Sound Synthesis

This course shows you how to create sounds on a synthesizer. By tracing the signal flow from an array of great instruments, students will pick up the core terms and strategies to create their own sounds, rivaling anything available in a commercial library. An emphasis is placed on “hearing shapes” i.e., being able to identify changes in sound and recreate them, synthetically.

You will learn:

  • Signal flow
  • Recipes for bread and butter, industry proven sounds
  • Terms used across all synthesizers
  • Examples and demonstrations for each control
  • Training your ear to hear modulation

Here is a video with instructor Todd Krupa explaining the analog module Conduit, from Folktek.

Studying with Todd and Raz through the UPA courses has been a priceless and essential part of my development as a producer, performer, sound designer, mix engineer and as a musician altogether.   Their dedication and passion for excellence as mentors along with their seemingly boundless knowledge can allow committed, hardworking students an opportunity to progress lightyears farther and faster than they would be able to otherwise.
Rob Hudson, Alumni
Mentors: Todd Krupa (Native Instruments, Radish Patch)
Raz Mesinai (Darren Aronofsky, Badawi)
Tools: We can accommodate any synthesizer or platform you may own. We often use Ableton and/or Native Instruments, then move on to other synths that fit your specific interest.
Mentor Sessions: 10 sessions, 1 hour each
  • Recorded live videos for each session
  • Sound Alchemy Sound Pack – an archive of all the best examples from the class.
  • Reverse engineering and template examples
  • PDF diagrams, slides, and schematics
  • Weekly assignment guidance
  • Check-ins to ensure progress
  • Personalized videos to clarify topics
  • Technical support 7 days/week
Availablity: Online

New York City, Ditmas Park

Or local house calls.
Enrollment Status: Very likely to be private / one on one
Scheduling: Sound Synthesis start date is determined by the first student to enroll. Classes take place once or twice a week, depending on student’s preference.
Tuition: $895
A payment plan is available for this course.