Welcoming back royalty once again this week as our go-to vintage synth sensei King Unique joins us for an in-depth look at How To Use Arturia Synthi V.
Yet again Arturia has painstakingly emulated a legendary piece of hardware loved by the likes of Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, and Hawkwind by combining the Synthi AKS and VCS3 into one full-featured software instrument.
Known for its instability this synth could be made to sound in tune with quite a bit of hard work, but that wasn’t really what it was famous for - sound effects, drones, and psychedelic textures were what put this synth on the map.
Over the next 23 videos, Matt dives into every feature of this very different noise-making machine. Starting with a fascinating and comprehensive history of how EMS came to build this wonderful synth we then take a quick overview of the user interface before going more in-depth over how each section works and interacts with each other using the unique ‘Pin Matrix’.
Once all the sections are covered, including some new features introduced by Arturia, we check out how to map to a MIDI controller and save our creations before Matt does his thing and creates some awesome patches.
If you own this plugin this is a must watch and if you don’t, it’s a fascinating insight into synth history and you’ll probably want to get your hands on a copy by the end!
I’d like to thank Matt for making this brilliant course on Arturia Synthi V. I didn’t know how to get started with Synthi V despite having read through the manual carefully AND having some modular gear myself and I still didn’t get quite get it! So I headed off to YT and there I found the free course videos and after watching them I just had to continue cuz it was brilliant and “easy” when everything was explained so clearly and inspiringly and thus I found my way here, to Sonic Academy, which was a very welcome experience for me. Now I am deep diving into the material here and, hopefully, I will gain a lot of new skills and knowledge here that will advance me as an artist and music maker. Yesterday I became a paying member and I am just super excited about finding this fantastic treasure trove! So huge thanks to Matt for this brilliant Synthi V course (and also for pointing me to Neil Young’s Trans album! What a treat : ) )
You can use the keyword search feature ( the magnifier icon at top right of the main courses page ) and type in “Arturia” and a list of available tutorials will show up in the search results. There’s already quite a few other synths from Arturia covered in other tutorials.