The Secret To Designing Timbres Explained by Marc Doty

Get to the heart of quickly and efficiently designing tones and timbres on your hardware synth with the techniques explained by Marc Doty in this quick video.  

Marc Doty (formerly with the Bob Moog Foundation) now with Buchla USA is a renowned expert on the art and science of designing sounds with hardware synthesizers. In this short video from the course The Foundation Of Synthesis 106: Designing Timbres, he delves into the world of designing synth bass and metal sounds using a Moog Voyager - although the techniques he demonstrates can be used on almost any hardware synthesizer. 

Starting with a simple triangle wave-based bass patch, Marc explains the problems with using bass-only timbres, which can get lost in a mix. So he adds a sawtooth waveform to the patch on top at the same octave, which introduces more harmonic content. He goes on to introduce a third oscillator tuned up 5 semitones which brings a whole new dimension to the sound. You'll see how easy it can be to quickly design timbres from scratch using the fundamental controls on a hardware synth. Check out the rest of the videos in the course for a comprehensive guide to synth sound design! 

Watch the full course The Foundation Of Synthesis 106: Designing Timbres in the Ask.Audio Academy | macProVideo | Ask.Video

The Foundation Of Synthesis 106: Designing Timbres

Synthesis on hardware synths is a real adventure. Every synth designer has their own interpretation on how things look, feel, sound and get patched together! In this sixth course in our Foundations Of Synthesis series, Marc Doty assembles a selection of synths from his personal collection and demonstrates how he creates his sounds.

All of the synthesis and control processes that Marc brought to the table in the previous five courses blend together as he builds (and patches) lead, bass, and FX. This course is a unique opportunity to get inside a master synthesist's head to see how he manipulates and realizes the sonic dreams that reside in his aural imagination!

Bob Moog was an early pioneer and inventor of voltage controlled analog synthesizers. He revolutionized the music industry and his ideas, inventions and musical instruments have dominated the sound of music for more than 30 years. Aside from being an innovator, Dr. Bob was an outspoken advocate of education. The Bob Moog Foundation, created by his daughter, Michelle Moog-Kousa, continues his legacy with Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, the preservation of his inventions and the development of the Moogseum – the only museum of its kind dedicated to the advancement of sonic education. We hope you will help support the BMF's efforts by watching these courses with the knowledge that a large portion of the proceeds go to support their awesome efforts!

So sit back, hit the play button, and get into sound design in this Foundation of Synthesis course with Marc Doty, and the Bob Moog Foundation.

Be sure to watch all 6 of the BMF's courses on filters, modulation, oscillators, sound design and more!

Watch the full course The Foundation Of Synthesis 106: Designing Timbres in the Ask.Audio Academy | macProVideo | Ask.Video

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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