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    Tutorial 1

    Show & Tell

    6:38

    Discover the basics of subtractive synthesis, how Vacuum Pro's signal flow is structured, and how the interface is laid out.

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    Tutorial 2

    Customizing the Presets

    7:41

    Explore some wildly inspiring yet simple ways to create fun, interesting, and creative variations of the factory presets using controls found exclusively in the Master Section of the interface; without having to twist a single knob.

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    Tutorial 3

    Working with the Oscillators

    6:43

    Starting with a raw waveform, learn how to mold and shape the basic building blocks of your patch with the various oscillator controls, including the quad detuning, delay, repitch, and oscillator sync functions.

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    Tutorial 4

    Low Pass Filtering

    7:56

    Explore how the low pass filter settings affect the tone of the oscillators, and how to use Envelope 2 and velocity to influence the shape of the filter settings over the duration of a note. Learn how velocity is used as well as a performance gesture, influencing the value of the cutoff frequency.

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    Tutorial 5

    High Pass & Band Pass Filtering

    9:32

    Watch as the high pass filter is applied to a pad sound playing both sustained and staccato chords, how the envelope is used to delay the onset of the cutoff value, and how velocity is used to affect the depth of the envelope, as well as the the frequency cutoff value.n Then see how the band ass mode is used to allow only a narrow band of frequencies to pass through the filtering stage.

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    Tutorial 6

    Filter Routing

    5:18

    Discover how the serial, parallel, and complex modes of filter routing influence the way the two filters affect the sound begin generated from the oscillators.

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    Tutorial 7

    The Amp Envelope

    6:02

    See how this envelope is used to shape the volume throughout the various stages of a note's duration.

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    Tutorial 8

    Using Envelope 4

    5:21

    Explore the subtle, or not so subtle, effect the envelope 4 parameters create as they are used to modulate the pitch of a lead synth sound.

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    Tutorial 9

    Glide & Envelope Retriggering Controls

    4:03

    See how the glide controls affects the pitch transition between notes, and how the envelope retrigger switch affects the behavior of the envelopes when new notes are triggered.

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    Tutorial 10

    LFO1 & the Mod Wheel

    10:01

    Learn how the various LFO shapes are used to modulate pitch, filter, and amplitude via the modulation wheel.

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    Tutorial 11

    LFO2 & the Modulation Matrix

    4:16

    See how the modulation matrix is used to route LFO2, and other sources, to modulate a variety of parameters in either negative or positive directions.

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    Tutorial 12

    The Smart Controls Page

    6:19

    See how these macro controls are used to quickly and easily shape the values of multiple underlying parameters at once. The Apply button prints the values and centers the controls, making them available for further modification.

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    Tutorial 13

    Arpeggiator & Effects

    7:41

    Watch as the arpeggiator is used to add movement to static chords. Slow LFO modulation, chorus/phaser, and delay affects are then added to create additional motion and variation to an essentially regular repeating part.

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    Tutorial 14

    Automation & Settings

    4:49

    Learn how to use host based automation as well as assignable MIDI continuous controllers, and how to manage multiple assignment sets in the Settings window.

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    Tutorial 15

    Putting Vacuum Pro to Work

    10:54

    Watch as multiple instances of Vacuum Pro presets are modified and used to create an 8 bar loop.

Resident Virtual instrument guru Eli Krantzberg is back and this time he's sinking his teeth into AIR Music Technology's newest polyphonic analog tube synthesizer Vacuum Pro. This series takes an in-depth look at all of Vacuum Pro's features and options and gives you the knowledge you need to push this synth to its limits and warm up your synth tracks nice and hot.

Eli begins with a quick introduction to subtractive synthesis before exploring the interface and factory presets, and then moves on to all of Vaccum Pro's functions such as the oscillators, filters, filter routing, envelopes & controls and much, much more!

Vacuum Pro is an unbelievably gritty, powerful analog subtractive synth. Join Eli as he shows you how to make this synth get the dirty job done right... Watch "Vacuum Pro Explained" today.

Spoq
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Now I know Vacuum...

For what it can do, Vacuum is a rather "simple" and easy to use synth so it is one I could have just learned to use by myself but it would have taken me a lot longer and I would have probably missed some things, so thanks.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Game Designer

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LAW HAV MERCY
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Great series!

Thank you Eli for a job well done. I'm new to the art and science of sound design and I had a few "AHA!" moments throughout the course of this series. My time viewing this course was time well spent.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Beat Maker

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antonio
Submitted 3 months ago

Great synth, great course

Everything you need to know about vacuum pro. And a bit of theory about subtractive synthesis.

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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Indemuse
Submitted 4 months ago

Great Tutorial!

I got the AIR Pack on sale and new that it was a powerful set of tools. G3 tuts are helping me get the most out of these awesome instruments!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician, Hobbyist, Beat Maker

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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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Vacuum Pro Explained is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Now I know Vacuum... For what it can do, Vacuum is a rather "simple" and easy to use synth so it is one I could have just learned to use by myself but it would have taken me a lot longer and I would have probably missed some things, so thanks.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great series! Thank you Eli for a job well done. I'm new to the art and science of sound design and I had a few "AHA!" moments throughout the course of this series. My time viewing this course was time well spent.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great synth, great course Everything you need to know about vacuum pro. And a bit of theory about subtractive synthesis.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial! I got the AIR Pack on sale and new that it was a powerful set of tools. G3 tuts are helping me get the most out of these awesome instruments!
Date published: 2016-11-16