Complete Guide to Operator

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Complete Guide to Operator

by Rob Jones

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Complete Guide to Operator

Rob begins the course with a general overview of Operator, explaining the oscillators, display, LFO and filters.
This module takes a look at picking apart one of Operator’s factory presets, to get a better understanding of how the synthesiser works.
This lesson explains the controls that can be found in the oscillator section, and also shows the creation of a basic patch combining the four oscillators.
Moving to the display section of Operator, Rob takes a look at the variety of waveforms that are available, and shows you how to adjust the harmonic content to create your own.
This module covers the envelope section, with a detailed look at the controls available, such as ADSR, peak and the looping feature.
Rob explains the theory behind FM synthesis, with audio examples using Operator and Live’s Spectrum analyser.
This lesson teaches you how to build a simple bell sounding patch, which can be easily modified to create lead and bass patches.
In this video, Rob walks through the creation of a Sci Fi like bass sound, with a slow attack and evolving FM component.
This module guides you through the filter section on Operator, with tips on using filter envelopes, modulation and velocity to create more interesting and varied sounds.
Rob takes a look at the Low Frequency Oscillator, showing how to use it as a vibrato and extra modulator for both the oscillators and the filter, before creating an evolving, mutating patch.
This module explains the pitch envelope, and how it can be used to add pitch slides and transients to enhance sounds.
Rob explains some of the more in depth global controls, including a variety of velocity, midi note and filter automation options.
This quick tutorial shows how to draw curves to automate a selection of parameters within operator, creating interesting step-sequenced style effects.
Using the knowledge gained from previous modules, Rob shows you how to create an FM kick drum sound from scratch.
Continuing on from the last module, Rob shares some more of his sound design tips, this time making a snare drum patch, combining tones with white noise.
This module teaches you how to design an evolving, 4-oscillator, gritty lead synth patch.
The course concludes with this final advanced sound design module - focusing on the creation of a pitch modulated, rhythmically varying bass patch.

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