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    Tutorial 1

    Intro

    8:02

    Programming Synths vs. Using Presets, Loading the plugin, Loading a preset, Author and Notes and the Mouseover feature.

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    Tutorial 2

    Wavetable Oscillators

    6:31

    What is a Wavetable Synthesizer, the Osc Module, Waveform Display - 2d vs 3d, the Waveform Editor, Menu and Save and Pitch Controls - Drag and Drop Sources.

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    Tutorial 3

    Unison Settings

    3:27

    In this video we cover Unison Waves, Detune and the Blend knobs.

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    Tutorial 4

    Wavetable Position

    3:28

    In this tutorial we learn about the Wavetable Position in Serum.

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    Tutorial 5

    Phase Knob

    4:54

    In this video we explain the Phase Knob and the Random Knob.

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    Tutorial 6

    Pan & Level

    2:35

    In this video we explain the Pan Knob and the Level Knob for each Oscillator section.

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    Tutorial 7

    Warp Menu Modes Pt. 1

    8:49

    In this video we explain the Warp Modes in Serum and go thru each of them.

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    Tutorial 8

    Warp Menu Modes Pt. 2

    6:39

    In this video we continue to explain the Warp Modes in Serum and go thru each of them.

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    Tutorial 9

    Sub Harmonic Oscillator

    7:32

    In this video we go over the Sub Waves, Octave, Direct Out and Pan and Level for the Sub Oscillator.

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    Tutorial 10

    Noise Oscillator

    10:54

    In this video we go over the Noise Menu, One Shot Looping, Phase Knob, Random Knob, Keytrack Switch, Pitch Knob, Pan, Level and Custom Sound creation using the Noise Oscillator.

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    Tutorial 11

    Filter Module Pt. 1

    6:18

    In this video we go over the Filter Type, Cutoff, Res adjustment for the Filter Module.

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    Tutorial 12

    Filter Module Pt. 2

    5:50

    In this video we go over the Pan - Stereo Offset, Drive, Variable Knob, Mix Knob and Keytrack Switch for the Filter Module.

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    Tutorial 13

    Effects Pt. 1

    9:24

    In this video we go over the Hyper/Dimension, Distortion and EQ modules in the Effects section.

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    Tutorial 14

    Effects Pt. 2

    11:04

    In this video we go over the Compressor, Filter, Chorus / Phaser / Flange, Delay and Reverb modules in the Effects section.

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    Tutorial 15

    Modulation Routing

    9:51

    In this video we go over the Drag and Drop Routing Assignments vs Right Click, Modulator depth control, Negative or Inverse Settings, Right Click - Mod Source Sub-Menu, Midi Learn and Modulating FX.

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    Tutorial 16

    Mod Matrix Window Pt. 1

    5:31

    In this video we go over the Sources, Amount Slider - Positive and Negative, Destinations and Type - Uni-directional or bi-directional - for the Mod Matrix Window.

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    Tutorial 17

    Mod Matrix Window Pt. 2

    6:54

    In this video we go over the Mod - default - inverse - bypass, Aux Source, Curves and Output for the Mod Matrix Window.

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    Tutorial 18

    Envelopes Pt. 1

    7:51

    In this video we go over the Three Envelopes in Serum, First Envelope Special - Amp Output, AHDSR Explained, Lock or Unlock, Zoom Slider, Normalize with Envelopes.

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    Tutorial 19

    Envelopes Pt. 2

    6:08

    In this video we go over using Envelopes as Modulation Sources.

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    Tutorial 20

    LFOs Pt. 1

    8:47

    In this video we go over the Four LFOs in Serum - Preset Curves, Draw and Save Custom Shapes and Settings and LFO Mode (Trig / Env / Off) in Serum.

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    Tutorial 21

    LFOs Pt. 2

    5:54

    In this video we go over the BPM switch - Dot/Trip switches, Anchor switch, Rate, Rise, Delay and Smooth when using LFOs.

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    Tutorial 22

    Voicing & Portamento

    9:22

    In this video we go over Mono (Monophonic) Switch, Legato Switch, Poly (Polyphony) number box, Poly (Polyphony) count display, Portamento Settings - Porta (Porta time) Knob, Porta Curve Control, 'Always' switch and 'Scaled' switch in the Voicing and Portamento Sections.

