Learn The Basics Of Sound Design – What Is An LFO? (And How To Use It Effectively)

If you’re new to the magic world of synthesis (or if you’re only a ‘random wiggler’), you might be easily overwhelmed by words like oscillator, filter/gates, LFO and so on.

A new series of tutorial videos by Point Blank’s instructor Chris Carter will be showing the basics of sound design, focusing on different elements of synthesis and going into detail as to how they work and how they can be applied.

In the first episode of the series, Chris answers the question ‘what is an LFO?’ describing the differences between oscillators and low-frequency oscillators, discussing the frequency spectrum and sharing some tips on how to use LFOs effectively.

In the video, Chris uses Logic Pro X’s ES2 synthesiser and Native Instrument’s Massive to demonstrate LFOs in use, achieving vibrato/tremolo effects and much more.

Watch the video below for the full tutorial and stay tuned for the next in the series!

These tips are just a small excerpt from the sound design module on Point Blank’s BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, on which you can also learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing & mastering, composition and music business.

They also offer an online alternative, in the form of their new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Point Blank are currently offering a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with online courses until June 30th, so make sure you enrol soon! For more information, contact a course advisor on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach them on 323 282 7660.