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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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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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