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Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro
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Introducing the Control Envelope


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Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro

with Brian Trifon

Video: Introducing the Control Envelope

One of the most unique modulation features in Sculpture are the two control envelopes. So we have Envelope 1 and Envelope 2 down here. These can function like a normal ADSR envelope or we can use a MIDI controller to record the shape of the envelope. Right now, I want to explore the envelope just in the normal Envelope mode. So what I'm going to do is go ahead and set up our sound. Then I'll set the Target for this envelope--so that's what our envelope is going to modulate--and then we'll set up the envelope shape.
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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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Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro
13h 10m Intermediate Nov 09, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Setting up Logic Pro for using virtual instruments
  • Configuring MIDI controllers
  • Composing with virtual instruments envelopes
  • Tweaking the overdrive and chorus
  • Creating movement with LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators)
  • Understanding FM synthesis basics
  • Changing the timbre and shifting the formants of the vocoder
  • Constructing custom sampler kits
  • Exploring the tonewheel organ, electric piano, and Ultrabeat drum synthesizer
Subjects:
Audio + Music Audio Plug-Ins Virtual Instruments
Software:
Logic Pro
Author:
Brian Trifon

Introducing the Control Envelope

One of the most unique modulation features in Sculpture are the two control envelopes. So we have Envelope 1 and Envelope 2 down here. These can function like a normal ADSR envelope or we can use a MIDI controller to record the shape of the envelope. Right now, I want to explore the envelope just in the normal Envelope mode. So what I'm going to do is go ahead and set up our sound. Then I'll set the Target for this envelope--so that's what our envelope is going to modulate--and then we'll set up the envelope shape.

So I'll play a note on the keyboard and I'm going to adjust the Media Loss because I want more sustain to this sound. (music playing) There we go! And I will adjust the Strength of Object 1, just so we can get a little bit more intensity. (music playing) So that sounds good. So now here we have the targets for this envelope. So I've got Target 1 and Target 2. These both apply to Envelope 1. So, I can set two destinations or two things to modulate with this envelope. So I'll go ahead and turn on Target 1 by pressing the 1 button.

Then in the Target menu, I can select what I want to modulate. So it can be Pitch, a String parameter, any of the Object parameters, the Pickup positions, and the WaveShaping parameters and also the Filter parameters. So let's modulate pitch. So here, I can adjust the amount of pitch modulation. So I'll set it to the full amount, which is 1, and I could scale that modulation using Velocity, KeyScaling, or MIDI Controller A or B, and those are assigned down in this MIDI Controller Assignments down at the bottom.

So for right now, I don't want anything to scale with amount of Pitch modulation, so I'll leave that at off. So if we take a look at our Envelope here, notice that there really isn't much going on. It's pretty empty right now, and if I click, I don't see any points or anything. So if I take a look at the mode at the bottom, I can see that there are two different modes: there's Control mode and Envelope mode. So right now, I'm in Control mode. So that means that I can use my MIDI controller and I can record the shape of the envelope or I can modulate this Pitch parameter with the controller that's assigned to this envelope.

I don't want to do that quite yet, so what I'm going to go is just turn on the normal Envelope mode. So I'm going to hit Envelope, and I'm going to turn off Control mode. So I'm going to click on Control. So now we're in Envelope mode, and you can see that we have five points. So I can adjust each of these points to shape the envelope. So I'll start with point 2 here and I can move this left or right to adjust the timing and up and down to adjust the shape of the modulation. So notice when I'm making these adjustments, there's a box to the right. So it says right now Time1: 470 milliseconds, Level1: 0.53.

So that's just giving me information on the adjustments I'm making. So if I move this to the left, you can see the Time is changing. So this time is set to 330 milliseconds. I'll set the Level all the way to 1. So what's going to happen here is when I play the note, the pitch is going to rise between this first point and the second point and then it's going to fall and be back at the original pitch. So let's hear what that sounds like. (music playing) So that's pretty straightforward.

So then I could adjust this next point here. So this fourth point is our sustain point. You can tell that by the S flag that's here. So what I'm going to do with this one is I'm going to also bring this up. So now the pitch will rise and fall and then rise and that will sustain as long, as long I'm holding the note, at this high pitch, and then when I let go, it will fall in pitch. So between the fourth and fifth point is the release stage. So let's hear that. (music playing) So now it's sustaining, and I let go, and the pitch drops.

So, one of the cool things about this envelope is that I can have either positive or negative modulation amounts. So, right now this is all positive amounts and that's why it's pitching up. We can take this third point in the middle and give it a negative amount and it will pitch down. So now what will happen is the pitch will rise up and then it will fall back to its original position, but then it will continue to fall to a negative amount, then rise back up to a positive amount, and then during the release, it'll fall back down to its original pitch.

So let's hear that. (music playing) And I let go and release and it falls in pitch. So we can do a couple of things to actually shape this envelope even further. So I can click right on the envelope itself and drag up and down and adjust the curvature. So I can make this bulge out a bit, make this next point curve in, and I can do that for each one here. If I want to see things in finer detail, I can actually zoom in and out. Right now, it's in the auto-zoom mode or zoom-to-fit.

That's why I can see this little magnifying glass here. So when I move a point, for example, and I let go, it's going to automatically zoom to fit. So, if I want to turn that off, I can just click on the magnifying glass, and now I can just zoom manually. So, if I click in the background I drag back and forth. I can zoom in or out. So now notice when I'm in zoom-to-fit-- so I'll engage it by pressing on it-- if I go ahead and click in the background and zoom in or out in any way it automatically disengages the zoom-to-fit. So, now I'm zoomed in and I can see in closer detail here and that allows me to just make finer adjustments if I want.

So we have our envelope set and it sounds pretty interesting, but what if I wanted to synchronize this to a tempo of a song? So fortunately, there's a Sync mode. So, I can press the Sync button right here, and so now our grid is switched from being in milliseconds to quarter notes, and divisions of the beat. So if I zoom out, you can see that the length of this is now 6 quarter notes or I can zoom in and I can move one of these points and you can see it's all in divisions of the beat. So in the information box, it says Time2, it's an 8th note, and it shows me the level. If I play this, it's going to be synchronized with the tempo of the song.

So as you can see, we have a lot of control with this envelope to tailor our pitch modulation. So in the next video, let's explore how we can use a MIDI controller to record the envelope shape and explore the rest of the control envelope parameters.

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