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Join author Brian Trifon as he shows how to improve music and audio productions using virtual instruments in Logic Pro. This course tours the program's virtual instruments, including the ES2 hybrid synthesizer, Sculpture physical modeling synthesizer, EFM1 FM synthesizer, the EVOC 20 vocoder, the Ultrabeat drum synthesizer, and the EXS24 sampler, and shows how to achieve various effects with each instrument's parameters. The course also covers working with oscillators and filters, understanding signal flow, creating custom synthesizer patches, adding effects, synthesizing speech, creating a library of custom sound samples, and much more.
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So, let's take a look at the effects section of the EVP88. So, I'm going to open up the hood and, let's just listen to our bass sound that we have. (music playing) So, that sounds good. It's a little bit stereo, so I'm going to adjust the Stereo intensity of the SuitcaseMK1 model. So, now it's going to be more focused in the center. (music playing) Okay, there we go. So I've got this EQ down here, and I can adjust the treble and the bass. It's kind of nice, a very simple interface, and it's going to either be a shelving filter or a peaking filter-- that depends on the model you choose--but they have it optimized for the particular electric piano models.
So, if I play a note, I will adjust the treble, you can hear it really brings out the bell portion of the sound. Or I can take away the treble. It's a little bit more mellow. And then if I want to set this back to the center, I can just Option+Click. With the bass, we can crank up the bass and play a low note. (music playing) So, really makes a heavier bass, or we can cut the bass, and that's going to really bring out the highs. If I cut the bass and the treble, it's going to really focus on the mids.
So, it's a little bit smaller of a sound, but it's more midrange focused. So, I can set these back to their default. So, I'll Option+Click and it moves them back to the center. And definitely experiment the EQ with the different models, because it reacts a little bit differently. Next, we have the overdrive parameter. So, here we can adjust the gain, and this is like taking an electric piano and running it through a tube amplifier. So, I'll play a note, I will crank up the gain, and hear it starts to distort. So it's a really crunchy sound.
And we have this Tone control. Right now it's set to Bright. If I bring that down a bit, it's going to be a bit more mellow. (music playing) Tone control is like having EQ before you're sending the signal to the tube amplifier. So, next we have this Phaser effect. This is a modulation effect. So, I'll play some notes here. (music playing) So, I turn it on by upping the rate a little bit. So you can hear it adds quite a bit of movement to this sound.
It sounds really nice. (music playing) And then I can adjust the Color here, so you can hear this emphasizes the resonance of the phaser. (music playing) I can also adjust the stereophase. So this is adjust the left and right channels. It offsets them from each other. So at 180 degrees, it sounds like auto panning. (music playing) So, the phaser is moving back and forth. And I can set it anywhere in between, or to 0 where it's just focused in the center.
(music playing) So, we'll turn off the Phaser. Take a look at the tremolo. So tremolo is the same as amplitude modulation. So what I'm going to do is first set the stereophase to 0 because I want this focused in the center. What we'll do is adjust the Intensity. (music playing) You can hear the volume of the sound is pulsing. So it's an LFO that's modulating the amplitude. Now, I can crank up the rate. (music playing) It will happen faster.
So the tremolo is going to sound a little bit more intense and more focused when the stereophase is set to 0. As I spread this out and it becomes auto panned, it's less pronounced, but it's much more stereo and much more engulfing. (music playing) So it's kind of nice when you have just a subtle intensity and then have it panning like this; it adds a lot of character to the sound.
So we can turn this off by turning down the Intensity. Then here's the Chorus effect. So I can increase this. (music playing) It's another time-based modulation effect. We've seen it on some of the other synthesizer we've looked at. This one is optimized for electric piano. (music playing) I can actually adjust the rate of this chorus too. So if I click this disclosure triangle, I can up the rate right here. (music playing) So that gives it a little bit more character too.
So, now we've explored adding effects and customizing our electric piano model. In the next video, let's check out a musical example of EVP88 in action.
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