Learning Synthesis with Pure Data is a YouTube series hosted by Dr. Lawrence W. Moore, composer, multimedia artist, software developer, and educator. This series starts from square one with the programming environment, Pure Data, and utilizes it as a teaching aid. Since Pure Data is an open source and free download, everyone can access the software, follow the tutorials, and learn about synthesis. One will not only learn the fundamentals of synthesis, one will gain insight into how to build one's own synthesizer in Pure Data, if desired.
For those who do not see themselves developing software in Pure Data, they will at least learn the fundamentals of synthesis and the terminology that they need to know in order to utilize software synthesizers as well as hardware synthesizers. For those who are interested in doing more development in Pure Data, this series does demonstrate the use of the language and goes into great detail over time. As the series is ongoing, viewers are invited to leave comments with requests for future topics.
This series is also useful for those who already have some Pure Data knowledge. As the series progresses, the topics get more and more involved. Likewise, as with all programming environments, it is easy to pick up some new topics and tricks that one has not come across thus far.
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Learning Electronic Music Production with Reason is a series that serves two purposes. For those who are comfortably using another digital audio workstation software other than Reason, this series is still a valuable learning aid. Many of the instruments and effects in Reason resemble those in other software as well as those that are part of popular plugin suites, like Waves and Native Instruments. The series focuses on fundamentals, so that the lessons can apply to other software. Secondly, the series serves those who use Reason very well since all of the lessons are presented in Reason and the concepts are demonstrated using this software.
This series is not based on any specific genre, but focuses on how tools are utilized. Topics include synthesis, effects, signal routing, signal processing, mixing, and more. this is an ongoing series and viewers are welcome to post comments requesting topics that they are interested in. This series can be useful for those who are interested in EDM, dub step, electronica, ambient, experimental electronic, and all sorts of other genres. The series is great for anyone who produces music using a digital audio workstation software. This series is especially useful for those who are looking at different DAW software and are trying to decide what software to purchase. This series will give one a good idea of what Reason can do.
Sunday Night Synthesis is a series all about synthesis from many different angles. Some weeks, Dr. Lawrence W. Moore discusses analog equipment, some weeks he builds something in Pure Data, and some weeks he simply performs on some of his synthesizers or software. The series is a continually changing and evolving series that unfolds naturally. The one constant thread is the creative creation of sound. Viewers often comment, leaving suggestions for topics or questions about various subjects. This series is a free form series and allows for a lot of freedom for what topics are covered and discussed.
In Series 1, most of the episodes were focused on analog equipment, how to use them, and demonstrations through impromptu performances. As the series evolved into the second series, many viewers requested more topics involving Pure Data and the building of systems. Dr. Lawrence W. Moore likes to keep his viewers happy, and obliged by shifting gears for a bit.
In Series 3, the shift in gears was maintained, but new topics were explored involving interactivity. As the series progresses, people seem to really like the fact tat there are often new topics and new creations each episode. this approach assures that there will be something of interest for everyone at some point soon.