Learn the fundamentals of subtractive synthesis using Logic Pro’s Retro Synth

You don't have to turn back time to use this classic method of synthesis.

Subtractive synthesis is one of the more common means of generating sound with a synthesizer. You’ll find that a lot of vintage hardware synthesizers employ subtractive synthesis to create rich pads, gritty basses, piercing leads and more. Fortunately, we don’t have to dive into the past to get hands-on with subtractive synthesizers – there’s one built into Logic Pro.

In this Logic Pro Tips video, Jono Buchanan explains the principles of subtractive synthesis. You’ll learn the five modules used in subtractive synthesis, including the oscillator, filter, amplifier, LFO and envelopes, and the vital roles they all play in generating sound. You’ll then see how these principles are applied to Logic Pro’s Retro Synth, and how you can use them to create and manipulate new sounds.

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