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AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    4:47

    Lets start off by getting Ultra Analog installed, registered and running. We will go over the general interface including the utility section at the top and the three main views; Play, Edit and FX View.

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    Tutorial 2

    Managing Programs

    10:58

    Next lets take a look at programs. What better way to hear what this Soft Synth can do? You will learn how to save, manage, import and restore Programs. Finally we will change Programs via MIDI Program Change messages.

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    Tutorial 3

    Play View

    11:59

    In this video we will take a look at Play View. This view gives us a handful of basic controls for minor tweaks and performance. We will also go over the Effects Modules and then each Performance Module.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Arpeggiator

    5:26

    In the previous video we went over everything in Play View but the Arp. Now lets take a look at how Ultra Analogs Arpeggiator Module works.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Oscillators

    8:13

    Now lets take a look at the in-depth controls available to us in Edit View. Well start off with the synths sound source and all the options available to us in the Oscillator Module.

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    Tutorial 6

    The Filters

    7:45

    Next were on to the Filters. The Filter Modules are the primary way we sculpt and change the signal coming from the Oscillators. We will check out all the different options we have from these Filters and how to run them in Series and in Parallel.

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    Tutorial 7

    The LFO

    10:28

    Next up comes Modulation. We will add some movement to our sound by using the two built in LFOs. We can make parameters automatically move and create a more complex sound.

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    Tutorial 8

    Envelope Generators

    12:51

    In this video learn how to take even more control of the sound. You can drastically change this synths feel by using EGs to control amplitude and the filter.

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    Tutorial 9

    Advanced Modulation

    8:29

    Now that you understand the basics of using an LFO and Envelope Generator we will go even deeper and look at more advanced ways to modulate this synths parameters.

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    Tutorial 10

    MIDI Assign

    2:41

    Discover how to control parameters using a MIDI controller. We no longer need to use the mouse to change parameters on the fly!

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    Tutorial 11

    FX View

    5:02

    This synth has some great built in Effects. First lets take a look at the three main Modules available to us; EQ, Compression and Reverb. Next we have some interchangeable Effects; Delay, Distortion, Phaser, Chorus, Flanger, Wah and Notch.

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    Tutorial 12

    Sound Design - Bass

    13:43

    Now lets create some Programs. First we will create a simple yet powerful and inspiring bass program that will hold down the bottom end but could very easily be an interesting instrument in your mix.

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    Tutorial 13

    Sound Design - Pad

    10:17

    Next up is a simple sound but dont let its simplicity fool you. We will use lots of modulation so this sound never gets stale and old.

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    Tutorial 14

    Sound Design - Lead

    10:01

    In this video we will create a mono lead program sure to inspire a classic synth solo. We can also tone it down a little and make it a nice texture or counter melody in your mix.

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    Tutorial 15

    Sound Design - Kick

    5:37

    Finally we will take a look at how to create a percussive program. The Envelope Generator and pitch drop is key to reproducing a drum machine style Kick.

In a world filled with reproductions and ever increasing complexity, Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 imposes itself as a unique and powerful synth that is fast, easy, and remarkably versatile. Synth guru Scottie Dugan takes you on a tour of this awesome virtual synth, showing you all that it can do, as well as sound design examples that will kick start your programming frenzy.

Scottie begins with an intro showing you the synth and how to install, register and get it up and running. Next, you'll learn how to save, load, import and restore Programs, followed by a look at the Play View where you can control basic performance parameters as well as the powerful Arp arpeggiator module. The Oscillators are then examined in-detail and you'll see how this is where it all starts when making juicy, fat analog tones. The Filters and LFO sections are then revealed, and you'll learn how to make even more complex tones.

Scottie now goes into deeper territory with videos on Envelope Generators and Advanced Modulation techniques. You'll also see how to assign MIDI values to control Ultra Analog VA-2's knobs, so you can use a control surface or MIDI keyboard instead of your mouse. This synth has some great effects built-in, (EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay, Distortion, Phaser, Chorus, Flanger, Wah and Notch) and Scottie shows you them all and how to use them to give depth and character to your sounds.

Wrapping up the series, Scottie shows you how to do Sound Design and make Bass, Pad, Lead and Kick sounds with this powerful beast. If you use AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 in your tracks and productions, see what it can really do. You'll work faster and more creatively, producing thick, fat analog tones and effects... Watch "AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 Explained" today.

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Submitted 1 year ago

Ultra Analog VA-2 Review

Ultra Analog VA-2 is a great synth. It's basic but that's the beauty. However, it is very possible to design amazing complex, rich, and lush layered sounds with it. It's only weakness is the FX section. Although flexible with what it can do and what it has to offer it does leave one wanting more. The tutorial videos for this synth are excellent. I've learned how to program every single parameter about this synth because of these videos. Kudos Scottie Dugan and Groove3.

I am a: Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Hobbyist, Producer, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up taking classical piano lessons, so music has always been a part of my life. It started out as a daily chore and eventually evolved into a passion. Now I am very lucky to call it my profession.

2. What training have you had?

After thirteen years of private piano lessons I decided to pursue a formal degree. Two years in and I realized it wasn't for me. From that point on a began teaching myself and taking various online courses that offered subjects that excited me. I've gotten to learn and sit under individuals who are way better than I am.

3. When did you get into recording?

Ableton Live and the ability to make music with a computer were the two biggest reasons I didn't continue pursue a formal degree. I was in a band, we cut a DIY "garage album" and that started the obsession. The once obscured world of synths, hardware and software was now overwhealming as I transitioned away from a piano only mindset.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have the great privilege to be working with Ableton as one of their Ableton Certified Trainers. Being a part of that community has been really amazing and life changing. I have yet to work with anyone rich and famous... but I have a feeling one day some of these crazy talented people will be. I get to work with students and artists who are chasing their musical dreams. I like the purity and passion that comes with that.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well, I've always been told that I'm a good teacher but I hated talking to people I didn't know. It took a while to get over those introvert tendencies and fear of public speaking and now I can't get enough. Watching a student get that lightbulb breakthrough or seeing an ignition of passion after the transfer of knowledge creates such a sense of fulfillment for me. I can't not teach.

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AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 Explained is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 2.
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Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Ultra Analog VA-2 Review Ultra Analog VA-2 is a great synth. It's basic but that's the beauty. However, it is very possible to design amazing complex, rich, and lush layered sounds with it. It's only weakness is the FX section. Although flexible with what it can do and what it has to offer it does leave one wanting more. The tutorial videos for this synth are excellent. I've learned how to program every single parameter about this synth because of these videos. Kudos Scottie Dugan and Groove3.
Date published: 2016-03-17