Synthesis with Max: FM

Learn to program FM synthesis devices in Max

Course Instructor: Ned Rush

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What you'll learn

  • Build FM carrier and modulators via MSP oscillator objects
  • Explore FM’s spectral sonic properties
  • Construct modulation sources for FM synthesis devices
  • Define the sonic timbre and strengths and weakness of FM synthesis


  • A computer and Internet connection
  • A good working knowledge of computer systems
  • A basic awareness of audio processing
  • Good familiarity with MSP
  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

Course content

  • ---- Max patch
  • ---- Part 1 - Introduction and FM core concepts
  • ---- Part 2 - Exploring and developing algorithms
  • ---- Part 3 - Trying different oscillators and R2D2 sounds
  • ---- Part 4 - Q&A I
  • ---- Part 5 - Q&A II

Who is this course for

  • This course is for people with a programming background who are interested in creating synthesis devices.

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About the workshop leader

Duncan Wilson (aka Ned Rush) is a musician, producer and content creator based in the UK. Whilst perhaps largely known for his Youtube channel, he has also released music independently as well developing content for Isotonik Studios.