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Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters

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Video: Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters

Raw samples can sound impressive by themselves, but when combined to create a drum set, they often need additional work to fit. Let's take a look at the independent device parameters in Impulse, an how they can be used to help fine tune the individual drum set instruments. All right, so, I've got the custom drum set that we created in the last movie. I'm going to take a look at the parameters that we have here below the, individual samples. And remember, as we click any, or select any one of these, they switch to the, settings for that particular slot. So, just starting off with a kick, the first couple things we see here.

Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters

Raw samples can sound impressive by themselves, but when combined to create a drum set, they often need additional work to fit. Let's take a look at the independent device parameters in Impulse, an how they can be used to help fine tune the individual drum set instruments. All right, so, I've got the custom drum set that we created in the last movie. I'm going to take a look at the parameters that we have here below the, individual samples. And remember, as we click any, or select any one of these, they switch to the, settings for that particular slot. So, just starting off with a kick, the first couple things we see here.

The start parameter allows you to determine, where in the sample that it actually starts playing. So if you want to roll off the attack and start it late, you can dial that parameter. The transpose feature, will allow us to transpose a sample up or down, 48 half steps. And for example, you might use that on the kick, to transpose that up, or transpose it down a little bit, so that it works better with the key of the song. Now I'm going to select the, snare slot here, and let's, record enable the track.

And I can tune that snare by pushing this up or down, so let's check out what this sounds like (audio playing). Okay, I'm going to set that back on zero. And what I actually want to do here, is I'm going to dial up a little bit of velocity. Now, I'll put it all the way up just so we can hear what it does. If I turn up the Velocity parameter, there underneath the Transpose knob, as I Press my key lighter or harder. It will actually modulate the pitch of that, based upon the velocity that I Strike the key at.

(audio playing) And that can be a handy thing to use, when you've got several snare hits in a row, and you don't want them all to sound the same. But it's much more likely that you would probably dial a more modest percentage of that. If yiou don't want it to be straight by velocity, you can also set that to be random. So I'll push that up. And now it doesn't matter how hard I strike the key, it's just going to randomly modulate the pitch aspect (audio playing). Okay, let me put that back down to zero.

It's much more likely that I would use the velocity perimeter and I'll just dial in a little bit. And you could also stretch the sample, using this perimeter here. And you could also control that by velocity. The Mode button below that is optimized for different frequency sounds. So Abelton suggest that mode A would be good for low frequencies like the kick drum. And then mode B would be good for things like snare and high-hats, other high frequency type sounds. So let's just dial a little bit of that up, and let's check what that sounds like.

(audio playing) So the harder I was striking that, the more it was stretching it. Okay, I'll reset that. Pull that down. See I'm going to type a zero and hit my Return key. You can also over drive or add a little saturation to a slot. So if I click on the Saturation button, I can dial up an amount here to fatten that up. Now, as I do that you might want to consider pulling back your overall volume on that particular instrument so that doesn't get too loud.

So I'll pull that back. Now I'll push up the drive. (audio playing) And you can hear just a little bit more fuzz on the overall sound of that. (audio playing) And as I'm working with that, I'm going to pop over here to the Decay real quickly. And I'm going to pull that back. Got just a little bit too long a decay for me. (audio playing) Just tighten that up a little bit. In the middle area, we have a filter that we can use so I'll turn that on. And if you click on the Mode, we'll see that we have the typical Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass, and Notch Filters. I'll leave that on Low Pass.

And as I lower the cutoff frequency, you'll hear the high end on this start to disappear. (audio playing) So it got a little bit darker. (audio playing) Now if I want to accentuate what's happening there, I can dial up some resonance. (audio playing) An what the resonance does Is it extenuates those frequencies that are right around the cutoff frequency. Again I can modulate that by velocity. So if I turn this up, let's go all the way up to 100% (audio playing).

As I strike the harder and softer you're actually hearing the filter close and change its position. Right, let me dial that down little bit more modestly. And over here in this third section, I can set the decay of this sample, we already looked at that. And you can also set your pan and volume separately. Now I typically won't do that here because I've already got this routed to multi outputs. And so I have the pan and the volume set up here in the track. But if you do want to modulate the pan setting so that a particular sound is moving from right to left.

