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Sequencing automation in Step Edit mode


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Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro

with Brian Trifon

Video: Sequencing automation in Step Edit mode

One of the most unique and compelling features of Ultrabeat's Step Sequencer is the Step Edit mode. So let's check that out. So I am going to turn on the Step Sequencer. So you can just hit play. We've got our pattern. Now if I hit this button here to change it from Voice mode to Step Edit, you can see that everything has this yellow glow around it. Those are all of the parameters that we can offset. So we can sequence the parameter offsets. So I've got out kick drum selected, and so I am just going to select the first step here. I am going to offset the amount of saturation on this kick drum.
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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

Sequencing automation in Step Edit mode

One of the most unique and compelling features of Ultrabeat's Step Sequencer is the Step Edit mode. So let's check that out. So I am going to turn on the Step Sequencer. So you can just hit play. We've got our pattern. Now if I hit this button here to change it from Voice mode to Step Edit, you can see that everything has this yellow glow around it. Those are all of the parameters that we can offset. So we can sequence the parameter offsets. So I've got out kick drum selected, and so I am just going to select the first step here. I am going to offset the amount of saturation on this kick drum.

So I will just drag on saturation. You can see it offsets it. For the next step, for step 5 here, I'll do another offset. I can just do it right here in the step grid, or if I want, I can do it up top. So I can adjust its saturation. So go through and add some of these, and let's listen to what that sounds like. (music playing) Now, go ahead and solo this kick drum. (music playing) So we can hear it has different amounts of saturation for each note. So let's offset another parameter.

We can offset the slope. So let's try that. So I am just going to go ahead and turn the Slope knob a little bit. So when I adjust the Slope parameter, you can see that now in the parameter offset, it says Slope, and my saturation offset has disappeared. But, I can always go back and access them through this menu here. So I can select saturation. So let me do some more Slope offsets. So I will do that on step 1, on step 5, 9, 13. So notice it can either be a positive or negative offset.

So if I already have the value set at 0, so initially, in my synthesizer settings, then giving it a negative offset isn't going to do anything. That's why I am giving all these positive offsets. All right! So let's hear that. (music playing) So this is the combination of Slope offset and Saturation offset. Now, if I only want to hear Slope offset, I can mute and solo it right here. So I will just hit Solo. (music playing) So we are now just hearing the Slope offset; and if I unsolo it, we're hearing both; or I can just mute the Slope. (music playing) So now we would only be hearing the saturation offset.

If I decide that I don't want the Slope offsets, I can just hit the Reset button right here. There it is! It's cleared. So, now one thing to keep in mind is that if I need to make a change to the Synthesizer section in Ultrabeat, I need to put it back in the Voice mode. So when I'm in Step Edit mode, anything I adjust is just going to be a Parameter offset. So I have to go to the Voice mode to actually make any permanent change. So it ends up a lot of time when you're creating sounds in Step-Edited patterns that you're going to be switching back and forth quite a bit. Another thing to keep in mind is that when I'm in the Voice mode--and let's just solo and play--you don't hear any of my step edits.

So we are not hearing the Saturation and Slope offset at all. So in order to hear that, I have to be in Step Edit mode. (music playing) So if we go back to Voice mode for a moment, also notice that for this voice one that says kick drum, I can tell that I have Step Edit information in that sequence because this sequence, this little SQ right here, is yellow. So that's telling me that I have Step Edit or Parameter offsets for that particular voice. So I like our Saturation offset that we have here.

I think that sounds good. (music playing) I think it sounds good with the pattern too. (music playing) So that sounds cool! So now if I want to transfer this pattern to Logic's arrangement, what I want to do is make sure that I'm in Step Edit mode. What happens is if I'm in Voice mode and I transfer this pattern to the arrangement, it's not going to have all of my offsets. So I'm making sure I am in Step mode and then I click on this Pattern button right here and then just drag to the arrangement. There we go! And I will just close this for a moment.

We will set the locators and I will hit play. (music playing) So now we can hear we have those offsets. Actually, we are probably getting double voices now, because what I am going to want to do is just turn off the Step Sequencer. There we go! (music playing) Because what happens is if I have this MIDI information in Logic's Arrange and it's also in the Step Sequencer and the Step Sequencer is on and playing, then I'm hearing it twice, because it's being triggered by Logic's Arrange and by the Step Sequencer.

So you can always go ahead and just turn off the Step Sequencer. I can put it back in Voice mode. Then it's just the arrangement that's controlling it. (music playing) Now that we've explored how the step- sequence parameter offsets in the Step Edit mode, in the next video, let's explore how we can use the side chain input to process audio through the Step Sequencer.

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