Learning Synthesis with Pure Data YouTube Tutorials

Series 1

Learning Synthesis with Pure Data Series 1

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.

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Series 2

Learning Synthesis with Pure Data Series 2

Learning Synthesis with Pure Data Series 2 shifts gears a little from Series 1. In Series 1, viewers learn how to build a modular synthesizer that, while it is modular in construction, is self-contained. The individual modules all need to be present and one cannot pick and choose which modules to drop into the synthesizer. In Series 2, Dr. Lawrence W. Moore begins the development of LWM Rack, which is a virtual modular synthesizer system for Pure Data that models Eurorack in flexibility and design. In other words, the purpose of developing LWM Rack as a system is to construct modules that are somewhat self-independent, such that they can be combined in a myriad of ways as one builds his or her own virtual modular synthesizer. These modules allow for one to save the settings in the overall synthesizer, while allowing for one to bring in and take out modules from the system.

Over the course of the series, one will see two different ways in which a modular system that models Eurorack can be designed. The present incarnation of LWM Rack uses the second design, which is a bit sleeker than the first. Still, as one follows the series, one can gather insight on how to build his or her own virtual modular system that is flexible with the use of its modules. As the series progresses, new modules are developed and released. The releases of the LWM Rack system can be found on the LWM Rack page at LWM Music.

LWM Rack virtual Eurorack system for Pure Data