Getting Started with TouchDesigner

Membership plan: Free | Topics: Sound Design

Course overview

TouchDesigner is a powerful tool for creating live performances, installations, real time visuals and complex digital systems. In this series of workshops, you’ll learn the basic functioning of TD’s node-based workflow and how to use them to create media, use the data to manipulate content and how to organize and navigate your TouchDesigner networks.


What you'll learn

  • Becoming familiar with the User Interface
  • Exploring TouchDesigner’s building blocks
  • Constructing dynamic visual effects

Who is this course for?

  • Aspiring visual and media artists who’d like to get started with TouchDesigner

Course content

  • Part 1 Files - please download before watching videos
  • Lesson 1 - The Interface & Operators
  • Lesson 2 - Texture Operators (TOPs)
  • Lesson 3 - Channel Operators (CHOPs)
  • Part 2 Files - please download before watching videos
  • Lesson 1 - Surface Operators (SOPs)
  • Lesson 2 - Rendering
  • Lesson 3 - Materials I
  • Lesson 4 - Materials II
  • Lesson 5 - Saving .tox files & pallette
  • Additional Resources
  • Interactive Project Examples
  • Part 3 Files - please download before watching videos
  • Lesson 1 - Audio Basics
  • Lesson 2 - Instancing Part 1
  • Part 4 Files - please download before watching videos
  • Lesson 1 - Instancing Part 2
  • Lesson 2 - Audio & Instancing combined
  • Lesson 3 - DATs Overview
  • TouchDesigner Resources
  • Additional Resources: Learn Python Expressions


  • A computer with Internet connection
  • A three-button mouse or to configure Apple Track Pad appropriately
  • TouchDesigner (free version suffices)
  • If you’re on Mac please check TouchDesigner can run on your system (i.e. has basic GPU requirements such as Intel HD4000 or better)

Course schedule

Meet your instructor

Dancing Pixels (Masha Rozhnova) is a London based artist who creates audio-visual performances and videos for musicians. For the past three years she has been using TouchDesigner as the main tool for content creation, show control and as an engine to enable interaction with the audience. She performed at Live Performers Meeting in Rome, at New River studios and Crux events in London.


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