Syntorial 4+

Synthesizer Training App

Audible Genius

    • 4.9 • 272 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Syntorial is a synthesizer training app, that will teach you how to program synth patches by ear. By combining video demonstrations with interactive challenges, you’ll get hands on experience programming patches on a built-in soft synth, and learn everything you need to know to start making your own sounds with ease.

"Syntorial is the most direct route between hearing a sound in your head and knowing how to bring it to life." - Electronic Musician Magazine

"The most comprehensive and fun tool for learning synthesizer programming, hands down." - Keyboard Magazine

“The best training in synth sound-design we’ve come across. A unique and fun way to train your ears in re-creating synth sounds.” - MusicTech Magazine

* Electronic Musician Editor's Choice 2014 *


• Interactive Learning: Syntorial doesn’t just show you how synth programming works. It engages you in Interactive Challenges in which you program patches on a built-in synth. You aren’t just learning how to design sound, you are becoming a sound designer.

• For Musicians, Not Physicists: Instead of talking about the science and physics behind synthesizers, Syntorial will show you how each control effects sound, as well as when, why and how you would use them when designing sounds. This is information that you can immediately apply to real-life situations.

• It's All About The Ear: One step at a time, Syntorial trains your ear to recognize how each control shapes and manipulates sound. By the end of the program you’ll be able to take the sounds you hear and re-create them, completely by ear.


• Challenges: Learn by doing! Complete challenges by programming patches with Syntorial’s built-in synth.

• Videos: Everything is taught through video demonstrations using the same synth that you’ll use in the challenges.

• Patches: Program, program, program. After all, that’s what it’s all about, right? By the end you will have programmed tons of patches, from simple to complex, familiar to strange.

• Quizzes: Multiple choice questions to help you retain and remember everything you learn.

• On Your Own: Syntorial will give you periodic tasks to be carried out on your own with whatever synth(s) you use.

• 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


The free app comes with the first 22 Lessons, additional Lesson Pack samples, as well as Syntorial's fully featured synth. Upgrade to get:

• All 199 Lessons, including 129 Challenges, 147 Videos, and 706 Patches covering the most common synthesis parameters.

• Additional Lesson Packs covering Massive, Sylenth1, Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2 and Minimoog Voyager, each containing 30+ videos. More Lesson Packs planned for the future.

• Pay once and get access to all of the above on iPad, Mac and PC. Sync your progress across all 3 platforms. Train where you want, when you want, and how you want.

• Plugin version of Syntorial's synth, Primer. Program, record and play Primer in your favorite desktop recording software. VST (Mac/PC) and AU (Mac).

Syntorial: A New Way To Learn Synthesis

What’s New

Version 1.7.000

With the release of Syntorial 2, this version of Syntorial will be discontinued in the future. In this update we've added notifications about V2, as well as the ability to export your progress to V2, and the ability for paid users to trigger a discount in V2.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
272 Ratings

272 Ratings

Brittany_KL ,


I’m a complete beginner to synth, and have been interested for a very long time to learn. Syntorial has made this possible! When learning it goes such a long way to actually be able to work through the steps and apply it yourself, which is exactly what this is. The way this enables you to learn different areas and focus solely on that at one time (while also showing you how well you’re doing) is so incredibly helpful to really grasping all the different areas of sound. Just amazing. I’m only about 20% percent through the lessons, and have already learned so much to apply to playing synth and creating patches. I’ve gained such a valuable foundation, and with 150+ more lessons to go. Absolutely well worth the money. Thank you SO much for creating Syntorial!!

Will 62054 ,

great synth ear training, useful explanations

I am still quite new to synthesizers, and many synth enthusiasts talk about terms and parameters that are way over my head. A lot of this app is designed for you to use your ear to reproduce patches, which is something that I needed a lot of practice with.

I have heard there is a 2.0 version in development, and I have a few suggestions for improvement. (These may have been addressed already, I’m not sure)

On iPad the transition between the tutorial videos and the interactive sections is not seamless. The videos default to full screen, and when it finishes, you have to swipe in order to go out of full screen, and you only have a second to select the challenge button to proceed before it goes back to full screen again.

The tutorials gradually build up the amount of parameters in each patch by adding one section at a time. Certain groups are more challenging than others. I think it would be great in the future if the user could enable/disable certain sections to focus on what they need to practice on. From the middle of the tutorials towards the end, the amount of parameters can get a little overwhelming.

I did purchase the full content on sale, but I think the value is quite excellent, and there are not many products out there that are comparable for interactive synth learning!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the feedback! The video issue your describing shouldn't be happening so that is most likely a bug. Reach out to support at and we can help you resolve it.

nole61 ,

What a digital tutorial should be

Syntorial is the best computer based learning tutorial I have ever used, bar none. Being a 60 year old programmer, that’s saying something!

It takes you through a synthesizer (included) control by control, training your ears to recognize what each sound wave modification sounds like, by using a gradually expanding set of tools to match a sound you hear. This both trains your ear (to recreate sounds you hear), while it increases your ability to create sounds by knowing what each part of a typical synth does.

Yeah, it’s $130, but it beats paying more for various other ways to learn synthesis and not getting the same results (knowledge), only to try another one.

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