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Building a Synthesizer in Max MSP with Josh Hodge


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Expand your sound design skills dramatically by understanding the complex processes behind the creation of synthesizers; In this tutorial series producer and DJ Josh Hodge explains in a step by step guide the process of creating a synth using Max MSP programming language. Take your programming and synthesis skills to the next level and use them to setup your own synthesizer in Ableton!


$19.99 USD / month

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Results you can expect from this course

This course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to:

  • With this course you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to
  • Build an FM synthesizer with basic parameters such as main oscillator, amp envelope, modulating oscillator, filters, and monophonic/polyphonic modes using Max MSP programming language
  • Use FM synthesis to modify and combine waveforms to access a wide range of different timbres and sounds.
  • Get a grasp of the basics of Max MSP programming and use this knowledge to put together your own audio devices within Ableton
  • Employ advanced programming techniques to create original, functional patches you can share and even sell
  • Create a user interface for your synth that allows you to actually open it and use it in Ableton
  • Craft a wide variety of impressive sound effects and instruments from scratch with your own synth
  • Stop relying on stock preset synths and unlock a realm of infinite possibilities

Example Tutorials From This Course

About Your Instructor

Josh Hodge, also known also as DJ@War is one of the most versatile and promising talents in the international electronic music scene today.

As a DJ, he has performed at some of the most prestigious hangout in the world including M1nt (Shanghai), Chinawhite (London) and Indochine (Zurich), as well as being called upon for private events for some of the most famous celebrities in the world, including Rihanna at Bungalow 8 (London) and Jay-Z at Chinawhite (London Brits Afterparty 2010).

He also is widely recognized a producer and has released tracks with some of the most prestigious labels such as Toolroom, Ministry of Sound and Downright. His tracks appear in the playlists of legends like Eric Morillo, Eddie Halliwell, Adam F, amongst others, earning him the support from giants like Fedde Le Grande, Michael Woods, David Guetta, and many others.

His most recent release, the album ‘’Jaguar Skills & His Amazinf Friends’’ was a great success, positioning itself at #2 in the UK ITunes Dance Chart. Dj@War’s taste for electronic music is wide-ranging, from electro dancefloor destroyers to progressive, latin, and tech house. Besides performing and producing, he also has a YouTube channel called The Audio Programmer, where he shows how to program VST and audio applications using Max MSP and programming language C++.

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Tutorials In This Course

  • 1. Intro
  • 2. Max MSP Basics
  • 3. Main Oscillator
  • 4. Envelope and Midi Control
  • 5. Creating A User Interface
  • 6. Filter
  • 7. FM Oscillator
  • 8. Making The Synthesizer Polyphonic
  • 9. Mono:Poly Mode Switch
  • 10. Glide and Finishing (Part 1)
  • 11. Glide and Finishing (Part 2)

Software Used In This Course & System Requirements

Software Used In This Course:

  • Ableton Live 10

System Requirements:

  • Intel Mac with OS X 10.7 or later, 4 GB RAM
  • PC with Windows 7, 8 or 10. 4GB RAM

Additional information


Music Software, Synthesis & Sound Design


Josh Hodge


Beginner, Intermediate


Ableton Live, Max MSP


Progressive, Tech house, Techno


$19.99 USD / month

Cancel Any Time. No Contracts.