Sylenth1 is a great plugin to learn the basics of synthesis, but if you open it for the very first time chances are good that you won’t understand that much. There’s an overwhelming amount of knobs, labeled with weird names like cutoff, resonance or phase.
That said, it’s a good idea to watch or read a bunch of Sylenth1 tutorials in order to get used to the synth. I set myself to work, watched hours of video material and finally came up with this list of the best tutorials for beginners and pros.
Free Sylenth1 Tutorials
These days, you can find an insane amount of information online and a lot of this stuff is even free. When it comes to music production, you can basically learn everything you need to know on YouTube. Below you’ll find the best – free to watch – tutorials.
Your First 30 Minutes Using Sylenth by ADSR Sounds
Before you start messing around with advanced sound design techniques it’s a good idea to get a basic overview. This two part video series by ADSR is a great starting point:
The Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1 by Zen World
So know that you already got a basic impression of what this synth can do, it’s time to dive in a bit deeper. This video series by Zen World explains every single part of Sylenth. It’s without any doubt a must-watch if you really want to get used to it.
- The Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1| #1 Oscillators
- The Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1| #2 Filters
- The Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1| #3 Amp Envelope
- The Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1| #4 Mod Envelopes
- Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1| #5 LFO
- The Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1|#6 Effects
- The Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1| #7 Voicing And Misc
- The Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1|#8 Making A Pluck
- The Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1| #9 Making A Pad
- The Complete Guide To Master Sylenth1| #10 EDM Moti Lead
Sylenth Sound Design Tutorials
Once you learn what all the single parameters can do it’s time to get a better understanding of sound design. Use the links below to learn how to make leads, plucks, chords and other types of sounds.
- Stonebank Sylenth1 Lead Masterclass by Point Blank Music School
- Sylenth1 Sound Design Techniques by Busy Works Beats
- Martin Garrix Plucks in 3 Minutes by Sound Factory
- Psytrance Bassline in LennarDigital Sylenth1 by Collective Intelligence
- Wow Sounding Future Bass Chords by Ardensity
- The Chainsmokers Something Like This Lead Tutorial by Zen World
- How To Make Plucks In Sylenth by Internet Money
- Sylenth1 Tutorial: Martin Garrix & Matisse & Sadko – Forever
- How to make Progressive House Leads & Melodies by Ardensity
- How to make a Martin Garrix like Sound with Sylenth1 by Phil Phiera
- Advanced atmospheres techniques in Sylenth1 by Ollie Music
- Flume Synth – Sylenth1 Tutorial by Production Music Live
- Layering Synth Patches with Sylenth1 by Audible Genius
Although you’ll find tons of useful information using the resources above, not every tutor has studied the synth entirely and it’s just human to make mistakes. Therefore, I highly recommend taking a look at the official user manual by Lennar Digital. It’s available in 7 common languages, so there’s a good chance one of them is your native one. Either way, the manual is only 30 pages long, so make sure to download it to your smart phone so you can read through it on your next train ride.
Paid Sylenth1 Tutorials
Yes, I already said it and will say it again: the free Sylenth1 videos are great and there’s no need to spend any money, but sometimes it can be beneficial to get all the information from one single source. Here are a bunch of paid courses, which might spark your interest as well:
- Master Lennar Digital’s Sylenth1 by Udemy
- Complete Guide to Sylenth 1 by Producer Tech*
- Sylenth Explained® by Groove 3
- Sylenth Tutorial by AM Studios
So these are all of my favorite resources for learning Sylenth1. I’m sure that, if you watched all of them you can consider yourself an expert by now. Good job! If you strife for additional content just open YouTube and search for more. Although the first version was released years ago, there are still a bunch of YouTubers making videos about it on a regular basis.