Virtual Instruments

Learn to use digital audio workstations like Logic, Ableton Live, Reason, and Pro Tools to shape, play, and program virtual instruments such as virtual piano, drums, basses and synthesizers.

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  • view course page for GarageBand Essential Training

    GarageBand is free and comes with every Mac. Learn how to lay down tracks with its built-in loops or record your own music with real instruments.

    4h 43m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Advanced Instrumentation and Sound Design with KONTAKT

    Learn advanced techniques for customizing instruments and creating sounds with KONTAKT, the cutting-edge sampler from Native Instruments.

    2h 42m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Drum Programming and Sampling with BATTERY

    Create awesome beats and explore new sounds with this cutting-edge drum and percussion sampler from Native Instruments.

    2h 1m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Frequency Modulation with FM8

    Get up and running with FM8, the next gen FM synthesizer from Native Instruments.

    2h 22m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Digital Synthesis with MASSIVE

    Learn how to create out of this world sounds with MASSIVE, using its flexible and powerful filters and routing, audio processing, and modulation features.

    3h 35m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with REAKTOR

    Up and Running with REAKTOR with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Learn how to use REAKTOR as a synth, a drum machine, a sampler, a sound generator, and a multi-effects processor.

    27m 28s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with FM8

    Up and Running with FM8 with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Get up and running with FM8 and its main sound-making components, including the Browser, Master, Effects, Arpeggiator, and Easy/Morph windows, in this quick FM8 training course.

    41m 25s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with KONTAKT 5

    Up and Running with KONTAKT 5 with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Get a brief overview of the features, signal routing, and effects offered in KONTAKT 5.

    39m 41s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Bitwig Studio

    Take your ideas and turn them into epic recordings and live performances—fast—with Bitwig Studio, the next-gen DAW designed specifically for electronic music.

    3h 48m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with GUITAR RIG

    Up and Running with GUITAR RIG with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Learn how to create unique sounds for guitar, bass, drums, synths, and even vocals, with the GUITAR RIG effects processor from Native Instruments.

    35m 2s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Logic Pro 10.1 New Features

    Preview the new features in Logic Pro 10.1, including new EDM and hip-hop drummers, the Drum Machine Designer, an enhanced Mixer, and MIDI editing and sequencing features, and learn how to integrate them into your production workflow as quickly as possible.

    54m 26s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with BATTERY 4

    Up and Running with BATTERY 4 with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Learn how to create drum sounds, beats, and effects with these tutorials for Native Instruments BATTERY 4.

    54m 13s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with MASSIVE

    Up and Running with MASSIVE with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Discover the power of MASSIVE, Native Instrument's popular and flexible soft synth for creating colossal-sounding basslines, leads, pads, and more.

    52m 51s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Maschine 2

    JK "saintjoe" Swopes—educator behind MaschineTutorials.com—shows how to get started creating your own beats, hooks, and harmonies with Maschine.

    2h 20m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Reason 8

    Get up and running with Reason 8. Learn how to record, edit, mix, and master audio tracks with this professional-level music production software.

    3h 46m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Max for Live

    Expand Ableton Live's music-production and live-performance capabilities with the collection of instruments, effects, and tools in Max for Live.

    1h 15m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for EDM Production Techniques: Extreme Sound Mangling

    Make electronic dance music that stands out from the rest, with these extreme sound-mangling techniques. Learn how to use vocoders, flangers, distortion, and more, to create a unique sound.

    3h 14m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Reason 8 First Look

    Reason 8 First Look with Matt Piper

    Take a look at the best new features in Reason 8, from the redesigned interface to the Softube Amps.

    32m 55s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Synth Programming: Beyond the Basics

    Move beyond the basics of synth programming, and learn techniques for creating big moving basslines, evocative percussion patterns, and rich synth pads.

    1h 54m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for EDM Production Techniques: Basslines

    Learn how to create super-pro basslines for your electronic dance music (EDM) tracks.

    1h 52m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for EDM Production Techniques: Drums

    EDM Production Techniques: Drums with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Learn how to create super-pro drum sounds for electronic dance music (EDM) productions.

    1h 47m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Songwriting in GarageBand

    Songwriting in GarageBand with Garrick Chow

    Learn how to write, record, and mix a song in GarageBand in 9 simple steps.

    1h 36m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with MainStage 3

    Turn your laptop into a live-performance instrument, and learn to play backing tracks, process vocals, and loop sounds with MainStage.

    2h 47m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Synth Programming Basics

    Synth Programming Basics with Scott Hirsch

    Learn how synthesis actually works, how to sculpt sound with filters and envelopes, and how to craft your own synth patches, including leads, pads, drums, and bass.

    1h 32m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Making Beats in Logic Pro X

    Start making music with Logic Pro X. Author and Logic Pro insider Dot Bustelo walks through every facet of basic drum programming in Logic Pro, including choosing the right drum kit for the beat, recording, quantizing, sampling, and slicing as well as using the new Logic X beat-making features of Drummer and Arpeggiator.

    4h 10m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Programming Beats in Ableton Live 9

    Learn how to make beats for house, dubstep, drum and bass, juke, trap, and hip-hop tracks, with Ableton Live.

    2h 27m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for GarageBand for Mac New Features

    Discover the top 10 new features in GarageBand for Mac OS X 10.9, and how they can lead to better recordings.

    1h 14m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Reason 7

    Learn how to make music with Reason, and bring the features of a professional recording studio right into your home.

    4h 55m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for New Ways to Create Music with Logic Pro X

    Harness Logic Pro X's powerful features to make music in brand-new ways.

    2h 24m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for iPad Music Production: GarageBand

    Presents GarageBand for the iPad—an inexpensive app that allows you to record and edit music with both real and virtual instruments.

    2h 48m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Logic Pro X New Features (2013)

    Dive into the new streamlined, modern interface and creative tools for musicians and producers, in this tour with a Logic Pro X insider.

    1h 45m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Logic Production Techniques: Making Beats

    Guides you through the process of making beats for hip-hop, electronic dance, or any other commercial genre of music in Logic Pro.

    2h 58m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

    Shows how to use Ableton Live on stage for performing original music with or without other musicians, recording live performances, and taking your DJ set to the next level.

    2h 20m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro

    Shows how to improve music and audio productions using virtual instruments in Logic Pro.

    13h 10m
    Intermediate
     
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