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SubTractor is a Great Way to Learn How Synthesis Plugins Work

Learning Electronic Music Production with Reason S01E03 Main Title Screen

Have you ever wanted to customize your own sounds in plugin synthesizer, but just found that they were a little too confusing? The key to understanding virtual synthesizers is knowing your fundamentals and knowing the terminology. In this episode of Learning Electronic Music Production with Reason, we learn just that. Propellerhead Reason has a synthesizer called SubTractor that is not only a powerful synthesizer, but a great one to learn from. In this video, you will learn about synthesis fundamentals and be able to apply this knowledge to other synthesizer plugins and begin learning how to customize your sounds or build your own unique sounds form scratch.

Learning how to make the sound that is exactly what you want comes with a lot of practice, but knowing your fundamentals and knowing what words like LFO, filter, resonance, envelope, and phase will help you get to the point where you can start learning what processes sound like what. This is the first step in learning how to produce your own sounds and customize presets to sound more like what you want them to sound like.

Episode 03 – Synthesis Fundamentals with SubTractor

This episode of Learning Electronic Music Production with Reason is especially useful for anyone who produces electronic music, whether they use Reason and SubTractor or not. This episode focuses on the fundamentals of synthesis. No matter what virtual instrument or synthesizer you use, they all have the same terminology and utilize a lot of functions that are similar. So long as one learns the terminology of synthesis, one can read the labels of knobs, faders, and controls on any VST plugin or virtual synthesizer and know what those functions do and how they affect the sound. SubTractor has a fairly straightforward graphic user interface (GUI) and is a good virtual instrument to learn from. In this episode, the viewer will learn about oscillators, phase, envelopes, LFO, filters, low pass, high pass, band pass, notch, resonance, FM, and MIDI controller functions. After watching this episode, the viewer will know a lot more about the virtual sounds that he or she uses and can create and customize his or her own sounds more effectively.

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