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Workshop Analogue/Subtractive Sound Synthesis

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - February 26 @ 6:00 pm

Workshop Analogue/Subtractive Sound Synthesis

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - February 26 @ 6:00 pm

This workshop gives a practical, in depth training to design, create and develop your own custom sounds using any kind of analogue synth



Analogue synthesizers gained a broad audience in the 60’ies when legendary

instruments such as the Minimoog and Buchla synths were launched. Since it’s first appearance analogue or also called subtractive synthesis has been the reference and laid the foundations for a whole range of electronic instruments to come. With the hugely successful revival of analogy synths the last years (with reissues legendary instruments, a boom of modular synths and new additions to the range) analogue or subtractive synthesis has proved that is here to stay and has a bright future to come.

Whereas the basic principles of any analogue synthesizer are not hard to grasp a thorough and systematic understanding of how to build and sculpt the sounds you want is not easy.

The workshop “Analogue/Subtractive Sound Synthesis” gives a practical, condensed and hands on answer to this question. In this 3 day workshop you’ll be taught a systematic method and technique how to design your own sounds on any given analogue synth. The method relies hereby on a thorough understanding of spectral and waveform analysis of sounds and the acoustics of real world instruments.

The workshop is intended for musicians, music producers, composers, sound designers or artistic creative interested minds. No previous knowledge is required for this workshop.

This workshop is organized into three sessions:

Session 1: 1.5 hours on day 1 (19u00 – 20u30)

In this first session you learn to get acquainted with the basic principles sound synthesis, acoustics and the building blocks of any analogue synthesizer. We’ll end the session with building some first practical examples.

Concrete program:

-Basics principles of sound synthesis

–Oscillator types and basic waveforms

–Overtones series

–Spectral decomposition of sound wave

–Link between sound synthesis and real world instruments

-Basics building blocks of analogue synthesizers




–Modulation section

-Basics of classification of sound

-First practical hands on synthesis examples

Session 2: 4 hours on day 2 (14u00 – 18u00)

The second day of the workshop is we’ll apply the knowledge from session 1 in the first practical hands on session. You’ll learn how to synthesize various concrete instrument types on any analogue synth.

Concrete program:

-Fundamental of subtractive synthesis part 1

–working with oscillators

–working with filters (LP, HP, BP, BS, All pass filters)

–overview of envelope types (organ like, acoustic and impulse envelopes)

–working with envelopes (amplitude, filter, pitch envelopes)

–working with LFO’ s

–setting up and working with modulations

-Practical synthesis of bowed string sound

-Practical synthesis of plucked string sound

-Practical synthesis of brass sounds

-Practical synthesis of woodwind sounds

-Practical synthesis of bass sounds

Session 3: 4 hours on day 3 (14u00 – 18u00)

For the third day of the workshop you’ll first further refine your knowledge of the workings and principles of analogue synthesis using hands on examples and patches. In doing so you’ll apply the new knowledge to synthesize various additional instrument types using analogue synthesis techniques

Concrete program:

-Fundamental of analogue synthesis part 2

–working with self resonance in filters

–working with multistage envelopes

–working with ring modulators

–working with noise and S&H as modulators

–monophonic and polyphonic LFO’s

–working with effects

–velocity and keyboard scaling

-Practical synthesis of pad sounds

-Practical synthesis of drum and percussion sounds

-Practical synthesis of keyboard sounds

-Practical synthesis of lead sounds

-Practical synthesis of vocal sounds

-Practical synthesis of special effects

-Practical synthesis of drones and soundscapes

Depending on request of the participants synthesis of particular instruments or sounds can be handled as well or focus can be directed to one or more specific class of sounds.



Computer and an internet connection. This workshop does can be followed entirely with free TAL Noisemaker plugin (https://tal-software.com/products/tal-noisemaker) and free plugins from Full Bucket Music (https://www.fullbucket.de/music/vst.html ). The workshop does not require any knowledge or previous experience with analogue synthesis or sound synthesis in general. All techniques and principles will be explained right from the start.

Planning and duration of the workshop:


9.5 hours in total. This 3 day workshop runs from 24/02 till 26/02. On 24/02 from 19u00 till 20u30 and and on 25/02 and 26/02 from 14u00 till 18u00.

Cost of the workshop:


Cost of the workshop:

- 83.5 € (80 € + 3.5 € handling cost)

Maximum number of particants: a maximum off 11 participants can join this workshop.

Enroll and/or additional info:


Once enrolled you’ll receive a zoom link via Eventbrite. In the week of the start of the workshop you’ll receive a reminder email with practical info and the Zoom link to a virtual class room where the workshop is held.


About the teacher of this workshops


Teacher of the workshop is Valery Vermeulen. He’s a Belgian electronic musician, mathematician, music producer , visiting professor at the Music Production department of the KASK-Conservatorium School of Art in Gent, guest lecturer the Master Artscience KABK Den Hague and researcher at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Antwerp University (BE). He holds a Phd in pure mathematics from Ghent University (BE) as well as a masters degree in Music Composition at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (BE).

In his work Valery mainly focuses on he interaction between electronic music production, data science and theoretical physics. His installations and performances have been widely shown in Belgium as well as abroad. His latest album Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001, featuring music made by sonified data streams of simulation models of black holes, was released on the label Ash International, subsidiary of the renowned Touch label. Short after it’s release it got worldwide acclaim. The album was featured in 28 countries worldwide and was picked up to great extend by international press, blogs and magazines including BBC Radio UK, The Wire UK, TechRadar, MusicRadar, DJMag, Mixmag, Mixmag Korea, Trax Magazine, iFlyer Japan, Mundo.pl, Sputnik Mundo, TVZvezda and national public broadcaster VRT. In 2022 Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001 received an Honorary Metion for the S+T+Arts Prize – Ars Electronica issued on behalf of the European Commission (https://starts-prize.aec.at/en/mikromedas/).

More info on his background can be found via www.valeryvermeulen.net.


-If you would like to have more info on the workshop please send an email to info@valeryvermeulen.net.



Centre for Music, Coding and Sound Design
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February 24 @ 6:30 pm
February 26 @ 6:00 pm