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Enhance your expertise in sound design by gaining a deep understanding of the intricate processes involved in synthesizer creation. In this comprehensive tutorial series, producer and DJ Josh Hodge, also known as DJ@War, will guide you through the step-by-step process of building a synth using the Max MSP programming language. Elevate your programming and synthesis skills to new heights and apply them to setting up your very own synthesizer in Ableton.

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Results You Can Expect From This Course

This course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to:

  • With this course you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to
  • Build an FM synthesizer with basic parameters such as main oscillator, amp envelope, modulating oscillator, filters, and monophonic/polyphonic modes using Max MSP programming language
  • Use FM synthesis to modify and combine waveforms to access a wide range of different timbres and sounds.
  • Get a grasp of the basics of Max MSP programming and use this knowledge to put together your own audio devices within Ableton
  • Employ advanced programming techniques to create original, functional patches you can share and even sell
  • Create a user interface for your synth that allows you to actually open it and use it in Ableton
  • Craft a wide variety of impressive sound effects and instruments from scratch with your own synth
  • Stop relying on stock preset synths and unlock a realm of infinite possibilities

About Your Instructor

Josh Hodge, a highly versatile and promising talent in the global electronic music scene, is renowned for his skills as a DJ. He has graced the stages of renowned establishments worldwide, including M1nt (Shanghai), Chinawhite (London), and Indochine (Zurich). Additionally, he has been sought after to perform at private events for some of the biggest celebrities in the world. Notable appearances include Rihanna’s event at Bungalow 8 (London) and Jay-Z’s performance at Chinawhite (London Brits Afterparty 2010).

As a producer, Josh Hodge has gained widespread recognition for his exceptional work. He has released tracks on esteemed labels such as Toolroom, Ministry of Sound, and Downright. His music has found its way into the playlists of iconic figures like Eric Morillo, Eddie Halliwell, Adam F, and many others, garnering him support from industry giants.

Tutorials In This Course

  • 1. Intro
  • 2. Max MSP Basics
  • 3. Main Oscillator
  • 4. Envelope and Midi Control
  • 5. Creating A User Interface
  • 6. Filter
  • 7. FM Oscillator
  • 8. Making The Synthesizer Polyphonic
  • 9. Mono:Poly Mode Switch
  • 10. Glide and Finishing (Part 1)
  • 11. Glide and Finishing (Part 2)


Software Used In This Course & System Requirements

Software Used In This Course:

  • Ableton Live 10

System Requirements:

  • Intel Mac with OS X 10.7 or later, 4 GB RAM
  • PC with Windows 7, 8 or 10. 4GB RAM