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Working with Vacuum

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Video: Working with Vacuum

Vacuum is a Monophonic Analog-style Synth with a sonic control. Modeled after classic synths, it has one control per parameter and no menus. Let's take a look at it. On the left side it has two Vacuum Tube Oscillators or VTOs. All sounds originate here. The Range sets the octave for the VTO, while the Fine parameter varies the pitch up or down 7 semitones. Let's take a listen using the 12 Dirty Reso Lead preset. (Music playing.) Shape continuously morphs the VTO between several wave shapes and Env 1 To Shape controls the modulation of the current VTO wave shape by Envelope 1.

Working with Vacuum

Vacuum is a Monophonic Analog-style Synth with a sonic control. Modeled after classic synths, it has one control per parameter and no menus. Let's take a look at it. On the left side it has two Vacuum Tube Oscillators or VTOs. All sounds originate here. The Range sets the octave for the VTO, while the Fine parameter varies the pitch up or down 7 semitones. Let's take a listen using the 12 Dirty Reso Lead preset. (Music playing.) Shape continuously morphs the VTO between several wave shapes and Env 1 To Shape controls the modulation of the current VTO wave shape by Envelope 1.

Next, we have the Mixer section and I'm going to load up a different preset here. We'll go to 23 Marky Mark. The two oscillator signals the VTO 1 and VTO 2 are mixed in the mixer section. The Drive adds distortion and the RingMod creates a ring modulation effect by multiplying the VTO 1 and VTO signals together. I love this effect. Let's take a listen. (Music playing.) That node sure does have a lot of sustain.

Next in Vacuum we have the High Pass Filter and the Low Pass Filter section. These guys do exactly what their names say. They either let high frequencies pass through or low frequencies pass through. The VTOs volume levels drive these filters. Use the mixer volume at a low level for cleaner tones or boost the mixer volume for more distorted tones. Let's check out some of these Filters parameters. First we have the Cutoff and this is the frequency where the High Pass filter or the Low Pass filter begins to cut off the frequencies. The Slope sets the curve of the filter slope.

Higher values mean higher slopes and more frequencies are cutoff. Reso refers to resonance, which is the amount of signal that's fed back into the filter circuit. Let's check out some of these things. (Music playing.) Env 1 controls the amount that the filter cutoff frequency is modulated by Envelope 1. When it's centered, no modulation occurs, move it right for positive modulation or left for negative modulation.

Key Track controls how the pitch affects the filters cutoff frequency, there is no effect at 0% but at 100% the frequency is directly related to the keys played. The Saturation control adds saturation to the resonant feed back loop. Below the Filter section is the Envelope section. Envelope 1 modulates each filter's cutoff frequency over time while Envelope 2 modulates each filter's amplitude over time, or you can assign them to modulate other parameters using the Modulation Routing section over here on the right. Use the Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release controls to adjust the modulation envelope shape.

The Modulation Routing section enables you to change up the signal routing within the synth if you want to dig deeper into designing sounds. Choose the source and the destination, then choose the depth to set the amount of the source that modulates the destination. Let's move up to the Age section and I'm going to reload Marky Mark here. Use the Age controls to add pitch drift and dirt to the sound. At low levels, drift can actually thicken the sound, while higher levels can detune the sound heavily. Dust adds noise to the sound mimicking how real dust might affect an older Synth. Let's check out the Drift parameter. (Music playing.) Pretty nasty. The VTA or Vacuum Tube Amplifier section sets the master output volume with this control right here. Let's move down to the Arp or the Arpeggiator section, but first let me change this sound to Story Teller and here is the Story Teller sound without the Arpeggiator on yet. (Music playing.) If we turned it on you will see the rhythmic pausing and then I can add notes and you will hear a chord, but it will pass through each note of the chord depending on the rate and the mode that we have set here. (Music playing.) Lots of fun right there with the Arpeggiator.

