True, there are many sources of information (some accurate, some not) out there on sound design that will cost you less than Syntorial. But they’re all missing the one thing that makes Syntorial so effective: two-way interaction. Books, articles and videos can only GIVE you information, and then it’s up to you to turn that new information into an actual usable skill. That’s like reading a medical textbook and then trying to do brain surgery. Best of luck to that patient!

Syntorial not only gives you the information, but it walks you through a step-by-step method in which you use your ear to program patch after patch after patch, and provides you with feedback at every turn to make sure you’re doing it right. You not only learn WHAT to do, you actually DO it, and BECOME a sound designer in the process.

You don’t need to trust us, you can find out for yourself BEFORE you buy. Download the Syntorial Demo and try several lessons for free. You’ll be able to get a feel for how the program works and truly understand the value of Syntorial’s methods. If that’s not enough, go to Syntorial’s YouTube channel to watch a few video tutorials in which we re-create some popular synth patches from scratch, and you’ll see just how knowledgable and skilled we truly are, both at designing sounds and instructing others on how to do it themselves. We know what we’re doing, and we know how to teach it!

No, Syntorial comes with a custom, quality, built-in soft synth, used throughout the entire program.

No. In order to provide you with feedback on your patch programming, Syntorial needs to interact with the synth in a very specific and special way, that only Syntorial’s synth is equipped to handle.

Yes! Syntorial’s synth is designed to encompass the most common synth parameters found on the vast majoriy of synths, and includes several videos that will help you apply your newfound skills to your own synth.

Syntorial also comes with several Lesson Packs that cover specific synths like Serum, Massive, Sylenth1 and more.

If you’re still not sure whether your synth is applicable, feel free to contact us and let us know your synth’s make and model.

Syntorial is DEFINITELY for beginner and intermediate users, and POSSIBLY for advanced users.

  • Beginners: Syntorial starts from the very beginning so you don’t need prior experience. And it’s thorough so you’ll acquire a full set of synth programming skills, enabling you to design a wide variety of your own sounds.
  • Intermediate: Syntorial is thorough, so it will fill any gaps you may have in your understanding. But more importantly, Syntorial is an EAR TRAINING TOOL. So you may know a fair amount about synthesis, but that doesn’t mean you can take the sounds you hear in your head and translate them to a synth. Syntorial will give you that ability.
  • Advanced: You probably know most of the technical stuff Syntorial covers. But, like I just told the Intermediates, Syntorial is an EAR TRAINING TOOL, so your ear may not be as strong as you think.

In any case, try the demo. It comes with the first 22 lessons, and will give you a better idea of what to expect. And try out the fully enabled synth to see what parameters will be covered.

You don’t have to! You can pay either via PayPal or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover). In PayPal’s case, we don’t ever see or store your financial information, and PayPal is a trusted and reputable institution. If you pay with credit card, it’s actually being handled by PayPal as well (though you don’t need a PayPal account), so once again we don’t see or store your personal financial information. For those who are unfamiliar, learn more about PayPal.

Lifetime license. What you buy now, you keep forever.

Yes. You can download Syntorial anytime via your online account.

  • 199 interactive Lessons including 147 videos, 129 interactive challenges, 706 patches, and 39 quizzes
  • Additional Lesson Packs for Massive, Sylenth1, and more
  • Fully featured synth (standalone and VST/AU plugin)
  • Pay once and get Syntorial on 3 platforms: Mac, PC and iPad

Here’s the Table Of Contents:

