Introduction & Syntakt Overview: Familiarise yourself with the Syntakt's layout, settings, and sound menu's.
Digital & Analog Drum Creation: Master the art of drum sound design, both in digital and analog realms.
Melodic Sound Design: Unleash the full potential of the Syntakt in crafting bass, leads, pads, chords, plucks, and percussive melodies.
Analog FX Block: Explore the routing and manipulation of the Analog FX block.
Assignments: Apply what you've learned in multiple hands-on assignments, including the creation of an analog & digital drum kit, melodic layers, and your first song idea.
SYNTAKT REAR & FRONT PANEL OVERVIEW
SOUND MENU SETUP
SOUND MENU BROWSER
INTRODUCTION: DIGITAL DRUMS
DIGITAL BASS DRUM - BD MODERN
DIGITAL CLAP - CP VINTAGE
DIGITAL CYMBAL - CY ALLOY
BONUS: GETTING GOOD MIX LEVELS TRICK
DIGITAL SNARE - SD VINTAGE
DIGITAL PERC - PC CARBON
DIGITAL SNARE - SD BASIC
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE A DIGITAL DRUM KIT
INTRODUCTION: ANALOG DRUMS
ANALOG BASS DRUMS
ANALOG SNARE DRUMS
ANALOG RIM SHOTS
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE AN ANALOG DRUM KIT
ASSIGNMENT: ANALOG & DIGITAL COMBO KIT
INTRODUCTION: ANALOG FX BLOCK
ANALOG BLOCK ROUTING
ANALOG FX BLOCK DRIVE
ANALOG FX BLOCK FILTER
ANALOG FX BLOCK FX SENDS
ASSIGNMENT: ANALOG FX BLOCK DRIVE & PERFORMANCE ROUTINE
INTRODUCTION: CREATING BASS
ANALOG: DUAL VCO OVERVIEW
ANALOG: DUAL VCO BASS PATCH
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE A DUAL VCO BASS PATCH
DIGITAL: TONE OVERVIEW
DIGITAL: TONE BASS PATCH
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE A TONE BASS PATCH
INTRODUCTION: CREATING LEADS
ANALOG: RAW OVERVIEW
ANALOG: RAW LEAD PATCH
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE A RAW LEAD PATCH
DIGITAL: SWARM OVERVIEW
DIGITAL: SWARM LEAD PATCH
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE A SWARM LEAD PATCH
INTRODUCTION: CREATING PADS & CHORDS
DIGITAL: CHORDS OVERVIEW
DIGITAL: CHORDS PATCH
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE A CHORD PATCH
DIGITAL: CHORDS PAD PATCH
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE A CHORDS PAD PATCH
INTRODUCTION: CREATING PLUCKS
DIGITAL: BITS OVERVIEW
DIGITAL: BITS PLUCK PATCH
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE A BITS PLUCK PATCH
INTRODUCTION: CREATING PERCUSSIVE MELODIES
DIGITAL: TOY OVERVIEW
DIGITAL: TOY PERCUSSIVE PATCH
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE A TOY PERCUSSIVE PATCH
ASSIGNMENT: MELODIC LAYERS
ASSIGNMENT: CREATE YOUR FIRST SONG IDEA
Mute Modes & Trig Modifiers: Master dynamic sound control and complex rhythm programming.
Recording Modes: Dive into various recording modes and shortcuts for efficient workflow.
Timing & Sequencing: Learn microtiming adjustments and sequencer scaling for intricate beat making.
Polyrhythms & Sound Locks: Experiment with polyrhythms and sound locks for rich, layered patterns.
Performance Tools: Utilise Fill Mode and Conditional Locks to add spontaneity to your tracks.
Advanced Structuring: Create evolving music with Pattern Chains and delve into Song Mode for full compositions.
LFOs & Filters: Manipulate LFOs and advanced filters for nuanced sound sculpting.
Connectivity: Integrate Syntakt with your setup using Elektron Transfer and Overbridge.
External Control: Harness the power of external instruments for limitless creativity.
