Welcome to Sound Design Recipe Book, Vol 2: Leads and Keys!
In this class, you won't just be hearing from me. You will have 5 incredibly experienced, professional instructors. I'll be one of them, but I've brought in some of the top sound designers working right now to give up their secrets.

  • Jack Denny: Best known for his role as one of three producers and performers in the super-group Ternion Sound. These guys are all over the world right now.
  • Joe Dumpling: Known primarily under his alias Dumpling, Joe is a top-notch producer and multi-instrumentalist. And an experienced teacher, too!
  • Zak Khan: Zak is making some of the funkiest, coolest music I've heard in a long time, so I was super excited he agreed to help out with some videos here. Get ready for something special.
  • James Patrick: You've met James before in some of my other classes, but he is also a world-renowned producer and performer, and accomplished teacher (and Ableton Certified Trainer)
  • Me! I'll be guiding you through all of the lessons from these guests and filling in anything that needs to be filled in.

The goal of this class is to help you define your sound by learning some of the tricks of the best in the world.

This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.
This is a course about techniques. Most techniques that you see the instructors doing can be replicated in several different applications. We will focus here on techniques, and learning with step-by-step examples of how to make specific sounds.
Topics Covered:

  • Building Lead Synths
  • Monosynths
  • Polysynths
  • Key Tracking
  • Portamento
  • Serum
  • Wavetable Pitch Mod Lead
  • Chord Synths
  • Funk Stabs
  • Organ Synths
  • Arpeggiator Synths
  • Brass Sounds
  • Sample Synths
  • And much, much more!

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Introduction
    • My Approach in this Class
    • How to Use This Class
  • Leads
    • What is a Lead?
    • The Term “Pluck”
    • Pluck Delay (Jack Denny)
    • Portamento
    • Serum Tremolo Lead (Joe Woodling)
    • Key Tracking on a Filter
    • Lead Arp Sound (Jack Denny)
    • Instrument Racks
    • Wavetable Pitch Modulation Lead (Joe Woodling)
    • Introducing Juke Nukem
    • Freak the VSTs (Juke Nukem)
  • Chords and Keys
    • What Makes Chord Synths Different than Leads?
    • Plucked and Funky
    • Pluck Synth Tutorial (Zak Khan)
    • Parallel Harmonies
    • Wavetable Plucked Chords (Joe Woodling)
    • Organ-Like
    • Euphoria Synth Tutorial (Zak Khan)
  • Arpeggiators
    • Arpeggiator Tips
    • Introducing Alec Ness, aka Su Na
    • Pulse Width Modulation
    • Synth Arpeggiator (Alec Ness)
    • Modulating the Arpeggiator Rate
    • Wavetable Arp Chords (Joe Woodling)
    • More from Alec
    • Synth Arpeggiator (Alec Ness)
  • Brass
    • Brass Sounds!
    • Funk Stabs
    • Funky Brass (Zak Khan)
  • Sample Synth
    • Sampling as Sound Design
    • Startover Synth/Sample (Zak Khan)
  • Wrap Up
    • What Comes Next?
    • Thanks for Watching!

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2.5 Hours

Course Instructor

Jay Allen Author

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.



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