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This workshop gives a practical, in depth and hands on basic training to design your own sounds using FM synthesis

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A vital aspect to producing electronic music is its arrangement. Whereas arranging has been thoroughly studied and is taught in classical or jazz context, electronic music producers are still often left in the dark as to what are the steps towards a great arrangement.

The workshop “Arranging for electronic music” gives a practical, condensed and hands on answer to this question. In this 2 day workshop you’ll be learning a systematic approach and a whole palette of methods and techniques to arrange any genre of electronic music.

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 hosted and organized by the Center-MCS (Center for Music, Coding and Sound Design). Check out more on Center-MCS and get the latest updates via our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/centermcs .

On a practical side the workshop is organized into two sessions:

Session 1: 4 hours on day 1 (13/11)

During the first day of the workshop is we’ll dive into the fundamental principles and techniques of FM synthesis. Subsequently you’ll learn how to apply this knowledge to synthesize various concrete instrument types.

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

-Fundamental of FM synthesis

--basic components of FM synthesizer (operators, envelopes, modulators and algorithms)--carriers and modulators--C:M ratio’s--FM algorithms--overview of envelope types (organ like, acoustic and impulse envelopes)--working with envelopes--generating basic waveforms (saw, square, pulse, noise)--working with LFO’s--setting up and working with modulations

-Practical synthesis of string and pad sounds

-Practical synthesis of brass sounds

-Practical synthesis of woodwind sounds

-Practical synthesis of bass sounds

Session 2: 4 hours on day 2 (14/11)

During the second day of the workshop is you’ll further refine your knowledge of the workings and principles of FM synthesis using some concrete hands on examples and patches. After this you’ll apply the new knowledge to synthesize various additional instrument types on any FM Synth.

Concrete program:

-Fundamental of FM synthesis part 2

--working with feedback--working with multistage envelopes--monophonic and polyphonic LFO’s--velocity scaling

--keyboard scaling

-Practical synthesis of drum and percussion sounds

-Practical synthesis of bell like sounds

-Practical synthesis of keyboard sounds

-Practical synthesis of special effects

-Practical synthesis of drones and soundscapes

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



Laptop and an internet connection. This workshop does can be followed entirely with free plugin Dexed (https://asb2m10.github.io/dexed/), an amazingly powerful emulation of the legendary Yamaha DX7 FM Synth. Dexed runs as a standalone a pp and if you work with a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) you can also use Dexed inside your DAW. The workshop also does not require any previous knowledge on FM synthesis or sound synthesis in general. All techniques and principles will be explained from the start.

Planning and duration of the workshop:


8 hours in total. This 2 day workshop runs from 13/11 till 14/11 from 14u00 till 18u00.

Cost of the workshop:


Cost of the workshop:

-83,5 €

Maximum number of participants:

A maximum off 11 participants can join this workshop.

About the teacher of this workshop


Teacher of this 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 Art Science 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.

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


Enrollment additional info:


Once enrolled you’ll receive a link the day before the start of the workshop to a virtual class room where the workshop is held. This class room is accessible in a standard browser such as e.g. Google Chrome. On the day of the start of the workshop you’ll get access to the classroom as of 13u45.


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

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The Center for Music, Coding and Sound Design is a Ghent (BE) based organisation dedicated to the cross over between music, sound and new (digital) technologies.

The mission of the center is to disseminate new approaches and techniques trough performative events such as talks and concerts, as well as in the educational activities trough workshops and masterclasses. In doing so we focus on topics such as analogue/digital sound synthesis techniques, digital modular synthesis (with software systems such as MaxMSP, Pure Data or Reaktor), composition and arranging techniques used in various genres of electronic music, (live) coding and algorave style music production.


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