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Ultimate Sound Design Complete

——   Created by Jason Allen

Mastering Sound Design

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Welcome to the Ultimate Sound Design COMPLETE class!

This class is for anyone who has wondered what sound design is all about. Especially:

  • Producers: If you are making tracks that rely on presets, and you want to learn how to craft your own sounds, this is the course for you.
  • Aspiring Producers: If you are just getting started with music production, this course will be the swiss army knife that you will keep in your belt forever.
  • Musicians: If you have wanted to improve your compositions by understanding how the physics of sound and partials work, this class is for you.
  • Songwriters: Improve your compositions by understanding how to make unique and memorable sounds to use in your songs.

In this class, we start with the very basics of sound design and work all the way up to working with complicated plugins like Xfer Serum, Native Instruments FM8, and others. I'll walk you through every step of the process and explain the logic behind every decision I make.

The goal of this class is for you to learn how to make original, compelling, and memorable sounds for your music.


This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.

I'll be using Ableton Live Suite 10 in this course as my main DAW, but if you are using any other program you will be able to follow along just fine. That includes Logic, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reaper, Reason, Cubase, or any of the others. My method in this class is to teach concepts, so whatever I do, you will be able to do it in your own software.


I'm best known for working with electronic music, but I've designed this course to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to genre. We will talk about sound design techniques for all genres, sounds, and styles. All genres are welcome here!

Topics Covered: 

  • The Essential Tools of Sound Design
  • Physics of Sound
  • Timbre
  • Harmonics
  • Partials
  • Overtones
  • The Oscillator
  • Sine Waves
  • Square Waves
  • Triangle Waves
  • Sawtooth Waves
  • Waveshapers
  • Noise Generators
  • Subtractive Synthesis
  • Filters
  • EQ
  • Low Pass Filters
  • High Pass Filters
  • Bandpass Filters
  • Notch Filters
  • Signal Flow
  • Envelopes
  • ADSR
  • Building Thick or Thin Sounds
  • Building High or Low Sounds
  • Building Short or Long Sounds
  • Building Motion or Still Sounds
  • The LFO
  • FM Synthesis
  • The Native Instruments FM8 Plugin
  • Modulators
  • Ableton Live's Operator
  • Additive Synthesis
  • Wavetable Synthesis
  • Xfer Serum Plugin
  • Wavetables
  • Creating Wavetables
  • Physical Modeling Synthesis
  • Analog Instruments
  • Moog Mother 32
  • Sound Design Recipies
  • Creating Bass Synths
  • Creating Drum Synths
  • Creating Lead Synths
  • And much, much more!

If you are ready to start making professional sounding tracks, this is the class that will start you on that journey. Get started today.

Dr. Allen is a university music professor and is a top-rated online instructor - with nearly 100 courses and over 300,000 students. 

In 2017 Star Tribune Business featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

** I guarantee that this course is the most thorough music mixing course available ANYWHERE on the market - or your money back (30-day money-back guarantee) **

Closed captions have been added to all lessons in this course.


Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

⇢  "It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows complex concepts to get absorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier." - M. Shah

⇢  "Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts... It's the best investment in leveling up my skills so far.." - Z. Palce

⇢ "Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed." - A. Tóth

⇢ "VERY COOL. I've waited for years to see a good video course, now I don't have to wait anymore. Thank You!" - Jeffrey Koury

  "I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!" - A. Deichsel

⇢  "The basics explained very clearly - loads of really useful tips!" - J. Pook

⇢ "Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!" M. Smith


Students who register for this course will receive ongoing exclusive content and discounts for all future classes in the series. 

The course project

For this class, we are going to use whatever tools you have available to make some compelling and memorable sounds. For this project, please do the following.

  1. Use whatever software you have access to - Ableton, Pro Tools, FL Studio, Reason, Logic Pro, Reaper, etc.
  2. Use whatever FM Synthesizer you want. We will be going over all kinds of synthesis in this class, but for this project, let's focus on FM. 
  3. Make a sound with the following characteristics:
  4. Thick
  5. Buzzy
  6. Motion (has some motion in it)
  7. High partials 
  8. It should work equally well as a "dirty bass" sound and as a cutting lead.

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109 Lessons

5 mins
free preview
3 mins
My Approach to Sound Design
free preview
4 mins
Tools You Will Need
2 mins
Physics of Sound
5 mins
What is Timbre?
2 mins
Harmonics and Partials
4 mins
4 mins
4 mins
The Sound Generator in Synthesis
7 mins
4 mins
Waveforms - Sinewaves
4 mins
Square Waves
4 mins
Triangle Waves
3 mins
Sawtooth Waves
3 mins
Waveshapes Under Spectrogram
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About the instructor

Jason  Allen
Jason Allen
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  • 29 courses

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is …

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