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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.
Virtual Instruments with Logic Pro will be updating on a monthly basis, eventually covering all the virtual instruments in the application. Look for the latest movies here and on the lynda.com blog.
In this chapter, we're going to explore the EVP88. The EVP88 is a software emulation of an electric piano. It's capable of recreating the classic sounds of the Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and Hohner electric pianos. EVP88 uses physical modeling synthesis techniques to generate ultra-realistic electric piano models that maintain much of the quirk, charm, and character of the original instruments. If we take a look at the interface, the first thing I can do is open up the hood.
Up top I can choose our electric piano model, and there are several of them in here. I can also set the number of voices, so this is the amount of polyphony, and this goes all the way up to 88 notes. Here I can adjust the fine-tuning of the EVP88 to have it blend better with other instruments in my song. Beneath our electric piano model selection, we have the model parameters. Here I can adjust the decay and release times, the amount of bell and damper that's in the sound, and I can adjust the stereo field with this intensity control.
To the right I have tuning parameters. With Warmth, I can introduce some randomness in the tuning to emulate an older electric piano. I can also use the Lower and Upper Stretch tuning modes to deviate from equal temperament tuning. In the bottom half of the instrument, you can see we have a number of effects. So there is EQ, Drive, Phaser, Tremolo, and Chorus. So this is all going to add depth and width and movement to the sound, so we can re-create a lot of the classic electric piano sounds. In the bottom left we have this disclosure triangle.
Down here we can set the overall volume of the instrument, set the Pitch Bend Range Up and Down. We can set the Chorus Rate for the chorus effect, and we can set a delay for the pianissimo dynamic level and for forte dynamic level, so we can delay those up to 100 milliseconds. So now that we have seen an overview of the EVP88, let's hear it in action. I have a musical example here that has three instances of the EVP88, and then I have a drum track playing the drums. So let's hear it, and then we will dig in.
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