Already one of the best free educational resources on the internet for music producers, Ableton’s Learning Synths platform just got better.
Launched in 2019 as a partner for Ableton’s Free Web Guide to Making Music (opens in a new tab), Learning Synths is an interactive tool built around a browser-based 2-oscillator synthesizer. It starts with the basics, discussing amplitude and pitch, before explaining concepts and features like envelopes, modulation, oscillators, LFOs, and filters.
There’s also a handy Playground section that dispenses with “learning” and just gives access to the synth.
Two of the best new features allow you to integrate your Learning Synths creations into your DAW so they can be used in a music-making context. The Export option turns your work into a Max for Live synth contained in a Live Set – this will work in both Live 11 Lite and Live 9.7-10 Suite – and you can now capture up to 60 seconds of audio from synth (recordings are instantly downloaded as WAV files).
There’s also a new configurable XY pad for Playground, so you can adjust multiple settings at once, and you’ll now find “Open in Playground” buttons on course pages. Click on one of them and you can further edit the sound you are tinkering with.
Finally, there is now dark mode support (based on your system preferences) and Turkish, Finnish and Portuguese versions have been added.
You can start learning now about the Ableton Learning Synths (opens in a new tab) website.