  1. Your Basic Sound
    • Saw and Pulse Waveforms
    • Pulse Width
    • Quiz 1
    • On Your Own 1 (how to apply what you’ve learned to other synths)
  2. Brightness
    • Low Pass Filter
    • Cutoff and Main Volume
    • Quiz 2
    • Group 1 (recreate patches utilizing all controls learned so far)
    • Quiz 3
    • On Your Own 2
  3. Volume, Press and Release
    • Amp Envelope Attack
    • Amp Envelope Release
    • Quiz 4
    • Group 2
    • On Your Own 3
  4. Expanding Your Basic Sound
    • Doubling and Transposing (Part 1)
    • Doubling and Transposing (Part 2)
    • Doubling and Transposing (Part 3)
    • Quiz 5
    • Group 3
    • Quiz 6
    • On Your Own 4
  5. Brightness, Press and Release
    • Filter Envelope
    • Filter Envelope Attack
    • Filter Envelope Release
    • Filter Envelope Attack and Release
    • Quiz 7
    • Filter and Amp Envelopes
    • Quiz 8
    • Group 4
    • On Your Own 5
  6. Echos
    • Delay
    • Delay Time
    • Delay Feedback
    • Delay Spread
    • Quiz 9
    • Group 5
    • On Your Own 6
  7. Changing Volume While Holding
    • Amp Envelope Sustain
    • Amp Envelope Decay
    • Quiz 10
    • Full Amp Envelope
    • Group 6
    • On Your Own 7
  8. Smearing and Pulsating
    • Doubling and Detuning (Part 1)
    • Doubling and Detuning (Part 2)
    • Doubling and Detuning (Part 3)
    • Quiz 11
    • Group 7
    • Quiz 12
    • On Your Own 8
  9. Changing Brightness While Holding
    • Filter Envelope Decay and Sustain
    • Quiz 13
    • Full Filter Envelope
    • Filter and Amp Envelopes
    • Group 8
    • On Your Own 9
  10. Bottom End
    • Sub Oscillator (Part 1)
    • Sub Oscillator (Part 2)
    • Sub Oscillator (Part 3)
    • Sub Oscillator (Part 4)
    • Quiz 14
    • Group 9
    • Quiz 15
    • On Your Own 10
  11. Repeating Movement
    • LFO Destination
    • LFO Amount
    • LFO Waveform
    • LFO Rate
    • Quiz 16
    • Group 10
    • On Your Own 11
  12. Point
    • Filter Resonance
    • Filter Resonance and Envelope
    • Filter Resonance and LFO
    • Quiz 17
    • Group 11
    • On Your Own 12
  13. So Many Notes!
    • Mono and Poly Voice Modes
    • Poly Mode and Amp Release
    • Quiz 18
    • Group 12
    • On Your Own 13
  14. Bigger Is Better
    • Unison
    • Unison Detune
    • Unison Spread
    • Unison and Multiple Oscillators
    • Quiz 19
    • Group 13
    • On Your Own 14
  15. Putting Your Sound in a Room
    • Reverb
    • Reverb Size
    • Reverb Mix and Size
    • Group 14
    • Quiz 20
    • On Your Own 15
  16. Smooth and Connected
    • Legato Voice Mode
    • Portamento
    • Portamento and Legato Mode
    • Quiz 21
    • Group 15
    • On Your Own 16
  17. Expanding Your Pallete
    • Triangle Waveform
    • Mixing the Triangle Waveform
    • Quiz 22
    • Triangle and Filter Cutoff
    • Group 16
    • On Your Own 17
  18. Smearing, Pulsating and Widening
    • Chorus
    • Chorus Rate
    • Group 17
    • Types of Pulsation
    • Quiz 23
    • On Your Own 18
  19. Changing Pitch Over Time
    • Mod Envelope
    • Mod Envelope Amount
    • Group 18
    • Quiz 24
    • On Your Own 19
  20. Grinding Your Sound
    • Oscillator Sync
    • Oscillator Sync and Mod Envelope
    • Oscillator Sync and LFO
    • Quiz 25
    • Group 19
    • On Your Own 20
  21. Cutting Lows and Highs
    • High Pass Filter
    • Band Pass Filter
    • All Filter Types
    • Filter Types and Resonance
    • Quiz 26
    • Group 20
    • On Your Own 21
  22. Making Your Sound Metallic
    • FM
    • FM Tuning
    • FM Amount and Tuning
    • FM and Mod Envelope
    • Quiz 27
    • Group 21
    • On Your Own 22
  23. Noise
    • Layering Noise
    • Quiz 28
    • Group 22
    • On Your Own 23
  24. Highs and Lows Over Time
    • High Pass Filter Envelope
    • Band Pass Filter Envelope
    • All Filter Envelope Types
    • Quiz 29
    • Group 23
    • On Your Own 24
  25. Dirtying Up Your Sound
    • Distortion
    • Distortion and Oscillators
    • Quiz 30
    • Distortion and Filter Envelope
    • Group 24
    • On Your Own 25
  26. A Different Kind of Metallic
    • Ring Mod
    • Ring Mod and Waveforms
    • Quiz 31
    • Group 25
    • Quiz 32
    • On Your Own 26
  27. Trippy Swirl
    • Phaser Mix
    • Phaser Feedback
    • Phaser Mix and Feedback
    • Quiz 33
    • Group 26
    • On Your Own 27
  28. Repeating with More Control
    • LFO Trigger
    • LFO in Poly Mode
    • Quiz 34
    • Group 27
    • On Your Own 28
  29. The Mod Wheel
    • Mod Wheel and Cutoff
    • Mod Wheel and Resonance
    • Mod Wheel and LFO Amount
    • Mod Wheel and LFO Rate
    • Quiz 35
    • Group 28
    • On Your Own 29
  30. Balancing Brightness
    • Key Tracking
    • Key Tracking and Filter Type
    • Key Tracking and Self-Oscillation
    • Quiz 36
    • Group 29
    • On Your Own 30
  31. How Hard You Hit The Key
    • Velocity and Volume
    • Velocity and Cutoff
    • Velocity and Filter Envelope
    • Quiz 37
    • Group 30
    • On Your Own 31
  32. The Pitch Wheel
    • Pitch Bend Range
    • Group 31
    • On Your Own 32
  33. Final Challenges
    • Final Challenge 1
    • Final Challenge 2
    • Final Challenge 3
    • Final Challenge 4
    • On Your Own 33

