Rob Papen Tutorial

Predator Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:31

    Welcome to Predator Explained. Laurence let's you know what's in store during this exploration of Rob Papen's virtual synth Predator.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Interface

    4:24

    Discover the different areas of the Predator window and how to interact with it.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Oscillator Section

    14:59

    Learn all about Oscillators 1, 2 and 3 as well as the different types of waveforms and common controls. Cross modulation of oscillators is also looked at.

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    Tutorial 4

    Pitch Modulation

    3:29

    See how to apply vibrato using the dedicated pitch LFO and pitch bend.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Filter Section

    15:13

    Explore Filters 1 and 2 as well as filter modulation using dedicated filter envelopes and LFO filter types.

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    Tutorial 6

    The Amp Section

    5:38

    Learn all about expression, the Amp envelope and its Fade control.

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    Tutorial 7

    Free Modulation Section

    11:34

    Learn to use the free envelopes and LFOs and assign them to Predator's parameters. Explore the difference between the free and auto assigned modulators as well as using expression controllers.

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    Tutorial 8

    The Arpeggiator Section

    13:58

    See how to setup and program the Arpeggiator as well as use the arpeggiator as a modulator.

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    Tutorial 9

    Play Mode Section

    6:59

    Discover poly, mono and legato modes as well as portamento, unison and chord mode.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Preset Section

    7:09

    Learn all about presets, banks and preset morphing. The advanced settings page is also explored.

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    Tutorial 11

    The FX Section

    5:51

    Laurence explains FX 1, 2 and 3 as well as the different types of FX and their common controls. The Gator effect and FX modulation matrix is also explained.

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    Tutorial 12

    Predator as an FX Unit

    8:32

    See how to use predator as an insert effect in your DAW. Using the filters and FX is looked at, as well as using Predator as a vocoder and vocoding samples.

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    Tutorial 13

    Deep House Soulful Chord

    7:26

    Learn to make the chord feature in Predator play back deep, soulful chords.

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    Tutorial 14

    Riser

    7:42

    See how to program Predator to produce a Trap style riser sound.

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    Tutorial 15

    Electro Kick

    5:08

    Learn to use Predator to synthesis kick drums pitched to a specific key.

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    Tutorial 16

    Nasty Bass

    3:33

    Watch Laurence use Predator to produce Dubstep and Drum and Bass style bass sounds.

Laurence Holcombe has unleashed the ultimate predator, Rob Papen's Predator virtual synth plug-in! Watch along with Laurence as he covers all the features and functions of this awesome, must have virtual synth and creates cutting edge sounds as well.

Laurence starts with an introduction, giving you a bird's-eye view of the plug-in and what it can do. He then breaks down the plug-in starting with the interface, Oscillator section, Pitch Modulation area and Filter sections.

Next, Laurence explains the Amp section, Free Modulation section, Arpeggiator and Play Mode sections. Moving on, Laurence reveals the power of the Preset section, FX section and shows you how to use Predator as an insert effect in your DAW.

Wrapping up the series, Laurence gets into sound design with Predator. Learn to make Deep House Chords, Electro Kicks, Nasty Basses and more!

Rob Papen's Predator immediately gained fame for it's powerful, monster synth tones when it was released. Are you ready to tame this beast of a synth? Stay close with Laurence, he'll show you how. Watch "Predator 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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