Edmonton Media Hive

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Sound Synthesis Demystified

When: April 15, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Latitude 53, 10242 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0J2

Who: Edmonton Media Hive, Latitude 53, and Dr. Shawn Pinchbeck*


Sound Synthesis Demystified is the perfect workshop for people with beginner to intermediate levels of knowledge of audio recording and/or sound synthesis, who want to learn (more) about sound synthesis techniques. People with more advanced skills may still benefit from this workshop.

Shawn Pinchbeck will introduce several types of sound synthesis methods currently used in electronic music production. Specifically, Shawn will discuss how synthesis methods work and how they change the quality and character of sound, as well as the most common software available to work with these methods. Synthesis examples used will be taken from hardware and software based synthesizers; software examples will be demonstrated using Logic Audio, Native Instruments, and MaxMSP.

There will be time for individual questions and hands-on time. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop and hardware based synths (in any platform) to ask questions and receive guidance regarding challenges they may have with their creative projects. Beginners are encouraged to download free software, Audacity 2.1.3 (http://www.audacityteam.org/), before the workshop so that you can begin experimenting with some basic sound synthesis techniques.

How Much:

Regular Fee: $40.00 + $2.00 handling fee

Investor Fee: $60.00 + $2.00 handling fee

Low-income Fee: $20.00 + $2.00 handling fee

If you choose the Low-income fee, you will be asked to provide one hour of volunteer time. You will need to contact Raylene Campbell at edmontonmediahive@gmail.com to make these arrangements.

How to pay:

In advance via Paypal (note: the business name will show up as “Music & Media Arts business”).

If you prefer to pay cash at the door, you will need to make that arrangement with Raylene Campbell (edmontonmediahive@gmail.com) before the workshop, otherwise you will be charged a $10.00 admin fee.

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* Dr. Shawn Pinchbeck is an award winning Edmonton based electroacoustic music composer, sound artist, audio designer, engineer, and instructor. He has been making electronic music since the mid-1980s and has experience with a myriad of hardware and software based instruments.  His artistic practice includes creating experimental and electronic music for live performance, film, and contemporary dance. He has taught sound art, electroacoustics, sound design, recording engineering, and interactive art at numerous universities in Canada, Latvia, and Estonia. He holds a PhD in electroacoustic music composition from the University of Birmingham, UK.

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