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Create evolving sounds with basic vector modulation

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Video: Create evolving sounds with basic vector modulation

One of my favorite aspects of ES2 is the Vector envelope. If we take a look at the modulation router here, over to the right where it says Router, you can see beneath it, it says Vector. So if I click on that that brings up the Vector envelope. The Vector envelope flows from left to right, so you can see right here there are three different nodes on this envelope. So each one of these nodes can represent a different position of this mix triangle--so that represents the balance between the oscillators--or I'll position on this X, Y pad, or it can be both.

Create evolving sounds with basic vector modulation

One of my favorite aspects of ES2 is the Vector envelope. If we take a look at the modulation router here, over to the right where it says Router, you can see beneath it, it says Vector. So if I click on that that brings up the Vector envelope. The Vector envelope flows from left to right, so you can see right here there are three different nodes on this envelope. So each one of these nodes can represent a different position of this mix triangle--so that represents the balance between the oscillators--or I'll position on this X, Y pad, or it can be both.

So let's check out how you can use this Vector envelope to control the balance of the oscillators using this mix triangle. So the first thing I want to do is actually turn on the Vector envelope. Right now, it set to Off, but if I look under Vector mode, I can adjust it to control the mix triangle. So I can set it to Mix. The other two are for the X, Y pad, and this is for both the Mix and the X, Y pad. We'll set it to Mix. So what I'm going to do is I'll select the first node of the envelope and I have this Solo point button on. What that means is I'm only going to be hearing the mix balance for this particular node of the envelope.

So in order for this actually to be effective, what I would I like to do is create a sound that has all three oscillators engaged. So I'll turn on Oscillator 2, and 3 and let's kind of get a sound happening. So if I go to Oscillator 1, I've got my sawtooth waveform. That's all good. Oscillator 2 will tune it down an octave. And then between Oscillator 1 and 2, let's get a little detuning, so I'll do +4 cents on this one and -4 cents on Oscillator 2, and then let's set oscillator 3.

So I'll move the balance to Oscillator 3 and I'll set this to one of the DigiWaves. So I'll move this here. Let's do puls4 and I'll offset the tuning by fifth, so +7 semitones, and I will do a little fine-tuning. So here is our sound and we can adjust the balance right here. (music playing) So now I'm going back to our Vector envelope. What I want is for the first node to be set all the way to Oscillator 1, so we got 100%. And now when I click on second node, I can set that mix all the way to Oscillator 2, 100%. And then for the third node let's set that all the way to Oscillator 3.

You can set it anywhere in between, but I just want this to be an obvious transition. So now when I turn off the Solo point and I play a key on the keyboard, it's going to progress through the Vector envelope. So I'll play a note. (music playing) So you can hear the sound transition from the first point to the second, and then it just stayed at the second point, and so it just sustained there, and the reason for that is because it has this sustain flag right here. So I can move that elsewhere and that is going to adjust where the sustained point is. So if I move it to the end of the envelope, over to this third node, that means it will sustain this third balance here, so let's play that and listen.

(music playing) So you can hear it transitions from the first to second and then sustaining at this third point. Now if I want to add more nodes into this envelope, what I can do is Ctrl+Click in the Vector envelope and go to Insert Point to the Right of Selected Point. So you can see that I added another node, and the shortcut for that is if I hold down Shift and I just click, it'll create another node. So now I've got five different nodes, and I can set the balance for nodes 4 and 5, once again turn on the Solo point, and that way we're only listening to the stage of the envelope. So I'll play key on the keyboard and adjust the balance.

We'll get it somewhere in the middle, between all three, and let's set node 5. (music playing) There we go. And now if I want to adjust where that sustained point is again, I will just click the point that I want it to be, so here we go. And than it's going to transition through this entire envelope when I play a note, but first I have to turn off Solo point, and here we go. (music playing) So notice the time between these different stages can all be different.

So if I want them actually to all be the same, I can Ctrl+Click and choose Set Segments to Average Time. You can see now they're all evenly spaced. (music playing) And I can also just drag on each one to adjust the time between. So if I wanted to custom amounts of time between each one, I can do that right here. And sometimes when you have longer amounts of time, you get a smoother transition, so let's check that out. (music playing) So maybe that's all a bit too long, so if I want to scale this all to be shorter, I can use the Time Scaling feature here.

So let's make this about half the length, so I'll bring this down to 50-ish percent and now when I play-- (music playing) --you can hear it transitions through twice as fast. And I can make that even shorter, so like 25%. (music playing) And notice that it didn't actually change the numbers here, in terms of the timing, so if I wanted to reflect those changes, I just can hit this fixed timing, and so now we see that amount of milliseconds that we're hearing. (music playing) So that's the basic use of the Vector envelope, to control the balance between the oscillators.

