Recently sat through part 1 of this old-school general synthesis course and found it really helpful.
Haha, I posted the same thing about a week ago. Yeah its a very good course. I'm tempted to make an entire track out of my own synthesized sounds. Drums and all!
Sorry missed your post! I was able to sit down right after this course and have a much better understanding of how to sculpt sounds like I wanted. It's not a bad idea to just use the synths to really get lots of customizability with your sounds and it sets a fun challenge. On the side I compete in 4k demoscene competitions and have to use some pretty spartan softsynths to build sounds from the ground up. So this was definitely helpful.
Let I sat down with the FM synth and the modular synth in Caustic, and combined with the excellent tutorials had a much better idea of how to get what I wanted.
So much good info, in fact i am actually going to have to watch another time or two to fully absorb all that was presented. But even with just what i retained i feel like i have a lot more control over my sounds and a good start to understanding why some sounds are complimentary and why some are not.
At the fundemental level everything is frequency, music truly is life :)
I'm going to have to go through these again too. I've been making use of what I could absorb at the time, but I'll bet I can soak up more now. Also check out:
Music theory basics. Helps to take those sounds, find the scales, chords, etc to make them into a cogent song. ;)