Modular Synthesis & Sound Design Tools

6 Week course starts October 5th 2021 // 7-9pm CET
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Lessons delivered by Adam Winchester
With roots in the Bristol dubstep scene as Wedge, and a long-standing partnership with Christopher Jarman in Dot Product, Adam has spent the past few years investigating alternative methods of sound generation that deal in hidden electromagnetic frequencies and spectral tones found lurking in circuitry. His recent solo releases on Osiris Music and A Quiet Riot Records combine sculptured tonality with steely rhythmic architecture and dubbed out melodic arrangements. He has over 12 years teaching experience, a Masters in Creative Sound and Media Technology, and almost 20 years in the Music Industry. 

Course Details
6 x 2hr long sessions on Tuesday evenings
October 5th, 12th, 18th, 26th
November 2nd, 9th 2021
7pm - 9:30pm (CET)

Are you bored of using pre-set sounds, sample packs, and standard DAW instruments? Do you want to design your own sounds, create interesting sonic artefacts, and dig deeper into the fabric of sound to increase the complexity of your sound pallet? Do you want to experiment, have fun, and take your production to the next level? If so then this is the course for you! 

You will build your own synth from scratch using the very powerful free VCV rack modular simulator, getting to grips with signal flow, oscillators, gates, triggers, clock dividers, modulators, envelopes, VCA's, sequencers, and many other essential elements. Create undulating drones, poly rhythms, crazy sound fx, and complex patterns, as you uncover the rabbit hole of the modular world.

You will then examine and explore a range of powerful standalone software tools and clandestine techniques, such as granular engines, no input mixing, spectral processing, and extreme time stretching, as you build your own 'folder of experimental assets' sample pack and work towards the creation of a finished track that utilises your new sounds.  

Week 1

Introductions and Course Content 
Introduction to VCV Virtual Modular Simulator
Explore subtractive synthesis concepts with relation to modular
Experiment with signal flow to create interesting modular patches. 

Week 2

Further develop patches in VCV Modular Simulator to create your unique synthesiser. 
Explore important modules to expand the potential of your patch.
Download exciting new modules and take your synth to new levels. 

Week 3 

Route your virtual modular patch into your DAW and apply resampling techniques to create interesting drones, textures. rhythms, and loops. 

Week 4 

Explore extreme Time Stretch and FFT processing possibilities, and take your sounds to new levels of interest and excitement. Use spectrograms to extract harmonics from within audio and use creatively. 

Week 5

Explore powerful sound Design Tools that make use of spectral, granular, wavetable, resonators, and multiband processing to achieve incredible sonic results.  
Turn photographs into audio! 

Week 6 

Creative use of Feedback and No Input Mixing Board techniques. Turn an old mixer into a multi oscillator instrument, and create feedback loops within your DAW to create unique drones and ambiences. 
Playback of your music with feedback from Adam & the group. 

12 hours of live coaching and teaching from Adam and his years of experience in music production and sound design.
Mentoring and feedback on your music & progress. 
Access to an online drive full of resources, reading material, sounds, and reference tracks. 
An interactive online classroom environment with other like minded students from all over the world.
Regular tasks and activities during class and for homework. 
Access to the Ramp Alumni group to stay connected and share ideas with classmates. 
*Classes are recorded and viewable online for the duration of the course. 

Your own laptop and headphones with any DAW installed. 
A decent internet connection in a quiet environment to learn. 
A free account with Zoom. 

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