Sound Design & Synthesis

Sound Design & Synthesis

Sound Design & Synthesis Course | Nashville

We believe that no one should be limited by presets or sample packs and that’s why we have created this Sound Design & Synthesis course. Once you complete this course, you will know how to alter, manipulate and make your own unique sounds from the beginning to the end. In addition, you will be able to get additional 15% out of the presets that appear to be okay, but not great.

Our basic objective is to provide the required knowledge and experience to every student so they can program and create sounds in literally every style with the help of a wide range of production and synthesis techniques. Do you want to finish the eight-bar loops that are sitting on the hard drive for ages? Take this course. The same goes for the intermediate students who are looking for a way to improve their knowledge.

Our Sound Design & Synthesis course is here to assist you on your journey to find out how to create the sounds you have in you from the beginning to the end. After that, you will be able to use them in any music genre. Our lessons are packed with productions advice, tips and tricks on how to enhance the electronic music production.

Take this course if you want to gain skills that people can apply to any kind of drum machine, sampler and/or synth. Let yourself grow and let us arm you with the comprehension and confidence that you need to master any vst or soft synth.

We provide interactive lessons and we advise our students to ask relevant questions and share their ideas and thoughts with the rest of the class. We would like to point out that this course relies on Logic and Ableton Live. However, you will fit in well regardless of your DAW record. The course lasts for 36 hours.

We are aware that many students nowadays want to use their laptops during the classes. That’s why we have introduced some changes that let students do that. Additionally, if any student wants to use an iMac that comes with the necessary software, there is an added supplement of $50. Remember that we are offering more available spaces that available iMac so book yours in a timely manner. You can’t ask for a refund. Every student will get an audio interface, headphones and controller keyboard.

Course outline

  • Course introduction and overview
  • Audio and MIDI fundamentals
  • Envelopes, frequency, phase and waveform displays and more
  • An introduction to spectral analysis and oscilloscopes
  • Synthesising, sampling, layering, and processing drums with Ultrabeat

Subtractive Synthesis

  • The history and foundations of analog synthesis
  • Oscillators, waveforms, filters, amps, and LFOs
  • How to make basses, pads, leads, and FX using only limited tools
  • How to make your presets work for you


  • Advanced subtractive techniques
  • Oscillator Sync, ring modulation and more
  • Wavetable synthesis – Internal routing, layering & tuning oscillators and making kinetic sounds
  • Customizable LFOs, waveshaping, sample rate reduction and distortion
  • Endless modulation possibilities!


  • Audio-rate modulation of oscillators, amplitude, and filters
  • Getting to grips with frequency modulation synthesis
  • Using EFM1 and Operator to make huge expressive pads to digital basses
  • Advanced arpeggiating
  • FM8’s modulation matrix and breakpoint envelopes

Sampling, Granular and more

  • Granular and Additive Synthesis
  • Absynth, Razor, Reaktor, Kontakt and more
  • Manipulating recording beyond recognition
  • Sampling and Resampling in your DAW
  • Vocoding basics

Reaktor, Modular Synthesis, and Production Techniques

  • An introduction to Reaktor, building, and editing pre-existing ensembles
  • Drum machines, sequencers, effects and synths
  • Eurorack modular synthesis on our very own modular system
  • Advanced production techniques

We run weekday, weekend and evening classes. For schedule details, contact us.

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    Both instructors were extremely knowledgeable, and quickly adapted to the areas which I needed the most work. There's also no substitute for being face to face with an instructor, to immediately address any logjams in the workflow.

    CJ DeLeo

    The course throughly covers the fundamentals of synthesis and has helped me understand concepts that go beyond the everyday youtube tutorial. The course has made youtube tutorials and other concepts of sound design easily understood.

    Daniel Tran

    The SDP course is a good time and super informative. I've been writing and producing music for the past year in Logic. There was so much I wanted to transcribe from my mind to my DAW, I just didn't fully know how. Fortunately, the SDP course changed that in just a few short weeks. Very exciting. Not to mention the Garnish LA folks are super cool.

    Patricia Seely

    If you're looking for in-depth knowledge about electronic music and how to create sounds using 3rd party software through Ableton or Logic then this course will definitely help you! Beginners can follow along but if you're a more advanced producer, then this will definitely show you more advanced techniques to apply to your productions! Extremely happy I found and attended this course!


    If you are trying to establish connections with local artists that have made a name for themselves in LA (the instructors) than this is a great program to join. You get to talk with them about their personal experiences and get a lot of really good inside tips about production from a professional point of view. Highly recommended not just to learn but to make industry connections.

    Zach Klein

    Garnish instructors do a great job at being in depth and detailed with everything so that no question or misunderstanding is left unsolved.

    Austen Greene

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