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Looping with the Control Envelopes

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Video: Looping with the Control Envelopes

So let's take a look at the Sustain and Looping modes of the control envelopes. First what I'm going to do is load in a preset that has a recorded envelope. So I'll go up to the Setting menu up top and I'll go down to 10 Motion Sequences, then I'm going to choose Fat Groove. So as you can see, we've got this recorded envelope that's pretty crazy right here. So let's just hear what this sounds like, so I'll play a note. (music playing) So it's a cool rhythmic, synthetic sound.

Looping with the Control Envelopes

So let's take a look at the Sustain and Looping modes of the control envelopes. First what I'm going to do is load in a preset that has a recorded envelope. So I'll go up to the Setting menu up top and I'll go down to 10 Motion Sequences, then I'm going to choose Fat Groove. So as you can see, we've got this recorded envelope that's pretty crazy right here. So let's just hear what this sounds like, so I'll play a note. (music playing) So it's a cool rhythmic, synthetic sound.

The first thing I know I want to do is turn off the Delay, because I want to explore the different Sustain modes and I don't want the echoes to interfere. Next what I want to do is turn up the Release Time here on our Amp envelope. So down at the bottom we have a couple of different sustain modes. Right now it's in Loop Forwards, but first I want to show you the non-looping modes. So if I click, it brings up this menu, and what I am going to do is choose the first one, which is Sustain. So in this mode when I play a note, it will progress through the envelope and when we get to the sustain point here, it'll just remain at that value as long as I'm holding the note.

Once I let go of the note, it's going to release the sound, and it will continue on to the very end of the envelope here. Now if I'm playing a note and it's progressing through the envelope and I let go of it, so I release the note before I even reach the sustain point, what's going to happen is the envelope will jump to the release portion, so that's this last segment here. So what I'm going to do is smooth out the variation of our Release section. So remember, with the recorded envelopes, I can hold down the Command and adjust the variation. You can see that's smoothing out the peaks.

So when I play a note now-- (music playing) --that's going to the envelope, and when I let go, we can hear it jumped right to that release stage right there. Now if I change this to Finish mode then what happens is our Sustain flag disappears, and the behavior is a little bit different here, so I'm going to play the note. (music playing) And I'm going to release it, and you can hear the sound just continues to progress through the envelope. So Finish is essentially a one-shot mode for the envelope. So next we have the looping modes. So I've got Loop Forwards, Loop Backwards, and Loop Alternate, which is where it's going to play forwards and then backwards.

So let's start Loop Forward. So notice when I'm in Loop mode that I have now this little L marker right here. So that's my loop start. So my loop is going to be between the L and the S. And I can tell this is looping forwards because I've got this little arrow right here that's pointing towards the right. So this envelope is pretty long right now. You can see it's 16 quarter notes. So what I want to do is adjust the time scaling, just so it's going to play through this faster, just so we can hear this loop a little bit sooner. So I'll adjust this to a little bit under 70%, and I'm going to adjust our loop start point.

So this little L marker, I'm going to click on, then I can drag it to a different point over here. So now my loop is going to be between here and our sustain point. So let's hear what that sounds like. (music playing) So it's playing pretty fast, but you can hear that it's looping, and then when I let go you can hear it goes to the release stage there. So next we have Loop Backwards, and notice now that this arrow we have is pointing towards the left.

So that's indicating that it's going to progress through our loop in the opposite direction. So our loop will start over here and then progress in this direction and loop like that. The last loop mode is Loop Alternate, and notice here we have arrows going both directions. So it's going to go through the envelope forwards and then backwards. So let's just hear what that sounds like. (music playing) There, you can hear it's going to backwards and now it's going forwards. So that opens up a lot of possibilities, just in terms of creating evolving envelopes.

So I'm going to go ahead go ahead and just set this back to Loop Forward, and we'll set the time-scaling back to 100%. So I'm going to Option+Click, and I want to show you one other feature about the control envelopes that's pretty neat. We've got this VariMod control here. And so what this allows us to do is with a recorded envelope--and this only works with the recorded envelope-- I can modulate the intensity with either velocity, key scaling, or Ctrl A or Ctrl B. So we can use velocity, and then we'll adjust the intensity here. So if I play softly, we're going to get less of the modulation.

That means we're going to have less of this envelope modulating the Filter CutOff and the WaveShaping input scale. So let's hear what that sounds like, so I'll play softly. (music playing) And then if I play with more velocity, we'll get more intensity in the modulation. (music playing) You can hear it's more distorted, and is more the Filter movement happening, so that's how the VariMod works. So now if we wanted to copy this envelope, what we can do is Ctrl+Click, and I can either copy, paste, or clear this envelope.

So I'm going to copy this envelope and I just want to show you that it is really easy to copy this to envelope 2. So I'll click on envelope 2 and then I can Ctrl+Click or right-click in envelope 2 and then paste, and you can see now I have that same envelope shape in envelope 2, and I can assign different modulation targets to it, and we can have even more modulation happening. So as you can see, being able to record, loop, and manipulate the control envelopes allows for detailed and evolving modulation that can really bring your sound to life.

In the next video, let's explore how we can transform our sounds with the Morph pad and Morph envelope.

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Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro

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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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