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Sequencing in the step sequencer

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Video: Sequencing in the step sequencer

So let's take a look at programming sequences in the Step Sequencer in Ultrabeat. I am going to turn on the Step Sequencer. You can see that I already have a bunch of sequence information that's happening here. What I want to do is actually clear this pattern, so that will clear all the sequence information for each choice. I am going to Ctrl+Click on the Pattern menu and then clear. There we go! Now I've got an empty pattern. I am going to select the closed hi-hat. So I want to program some hi-hat notes. So to add notes, there are a couple of ways I can do it. I can click in the step row and add in steps, and I can also click on it again if I want to get rid of them.

Sequencing in the step sequencer

So let's take a look at programming sequences in the Step Sequencer in Ultrabeat. I am going to turn on the Step Sequencer. You can see that I already have a bunch of sequence information that's happening here. What I want to do is actually clear this pattern, so that will clear all the sequence information for each choice. I am going to Ctrl+Click on the Pattern menu and then clear. There we go! Now I've got an empty pattern. I am going to select the closed hi-hat. So I want to program some hi-hat notes. So to add notes, there are a couple of ways I can do it. I can click in the step row and add in steps, and I can also click on it again if I want to get rid of them.

Another way I can do this is if I know I want to use a bunch of adjacent steps, I can just drag across and add them in. So that's useful. I can also delete the same way. So I just click and drag and I can get rid of them. That's another way that I can quickly program. Let's add in a few steps here, and I'll go ahead and hit play. You can see that maybe our sequence is a bit long, so I am going to adjust the number of steps. So instead of it being 32, I am going to set this to 16.

Now there are a couple of things I can adjust in terms of each step. I can adjust the velocity and the gate. So velocity is obviously the volume, and the gate has to do with the length of the notes. So to adjust the velocity, I can just drag down or up on any of the steps, and to adjust the gate, I can drag left or right. So I can make them actually quite long. So let's listen to what that sounds like. (music playing) Right now it sounds exactly the same.

The reason why is because in the output section of our voice here, we don't have the Gate mode enabled. So what's happening without Gate mode enabled is it's in one-shot mode. That means it's just going to play back the length of the envelope. So if I click the Gate button, then it's going to follow what I have in the Step Sequencer here. So let me adjust the gate of some of these. So I will make some of these short. Some of these can be long, and short. So let's listen to that. (music playing) All right! So you can hear they have different lengths now.

So that's how the Gate mode works. Now if I want to reset my Gate and Velocity settings, I can just hit the reset button right here. And there we go! So let's say I want to clear my sequence that I have so far. So I am going to go to my step row and Ctrl+Click and I can go to Clear, and that clears my sequence. You might have noticed there are actually a lot of other options in that contextual menu. So I am going to Ctrl+Click. One way we can save time is just use this Add Every Downbeat. So that's going to just automatically add the downbeats.

I can also, if I Ctrl+Click there again, Add Every Upbeat. So that's a faster way to program an eighth note pattern. A couple of other choices you have in here is I can Alter Existing Randomly. So it's going to just move the steps that I already have into different positions. Or I can reverse my existing sequence. There we go! And I can shift the steps to left or by half a beat, or by a whole beat, or shift them right. So let's just take a look at Shift everything 1 Beat to the Right.

So that's what it does. Then the one that's a little bit different is we have this Create & Replace Randomly. This will actually change the number of steps and where they are. So if I do that, you can see it just changed entirely what I had. So even if I clear my pattern, so if I Ctrl+Click and go to Clear and then I Ctrl+Click and go to Create & Replace Randomly, it just creates a sequence out of nothing. You have a couple of different options with that. You can create and replace Few, Some, or Many.

So that's different amounts of randomness. I am just going to go ahead and clear this pattern that we have. I am going to go ahead and add in an eighth note pattern. So we'll just do that quickly. So Ctrl+Click Add Every Downbeat, and Ctrl+Click once again, and Add Every Upbeat, and I can listen to this here. (music playing) If I adjust the velocities and things like that, it's a good way to help humanize the performance, because otherwise it can sound very mechanical. It can take a lot time though to individually adjust each velocity here, so I am just going to reset them real quick.

What I can do is actually use the contextual menu in the step grid here, so I am going to Ctrl+Click. And what I can do is Alter Velocity here. So that I will just make some fine adjustments to the velocity, and that will sound a little bit more human. If I want greater change, I can use Randomize Velocity. So I Ctrl+Clicked. I have this menu now, Randomize Velocity. So you can see that's a big change. I can do the same with the Gate length as well. So if I Ctrl+Click, I can alter the Gate length. So that's kind of more subtle change.

I will just reset it. And I can randomize gate as well, and that's going to be a more major change. So that's how that works and then, once again, if you want to reset it, I can press the Reset button here or in the contextual menu, I can hit reset. So we've taken a look at how to program one sound, but sometimes it's more useful to look at things as a whole, in terms of the pattern. So let's click on the full view so we can see all of our voices here, and let's take a look at just programming a really simple beat. So I am going to clear what we have so far.

So I will just clear. I am going to Ctrl+Click, hit Clear, and I will go ahead and hit Play and just add in. So we'll start with the kick drum, just do this every quarter note. (music playing) Okay Cool! So let's add in some rim shots in the second and fourth beat. (music playing) All right! So we need some hi-hat, so let's go to our Closed Hi-Hat 2 that's up here. So I am just going to drag across here. (music playing) Then let's add in some open hi-hats as well. (music playing) So notice how the closed hi-hat is cutting off the open hi-hat, because when you listen to the open hi-hat on its own, you can hear it actually sustains for a little while.

The reason for that is because they're assigned the same voice group. So let's go back to the minimize view so we can see the synthesizer section here. So if we look at open hi-hat, you can see that it's assigned to group 2 in the output section. And notice that there are eight groups that are possible. Let's take a look at this Closed Hi-Hat 2. That's also assigned to voice group 2. So if I take off the Open Hi-Hat 2, if I turn off its group, so I set it to off, now let's listen to this pattern. (music playing) So you can hear the Open Hi-Hat is ringing out over the Close Hi-Hat.

That's not really what we want, and that's why I'm glad that you can assign these to the voice groups. And so what happens is it allows you to cut off one voice with another voice if they're assigned to the same group. So let's hear it again with them now assigned to group 2. (music playing) So, much better. It sounds much more natural that way. So now that we've taken a look at how to program sequences in the Step Sequencer, in the next video let's explore how we can work with patterns.

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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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