Discover the strategic use of Global & Pattern Mute Modes to bring dynamic shifts in your performance. Learn how to effectively silence and activate tracks to create tension and release in your music.
Master Trig Modifiers to add variation and complexity to your sequences and performances.
Dive into the various Recording Modes to capture your performance with precision. Understand the shortcuts and techniques to streamline your workflow and enhance your creative process.
Refine your grooves with Microtiming adjustments, giving your beats a professional edge. Learn how to shift notes off the grid for that human feel or create intricate rhythmic patterns.
Unlock rapid-fire sequences and rolls with the Retrig Menu. Explore how to add flair to your rhythms and keep your listeners engaged with these energising effects.
Manipulate the Sequencer Scale to create unique time signatures and extend your melodic phrasing. This module expands your musical palette with tools for unconventional sequencing.
Embrace the complexity of Polyrhythms to add depth to your compositions. Learn to layer multiple rhythm patterns for rich textures and a distinctive sonic character.
Utilize Sound Locks to assign different sounds to specific steps in your sequence. This module teaches you to transform a simple pattern into a dynamic, evolving track.
Activate Fill Mode to inject spontaneity into live performances or programmed sequences. Find out how to use fills to elevate your tracks and add excitement on the fly.
Conditional Locks are your gateway to probabilistic sequencing. Learn to create patterns that evolve over time, making each loop unique and engaging.
Construct seamless transitions with Pattern Chains for a cohesive live set or song structure. This module guides you through chaining patterns to build energy and flow.
Song Mode puts you at the helm of arranging and structuring your tracks. Learn to craft complete songs with intricate arrangements using the Syntakt's powerful sequencing capabilities.
LFO's module will show you how to modulate parameters for animated textures and movement in your sounds. Discover the secrets to breathing life into static patches.
Dive deeper into sound design with Advanced Filters. Understand how to sculpt and refine your sound with precision for professional-sounding results.
Get to grips with Elektron Transfer for seamless data management. This module covers how to efficiently manage presets and projects between your Syntakt and computer.
Overbridge opens up a world of integration between your Syntakt and DAW. Learn to record multi-track audio and control your device directly from your computer for a streamlined studio setup.
Explore the vast possibilities of using External Instruments with your Syntakt. This module shows you how to control, sequence, and integrate external gear into your Syntakt environment for expanded creativity.
Uncover advanced techniques in utilizing the FX Block, including setting up FX Scenes, creating systems for delay time manipulation, and innovative workarounds for dynamic sound processing.
Explore expert-level strategies to maximise the Syntakt's potential. Learn to manipulate the Digital and Analog Machines, develop call and response patterns, and use LFOs for advanced sound shaping.
Delve into complex sidechain techniques using trig locking, LFOs, high pass filters, and the FX Track to create pulsating rhythms and dynamic mix elements.
Master the Control All feature with tips on excluding track parameters, effective use of trig locks, and optimising audio FX routing for comprehensive sound control.
Explore creative applications of delay and reverb, from sequenced panning and delay time modulation to controlling reverb tails and pushing FX limits for unique ambient textures.
A deep dive into creating a full Electro track, covering everything from kick and snare patterns, bass sound design, performance macros, to refining leads and chords.
An in-depth guide to crafting a Techno track, focusing on hypnotic sequences, kick drum manipulation, hats and rides creation, and performance macro development for a cohesive sound.
Learn to construct a Chuggy Electro track, covering elements like kick and snare, hat sequences, snare fills, tom percussion, and fine-tuning the mix for a polished end result.
Learn how to craft melodic genre's
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With previous experience as a sound designer for Ampify, Novation, Elektron and Audiotent, James has honed his skills in audio production. Over the past few years, he has been mentoring students one-on-one, helping them finish and release music by overcoming creative blocks.
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You will need a Syntakt, a good listening environment (headphones / speakers), relevant Elektron software (Elektron Transfer and firmware updates) and an internet connection.
Modules differ in length, some are just 5 minutes, the longer ones go up to 40 minutes so it really depends on where you are in the course and how long you have at that given time. The course is structured in chapters and modules so you can pick up where you left off and easily go back to previous lessons.
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