You can actually do that by raising the velocity amount here. And as you strike the key harder or softer, you'll actually move left to right. Last but not least over here on the right side we've got global parameters for the overall volume of the drum set and transposition. So if you want to move the whole drum set up or down, we can move that parameter. And then there's this interesting paramater here called time. And if I dial that up, what it will do will either accentuate and make samples shorter or longer. So let me just play the clip that I've got on the track, and then I'm going to change the time parameter.

(music playing) So you could actually hear a time stretching the samples that were on two and four there. So while Impulse only has slots for eight samples, it does allow a great deal of control over shaping their sound. So, if you find a preset or sample that is close, but not exactly what you are looking for. Remember to use the sample parameters to adjust the sounds to your needs.

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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
    3. What you need to know
      47s
  2. 7m 44s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 8s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      4m 0s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      2m 44s
    3. Optimizing performance
      4m 24s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Nonlinear sequencing with Session view
      3m 42s
    2. Understanding the Session view window
      5m 8s
    3. Exploring the Live browser
      5m 49s
    4. Loading and playing clips
      4m 35s
    5. Moving and copying clips
      2m 55s
    6. Working with clip properties
      8m 17s
    7. Working with scenes
      8m 29s
  5. 24m 15s
    1. Using the browser
      4m 56s
    2. Searching for and auditioning clips and devices
      4m 19s
    3. Working with Live sets and projects
      4m 16s
    4. Managing files in Live
      3m 12s
    5. Exporting clips and devices
      7m 32s
  6. 33m 0s
    1. What is a software instrument?
      6m 29s
    2. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 0s
    3. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 47s
    4. Using a computer keyboard to enter MIDI
      5m 26s
    5. Utilizing the pencil to enter MIDI notes
      5m 45s
    6. Taking advantage of third-party and multi-output MIDI devices
      5m 33s
  7. 33m 22s
    1. Navigating and zooming in the MIDI Editor
      5m 29s
    2. Configuring the MIDI Editor grid
      5m 2s
    3. Selecting and quantizing MIDI
      5m 3s
    4. Quantizing with grooves
      7m 23s
    5. Editing pitch and note duration
      6m 1s
    6. Editing MIDI velocities
      4m 24s
  8. 10m 10s
    1. Preparing to record audio
      5m 43s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 27s
  9. 34m 22s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      4m 10s
    2. Zooming in and out and playing in Arrangement view
      4m 46s
    3. Recording in Arrangement view
      4m 4s
    4. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 22s
    5. Adding and using locators
      3m 32s
    6. Copying, duplicating, and editing clips in Arrangement view
      5m 53s
    7. Reworking clips
      6m 35s
  10. 25m 35s
    1. Understanding the mixer
      7m 36s
    2. Using sends and returns
      6m 52s
    3. Building headphone cues
      4m 58s
    4. Grouping tracks
      6m 9s
  11. 41m 7s
    1. Working with effect devices
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 30s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      6m 26s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      7m 20s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 5s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      5m 47s
  12. 11m 15s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      6m 3s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      5m 12s
  13. 11m 44s
    1. Mapping keys with Keymap mode
      4m 12s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      3m 16s
    3. Using the instant mapping feature
      4m 16s
  14. 31m 51s
    1. Recording real-time automation
      6m 24s
    2. Drawing automation manually
      7m 48s
    3. Automating clips in Session view
      8m 36s
    4. Editing existing automation information
      4m 57s
    5. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 6s
  15. 20m 59s
    1. Understanding the basics of warping
      8m 43s
    2. Creating clips that loop smoothly
      6m 37s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 39s
  16. 10m 12s
    1. Exporting audio from Live
      6m 29s
    2. Freezing tracks
      3m 43s
  17. 42m 22s
    1. Exploring Impulse
      5m 5s
    2. Using Impulse as a multi-output instrument
      9m 15s
    3. Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters
      6m 23s
    4. Exploring Simpler
      7m 50s
    5. Smoothing sample start and end points in Simpler
      6m 32s
    6. Tweaking the parameters of Simpler
      7m 17s
  18. 36m 55s
    1. Unlocking the power of FX racks
      10m 48s
    2. Utilizing instrument racks
      10m 13s
    3. Creating drum racks
      9m 50s
    4. Working with rack macros
      6m 4s
  19. 10m 22s
    1. Introducing Max for Live
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live
      5m 30s
  20. 5m 54s
    1. Working with video files
      5m 54s
  21. 24s
    1. Next steps
      24s

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