular synthesizer. By learning how the different modules work with one another and as a whole, one learns how software synthesizers work. By the end of the first series, one will have their own modular synthesizer that can load and save settings, allowing one to save their own sounds and recall them later.
- Miller Puckette - Miller Puckette is the original creator and continues to be the central developer of Pure Data Vanilla
- Pure Data -Pure Data home page and community of developers
- FLOSS Manual for Pure Data - This is a very good reference manual and tutorial for Pure Data
- Programming Electronic Music with PD - This is another excellent book on Pure Data and using it to do many things in electronic music composition.