Exploring Subtractive Synthesis

14m 19s intermediate Intermediate
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

In subtractive synthesis, filters are used to sculpt the timbral quality of a sound. This tutorial explores the capabilities of Reason's Subtractor, touching on oscillators, filters, envelopes and LFOs. Though the Subtractor is the focal point, the principles discussed apply to all subtractive synths, and to virtual instrument plug-ins in general.

Anatomy of a Sound Effect: Shooting Stars

9m 59s intermediate Intermediate
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

This tutorial deconstructs a sound effect asset from a recent iPad app project. The sound effect was created with the Thor synthesizer from Reason, and the tutorial touches on synthesis, oscillators, filters (low pass, high pass, comb filtering), modulators (LFOs and envelopes), and automation.

Game Audio Software

5m 07s beginner Beginner
Author: Akash Thakkar

There are many different software applications that game composers and sound designers use. This tutorials covers common DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation), software synthesizers, and samplers, with links to download free instrument plug-ins.