Sessions are our range of video tutorials that are dedicated to helping producers understand the most indispensible and commonly used plug-ins and synthesizers employed in the production of electronic dance music.
The ability to use your production tools efficiently and properly forms the rudimentary difference between an amateur and professional but relies on completely understanding both the theory and practice of application. Each sessions tutorial offers a complete breakdown and explaination of the unit in focus so if you're struggling to understand the theory and applications of compression, EQ, Delay or want to understand the parameters on offer in the Virus Ti, our sessions tutorials are essential.
The drums form the cornerstone of dance music and will often make or break the entire track so its essential that you have the right tools for the job. Although there are plenty of third-party drum synthesizers, samplers and modules now available on the market – it just so happens that one of the most powerful, customisable, and popular drum synthesziers comes free with Apple’s ‘Logic Pro’ Sequencer. The Ultrabeat….
With 2 phase oscillators, a noise oscillator, ring modulation, frequency modulation, a sample engine, physical modelling, 4 envelopes, 2 LFO’s and a step sequencer, Ultrabeat is widely recognized as one of the most valuable drum machines on the market and as a consequence is used by many artists and producers for creating their drum rhythms. However, as is the case with many plug-in instruments - the more powerful the features are - the more complex it can be to understand. Consequencently Ultrabeat often remains one of Logics most unexplored yet unmissable synthesizers.
For this sessions DVD, we examine Ultrabeat in detail, showing how its configured and how its matrix and synthesis engine works. Throughout, we cover every aspect of the instrument from the routing and modulation through to the step sequencer, sampling engine and the often confusing ‘VIA’ system. Using examples, we show why it has become one of the most important instruments in the production of dance music today.
“I must say it is MUCH more detailed and contains a LOT more useful information for dance music than the same tutorial i bought from macprovideo...I really like how every single nook and cranny of this SCARY AS ALL HELL interface is talked about in great detail...not only does he explain what they do but also the WHYs...this is very important to me to know the whats and the whys of how things work...and my personal favorite part about this DVD is the section on synthesizing kicks...again, rick explains what's going on with how the kick behaves and demonstrates that using ultrabeat...i know have a much better grasp of how a kick is supposed to behave over time... ”
Runtime: 3hr 20 minutes
In this session, we look at the step sequencer and how its employed in Ultrabeat.
With the interface explained, we move on to look at some of the creative ways in which you can use the features in Ultrabeat.
“absolutely the best DVD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its 6:40am and I've up all night and morning playing with ultrabeat. Now I see the importance of being able to program a kick when trying to fit it into a mix with other instruments.”