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Daniel Fisher

Daniel Fisher

Sweetwater's synth guru Daniel Fisher is one of the most sought-after synthesizer sound designers in the industry. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Music Production and Engineering as well as Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Music Synthesis from Berklee College. He is Sweetwater's Director of Product Optimization, having created dozens of libraries and synth programs for Kurzweil, Alesis, Korg, E-MU, Yamaha, TC Electronic, and many others. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Music Synthesis at the University of Saint Francis and teaches Music Synthesis and Sampling at Indiana University/Purdue University.

Articles by Daniel Fisher

Must-have Modules for Filling Your Empty Eurorack Synth Slots

When building your dream Eurorack system, you'll often find that you have empty spaces that are just begging to be filled. Sure, you could put blank panels into those gaps, but here are some slim (8HP or smaller)... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Creating Synth Sounds from Scratch

One of the many joys of working at Sweetwater is the deep connection we have with the manufacturers and distributors of the instruments we sell. Because of this relationship I'm often granted the opportunity to... Read more »

Best Effects Pedals for Synths and Keyboards

Effect pedal choices have exploded over the past decade, giving guitarists and bassists a mind-bending selection of both boutique and common brand pedals. Many of these pedals can also be used with keyboards and... Read more »

5 Awesome Synth Plug-ins

It's been a fascinating year for hardware synths. But we've also been introduced to astounding virtual synths for Mac and PC. Recently, Sweetwater welcomed u-he, makers of highly regarded synth and effects plug-ins... Read more »

4 Affordable Sequencers That Will Blow Your Mind

If you're into synthesis, you know that we're in the middle of an exciting renaissance for analog, digital, and hybrid gear. It was only a few years ago that I was seriously looking on eBay for an analog sequencer... Read more »

Synth Tricks: A Great Year for True Analog Synths

If you were lucky enough to go to the 2015 NAMM show this past January, you already know that this is one of the best eras ever for synthesizers with 100%-analog audio paths (all analog VCOs, VCFs, and VCAs)... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Moog Sub 37 Tribute Edition Analog Synthesizer

Although I've been playing and programming analog and digital synthesizers since the mid-'70s, I've never owned my own analog synth until a few years ago when I bought a Moog Little Phatty. The iconic sound of the... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Akai Professional MPX8

Every now and then, when a cool musical gadget comes out, I have to invent a reason why I “really” need it. Sometimes my reasoning is less logical and more whimsical. Other times it’s easy to see why a gadget would... Read more »

Synth Tricks: The Artistic Joy of Polyphonic Aftertouch

There are many reasons that make Sweetwater a great place to work. One fun reason is that you get to meet people who are as passionate and knowledgeable about gear and music as you are. And when you visit their... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Numark Orbit

Sometimes a radically different piece of technology can shake up your entire entertainment process and bring you back to a time when you were excited to create new things. That’s a lot to ask of something that costs... Read more »

Synth Tricks: 8-Step Program

Anyone who owns a monophonic analog synth quickly appreciates the value of a built-in arpeggiator. Play it through a delay, and it's one of the fastest ways to get implied harmony from something that could... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Gift Ideas

Ever since I’ve been an adult (well, kinda anyway), my friends and family have claimed that I’m hard to shop for because I’m into such tweaky things. (I suppose that’s nicer than saying I’m a geek!) If you care for... Read more »

JamHub Review

Let me be perfectly clear: The JamHub is not just another musical tool; it is a key ingredient for a more enjoyable quality of life. Bold statement? Yes it is; but for me (family activities aside), I find that... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Sweetwater PC3K Library

Sweetwater has a number of attributes that have made  the company what it is today. Without question, two of those attributes really stand out: Sweetwater’s long history of producing musically useful soundware... Read more »

Great Sound for Your iDevice

If you’re like me, your cell phone is smart, your tablet is even smarter, and you have anywhere from one to dozens of musical apps residing on them — all accompanied by an eclectic library of songs. It’s so cool to... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Battle of the Lightweight Organs

Yeah, I know, I always want to eat my cake and still have it too. I should just be happy that my bandmates and I never have to carry a 420-lb. B-3 organ up to the stage, along with a 140-lb. Leslie. And yet, I keep... Read more »

Synth Tricks: JamHub

As I enter my 50th year of life, I find myself thinking about what is important to me and, more specifically, what situations provide the most memorable fun and enjoyment. Family activities aside, I find that... Read more »

Hands On Review: iConnectivity iConnectMIDI

As a musician, you're probably at least marginally aware that the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch keep getting exciting new instrument apps every day. At this year's Winter NAMM show, you couldn't swing a guitar strap... Read more »

JamHub BedRoom Review

Let me be perfectly clear: The JamHub is not just another musical tool; it is a key ingredient for a more enjoyable quality of life. Bold statement? Yes it is; but for me (family activities aside), I find that... Read more »

Synth Tricks: What if Gear

As a gigging keyboard player in multiple bands, I find myself thrown into lots of unexpected situations. My trusty "bag of tricks" often makes the difference between a great show and a worrisome gig. Here are some... Read more »