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    Tutorial 23

    Global Page Settings Pt. 1

    6:04

    In this video we go over the Pitch Tracking A and B, Noise Fine Tune and Preferences on the Global Settings page.

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    Tutorial 24

    Global Page Settings Pt. 2

    10:09

    In this video we go over the Unison Range, Unison Width, Unison Warp, Unison WT Position, Unison Stack and Unison Tuning on the Global Settings page.

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    Tutorial 25

    Chaos + Misc. Mod Sources

    9:54

    In this video we explain using the Velocity, Note Number, Chaos 1 & 2, Noise OSC, Note On, Random and Pitch Bend as Modulation Sources.

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    Tutorial 26

    Wavetable Editor

    11:21

    In this video we go over the Wavetable editor and show how to create our own Wavetables or Frames and Morph from one to another in Serum.

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    Tutorial 27

    Macros

    9:31

    In this video we go over the many uses for Macros including Four Convenient Controls on Front, Naming Control, Better Depth Control, Midi Learn Function, Inverse Function, Multiple Functions at Once and Scaling of each parameter in Serum.

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    Tutorial 28

    Putting It All Together: Preset 1

    8:58

    In this video we Put It All Together by dissecting the "Bass - Deep Womp" preset to show how it was created and how we can customize it for our own specific needs.

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    Tutorial 29

    Putting It All Together: Preset 2

    8:27

    In this video we Put It All Together by dissecting the "FX - 16-Bar Riser" preset to show how it was created and how we can customize it for our own specific needs.

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    Tutorial 30

    Putting It All Together: Preset 3

    9:17

    In this video we Put It All Together by dissecting the "Misc. WurlyKeys" preset to show how it was created and how we can customize it for our own specific needs.

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    Tutorial 31

    Putting It All Together: Preset 4

    10:21

    In this video we Put It All Together by dissecting the "Pad - Big Minor 7th Pad" preset to show how it was created and how we can customize it for our own specific needs.

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    Tutorial 32

    Putting It All Together: Preset 5

    9:07

    In this video we Put It All Together by dissecting the "Seq - 2 Notes" preset to show how it was created and how we can customize it for our own specific needs.

Xfer Records' groundbreaking virtual synth plug-in Serum sets the bar incredibly high for wavetable synthesis. Studio / producer guru Kenny Gioia injects total Serum knowledge directly into your brain in this meticulous and complete series, making it the most comprehensive exploration into Serum available!

Kenny starts by introducing you to Serum and taking you through its Oscillators and Unison Settings. After exploring Wavetable Positions, the Phase, Pan, and Level Controls, Kenny digs into the Warp Menu Modes, the Sub-Harmonic and Noise Oscillators.

Next, Kenny discusses the Filter Module, Effects, Modulation Options, and Mid Matrix Window. That leads into the Envelopes, LFOs, Voicing, and Portamento Options. After detailing the Global Page Settings, Kenny teaches you about Chaos and other Miscellaneous Modulation Sources, the Wavetable Editor, and how to use Macros in Serum. Finally, Kenny puts it all together by taking some popular Preset Sounds and Deconstructing them and Rebuilding them from the ground up.

Whether you already own Serum and want to take a higher dose, or are a new user looking for your first hit of one of the most unique virtual instruments available, get "Serum Explained" today!

thapapawan
Submitted 1 week ago

Nice explanation

Awesomely built!

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Cubase

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theSoulBelow
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Helpful walkthrough of all features, but poor delivery.

If you need a buddy to walk you through every feature in a dry, monotone voice, this is your tutorial. I think a previous reviewer mentioned how his voice gets annoying after a bit, and I agree. Seriously though. It is helpful because the manual is a bit lacking and stepping through every single feature on your own is simply a bit boring and time consuming. Not to mention it is easy to get lost and sidetracked. This series does this in a structured, systematic way with some additional explanations.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live

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Todal
Submitted 2 weeks ago

nice

Liked the voice of the tutor

I am a: Beginner

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Fredrik
Submitted 2 months ago

Serum explained in detail!

