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SIGNAL Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Installation & Overview

    4:40

    Learn about the necessary steps involved in downloading and authorizing your version of SIGNAL, and get a birds eye view of the overall plug-in architecture and layout.

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    Tutorial 2

    Working with the Presets

    7:21

    Discover some simple intuitive ways of modifying the factory presets by changing the instruments and/or macro settings used, learn how to save and delete customized settings, and see how to rescan the library to update the preset list.

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    Tutorial 3

    Editing the Wave Pulse

    5:04

    Explore ways to modify the influence of the Wave pulse over the pulse engines sound, including how to alter the shape, offset, onset, timing, and the depth of the parameters it is modulating.

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    Tutorial 4

    Working with the Step Sequencer

    4:48

    See how this form of generating rhythm by modulating the pulse engines is used.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Arpeggiator

    5:58

    See how the arpeggiator is used to generate patterns of notes on the main rhythm generator of either of the pulse engines, and how it is combined with either wave or step sequencer modulation on the 2nd rhythm.

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    Tutorial 6

    The Loop Pulse Type

    4:25

    Hear how this mode is used to create pulses by re-triggering looped sections of a sound source. Learn how to alter the phase of the looped area, so that notes begin from different positions within the loop.

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    Tutorial 7

    Pitch & Volume Envelopes

    5:08

    Learn how to use these to create interesting ascending or descending riser effects, and see how to use the copy menu to duplicate elements of one layer to the other for interesting pitch riser variations.

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    Tutorial 8

    Pulse Engine Settings

    3:40

    See how these settings are used to limit the key range, number of voices, and velocity sensitivity for each pulse engine; and explore ways to create interesting THX style pitch risers using these settings in conjunction with the copy layer function.

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    Tutorial 9

    The Effects Page

    3:59

    Learn how to use SIGNALs built in effects independently for each of the two pulse engines, and globally for the whole patch.

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    Tutorial 10

    Customizing the Macro Sliders

    6:02

    See how to assign the six available slots for each of the four macro sliders, how to bypass and remove assignments, and how to scale the modulation range of the target parameter.

SIGNAL by Output combines fat analog synthesis and live instrument samples with its unique Pulse Engine to create wild new sounds. Computer music guru Eli Krantzberg takes you deep inside this unique, creative musical tool leaving no stone unturned.

Starting with a basic overview, Eli explores its architecture and layout. Then he shows you around the Presets, and how to modify them for your specific needs by changing the Instruments and Macro Settings. He also demonstrates how to save and delete Settings, and re-scan the Library so it updates with your changes.

From there, Eli shows you how to edit the Wave Pulse, and how you can alter the Shape, Offset, Onset, Timing, and Modulation Depth to create wild new sounds. Eli then explores the Step Editor and Arpeggiator, demonstrating how to generate Modulating Rhythms and Patterns. Moving on, Eli shows you the Loop Pulse Type Mode, and how to create Pulses by re-triggering looped sections of your sound source.

Next, Eli teaches you how to use the Pitch and Volume Settings to create ascending or descending Riser Effects, and how you can use the Pulse Engine Settings to adjust the functionality of the plug-in. He finishes the series with a video on the Effects Page, and how to use the effects independently for each of the two Pulse Engines, and how to Customize the Macro Sliders.

Whether youre new to SIGNAL by Output or an experienced user who wants a deeper understanding of this unique virtual instrument, watch SIGNAL Explained today!

Ian Alderige
Submitted 1 month ago

Excellent Tutorial!

Completely covers the instrument, super easy to understand. A+!

I am a: Producer, Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV

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JBrito
Submitted 2 months ago

Can't go wrong with any Output plugins.

Another excellent creative plugin from Output (wish i could afford the all). Another great walk through from Groove3 as well.

I am a: Producer, Beat Maker

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choralriff
Submitted 4 months ago

Another great overview.

Covers all the basics clearly and helpfully. I feel like I'm ready to start using Signal on my own.

I am a: Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist

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JGGNV
Submitted 6 months ago

Thorough look at Signal

If it's a video by Eli Krantzberg and I own or am interested in the product being discussed I'm going to watch it. A good instructor

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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SIGNAL Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial! Completely covers the instrument, super easy to understand. A+!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Can't go wrong with any Output plugins. Another excellent creative plugin from Output (wish i could afford the all). Another great walk through from Groove3 as well.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another great overview. Covers all the basics clearly and helpfully. I feel like I'm ready to start using Signal on my own.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thorough look at Signal If it's a video by Eli Krantzberg and I own or am interested in the product being discussed I'm going to watch it. A good instructor
Date published: 2016-10-11