Synth University Complete Package

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about synthesis, sound design, and the professional uses thereof.

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35 hours of video, all 12 Synthesis MasterClasses, 2 Live Performance workshops... lifetime access.


MASTERCLASS #1 - 3.5 HOURS OF VIDEO
SYNTHESIS 101

AN INTRODUCTION TO SYNTHESIS, SOUND DESIGN, AND THE SUBTRACTIVE THEORY.

Learn the most important facets of synthesis, and how they can be used to create amazing patches.

  • Learn how synths work - finally feel comfortable editing sounds
  • Get a real understanding of how to use envelopes, lfos, and waveforms
  • Look over my shoulder as I create really useful patches from scratch - then go recreate them in your world
  • Students leave this class feeling empowered and exhilarated at what is possible - and how simple it can be

MASTERCLASS #2 - 3.5 HOURS OF VIDEO

EFFECTS MASTERCLASS PART 1 - REVERB, DELAY, CHORUS
MASTER THE USE OF SPACIAL EFFECTS.

Learn how to master the art of using reverb, delay and chorus to create amazing patches, sounds, textures and spaces. A hallmark of my sound, these effects can greatly aid any sound designer in creating awe inspiring and spine tingling sounds.

  • What to look for in a great Reverb
  • How to use Chorus the way it was originally intended to be used
  • Ping Pong Delays
  • Shimmer Reverbs
  • Weird effects

MASTERCLASS #3 - 3 HOURS OF VIDEO
EFFECTS MASTERCLASS PART 2: COMPRESSION, + EQ

MASTER THE USE OF DYNAMICS AND TONE SHAPING

Learn how to shape sounds with dynamics processing and EQ. Learn what Compression does, and how it can be used to your advantage. Learn how to clean up sounds and sculpt them effortlessly.

  • Compressing Pianos, Electric Pianos, and Synths
  • Cleaning up sounds and mixes with EQ
  • How to identify problem frequencies
  • Sidechain compression - including an uncanny use you probably haven't seen before
  • Finally understand the difference between using too much compression, and being creative/inspired

MASTERCLASS #4 - 3.5 HOURS OF VIDEO
PIANO TONE

THE SOUGHT AFTER PIANO TONE BEHIND JESUS CULTURE, BETHEL, KARI JOBE AND MORE - IN YOUR SOFTWARE

My signature piano sound - my approach to creating amazing piano patches that can be used in nearly any scenario - software, VSTs, hardware - it will even help in the studio with actual pianos.

  • My process for making ordinary piano sounds warm, punchy, and huge
  • Tips and tricks to correct annoying problems with piano patches
  • My counter-intuitive ideas about pianos, compression, and tone
  • Examples from Reason, Ableton, Alicia's Keys, The Giant, and more

MASTERCLASS #5 - 3 HOURS OF VIDE
RHYTHMIC SYNTHESIS

THE FUN, EXCITING USES OF ARPEGGIOS, LFOS, FILTER GATES, AND MORE

How to approach the rhythmic elements of synthesis.

  • Understanding the capabilites of LFOs
  • Knowing how Filter Gates differ from LFOs, and how to use them creatively
  • Use cases that span from subtle and warm, to punchy and huge
  • Single note arpeggio examples
  • Poly arp examples
  • The often overlooked role of layering in arpeggios

MASTERCLASS #6 - 2.5 HOURS OF VIDEO
SYNTH PATCH MASTERCLASS
THE INFINITE USES OF SPECIFIC SYNTH SOUNDS AND HOW THEY ARE CREATED

My unique style of creating patches that can be used in "infinite" ways and how you can take that into your creative endeavors.

  • The process of creating amazing synth patches
  • Why some patches can be used in any song, album and genre
  • Look over my shoulder and recreate a myriad of sounds including the Tropical Pluck, the Useful Saw, Step Bass, Verby Lead, Poly Saw, PortaGlide Saw, and more
  • Learn how to dissect sounds in order to recreate them

MASTERCLASS #7 - 3.5 HOURS OF VIDEO
PERFORMANCE, LIVE SETS, PRACTICAL APPROACH, AND SOUND CHECKS

DON'T REINVENT THE WHEEL - PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE TO HELP YOU SUCCEED.

What most people learn on stage by trial and error, I'll show you directly.

  • How to choose sounds for a live set
  • Tracks vs patches
  • The best sound check strategy ever
  • Simple chord forms for pads
  • Simple piano patterns for beginners
  • Troubleshooting for beginners
  • Live set controls and transitions

MASTERCLASS #8 - 1.5 HOURS OF VIDEO
SEQUENCING AND PRODUCTION THEORY

HOW TO APPROACH SEQUENCING AND PRODUCTION FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS

The theories and concepts behind how I approach sequencing and studio work. In this series I lay out a repeatable framework and approach to creating consistently great sequences and arrangements.

  • Topics include dynamics, the frequency spectrum, the stereo field, layering, movement/intervals, and energy
  • Examples are taken directly from songs I recorded with Jesus Culture

MASTERCLASS #9 - 3.5 HOURS OF VIDEO
OVERDUBS, PRE-PRODUCTION, AND THE STUDIO

ENLIGHTENING TRICKS, TIPS, IDEAS AND EXAMPLES FROM MY WORK

Look over my shoulder as I show you around my studio world. Inside students will find a lot of professional advice - including how to setup your demo templates, tips for working with clients, and specific tricks that can only be pulled off with software.