In the next video let's take a look at some of the advanced features of the looping of the Vector envelope, and using it with the X, Y pad.

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  1. 6m 59s
    1. Welcome
      2m 21s
    2. Setting up Logic Pro for using virtual instruments and configuring MIDI controllers
      4m 5s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 21m 50s
    1. Getting started with the ES M
      1m 13s
    2. Understanding the signal flow of the ES M
      2m 18s
    3. Using the oscillator
      3m 4s
    4. Tone shaping with the lowpass filter
      2m 59s
    5. Using the volume controls
      3m 5s
    6. Using the Filter envelope to adjust cutoff
      3m 22s
    7. Composing with the ES M
      5m 49s
  3. 26m 16s
    1. Getting started with the ES E
      1m 15s
    2. Understanding the signal flow of the ES E
      2m 5s
    3. Selecting a waveform
      2m 9s
    4. Using the Vibrato/PWM dial
      2m 15s
    5. Using the ES E lowpass filter
      2m 43s
    6. Shaping the amplitude with the Attack and Release envelope
      3m 10s
    7. Shaping the filter with the Attack and Release envelope
      3m 55s
    8. Using the Chorus and Ensemble settings
      2m 1s
    9. Composing with the ES E
      6m 43s
  4. 39m 0s
    1. Getting started with the ES P
      1m 54s
    2. Understanding the signal flow of the ES P
      2m 22s
    3. Balancing the oscillator levels
      4m 7s
    4. Enabling key follow on the filter
      6m 9s
    5. Shaping the volume with the ADSR
      6m 20s
    6. Modulating the cutoff with the ADSR
      3m 48s
    7. Using the Vibrato/Wah control
      3m 23s
    8. Tweaking the Overdrive and Chorus settings
      2m 34s
    9. Composing with the ES P
      8m 23s
  5. 1h 19m
    1. Getting started with the ES1
      2m 8s
    2. Exploring the signal flow of the ES1
      3m 31s
    3. Using the oscillator and sub-oscillator
      3m 58s
    4. Tweaking the filter
      6m 36s
    5. Using key follow on the cutoff
      5m 25s
    6. Exploring the amplifier section and ADSR
      7m 42s
    7. Modulating the cutoff with ADSR
      4m 9s
    8. Creating movement with the LFO
      14m 18s
    9. Using the Modulation envelope to add contour
      13m 31s
    10. Using the Glide and the Global Voices settings
      4m 30s
    11. Using the side chain input and LFO external feature
      4m 34s
    12. Composing with the ES1
      9m 20s
  6. 48m 8s
    1. Getting started with EFM1
      1m 51s
    2. FM synthesis basics and signal flow
      3m 21s
    3. Setting the carrier pitch
      2m 56s
    4. Changing timbre with the modulator
      6m 2s
    5. Using the volume and modulation envelope to shape the sound
      9m 55s
    6. Adding movement with the LFO
      2m 59s
    7. Using unison, detune and sub osc for thick sounds
      3m 22s
    8. Randomize, do you feel lucky today?
      3m 47s
    9. Assigning MIDI controls to FM
      3m 38s
    10. Composing with the EFM1
      10m 17s
  7. 46m 4s
    1. Getting Started with EVOC 20
      2m 9s
    2. Vocoding Basics: Making your synth sing!
      3m 14s
    3. Exploring the synthesis section
      4m 47s
    4. Managing the Global voice settings
      4m 39s
    5. Using the filterbank section to shape the vocoded sounds
      5m 34s
    6. Tweaking the formants and adding movement with the LFO's
      5m 26s
    7. Getting more intelligible results with U/V detection
      3m 52s
    8. Making your beats melodic: vocoding drums
      3m 38s
    9. Composing with the EVOC 20
      12m 45s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Getting Started with ES2
      3m 33s
    2. Exploring the ES2 Oscillators and Mix Triangle
      9m 7s
    3. Tweaking the ES2 filters to shape expressive sounds
      7m 11s
    4. Series or Parallel?
      6m 34s
    5. Understanding the amplifier effects
      3m 45s
    6. Bringing life to ES2 with the modulation router
      4m 50s
    7. Creating rhythmic movement with the LFO's
      10m 8s
    8. Using the 3 envelopes to give shape to your sounds
      8m 13s
    9. Create evolving sounds with basic vector modulation
      5m 37s
    10. Looping with the vector envelope
      8m 17s
