Synthesizer Basics

If you are new to synthesizers, read this appendix which discusses important facts about the synthesizer and explains the difference between analog, digital, and virtual analog synthesizers. You will be introduced to all major synthesizer terms and will learn about the basic workings of these hardware- or software-based devices. This appendix is not a detailed, scientific treatise on the inner workings and mathematical theories of synthesis. It is a simple guide to what you need to know, including some extras that are nice to know.

Take your time to read through the appendix as laid out, and feel free to experiment with the ES1, ES2, and other Logic Pro instruments. Seeing and using the parameters and other elements onscreen will help you to better understand the conceptual and practical aspects of synthesizers.