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As a preparation for all other tutorials, Kim introduces the basic working principle of Synfire.


Get an idea of the overall window layout and how to move between pages and parts, how to zoom in and out of details and where to find what.

Harmony: Progressions

Creative tools for harmony are a major strength of Synfire. Learn how to build and edit chord progressions and collect them in libraries.

Harmony: Palettes

Learn how to use the Palette to navigate keys, build chord progressions and explore the space of harmony with your own palette layouts.


Export & Printing

How to export finished Synfire arrangements, containers and phrases to your DAW or notation program for production.

Snippets (1): Playing

The Snippet Grid of Synfire is a tool for exploring potential arrangements based on instant live feedback. Learn how to compose music in real-time and have fun with Snippets.

Snippets (2): Building a Grid

Snippets are great for arranging music in real-time. Before you can play the grid, you need to populate it with phrases. There are many ways to do that. Also learn how to export snippets to an arrangement or save them in a library.


Libraries are essential for collecting and organizing phrases, harmonies and other parameters. Learn how to use and create them.


Learn how to import Standard MIDI Files into Synfire and create new phrases from their contents.

Editing Drum Patterns

Learn how to edit drum patterns with Synfire. There is no specific "Grid" or utility for this, you simply use the pencil and line drawing tools with Static Pitch Symbols exclusively (brown).

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