Sound Design Tutorial: Create Dutch-Style Synth Leads w/ Absynth (Native Instruments)

In this tutorial, Dubspot sound design instructor and course designer Evan Sutton (aka Astrolith) shows how to create Dutch-style synth sounds with Native Instruments Absynth. Dutch-style synth leads are useful for many different types of music aside from dutch house.

The characteristics of a Dutch-style synth sound are useful for many different types of music aside from dutch house. These days, we’re hearing these sounds in many far reaching styles of electronic music. There are a handful of specific techniques that will help you get your foot in the door with a sound like this. The fun part is building new and unique textures around these parameters. The key here is to create a rubbery, smooth sound using lots of glide and a long release on the amplitude envelope. Then, to maintain the groove and accentuate the rhythm, we’ll explore different ways to add emphasis to each note played. – Evan Sutton

Evan Sutton a.k.a. Astrolith is an electronic music producer, sound designer, and audio engineer, as well as teaching sound design and electronic music production at Dubspot. He also helped develop Dubspot’s Sound Design program. You can hear Evan’s music and find out more about him at and

Become fluent in the language of sound design with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers most common synthesis methods available for music production in the DAW of your choice.

Discovering the right sound is like finding a needle in the digital haystack. Learn the fundamentals to make this easier, and gain the depth of knowledge to make a good sound better. Factory content is great, but everyone has it – your mix needs something special.

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  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete 8
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
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  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming

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