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Syntorial interactive synthesizer tutorial review

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Hey what’s good fam!

Hope all is well, got a new review for you and I think it’s something folks will really enjoy.

This review is on “Syntorial” which is a tutorial on synthesis….but there’s a twist.

There’s a synth built in!

Let’s check it

So what is Syntorial?

syntorialSo imagine a synthesizer course that takes you from the very basic parts of a synth and progresses step by step.

Now imagine that immediately after you learn each step or part of the synth, you’re tested on it.

However, it’s not just a multiple choice test, you actually have to program the synth based on what you learn!

So not only do you learn what the parts of the synth do, you’re required to implement what you learn by programming a patch based on those concepts you’ve learned.

Now don’t get alarmed, you don’t have to program a bunch of stuff at once, for example, the first test is hearing the difference between a pulse and saw wave, that’s it

As you progress, you get more and more parameters to tweak and apply.

Quick Specs

  • content: 129 challenges, 147 videos, 706 patches, 64 synth parameters, 39 quizzes, 33 “on your own” tasks
  • format: Mac and PC
  • price: $129.99
  • product page: http://syntorial.com

So what’s the bottom line?

Well being that this is mainly a tutorial product, no need to dedicate a whole section to the sound of the synth, which is very usable I must say.

Overall, I REALLY dig the concept here, I think it takes learning to a whole new level and makes understanding the parameters and HOW they impact the sound so much easier as you focus on what you hear and not just what you see.

4andhalfsubsI give Syntorial 4.5 out of 5 subs, I think it’s a great learning tool, a very capable synth, and a fun challenge for synth users of all levels.

My one gripe, the one thing I would really like to see, is plugin capabilities.

It would really be cool to build your patches and be able to use this directly in your DAW after you go through the course.

By the time you are done you will have quite a few patches that you’ve built, and many would love to be able to use those patches in their sequencer of choice.

Other than that, man I dig it, I really dig it a lot. Good stuff, make sure you checkout the demo: http://syntorial.com

leave a comment below, let me know what you think.

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10 Responses to “Syntorial interactive synthesizer tutorial review”

  1. Joe Hanley says:

    Thanks for the review saintjoe! We totally agree with you about the plugin version, which is why we’re currently making the AU/VST version of Syntorial’s synth, Primer, which will be included with Syntorial.

  2. Mean Gene says:

    Nice. This is going to be a concept trendsetter right here.

  3. GratuiTous says:

    Something to look into! I’ve been wanting to learn about synthesis etc.

    I even watched this video a few months back lol:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atvtBE6t48M

    Since I use Nexus 2.. it’s not really a VST that allows for “total” sound design, or sound design from scratch. (More of a ROMpler!).

    Thanks for sharing Saintjoe!

    Riley !

  4. Pete says:

    This seems great, I might well check it out. Nice one

  5. topgeneral says:

    Man this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thanks for all your work and Know-the- ledge.

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