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Introducing and composing with the Klopfgeist

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Video: Introducing and composing with the Klopfgeist

In this chapter we're going to explore the Klopfgeist. So Klopfgeist is the metronome in Logic. And so Klopfgeist in German means "knocking ghost" or "beating ghost." Klopfgeist is probably the most underrated instrument in Logic. You probably don't ever think about it, but anytime you open up a session, it's automatically instantiated on instrument channel 256. And so when you turn on your metronome, it's using Klopfgeist. Fortunately, Logic allows you to insert the Klopfgeist on any instrument channel so you can use it as like a musical instrument. If we take a look at the interface here, there's a couple parameters. So we have our polyphony up top, so it can be polyphonic, so up to four voices, or monophonic. Then we can adjust the tuning, and then we can adjust the tonality and damping. That has to do with the decay and release of it. And we can adjust the level. So right now we are in Poly mode, and so if I play, you can hear we have just a click. It kind of sounds like a metronome. But I can play multiple notes at once because it's polyphonic. So in order to hear this a little more let me increase the decay. So do that, I can up the tonality here.

Introducing and composing with the Klopfgeist

In this chapter we're going to explore the Klopfgeist. So Klopfgeist is the metronome in Logic. And so Klopfgeist in German means "knocking ghost" or "beating ghost." Klopfgeist is probably the most underrated instrument in Logic. You probably don't ever think about it, but anytime you open up a session, it's automatically instantiated on instrument channel 256. And so when you turn on your metronome, it's using Klopfgeist. Fortunately, Logic allows you to insert the Klopfgeist on any instrument channel so you can use it as like a musical instrument. If we take a look at the interface here, there's a couple parameters. So we have our polyphony up top, so it can be polyphonic, so up to four voices, or monophonic. Then we can adjust the tuning, and then we can adjust the tonality and damping. That has to do with the decay and release of it. And we can adjust the level. So right now we are in Poly mode, and so if I play, you can hear we have just a click. It kind of sounds like a metronome. But I can play multiple notes at once because it's polyphonic. So in order to hear this a little more let me increase the decay. So do that, I can up the tonality here.

(music playing) There we go. Now it's starting to sound like an instrument. So in Poly mode, you can hear I can play chords. In Mono mode I can just play one note at a time. Then we have our tuning controls here. So I can adjust in semitones. (music playing) So I can tune it up 48 semitones or down. (music playing) So you can hear I can get really deep bass notes, so this could be kind of neat as a bass sound. (music playing) And then I can adjust the fine-tuning as well, so I can detune it 50 cents in either direction. So we saw that tonality adjusted the decay and if I bring down the tonality, (music playing) it just becomes a short, little click. At zero that's just the tiniest impulse click. (music playing) So I'll bring up the tonality. Now the damp control, that's the damping. That's going to control our release time, so when I increase the damping, I have less release time. So when I let go of the note it cuts off immediately. So here we can adjust our level. (music playing) We can actually have a velocity range so you can see that this slider here is split, so I can move up the bottom. (music playing) Then velocity will control between this bottom part and the top part, in terms of the volume. So I'll set this back in the bottom and I'll set this back to its default, so I'm going to Option+Click. (music playing) You can hear, now we have a very playable instrument. So what I want to show you is a musical example where everything is made with Klopfgeist. So I'll play through it and then I'll talk you what's going on with the sounds. (music playing) So who would've guessed you can make music with a metronome? So there it is. So I'll show you this first sound here, so I'm going to solo this. And this is the bass notes. I just got the Klopfgeist. You can see you've got the tonality all the way up and the damping all the way down so it sustains. And then I'm just playing low notes on the keyboard. (music playing) So the next sound, it's called Kick Drum Long. And these sound like, to me, like 808 bass notes, so like really low just sustaining bass. And those work together with this Bass 1 part, so let's hear those two together. (music playing) So they work together. And if we take a look at this Kick Drum Long, just in terms of its settings, you can see it's very much the same as the other one. I have the tonality all the way up, or close to all the way up, and I have this detuned down two octaves. (music playing) So next what I have is this melody track. So I have a reverb on it and that kind of pushes it in the background. If I turn that off. (music playing) So it sounds much nicer with the reverb. It gives it a sense of space. And our Klopfgeist settings, well, we have our tonality all the way up, but a bit of damping so the release is shorter. (music playing) Next I have this Hard Tick setting, so let's hear what that sounds like.

(music playing) So it kind of sounds just like a metronome, but it's pitched. And I have a reverb on that as well, just a short reverb. So I can turn that off and you can hear that puts this way more upfront. So if you look at the MIDI part here, I kind of am doing some neat things, just in terms of, there's triplets in here. So I'm just trying to play with triplets against non-triplets, and you get this kind of polyrhythmic sort of thing happening that's kind of neat. And so the last instrument that we have here is the Klopfgeist as a pluck, and so let's hear what that sounds like.

(music playing) You can hear it's speeding up, but notice that my MIDI data I just have very sparse, so it's definitely one of the effects that's doing that. So what's creating that speeding-up sound is the Delay Designer. So you can see I have the delay is increasing in speed. So if I turn off the delay, and then I turn off the very short reverb I have, then it's going to be a very dry sound. Right, so it's very in-your- face. With the Delay Designer and Space Designer we have a really cool sound. (music playing) So then let me turn on the rest of these here. You can hear we actually have what almost is a piece of music. And so one of the neat things about this particular piece is because everything is made with Klopfgeist, if I actually turn on the metronome, I think it makes the piece better. So let's listen to it all in context one more time and this time with the metronome on.

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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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