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Synapse Dune 2 Explained

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    Tutorial 1



    Larry explores the Dune 2 interface and its 4 areas A, B, C, D.

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    Tutorial 2

    Intro to Modulation


    In this video, Larry dives into the audio routing and patch structure in Dune 2. He also discusses the amplitude and filter envelopes and how to change skins in Dune 2.

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    Tutorial 3

    Oscillators Pt. 1


    Larry teaches you all about the VA Synthesis type in Oscillators 1 & 2 and Unison modes.

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    Tutorial 4

    Oscillators Pt. 2


    Larry explores Oscillators 1 and 2 WT synthesis mode. He also demonstrates the Position knob and produces evolving sounds using Wavetable synthesis.

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    Tutorial 5

    Oscillators Pt. 3


    In this video, Larry tackles the FM synthesis mode and dual algorithms of Dune 2. He also discusses routing modulators to FM parameters to introduce timbre differences in sounds.

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    Tutorial 6

    Oscillators Pt. 4


    Oscillator 3 - Larry explores the Ring Modulator, Ring Modulation, and Differential Unison Engine. He then demonstrates examples of changing parameters for each one of our voices to create huge sounds.

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    Tutorial 7

    The Filter Section


    Larry discusses the different parameters, models, effects and filter envelope.

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    Tutorial 8

    The FX Busses


    Larry gets us familiar with Distortion, EQ 1 & 2, Phaser, Chorus, Delay 1 & 2, Reverb and the Compressor.

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    Tutorial 9

    Modulators Pt. 1


    Larry explores the envelopes in Dune 2. He demonstrates multiple segment envelope generators, creating customized envelopes, looping the envelope to create LFO type effects, and copying and pasting envelope settings.

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    Tutorial 10

    Modulators Pt. 2


    In this video, Larry all the LFO shapes and parameters and using MSEGs to modulate the LFO parameters.

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    Tutorial 11

    The Modulation Matrix


    Larry discusses assigning parameters and modulators in the mod matrix, their sources and destinations, and the differential unison engine in Dune 2.

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    Tutorial 12

    The Arpeggiator


    Larry explores all the Arpeggiator modes, step sequencer and all of their parameters.

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    Tutorial 13

    Sound Examples


    In this video, Larry gives some sound design examples including: Creating a squelchy Bass Sound and a uplifting pad sound.

Synapse Audio Software has a killer synth utilizing Virtual Analog, Wavetable and FM Synthesis, bringing the best of it all to you, in one powerful synth package. Join Synth guru Larry Holcombe in this video tutorial journey out into the dune.

After an in-depth introduction, Larry jumps right in showing you how to load presets, and assign MIDI controllers and Modulators. The different Play Modes are then explored, offering inspiring ways to control and perform with this synth.

Modulation in Dune 2 is then explained and explored, as well as a comprehensive look at the Oscillators and Filter sections, arming you with the knowledge to route and design sounds in Dune 2 masterfully.

Larry then goes deep into Dune 2s Effects and FX Busses, Envelopes, LFOs, and the Modulation Matrix, showing you how to push the sonics of this monster synth further.

Wrapping it up, Larry breaks down the Arpeggiator, and even creates a squelchy bass sound and uplifting pad patch from scratch, cementing your Dune 2 sound design knowledge.

If you want to know more about Synapse Dune 2, or are feeling overwhelmed by all its endless power, dont get lost in the synth desert, watch Synapse Dune 2 Explained today!

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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Synapse Dune 2 Explained is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocer and badly prepared Well it covers all parts of the synth but the explanations leave a lot to be desired. Testing all the filter types with the resonance turned down when it is pretty much impossible to hear a difference between them at that setting. The difference lies in how the resonance respons (at least to my ears). This goes for a lot of other small things as well. It is almost as if the person making the video has not thougth things trough. This does not have a premium video feel but could be up on youtube for free.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent run through Excellent overview and run through of a brilliant software synth! The course instructors also includes some nuggets of sound design, which helps showcase the power of Dune 2. Highly recommended as a "101" to the synth.
Date published: 2016-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good overview of a great synth This is a very concise series of videos, but there are plenty of sound examples all along. There are also quite a few sound design examples throughout, and tips on how to use the features to create usable and novel sounds.
Date published: 2016-08-19
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