Next, we have the Pitchbend and the Modulation Wheels. Let's check out the Pitchbend. You know what that does. (Music playing.) It changes the pitch. I'm going to turn off the Arpeggiator. The Modulation Wheel can affect a number of things. We can turn on Vibrato, Wah, or Tremolo and we can adjust the rate of those right here with the Rate knob. So let's hear what the difference is. (Music playing.) Click the Setup button over here to access the Glide, Pitch Bend range and Envelope Retrigger settings. Let's try this. We'll change the Pitch Bend Range to 24. That's going to mean that we have two octaves of Pitch Bend Range. Now let's see what happens. (Music playing.) You knew that was coming. Finally, spend some time looking through and listening to the roughly 200 preset patches that we have up here. We have got a bunch of leads, base sounds, arpeggios, percussive sounds and effects.

Vacuum is obviously a pretty deep instrument. Spend some time testing out and reading about its parameters. The time will be well spent as you explore the sonic possibilities that this instrument has to offer.

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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

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  1. 12m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      3m 51s
    4. Troubleshooting
      3m 1s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 23m 41s
    1. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      5m 8s
    2. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    3. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      6m 55s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      3m 42s
    5. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 56s
    6. Identifying elements in a session folder
      3m 2s
  3. 47m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 50s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      2m 21s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 55s
    5. Investigating Pro Tools menus
      4m 37s
    6. Creating new tracks
      4m 10s
    7. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 36s
    8. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      5m 54s
    9. Adjusting the I/O setup
      7m 7s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 50s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 49s
  4. 30m 43s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 55s
    4. Importing session data
      6m 17s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      4m 18s
    6. Importing video
      2m 57s
    7. Unmounting a hard drive
      2m 57s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Recording audio
      5m 6s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 31s
    3. Creating a Click track
      4m 53s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      9m 25s
    5. Recording with playlists and the Loop Record mode
      3m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      5m 28s
    7. Dealing with latency
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 33s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      7m 41s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      5m 34s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 13s
  6. 1h 26m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 31s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 14s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 26s
    7. Understanding the edit modes
      7m 54s
    8. Arranging regions
      8m 38s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 3s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      10m 29s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 28s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      3m 36s
    13. Special buttons in the Editing window
      8m 16s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 11s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      10m 59s
  7. 18m 43s
    1. Working with region groups
      5m 47s
    2. Setting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 46s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 10s
  8. 35m 30s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 25s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 50s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 46s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      5m 24s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 15s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 27s
    7. Using step input
      4m 45s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      2m 51s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 47s
  9. 48m 41s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      8m 23s
    2. Editing MIDI data with the MIDI Editor
      7m 20s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 41s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 25s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      11m 31s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 59s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      4m 22s
  10. 18m 51s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      6m 33s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 30s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      2m 26s
  11. 19m 0s
    1. Utilizing the Time Shift plug-in
      7m 41s
    2. Editing with Elastic Time
      8m 30s
    3. Editing with Elastic Pitch
      2m 49s
  12. 48m 20s
    1. Working with Boom
      11m 23s
    2. Working with Xpand2
      7m 21s
    3. Working with DB-33
      6m 58s
    4. Working with Vacuum
      7m 55s
    5. Working with Structure Free
      7m 12s
    6. Working with Mini Grand
      3m 57s
    7. Using Midi Learn
      3m 34s
  13. 25m 55s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 4s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 56s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 9s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 5s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 25s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      4m 16s
  14. 1h 40m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 0s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 18s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      3m 53s
    4. Dealing with delay compensation
      6m 51s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 19s
    6. Adding compression
      11m 17s
    7. Applying limiters
      2m 57s
    8. Using Gates and Expanders
      4m 40s
    9. Working with Side Chains
      3m 35s
    10. Working with De-Essers
      3m 4s
    11. Adding delay
      7m 34s
    12. Utilizing modulation effects
      4m 43s
    13. Adding reverb
      7m 5s
    14. Adding harmonic effects
      5m 7s
    15. Renting and purchasing plug-ins
      2m 2s
    16. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      5m 19s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 50s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 47s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 52s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 20s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      12m 28s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      3m 4s
  17. 4m 50s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 50s
  18. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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