  • Practical Topics: Defining a great production, organizing your session, what to include in your templates, hard drive organization, working with clients
  • Tips/Tricks: duplicating/parallel/aux, octaves/pitch tricks, randomizing, humanizing, panning, reverse tricks, vocal textures, and more

MASTERCLASS #10 - 1 HOUR OF VIDEO, 6 EXAMPLE SONGS, 2 CHEAT SHEETS
INSTRUMENTALS AND SONGWRITING AS A KEYBOARDIST

HOW TO CREATE INSTRUMENTALS THAT ENCOURAGE
CO-WRITING

Look through my sessions I've sent to clients to co-write on songs like Love Came Down, God I Look To You, and more.

  • Learn about the balance between too much and not enough
  • Moving vs polished
  • How dynamics differ in song writing and sequencing
  • How to best serve a lyricist or melody writer
  • A cheat sheet of chord progressions
  • Many practical examples that will show students how simple and easy the process can be
  • Practical business advice for creating a thriving song writing community



MASTERCLASS #11 - COMING EARLY JANUARY
DRUM PROGRAMMING

CREATE REALISTIC DRUM GROOVES IN YOUR DEMOS, PRODUCTIONS, AND IDEAS

What drummers know that we don't. What mix engineers have figured out that we haven't yet.

  • How to humanize robotic drums
  • Understanding the elements of drums that are naturally random
  • How to be objective with drum tone
  • How to turn any DAW into a step sequencer
  • The art of creating grooves that don't sound like a loop
  • Simple drum grooves to know and understand

MASTERCLASS #12 - COMING LATE JANUARY 2017
FM, GRANULAR AND ADDITIVE SYNTHESIS

THE WEIRD AND ESOTERIC ELEMENTS OF SYNTHESIS - AND HOW TO USE THEM EFFECTIVELY

How to take these otherwise confusing synthesis concepts and create useful and inspiring patches.

  • The ideas that separate FM, Granular, and Additive from Subtractive Synthesis
  • What is identical amongst all the synthesis concepts
  • What you ACTUALLY need to understand about them
  • What each does well, and where it's typically weak
BONUS
LIVE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS

HOW TO USE THESE IDEAS LIVE, AND HOW TO RUN TRACKS

My two acclaimed workshops from 2015 - Transform Your Live Rig and A-Z Live Tracks In Ableton.

  • Learn how to transform your live rig from a "box full of patches," to a dynamic and powerful synthesis system capable of infinite sound possibilities
  • How to setup your hardware controls for maximum capability
  • Learn about the power of busses
  • Learn how to run tracks in a spontaneous environment
  • Learn how to setup tracks to be spontaneous and yet have a minimum amount of button presses
  • Keep everything CPU friendly

Your Instructor


Ian McIntosh
Ian McIntosh

As heard on Jesus Culture, Bethel, Kari Jobe, Chris Tomlin and more... I've been a featured producer, song writer, or artist on over 75 albums and 750 songs.

I have been a featured instructor at many different conferences and schools, including Gateway Conference in Southlake TX, Jesus Culture Conferences, and Worship U.


Courses Included with Purchase

A-Z Live Tracks In Ableton
Learn the exact method I use to create Jesus Culture's live tracks in Ableton.
Ian McIntosh
Transform Your Live Rig
How to setup the perfect live rig that will allow you to be in complete control of your patches and morph sounds live on the fly.
Ian McIntosh
Intro To Synthesis & Sound Design
How to master your synth/software/keyboard and finally start creating your own custom sounds.
Ian McIntosh
Effects Masterclass
The keyboardists definitive guide to Reverb, Chorus, Delay, Compression, and EQ
Ian McIntosh
Piano Tone MasterClass
My unique approach to perfect piano tone - in any DAW.
Ian McIntosh
Rhythmic Synthesis
Creating Movement: Arps, LFOs, Filter Gates, and more
Ian McIntosh
Synth Patch MasterClass
A look at some of my favorite and most used synth patches and a deep dive into how and why they sound the way they do.
Ian McIntosh
Performance, Software, And The Practical
Chord forms, audio-contrast examples, and basic performance concepts for software users.
Ian McIntosh
Sequencing + Production Theory
The theories and concepts behind the way I approach production and sequencing.
Ian McIntosh
Overdubbing, Pre Pro, Studio Work
A hands on, behind the scenes look into my studio workflow - templates, tips, tricks to amazing and full sequences and studio sessions.
Ian McIntosh
Instrumentals + Songwriting
How to create instrumentals and use them to co-write songs
Ian McIntosh
Drum Programming
How to program realistic, great sounding drum beats for demos, pre production and more
Ian McIntosh
FM + Granular + Additive Synthesis
The weird evil step children of synthesis. (Alternative Title: The fun stuff)
Ian McIntosh
Synthesis 101
Learn the most important facets of synthesis - and how they can be used to create amazing patches
Ian McIntosh

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