Welcome to The Synthesizer Academy

Welcome to The Synthesizer Academy

The Synthesizer Academy is a site dedicated to help you learn about synthesis and the creation of electronic music.  If you’re looking for a synthesizer tutorial, this is the site for you!  You can either start at the very beginning and work your way through each lesson one-by-one, or use the red bar at the […]

Voltage-Controlled Amplifier (VCA)

Voltage-Controlled Amplifier (VCA)

A VCA, or Voltage-Controlled Amplifier, lets you use a voltage to control the amount of another signal that is allowed through to the output of the module.  The higher the control voltage, the more signal is passed.  At some voltage level, the entire signal is let through. Note: Most VCAs could be more accurately called […]

Ring Modulator

Ring Modulator

You’ve probably heard the distinct sounds of a ring modulator before.  They tend to sound metallic or robotic, and sci-fi shows love to use them (“Exterminate!”).  But what exactly do they do, how do they work, and where did the name come from?     A ring modulator multiplies two signals together to create two […]