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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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EXS24 is a really interesting instrument and it's very deep, but it also allows you to get creative quite easily. So before we dive in to all the settings and how everything works, I want to show you a neat trick that you can do with an audio file so you can immediately start playing, even if you're not sure how everything works quite yet. I am going to go ahead and close this EXS24 window. So I've got two audio files here that I want to convert into sampler instruments, and so in Logic 9 there's a way to do this really easily. So let's listen to this first. I've got these drums here.
(music playing) So I'd love to be able to play those on the keyboard, to be able to manipulate this loop. So one of the new features in Logic 9 is if I Ctrl+Click so I get this Contextual menu, you can see that under the Convert, I've got this option Convert to New Sampler Track. So the shortcut for that is Ctrl+E. So that brings up this menu here, Convert Regions to New Sampler Track.
I can either create the zones from audio regions or transient markers. So that's going to be each different transient of the audio file. So that's what I want, because I want each of these drum sounds to be sliced and put onto a different key. So then I tell it okay, what do I want to name this instrument? This audio file is called TrifonDrums. So I'll name this instrument TrifonDrums.exs. And then I'd choose the range of how do I want this mapped on the keyboard? So what's the lowest note I want? So C-2 is pretty low, so I'd usually like to start my sample kits from C-1.
So the range will be C-1 to G8. So then I hit OK, and it takes a moment, and it processes it. Now you can see there's a new MIDI track here. It's called TrifonDrums, and it muted my audio file, which is fine, and I have EXS24 instantiated automatically. If I open it up, now I've got a setting called TrifonDrums, and if I play it-- (music playing) So I'm playing the keys in the keyboard now. We can hear it's that drum loop just sliced up on the keys.
So now I could re-perform it in a different order, which is awesome. And then what's really cool too is they actually provide the MIDI file too, so it's going to play back exactly like the original. So if I play this now, it sounds exactly like the audio file, but if you look at the MIDI file, you can see it's just a number of slices here. They just go up chromatically. It assigns the sample to a different key, and then it's got mapped out here. So this allows us to speed up the tempo of this song, if I want to speed it up to 160 or something faster than that.
So that's one way I can do it with the drums and then here, I have this instrument that I can perform with. And now I'm going to try it with a different audio file, because I can do it another way. So here's this TrifonGrowl. (music playing) So that's my little EVOC 20 sound that's isolated on its own. So this isn't quite as rhythmic as this TrifonDrums, so I'm going to cut this up in a different way. What I want to do is just cut this up into quarter notes, and then I want to map those out on the keyboard. Now I want to do it real simply.
So what I can do is select my Scissor tool, so I'll do that up here, Scissor tool, and then if I zoom in a little bit and I hold down Option, you can see there is a little plus by the Scissor tool. So then I can just cut the first quarter note here and it will make cuts at every single quarter note. So now I have a bunch of different regions for this TrifonGrowl sound. So let's load these into a new sampler instrument. So I selected all of them. Now if I Ctrl+Click and go to Convert > New Sampler Track, so then it brings me back to that same menu here.
So then it's Create Zones From, and in this case I want to do it from regions, because it's not like a drum loop like the previous one; this is some weird growl sound. And I cut this up into a bunch of different regions that are all a quarter note long. So I want to create my zones from regions. I'll call this TrifonGrowl. That's great! The range, C-1 to G8, that's perfect. And then I hit OK, and then what it does is it creates me another EXS24 and MIDI track. Here it is, so I can play it back. (music playing) It sounds just like the original. Or I can just perform it on the keyboard.
So I can play these different parts of that weird growly sound. So it's cool because you can get really creative by reprogramming. So any audio file, just chop it up, create a new sampler instrument in EXS24, and you don't really have to adjust anything or do many mapping other than just what I showed you here. And you can start experimenting of chopping up your loops and making different sounds with them. So that's a lot of fun. It's a really creative way to get started with the EXS24. So next, let's dive in and take a look at how we can actually manually create zones and load in samples.
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