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Working with the emulator instruments

From: Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

Video: Working with the emulator instruments

In addition to the world-class synths and samplers you get with Logic, they also have included three modeled keyboard instruments. You get the EVB3, a classic Hammond B3 with Leslie speaker emulator, the EVD6, an emulation of the Hohner D6 Clavinet, and EVP88, an electric piano emulation. Let's check these out. A real Hammond B3 organ is quite a machine. Between the drawbars, the foot pedals, and the rotating speaker cabinet, there is a lot going on. Logic has faithfully emulated a version of this venerable instrument and at 0 pounds 0 ounces, it weighs in a little lighter.

Working with the emulator instruments

In addition to the world-class synths and samplers you get with Logic, they also have included three modeled keyboard instruments. You get the EVB3, a classic Hammond B3 with Leslie speaker emulator, the EVD6, an emulation of the Hohner D6 Clavinet, and EVP88, an electric piano emulation. Let's check these out. A real Hammond B3 organ is quite a machine. Between the drawbars, the foot pedals, and the rotating speaker cabinet, there is a lot going on. Logic has faithfully emulated a version of this venerable instrument and at 0 pounds 0 ounces, it weighs in a little lighter.

When you open the EVB3 by double- clicking it in the channel strip, the first thing that catches your eye are the drawbars. Just like a real Hammond organ there are upper and lower drawbars used to generate different tonal combinations. Let's play this MIDI region back and try moving the tone bars to create different sounds. (Music playing.) There are also drawbar presets that you can click on.

That's what these are down here. (Music playing.) Another feature of the EVB3 is the Chorus knob over here. This turns on the vibrato and tremolo of the organ in different styles and strengths. Let's hear it. (Music playing.) You can change the rate or even deactivate it by clicking on the Upper button.

Don't confuse this control with the spinning Leslie effect, which we will get to in a second. Across the bottom here, we have simple EQ controls. Low, Mid, and High. The controls for the Leslie speaker cabinet are on the bottom right. Down here we have Chorale, which means slow spin, Brake, which means stop spinning, and Tremolo, which means spin fast. Let's hear what these do. (Music playing.) Let me turn off the chorus, so we can hear it just by itself.

I'll click on the Upper button to do that. (Music playing.) As you can tell, you can actually hear the speed of the speaker spinning up and down. You can also change the type of cabinet. Where it says Cabinet, if you click in there, you get a pulldown menu. Here we can choose Wood, Proline, Single. These are all different types of Leslie cabinets that are out there in the world. The ones with IR after them are the most realistic.

IR stands for Impulse Response. That means these are acoustically modeled sounds. If you chose the Split option, that means the low and high speakers from the original Leslie cabinet are split to your left and right speakers for a wider stereo image. (Music playing.) As you can see, the EVB3 has many more controls that allow you to dial in the Hammond sound of your dreams. Let's go on to the next instrument, the EVP88.

The EVP88 gives us the Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos in all of their various shapes and sizes. You can either change the presets from the Preset menu in the standard place that it is in all plug-in windows, or from the dial up top. Just click on the middle of the dial and turn right or left and change presets. Let's hear some of these presets. (Music playing.) As you can see below, there are some parameters that allow you to change the tonality of the instrument.

It's a very realistic instrument. The velocity and pressure from the MIDI events actually put more gain on the output just like a real electric piano. You can get everything from the clean bell sound of Herbie Hancock's Rhodes Mark I, to the phasey Steely Dan dream sound of the suitcase piano, to the thick trem of Neil Young's Wurlitzer 200A. On the last track we have an EVD6. The D6 uses Logic's breakthrough string modeling to emulate a classic Hohner clavinet. You have heard this on such hits as Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and The Door's "Love Me Two Times." The controls at the bottom let you choose it from right to left, Brilliant, Treble, Medium, Soft, as Filter options.

You also can choose different pickups. That's right, real clavinets actually have strings inside them and guitar like pickups. You can also change the stereo spread, how wide across the stereo field the sound is. Let's hear some of the presets. Let's try out Wah Clav > 70s Funk Clav. (Music playing.) You can also check out Distorted Clav. (Music playing.) These instruments can employ groundbreaking technologies that give you very close emulations to some real instruments and unlike the actual instruments they don't break down, go out of tune, or take up tons of room.

