Synthesizers are mysterious and disturbing boxes for me, but the electronic music company Ableton starts explaining and demystifying the instrument. The company has created an interactive browser game called Learning Synths that teaches users the basics of synthesizers.
The Learning Syntheses begin with a tutorial on amplitude and terrain, but if you want to skip the concepts of synthesizers, you can do it. click the hamburger menu in the upper left corner to learn about envelopes, LFOs, and oscillators. Lessons end with the playground seen above, where users can play with presets and sequences. The site works in mobile Safari, but you can also connect a MIDI keyboard to your laptop if you use Google Chrome.
Slide and play sliders allow you to adjust to find the sound you want, and there are small surprises as you go through the lessons. This is a great way to learn how synthesizers generate certain tones and visually match the shape of the wave with their sound. browser tools, or take what you've learned and go to Ableton Live.