This is a video training course of approximately 1 hour in length

  • Understand Basic Synthesis

    Understand the basics of synthesis covering the following topics: Oscillators, Wave Forms, Frequencies, Filters, ADSR, and LFO.

  • Prepare for Future Courses

    This course will provide a foundation for future training courses for the Nord Stage 3 synth engine. I highly recommend you take this course if all of this is fairly new to you.

  • Video is Effective and Fun!

    Learning the basics of synthesis in this dedicated training course may be more effective than learning hit and miss via YouTube. We also learn synthesis as it relates to the Nord Stage 3 directly.

About the Course

Watch this short video to learn what this course is all about.


FAQ

  • Will I learn about the Nord Stage 3 Synth engine from taking this course?

    No, you won't. This course is all about synthesizer fundamentals and has almost nothing to do with learning the Nord Stage 3 synth engine. A future course covering the specific topic of learning the Nord Stage 3 synth engine is forthcoming. The creation of this course was necessary for people to have a way to understand the basics first. Students who take and understand the topics of this course will be better prepared for future courses that cover the Nord Stage 3 synth engine specifically.

  • What will I get out of this course?

    You will walk away to a much better understanding and familiarity of the foundations and building blocks of synthesis and sound generation that can be applied to the Nord Stage 3 or any other synth for that matter.

  • Why can't I just read the manual?

    You can! Some people like to read manuals and this course may not be for them. Others would rather learn visually with hands-on demonstrations of a given topic with a perspective from a person with experience. In addition, just about everything discussed in this course goes much deeper than the manual provides.

  • Why is this course being offered for free?

    Providing comprehensive video training is one of the main goals of My Keys to Music. Offering this course for free removes any barriers for people to experience it and benefit from it. Other courses will require a fee for purchase. For those who wish to contribute to the efforts and/or are looking for a higher level of engagement in the form of behind the scenes updates, personalized questions answered, or even a private lesson, you can check out my Patreon site at www.patreon.com/mykeystomusic.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Course!

    • Welcome to the Course!

    • How To Use This Course

    • Before We Begin

  • 2

    Synthesizer Fundamentals

    • Link to follow with the web page

    • Oscillators

    • Waveforms

    • Frequencies

    • Filters

    • ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release)

    • LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator)

  • 3

    Other Resources

    • Spectrum Analyzer

    • More Resources For You

  • 4

    Next Steps...

    • Congratulations and Thanks! What's next?

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5 star rating

Terrific intro to an exciting world

Bevis Thacker

Engagingly presented! The teacher's enthusiasm can only inspire you to want to know more. This is not the sort of stuff you can learn from twiddling the Nord's knobs by yourself. This course fills an important gap. More!

Engagingly presented! The teacher's enthusiasm can only inspire you to want to know more. This is not the sort of stuff you can learn from twiddling the Nord's knobs by yourself. This course fills an important gap. More!

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5 star rating

Perfect for anyone just learning about synthesizers!

Kevin Coakley-Welch

If your starting point is virtually no knowledge of synthesizers (and this describes me) Marc's short course is an ideal way to start getting up to speed. Very glad I found this site!

If your starting point is virtually no knowledge of synthesizers (and this describes me) Marc's short course is an ideal way to start getting up to speed. Very glad I found this site!

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5 star rating

Simple, well thought out and well presented. Highly recommended for beginners!

Nico Lochtenbergh

5 star rating

Brief Introduction To Synthesis

Gary Le Bouthillier

For the neophyte, this is a well-presented introduction to synthesis without overwhelming the viewer. For others, this course gives a cursory overview or a quick refresher of the synth prowess of the Nord Stage 3.

For the neophyte, this is a well-presented introduction to synthesis without overwhelming the viewer. For others, this course gives a cursory overview or a quick refresher of the synth prowess of the Nord Stage 3.

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5 star rating

Fantastic introduction to synthesisers for those with little prior exposure.

Ruth Shepherd

Clear explanation of terms, great accompanying visuals, and practical applications.

Clear explanation of terms, great accompanying visuals, and practical applications.

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5 star rating

Very nice course!!

Paul Miles

It gave me a good understanding of what synthesizers are about. I would like to continue my education of them and play around with my new Stage 3. Look forward to your other lessons.

It gave me a good understanding of what synthesizers are about. I would like to continue my education of them and play around with my new Stage 3. Look forward to your other lessons.

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5 star rating

Super course on Synthesizer Fundamentals

Hans Micheelsen

Thank you very much for a very well organized and easy to understand course.

Thank you very much for a very well organized and easy to understand course.

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5 star rating

Great insight into the basic world of the Synthesizers

Derek Scott

5 star rating

Great introduction to synthesis and clearly explained fundamentals

Roy Kaminsky

5 star rating

Excellent

David Goodall

5 star rating

Helpful course

Emanuel Keim

It was very helpful to learn about various terms and have continuous demonstrations.

It was very helpful to learn about various terms and have continuous demonstrations.

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5 star rating

Yes, this course explains the basics of a synthesizer.

Gordon Shehab

A very good course that explains what different aspects of the synthesizer control. I intend to follow it with the Youtube courses and possibly the Master the Stage 3 course.

A very good course that explains what different aspects of the synthesizer control. I intend to follow it with the Youtube courses and possibly the Master the Stage 3 course.

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