This in-depth class unlocks the inner workings of one of the most powerful multi-mode synthesizer tools around: the Ableton Operator.
Coined as the “Swiss Army Knife” of synthesizers, the Operator is capable of handling the heaviest sound design tasks – and of keeping the process simple and effective from start to finish. Join master sound designer James Patrick as he details every single element within the Operator instrument. Though he’ll start by exploring it as a basic synthesis engine, by the end of the class he’ll reveal it to be an instrument capable of creating the most advanced, futuristic sounds of our time. He’ll talk about combining Additive, Subtractive and FM synthesis elements. He’ll also cover the details of creating drums, percussion, leads, brass, pads, and evolving textures.
About The Instructor
15-year DJ/ music producer, curator of the International Spark Festival, owner of Timefog Recordings, and Ableton Certified Trainer; James Patrick is a sound artist who thrives on bringing together the creative energy and ideas of his community.
Through collaboration and experimentation, he creates immersive environments that explore the evolving definitions of sound art. His record label and events are both heavily supported by some of the greatest names in electronic music, and his personal recordings continue to make waves in the international electronic music circuit.
Through his professional involvement in both academic and popular electronic realms, James curated and developed the now internationally recognized University of Minnesota’s Spark Festival. James is also the recipient of many awards and accolades, including the American Composer’s Forum MECA award.
Within education, James teaches and develops curriculum in the fields of sound design and technology music. Harnessing progressive concepts through the tools of new music and media, he cultivates the creative potential of tomorrow’s pioneers. James was also a pilot member of the Ableton Trainer Certification program. He participated in the first wave of trainer certifications and has been a critical force among the user base in the US.
James currently teaches private lessons, clinics, and workshops on behalf of himself and Slam Academy. JP has 10+ years of professional experience directing events, and playing music alongside likewise innovators in the genre: Morton Subotnik, Alvin Lucier, Pole, Speedy J, Richard Devine, Bruno Pronsato, Akufen, Someone Else, Miskate, Ezekiel Honig, Sutekh, Drumcell, Acid Circus, Sammy Dee, Jay Haze, Rich Hawtin, Magda, Ben Nevile, Randy Jones, Jeff Milligan, Jake Fairley, Mike Shannon, Deadbeat/Crackhaus, Barem, Butane, etc.
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.