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Working with the playback options


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Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro

with Brian Trifon

Video: Working with the playback options

So, one of the cool features about the Step Sequencer is its different pattern modes. So I am going to turn on the Step Sequencer. And remember from before, we have our Pattern menu here and this is where we can select all the different patterns. So if I am playing. (music playing) Select different pattern, but notice that there are notes listed by these patterns. See this says C-1, C #-1, D-1, so on and so forth. So the reason why they have these notes is because we can actually trigger these patterns from the keyboard. And of course, you can trigger the pattern that's listed by the particular note.
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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

Working with the playback options

So, one of the cool features about the Step Sequencer is its different pattern modes. So I am going to turn on the Step Sequencer. And remember from before, we have our Pattern menu here and this is where we can select all the different patterns. So if I am playing. (music playing) Select different pattern, but notice that there are notes listed by these patterns. See this says C-1, C #-1, D-1, so on and so forth. So the reason why they have these notes is because we can actually trigger these patterns from the keyboard. And of course, you can trigger the pattern that's listed by the particular note.

But in order to do that, we have to make sure that Pattern mode is on. So I am going to turn on Pattern mode, and then there's a couple of different ways it works, and we choose that from this menu here. So let's just start from the beginning of it. Let's set it to One-Shot Trigger. And so, if I play a C-1 on the keyboard, it starts the sequence, and it plays, and then it plays through the sequence, and it stops. So it just does it one time. And if I play a different note, it's going to trigger a different pattern.

And it's just going to play through it once. So the cool thing is that when I play different notes, I am triggering new patterns. Notice when I play a different note, it starts the pattern from the beginning. So you can see that happening. So then the other mode we have here is Sustain. What this means is as long as I'm holding the note for that pattern, so C-1, it's just going to continue the cycle through this pattern.

If I play a different note, it's going to start that pattern from the beginning and it will keep playing it as long as I am holding the note. The next mode we have is Toggle mode and this one is pretty interesting, because what it allows us to do is switch patterns in the middle and it picks up where the last one left off. So for example, I will start by playing C-1, so we've got this pattern and then I will play D-1. So I just picked up and I will switch patterns. So as I am playing, I can just keep switching patterns, but the progress of the pattern doesn't ever stop.

This is a really cool way to perform, because if you have all of your different patterns stored here, then you can just trigger them on the fly, and it does it all in time and it transitions between them, so it can be a pretty cool way of working. The other mode that we have is Toggle on Step 1. And so that's similar to toggle, but the difference is that it will wait till it gets to step 1 to switch patterns. So I've already pressed a different key, and it will take a moment and it switches only when it reaches the first step.

So those are the different pattern modes that we have in the Step Sequencer. And notice that next to that, we have this thing that's called Voice Mute mode, and this kind of, in some ways, it complements the pattern modes. And what this allows us to do, when it's on--so I am going to go ahead and turn it on--is to mute the voices in the Assignment section by playing the note associated with that voice on the keyboard. So for example, if I play C1, you'll see that the Mute button lights up on the first voice in the Assignment section.

So the way that I can use that in more of a musical manner is if I have my sequence playing--so I will start a sequence by playing C-1--and now I want to mute the kick, so I am going to just press C1 on the keyboard. So I have muted the kick, and if I want to unmute it, I press C1 again. So the Voice Mute mode is really good for tweaking things live, because it allows you to mute and unmute different voices on the fly. So I am going to go ahead and turn off this Voice Mute mode and the Pattern mode as well.

So let's say that we programmed one of these cool patterns in our Step Sequencer, but I want to do further tweaking in Logic's arrangement. Fortunately, there is an easy way to transfer. So what I am going to do is move the Ultrabeat window over a little bit. And down here, next to where it says pattern, notice when I hover over this, if I mouse, it says Drag to Arrange Window. So I am going to do that. I am going to click and drag. And so what it does is it creates a MIDI region with all of the sequence information from my drum pattern.

So if I hit Play now, then you can here that it's playing it. So what I am going to actually want to do is turn off the Step Sequencer, because now it's being triggered just by the MIDI information that's in the Arrangement window. So if I leave the Step Sequencer on, then there's a chance that I could accidentally double- trigger the voices if I hit Play. So you just want to make sure once you've transferred your pattern to just turn off the Step Sequencer and then everything is being controlled from Logic's arrangement. (music playing) So now that we've explored the Pattern mode and how to transfer our patterns from the Step Sequencer to the arrangement in Logic, in the next video, let's explore the Step Edit mode in Ultrabeat.

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