The difference between subtractive, additive, FM, and wavetable synthesis

In its purest form, synthesis is the process of using electronics to create a soundwave from scratch, and then manipulating its characteristics.

In celebration of the recent release of Arturia’s V Collection 8 on Rent-to-Own, in the video above we walked through four of the most common forms of synthesis (subtractive, additive, FM, and wavetable) that you’re likely to come across when using synths. Each of these may be terms that you’ve heard before, but unless you take the time to intentionally learn about each method, it may be challenging to articulate their differences. In the video, we not only discuss what each form of synthesis is on a conceptual level, but also listen to each and explore how they’re applied in modern productions.

Do you have any questions about a particular form of synthesis? What concepts do you want to see us break down next? Let us know in the comments below.

Explore the rich world of synthesis yourself with Arturia’s V Collection 8:

December 18, 2020

Nick Chen Content Marketing @ Splice. Nick Chen is a producer, performer, and educator under the aliases "nickthechen" and "Enix."