Like the title suggest, this tutorial will explain every feature of Serum. Easy to follow and nice structure of the videos. Bought my Groov3e subscribtion because of this tutorial and I will most certainly renew the subscription. I did not feel that the narrator's tone bothered me (since it is a tech-info vid not anything creative). Good job Groove3!

I am a: Producer, Hobbyist

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garryknight
Submitted 2 months ago

Excellent tutorial by a master presenter

Kenny's tutorials are clear and concise and tell you just what you want to know. This one covers Serum in such detail that you'll master the synth by the end of the course. Highly recommended.

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist

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shittykids
Submitted 6 months ago

Great run through

Great tutorial on Serum. Right to the point and definitely gave me a wider understanding of Serum and how to use it. And while I am not a Serum master at least it doesn't look like a bunch of gobbledygook to me anymore. Great stuff thanks.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Hobbyist, Beat Maker

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choralriff
Submitted 7 months ago

Very clear and straightforward

This is an excellent overview of Serum for someone getting started with it or needing a refresher. The narrator is not anything exciting. In fact, he's reading straight from his notes, obviously, and his emphasis on the wrong words from time to time indicates that he's not a very skilled read-aloud person. But that doesn't really get in the way of the content. I still found it very useful.

I am a: Musician, Sound Designer

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optical
Submitted 7 months ago

Accurate technical info, awful presentation

I had to give up after the first 20 minutes of this tutorial. While the information seems accurate and useful, the presenter's voice just got on my nerves so quickly and thoroughly that I couldn't continue. He constantly pauses in mid sentence for no reason (almost sounds like bad audio editing), and he ends his sentences in a rising tone as if every single thing he says is a question. It sounds like this: Serum is a synthesizer that... uses wavetables to... play music? Like over here? If you... turn this knob... slightly? You can hear... the change in audio? Like over here? And over here? You can... adjust the timing so that... it will sound good?

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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Serum Explained is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice explanation Awesomely built!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful walkthrough of all features, but poor delivery. If you need a buddy to walk you through every feature in a dry, monotone voice, this is your tutorial. I think a previous reviewer mentioned how his voice gets annoying after a bit, and I agree. Seriously though. It is helpful because the manual is a bit lacking and stepping through every single feature on your own is simply a bit boring and time consuming. Not to mention it is easy to get lost and sidetracked. This series does this in a structured, systematic way with some additional explanations.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from nice Liked the voice of the tutor
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Serum explained in detail! Like the title suggest, this tutorial will explain every feature of Serum. Easy to follow and nice structure of the videos. Bought my Groov3e subscribtion because of this tutorial and I will most certainly renew the subscription. I did not feel that the narrator's tone bothered me (since it is a tech-info vid not anything creative). Good job Groove3!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial by a master presenter Kenny's tutorials are clear and concise and tell you just what you want to know. This one covers Serum in such detail that you'll master the synth by the end of the course. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great run through Great tutorial on Serum. Right to the point and definitely gave me a wider understanding of Serum and how to use it. And while I am not a Serum master at least it doesn't look like a bunch of gobbledygook to me anymore. Great stuff thanks.
Date published: 2016-10-03
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very clear and straightforward This is an excellent overview of Serum for someone getting started with it or needing a refresher. The narrator is not anything exciting. In fact, he's reading straight from his notes, obviously, and his emphasis on the wrong words from time to time indicates that he's not a very skilled read-aloud person. But that doesn't really get in the way of the content. I still found it very useful.
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Accurate technical info, awful presentation I had to give up after the first 20 minutes of this tutorial. While the information seems accurate and useful, the presenter's voice just got on my nerves so quickly and thoroughly that I couldn't continue. He constantly pauses in mid sentence for no reason (almost sounds like bad audio editing), and he ends his sentences in a rising tone as if every single thing he says is a question. It sounds like this: Serum is a synthesizer that... uses wavetables to... play music? Like over here? If you... turn this knob... slightly? You can hear... the change in audio? Like over here? And over here? You can... adjust the timing so that... it will sound good?
Date published: 2016-08-23