The free demo comes with Syntorial’s fully featured synth so you can try it out and get familiar with it’s full capabilities. To check out the synth, open Syntorial, and then:

  • Mac/PC: In the Options menu, select “Launch Standalone Synth”
  • iPad: Tap the Menu button at the top left, and select “Launch Synth”

Here are the specs:

  • Subtractive synthesis
  • Three Oscillators (Two with Waveform, Pitch, Pulse Width, and Mix controls, and a Sub oscillator with Waveform and Volume controls)
  • Saw, Pulse, Triangle and Sine waveforms
  • FM knob
  • Noise Oscillator
  • Oscillator Sync
  • Filter (Low, Band and High Pass) with Resonance and Key Tracking
  • ADSR Filter Envelope
  • ADSR Amp Envelope
  • AD Modulation Envelope
  • LFO with four waveforms, seven destinations, rate, amount, trigger, and mono/poly modes
  • Mono and Poly Voice Modes
  • Portamento
  • Unison with Voice, Detune and Spread controls
  • Ring Modulation
  • Distortion, Chorus, Phaser, Delay, and Reverb effects
  • Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel and Velocity controls

And here’s a pic:


Better to show you what I mean. Here’s a video demonstration:

Syntorial’s synth in plugin form is called Primer. You can download it via your online account.

While I recommend you start from the beginning and earn your way through the lessons, yes you can skip ahead if you’d like:


  1. Open the Table Of Contents by clicking the “<<" button at the top left
  2. Right or CTRL click any locked lesson and select Unlock Lesson
  3. Click the Go button


  1. Tap the Menu button at the top left and select “Table Of Contents”
  2. Swipe left or right on any locked lesson to unlock
  3. Tap the Go button
  • Mac with OS 10.7 or later
  • PC with Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista.
  • iPad with iOS 8 or later

1 GB free disk space (more if you plan on downloading the additional Lesson Packs). Midi keyboard recommended for Mac/PC users, but not required. Feel free to download and install the demo to make sure Syntorial works on your system.

You can install Syntorial on two computers so long as both computers are owned and used by you, as well as one iPad.

With Dropbox:

  1. If you don’t already have a Dropbox account, sign up for one (it’s free).
  2. From their site, download and install Dropbox on any Mac or PC you want synced. You don’t need to install Dropbox on your iPad.
  3. Move your current progress to Dropbox:
    • Mac/PC: Go to the Documents/Syntorial folder and you’ll see a .syn file there. Move it to your Dropbox folder (this was created when you installed Dropbox).
    • iPad: In Syntorial, tap the Menu button at the top left, and select “Move User”. Then select “iPad to Dropbox”. Then select the user (progress) you’d like to move.
  4. Now to open that progress on another device:
    • Mac/PC: In Syntorial go into the File menu and select “Load User”. Then navigate to your Dropbox folder where you should now see the .syn file that contains your progress. Select it.
    • iPad: In Syntorial, tap the Menu button at the top left and select “Load User”. Select “Dropbox”. Select the .syn file.

    Now Syntorial will automatically load and save your progress to Dropbox, and Dropbox will keep your devices synced.

    Don’t worry! Contact us and we’ll get you back on track.

    Yes. During the Challenges use:

    • “X” to switch between the shown and hidden patch
    • “Space Bar” to start/stop playback
    • “Right Arrow” to trigger the Submit/Next button


    1. Right or CTRL click any control in Syntorial and select MIDI Learn.
    2. Move the control on your MIDI controller that you’d like to use. Done!
    3. To unlink the control just Right or CTRL click the control in Syntorial and select MIDI Unlearn.

    Use the:

    • “A” row for white keys
    • “Q” row for black keys
    • “1” row to change octaves (change to a higher or lower range)

    You can see your serial number via your online account.

    You can download Syntorial anytime by logging into your account.

    You need to have the latest version (1.6.4 or higher) of Syntorial installed. Go to your online account to download and install it.