N-SSD301: Sound Synthesis & Design

N-SSD301: Sound Synthesis & Design


The Sound Synthesis & Design course is designed to impart the necessary theoretical, practical and creative skills required to make use of a variety of sound synthesis techniques for the creation of original musical sounds and sound effects.

This course can be taken as a credit-bearing module towards one of the qualification courses we present in Music Technology (refer to the entry requirements of the particular course)


Basic knowledge and experience in Sound Engineering.

Should you whish to enroll into the course as a credit-bearding module for one of the qualification courses in Music Technology you need to present the necessary entry requirements as required by the particular course.


   Basic understanding of Studio Sound Engineering Principles
   Computer Literacy
   English Language aptitude: speaking, reading, writing and comprehension.
   Basic mathematical ability.
   Analytical mindset and problem-solving skills.


   A Passion for music and sound creation
   Diligence, punctuality and dedication
   An Inquisitive attitude


This course allows a limited number of students per intake to secure maximum contact with the students. Each student will work on a dedicated DAW workstation during the course. Classes consist of practical hand's-on class exercises, demonstrations and assignments.

   A 2-hour theoretical and practical class is scheduled during the week. The exact time-slot for this class is finalized one week before commencing of the course and will fall between 9:00 and 17:00 during the day.


The prescribed course textbooks are not included in the course fee. All other course notes and material are included.


The course is presented but (not limited) on the latest version of REACTOR graphical modular software.

In order to work remotely as well, it is recommended that students obtain their own licenses of the primary software platforms.


Everything you need to successfully complete the course is provided for on Campus during your sessions.

All enrolled students can book and use the College's fully equipped studios and practice room to complete their practical projects during the course.

If you want to gain more experience in music technology, excel at the software used in the course and be able to complete assessment tasks remotely, it is strongly recommended that you have access to your own DAW setup.

Registerd students qualify for up to 50% student discount on software and hardware.

The course consist of the following topics:

Introduction to sound Synthesis
Additive Synthesis
Granular Synthesis
Wavetable Synthesis
Mid Term
Applied sound design
Subtractive Synthesis
FM synthesis
Reverse engineering audio
Synthesizer design

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