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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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Let's take a look at the Effects section of the EVD6. So you can see we have Distortion, and there's three types of Modulation. There's Phaser, Flanger, and Chorus, and then we have the Wah effect. So these are effects that musicians commonly use with the original D6. If we take a look at the Distortion, we have a couple parameters. We have Gain, Tone, and then we have Compression. So what I can do is compress the incoming signal and then distort it. So to increase the compression, what I can do is drag here and now I'm adjusting the ratio of our compressor.
So if I play a note, I can adjust the gain, and we'll hear it distort. If the level is too much, I can bring down our master level on the instrument, here and now I'll crank up the gain some more. (music playing) So with the Tone control, I can adjust the tonal center of this distortion. (music playing) Now if I want to turn down the distortion, or actually turn it off, I'm going to set the gain all the way to 0, and you can see it says Off now. So even though the distortion is off, the compression is still on.
So to turn off the compression, I have set this all the way down to 0, and then it says Off. So the next column, we have the Modulation effects, so Phaser, Flanger, and Chorus. Each one has an Intensity and Rate control. So right now I have Phaser. So if I play, we can adjust the Intensity. And so I'm going to increase our overall output level, so I'm just going to turn up our master level. Hey, there we go, and now I can adjust the Rate. (music playing) If I want to switch to one of other modulation effects, I just click right here on the Mode menu, and I'm going to choose Flanger.
(music playing) So I can also adjust the Rate and Intensity. (music playing) And then the last modulation effect is Chorus. So that sounds like this. (music playing) Now if I want to turn off the Modulation effects, I just set the Intensity down to 0, and you can see it says Off. Over here on the right, we have the Wah effect. So Wah is typically a resonating low-pass filter or a resonating peak filter. So I can set the mode up top, the Mode menu.
So we've got Resonant low pass, Resonant high pass, we have a Peak filter, and then we have three models that are actual Wah pedals. So we have the Jim Dunlop Cry Baby and then two Morley Wah petals. So I'm going to set it to Resonant low pass. Beneath that we have the Range control, so this is going to set the range of cutoff for our low-pass filter. So what I'm going to do i, I'll adjust the range here a little bit, and then we have an Envelope depth control. What's unique about this Wah is that it can follow the shape of the volume of the sound.
So if I increase the Envelope depth, it's going to function like an Auto-wah. So if I play some notes-- (music playing) --you can hear it has the Wah effect, and I can adjust the range of the filter cutoff right here. (music playing) Now if I want to use a MIDI controller to manually adjust the cutoff for the Wah filter, what I can do is assign that right here with the Wah control. So right now it's set to Foot controller, but what I'm going to do is click on that menu and I'm going to learn it to a slider or a MIDI controller.
So I'm going to select the Learn and now I'll move the slider, and I can see that it learned it. And so now if I play a note and move the slider-- (music playing) --I can manually control the Wah. So if I want to turn the Wah off, what I do is go to the mode menu and then select Off. So one of the really neat things about the Effects section is we can adjust the FX Order. So right now it's set to Wah, Distortion, and then Modulation. But as you can see, I can have different configurations.
So I could have Distortion, Wah, and then Modulation, or Modulation, Distortion, and Wah. And then I can bypass all of the effects right here with the Bypass button. One reason why I might want to use the configuration of Wah, Modulation, and then Distortion is that then I can use the compressor that's part of the Distortion on the end of my signal chain. So essentially what I could do is have my gain for the distortion all the way down but increase the Compressor Ratio and I'd be compressing the output of the entire EVD6.
So there's a lot of creative reasons why you might want to be able to adjust your FX Order. So if you look immediately below the Effects section, we have a Damper control. This is emulating the Damper control on the D6. So if I'm playing a note and I increase the Damper, you can hear it makes it more of a muted sound, kind of like a palm-muted guitar almost. (music playing) So I can control the Damper amount with the Damper Control right here. And so right now it's set to Mod Wheel, but I could reassign it in this menu here.
So I'm going to leave it set to Mod Wheel, so now if I play and use the Mod Wheel, I can dampen the sound of the EVD6. So the last parameter I want to show you is Velocity Curve. So this is going to dictate how the EVD6 is going to respond to velocity. So depending on your playing style, you might want to change the Velocity Curve. So right now it's set to linear, but you can see there's a number of different choices. There's fixed modes, convex, and concave. So it's definitely worth exploring all of those.
Now that we've explored the features of the EVD6, in the next video, let's hear it in the context of a musical example.
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