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  1. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 17m 39s
    1. Installing the software
      3m 19s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time, using the templates
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding audio interfaces
      3m 35s
    4. Understanding MIDI interfaces
      5m 30s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. Getting to know the Arrange window
      5m 15s
    2. Using the many windows of Logic
      4m 13s
    3. Creating your own screensets
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Transport window and controlling playback
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Toolbox
      2m 37s
    6. Naming tracks and regions
      3m 27s
    7. Learning useful and custom key commands
      5m 18s
    8. Saving and going mobile with your project
      4m 8s
  4. 41m 41s
    1. Setting up for recording
      5m 43s
    2. Understanding Metronome settings or the click track
      4m 7s
    3. Understanding tempo
      4m 37s
    4. Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording
      3m 56s
    5. Playing with guitar madness: Amp design
      5m 13s
    6. Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board
      4m 5s
    7. Working with takes recording and comping
      4m 51s
    8. Punching in to replace bad audio
      4m 51s
    9. Using Varispeed to create an old tape machine sound
      4m 18s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding MIDI
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Logic synth instruments
      7m 4s
    3. Working with the emulator instruments
      5m 23s
    4. Using the EXS24 sampler
      3m 7s
    5. Building tracks with Ultrabeat
      5m 31s
    6. Using channel strips to select a virtual sound
      5m 29s
    7. Understanding the basics of MIDI recording
      4m 38s
    8. Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record
      4m 9s
    9. Using Logic's step input
      4m 3s
    10. Mastering quantization
      6m 18s
    11. Working in the Piano Scroll window
      5m 33s
    12. Editing controller messages with Hyper View
      4m 8s
    13. Working with the Hyper Editor
      5m 29s
    14. Working with the Events List
      3m 20s
  6. 29m 49s
    1. Importing prerecorded audio into Logic
      4m 5s
    2. Exploring Apple Loops
      4m 40s
    3. Creating your own Apple Loop
      4m 21s
    4. Conforming tempo, region to session, or session to region
      3m 51s
    5. Using the new Flex Time feature
      5m 17s
    6. Beat mapping your project
      4m 41s
    7. Importing elements from project to project
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 15s
    1. Understanding the basic editing techniques in the Arrange window
      7m 5s
    2. Tips for editing and arranging
      3m 21s
    3. Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window
      3m 45s
    4. Mastering fades for audio region arranging
      4m 58s
    5. Fixing and morphing sound with the Sample Editor
      5m 6s
  8. 11m 12s
    1. Working with notes and composing in the Score Editor
      4m 26s
    2. Editing notes, keys, and time signatures
      3m 35s
    3. Creating scores and lead sheets for musicians
      3m 11s
  9. 9m 8s
    1. Setting up for a sync video project
      4m 50s
    2. Scoring music to video
      4m 18s
  10. 56m 32s
    1. Mixing philosophies and five tools for mixing
      3m 37s
    2. Setting up for a mix
      5m 11s
    3. Directing audio traffic with fader levels
      5m 7s
    4. Exploring Logic's panning features
      4m 37s
    5. Exploring inserts: Using EQ as a mix tool
      6m 51s
    6. Exploring inserts: Using compression as a mix tool
      5m 38s
    7. Using advanced signal flow with aux and send tracks
      3m 12s
    8. Using advanced signal flow with time-based FX to create space in your mix
      3m 44s
    9. Using automation to create dynamic mixes
      6m 22s
    10. Giving your mix life with automation
      2m 45s
    11. Optimizing performance with freeze tracks
      4m 42s
    12. Using channel strips for audio processing
      4m 46s
  11. 16m 7s
    1. Understanding surround hardware requirements
      4m 5s
    2. Building surround mixing workflows
      6m 17s
    3. Using the surround panner
      5m 45s
  12. 15m 48s
    1. Bouncing down your song
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding why alt mixes are a good idea
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring Logic's export options
      3m 37s
    4. Mastering your own Logic project
      4m 18s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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