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Online workshop Wavetable Synthesis I

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This workshop gives a practical, in depth and hands on training to design, create and develop your own sounds using wavetable synthesis

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Since it's first introduction in the beginning of the 80'ies wavetable synthesis offered a whole new pallette of soundshaping possibilities. Being completely digitally based, wavetable synthesis unlocked a new era of what would later become virtual synths and computer based DAWs. Since it's initial introduction to a broader audience, wavetable synthesis has undergone a tremendous evolution. It is an evolution that is marked by a gradual shift from hardware synths suchs as the legendary PPG Wave 2 series, Waldorf's Wave or Blofeld series to recent powerhouse software wavetable synths such as Xfer Serum, Arturia's Pigments or Vital Audio's Vital.

At the core level, the basic principles of wavetable synthesis are fairly easy to understand. But beyond this it is not straightforward to systematically grasp and use the enormous potential of wavetable synthesis and build your own sonic palette using this unique sound sculpting method.

The workshop “Wave Table Synthesis I” 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 using wavetable synthesis.

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

This workshop is organized into three sessions:

Sesssion 1: 2 hours on day 1 (25/06)

In this first session you learn to get acquainted with the basic principles of wavetable synthesis, relevant fundamental general principles of sound synthesis and the building blocks and functionality of a typical wavetable synth. We’ll end the session with building some first practical examples.

Concrete program:

-Basics principles of sound synthesis:

---Overtones series

---Spectral decomposition of sound wave

---Basic building blocks of a wavetable synthesizer

---Working with wavetables

---Spectral and wavetable morphing

-Working with filters

-Working with envelopes

-Basics of classification of sound

-First practical hands on synthesis examples

Sesssion 2: 4 hours on day 2 (26/06)

The second day of the workshop is we’ll apply the knowledge from session 1 in the first practical hands on session. You’ll expand your in depth knowledge of wavetable synthesis further and learn how to synthesize various concrete instrument types.

Concrete program:

-Fundamental of wavetable synthesis

---working with wavetable editor

--working with modulators

--working with advances filter techniques

-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

-Practical synthesis of tonal percussive instruments

Sesssion 3: 4 hours on day 3 (27/06)

For the third day of the workshop you’ll first further refine your knowledge of the workings and principles of wavetable synthesis using hands on examples and patches. Hereby we'll have a second in depth session on the nuts and bolts of wavetable synthesis and. To end this session you'll apply this knowledge to synthesize various additional instrument types.

Concrete program:

-Fundamental of wavetable synthesis part 2

---working with advanced modulation techniques

---working with advanced envelopes

---adding effects

---velocity scaling

---keyboard scaling

-Practical synthesis of drum and non tonal percussion sounds

-Practical synthesis of pad sounds

-Practical synthesis of cynematic sounds and drone sound

-Practical synthesis of keyboard sounds

-Practical synthesis of lead sounds

-Practical synthesis of vocal sounds

-Practical synthesis of special effects

Depending on request of the participants 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 Vital plugin from Vital Audio (https://vital.audio/). The workshop does not require any knowledge or previous experience with wavetable synthesis or sound synthesis in general. All techniques and principles will be explained right from the start.

Planning and duration of the workshop:


10 hours in total. This 3 day workshop runs from 25/06 till 27/06. On 25/06 from 18u30 till 20u30 and and on 26/06 and 27/06 from 14u00 till 18u00.

Cost of the workshop:


Cost of the workshop:

-87,64 €

Maximum number of participants:

A maximum off 15 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 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.

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 18u15.


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