Ableton’s online synthesis school, Learning Synths, receives an update

The free-to-use website teaches the fundamentals of synthesis in a fun, interactive format.

Ableton Learning Synths

Ableton Learning Synths

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Ableton has updated its interactive Learning Synths website, which teaches the fundamentals of synthesis for free.

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The helpful website breaks down the building blocks of synthesis with interactive elements, teaching the theory and practice of oscillators, filters, envelopes and LFOs.

Ableton’s latest Learning Synth update demonstrates the process of music production from start to finish, from a simple waveform to fully-formed track, with the option to build a sound in a musical setting, record and export it.

The new Playground feature is essentially a two-oscillator synthesizer running in your web browser. It lets you select presets such as a synth kick, noisy lead, hi-hat, then manipulate these using all the features taught in the course: oscillation, envelopes, filters, LFOs.

Ableton Learning Synths Playground
Ableton Learning Synths

The update also includes a configurable XY pad that lets you affect a waveform with any two parameters you wish. It also includes a dark mode option, for those nocturnal learners.

Finally, a new addition to the Learning Synths site, is that up to 60 seconds of the audio you make in the Playground section can be exported.

Ableton is on a roll when it comes to introducing newcomers to the basics of production. In March, the company debuted a free downloadable MIDI device called the Microtuner, which lets users generate microtonal scales and morph between tunings in realtime.

Head to the Learning Synths website to begin your journey into the world of synthesis.


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