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Artillery 2 Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    What is Artillery 2?

    3:54

    Hear what Artillery 2 can do, and see how it works as either an effects plug-in, or as a MIDI controlled instrument plug-in.

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    Tutorial 2

    Ready

    4:48

    Take a look around the Artillery 2 interface, and learn about how the various controls, parameters, and presets are organized.

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    Tutorial 3

    Aim

    4:28

    See how to create, resize, move, cut, copy, paste, and delete zones. Learn how the key tracking parameter is used to modulate the depth of an effect parameter.

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    Tutorial 4

    Fire!

    7:33

    Eli demonstrates using LFOs as the basis for altering specific effect parameter values while trigger notes are sustained.

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    Tutorial 5

    Gun Control

    3:51

    Learn how to control the characteristics of the modulation applied to the destination parameter using the attack, hold, decay, sustain, and release envelope controls.

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    Tutorial 6

    Envelope Follower

    4:32

    Hear how an envelope is created out of the input signal, and used to modulate a Flanger effects rate parameter.

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    Tutorial 7

    The Step Sequencer

    4:10

    Eli demonstrates how to use a customized number of randomly generated steps are used as a modulation source.

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    Tutorial 8

    MIDI Control

    7:09

    Learn how to use MIDI velocity, aftertouch, pitch bend, control change, and program change messages with the Artillery 2 plug-in.

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    Tutorial 9

    Working in the Standalone Version

    4:57

    Learn how to set up, play back, and record effects form the stand alone version of Artillery 2.

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    Tutorial 10

    Building a Weapon of Musical Deconstruction

    11:02

    Eli builds a monster preset, and then uses it to musically transform a short arrangement.

Artillery 2 is a very original plug-in thats a multi-effect that can be mapped across keyzones and triggered by MIDI notes. Let studio wiz Eli Krantzberg show you how you can use this unique plug-in creatively in your own productions and make original effects and instruments!

Eli begins by explaining the concept of Artillery 2 and how you can use it as either an effect or an instrument plug-in, and then he shows you around the interface, demonstrating how to use its powerful key tracking parameter to modulate the depth of the effects.

With the basics covered, Eli explains you how to use LFOs to alter effect parameter values while sustaining trigger notes, and how to control the characteristics of the modulation. The next video explores how to create envelopes out of the input signal. That leads to a video on using steps in the step sequencer as a modulation source. Crazy!

Eli then reveals how to use MIDI velocity, aftertouch, pitch bend control change, and program change messages to control Arillery 2. Finally, Eli puts it all together and demonstrates how to build a monster preset that you can use to transform your music into something truly unique.

Whether youre new to Artillery 2 or an experienced user looking for some tasty tips and tricks, watch Artillery 2 Explained today!

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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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