    11. Voice parameters and global settings
      7m 15s
    12. Making changes to your macro and MIDI controls
      3m 29s
    13. Composing with the ES2
      10m 26s
  9. 1h 15m
    1. Getting Started with EXS24
      3m 29s
    2. Create your own sample instruments the easy way
      5m 4s
    3. Exploring single zone sample instruments
      4m 29s
    4. Creating multiple zone instruments
      5m 9s
    5. Adding dynamics with velocity layers
      5m 46s
    6. Organizing zones with groups
      7m 4s
    7. Advanced zone editing and looping
      5m 21s
    8. Using the filter section to shape your sampled sounds
      7m 3s
    9. Using transpose and glide to add expression to EXS24
      5m 22s
    10. Adding life and expression with the modulation
      7m 33s
    11. Further shaping with the envelopes
      6m 35s
    12. Adjusting Global voice settings
      3m 14s
    13. Composing with the EXS24
      9m 5s
  10. 59m 45s
    1. Getting started with EVB3
      3m 59s
    2. Synthesizing with the Drawbars
      3m 10s
    3. Utilizing the Preset Keys and Morph Wheel
      4m 31s
    4. Adding Vibrato and Percussion Parameters
      4m 43s
    5. Customizing the Pitch and Condition Parameters
      7m 0s
    6. Adjusting the Organ and Sustain Parameters
      6m 6s
    7. Using the EVB3 effects
      5m 43s
    8. Modulating sound with the Leslie Rotor Cabinet
      7m 49s
    9. Setting the extended parameters
      5m 17s
    10. Composing with the EVB3
      11m 27s
  11. 19m 52s
    1. Getting Started with EVP88
      2m 46s
    2. Selecting a piano model
      1m 17s
    3. Adjusting the model parameters
      2m 38s
    4. Setting the tuning parameters
      1m 54s
    5. Adding effects to thicken the sound
      4m 40s
    6. Musical example
      6m 37s
  12. 29m 15s
    1. Getting Started with EVD6
      2m 29s
    2. Choosing the instrument model
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing the string parameters
      4m 25s
    4. Adjusting pickup configuration and position
      3m 49s
    5. Using the EVD6 Effects
      5m 24s
    6. Composing with the EVD6
      9m 27s
  13. 1h 57m
    1. Getting Started with Sculpture
      4m 53s
    2. Setting the string characteristics with the Material Pad
      8m 26s
    3. Exciting the string with objects
      8m 52s
    4. Adjusting the Pickups and Global Voice Settings
      8m 10s
    5. Shaping sound with the Amp Envelope
      4m 24s
    6. Saturating sound with the Wave Shaper
      3m 42s
    7. Sculpting with the filter
      7m 37s
    8. Adding depth to the stereo delay
      5m 18s
    9. Understanding the Body EQ
      6m 34s
    10. Modulating with the LFO's
      8m 9s
    11. Using the Vibrato, Velocity and Controllers
      6m 40s
    12. Introducing the Control Envelope
      6m 15s
    13. Recording the Envelope Shape with a MIDI Controller
      5m 57s
    14. Looping with the Control Envelopes
      5m 46s
    15. Transitioning between settings the Morph Pad
      6m 10s
    16. Employing the Morph Envelope
      9m 48s
    17. Composing with Sculpture
      10m 52s
  14. 2h 4m
    1. Getting started with Ultrabeat
      2m 54s
    2. Exploring the Assignment section
      6m 22s
    3. Importing settings into Ultrabeat
      4m 19s
    4. Synthesizing with Oscillator 2
      7m 42s
    5. Using Oscillator 1 and the noise generator
      4m 36s
    6. Shaping with the envelopes
      7m 21s
    7. Filtering and setting distortion
      8m 36s
    8. Adding movement with the LFOs
      8m 23s
    9. Refining the sound with EQ in the Output section
      6m 10s
    10. Building a kick drum
      8m 18s
    11. Synthesizing a snare drum
      8m 31s
    12. Creating a hi-hat
      4m 34s
    13. Introduction to the step sequencer
      5m 54s
    14. Sequencing in the step sequencer
      7m 18s
    15. Working with the playback options
      5m 1s
    16. Sequencing automation in Step Edit mode
      5m 3s
    17. Utilizing the side chain
      9m 2s
    18. Composing with Ultrabeat
      14m 13s
  15. 7m 24s
    1. Introducing and composing with the Klopfgeist
      7m 24s
  16. 1m 12s
    1. What's next?
      1m 12s

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