Reveal Sound Tutorial

Spire Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    4:17

    Laurence introduces you to Spire outlines the interface and where everything is. He demonstrates choosing and saving presets & loading banks and gives an insight into the sound of Spire through auditioning some of the preset sounds.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Oscillators

    10:08

    Laurence explores pitching the Oscillators, Pulse Width Modulation and setting the oscillator phase. Laurence also uses the Classic, Noise, FM and AM sync mode to create a wide palette of sounds and textures in Spire.

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    Tutorial 3

    Unison & Play Modes

    7:22

    Laurence creates supersaws and thickens up patches using unison mode. Laurence then creates chord effects using the chord options for instant deep house chord vibes before exploring the play modes.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Filters

    7:27

    Discover the differences between the different Filter modes in Spire and also their respective filter types. Laurence then uses Acido and distortion to create a 303 style patch ans routes the filters in Series and Parallel mode and chains together effects for create sound design.

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    Tutorial 5

    The FX Section

    10:35

    A detailed look at the parameters of the shaper, phaser and vowel filter, chorus and flanger, delay and reverb. Laurence also shows muting effects to audition a sound dry.

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    Tutorial 6

    The Master Out Section

    4:15

    Laurence tames peaks using the multi band compressor and its different modes before assigning velocity sensitivity both positively and negatively. Laurence then alters the master output, uses the low shelf, bell and high shelf eq shapes to mold the sound.

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    Tutorial 7

    The Envelopes

    6:32

    Laurence discusses Attack, Decay, Sustain, Slope time and level & Release. Laurence then assigns the envelopes to parameters and uses velocity to add extra modulation.

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    Tutorial 8

    The LFOs

    6:35

    Discover the LFO parameters including rate, amp, phase and waveform type. Laurence then demonstrates fading in the LFO modulation by dragging on the graphic display. assigning the LFO and using Velocity for extra modulation.

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    Tutorial 9

    The Stepper

    5:50

    Laurence explores the parameters of the Stepper and how to edit each waveform slot in the graphic display, changes the timing of each slot to create intricate patterns and assigns the Stepper to Filter Cutoff and Reverb Dry/Wet balance for some in interesting sound design.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Modulation Matrix

    5:22

    Laurence assigns modulation in Spire and discusses the principle that everything can be modulated, using examples such as using one oscillator to modulate the pitch of another oscillator and using the oscillators pitch to modulate filter cutoff, resonance and delay time.

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    Tutorial 11

    The Arpeggiator

    12:02

    Laurence uses the Arpeggiator in its different key and velocity to create arpeggiated sequences. He then creates 303 style sequences using the arpeggiator and acido filter type.

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    Tutorial 12

    Sound Design Pt. 1 - Percussive Hits & Plucks

    11:08

    Laurence makes a Progressive house style drop synth sound using FM synthesis and makes Pluck sounds in Spire.

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    Tutorial 13

    Sound Design Pt. 2 - Bass

    8:52

    Laurence creates dirty analogue bass sounds in Spire and uses the stepper to make Dubstep style bass sounds.

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    Tutorial 14

    Sound Design Pt. 3 - Pads & Dubby Chords

    10:45

    Watch Laurence create evolving texture style sounds with Spire using multiple oscillators, filters, reverb and delay. Laurence also uses an LFO set not to key re-trigger for dubby chord sounds.

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    Tutorial 15

    Sound Design Pt. 4 - Leads

    3:25

    Laurence makes a super saw lead sound and making it sound bigger using eq, distortion and reverb.

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    Tutorial 16

    Sound Design Pt. 5 - Drums & FX

    9:17

    See how to make huge analogue kicks and also massive risers using modulation and white noise.

Laurence Holcombe is back and this time breaks down the incredible virtual synth Spire by Reveal Sound from beginning to end. This synth is truly amazing sounding and disproves any ideas that software synths don't have the "big, fat sound" that hardware synths do. Follow along with Larry and see and hear for yourself!

Laurence begins with a detailed introduction to the powerhouse synth and its GUI, followed by how to Choose and Save Presets and Banks. Next, you'll learn all about Spire's Oscillators, Unison and Play Modes, The Filters (including how to make a 303 type sound) and more.

The FX section is up next and Larry covers everything including the Shaper, Phaser, Vowel Filter, Chorus, Flanger, Delay and Reverb. Moving on, the Master Out Section is revealed where you can tame your signal using Multi-Band Compression and High and Low Pass Filer EQs. Envelopes and LFOs are then shown followed by The Stepper which allows you to create intricate patterns and sound design.

The Modulation Matrix is then explained which allows you to set parameters to control and effect or parameters for endless sonic sculpting. Larry now introduces you to the awesome Arpeggiator and finally wraps up the series with 5 separate videos on designing Percussive Hits & Plucks, Basses, Pads and Dubby Chords, Leads, Drums & FX!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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Spire Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Thanks! Thanks Groove3 and Laurence for make such a beautiful and well made tutorial, showing plenty of the potential of this powerful synth!, congratulations and keep on the good work!
Date published: 2016-09-05
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