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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.
Let's take a look at the tuning parameters in the EVP88. If you look over here, we've got the Stretch tuning parameters, and what these are going to do is deviate away from equal temperament tuning. So, the Upper knob, it's going to take the upper range of the keyboard and it's going to tune it slightly sharp. So when I increase this by turning it to the right, it's going to take the higher notes and make them a little bit more sharp. The Lower dial, what this will do is it will make the lower notes a little bit more flat.
So I move this one in the opposite direction. So zero is over to the right and full, so this is detuning, in flat, I move this over to the left. So the reason they have the Stretch tuning parameters is so that EVP88 can blend along well with a grand piano, because a grand piano isn't actually equal temperament tuning. It has stretch tuning. So what that means is that the upper ranges and the lower ranges are slightly detuned, so the upper range is slightly sharp and the lower range is slightly flat. That actually makes them more in tune with each other.
So even though it's not fully equal tempered, it ends up sounding more in tune when you're playing just on that piano. The problem is sometimes then that piano sounds out of tune with other instruments. So, being able to tune the electric piano in this way allows it to really blend well with a piano. So, let's set these back to equal temperament. I'll set this Stretch to zero on both of these. And the Warmth parameter is going to add a little bit of pitch deviation between each note. So, it just gives it a little bit more richness and character. So, if I play notes that are next to each other, it creates slight tuning adjustments, and it actually just gives it a little bit more character.
So now that we've explored the possibilities of stretch tuning, and we have added some randomness and variation to the pitch between the notes with the Warmth parameter, in the next video let's explore using the EQ, Drive, and other effects to add richness, depth, and warmth to the sound.
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