If i understand this correctly then what you are saying is that there is more validity in learning to program a synth than just using random sounds, if i have got that right then yeah i couldn't agree with you more.wildtek wrote:Right but it's also pretty exciting (imo) to tweak knobs and hear the effects of each one on the sound, a knob well 'turned' can provides better results than any sort of randomize things.
Past night, I was absolutely not able to find a way to sleep quietly and normally so, I opened Reaktor, loaded an ARP emulation ensemble and started to tweak each paramaters one after one, and finally I've been surprised myself to find sounds similar if not 'the same' as Kraftwerk's most know tracks (Trance Europe Express, Radio Activity, Numbers, ...)
I def think good music or at least good sounds are result of a correct knowledge of technique and a part of magic due to randomize or other improvisations that technology permit us to use.
However, i don't think that the importance of knowing how synthesis works is undermined by using randomization at all. One of the dangers of relying on knowledge constantly is that there is the danger that you will follow the most well used path, in terms of electronic music that is also the path that leads to generic and predictable sounds. In my mind Randomization is an awesome muse for inspiration, especially if you are completely aware of the character of the synth, in this situation being able to randomize it's controls can often bring up sounds that you might not have thought to try and create on your own using that particular synth.