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Trilian Explained

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The Big Picture

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    Tutorial 1

    Birds Eye View

    5:50

    Get an overview of the hierarchy and architecture, including multis, parts, patches, layers, and soundsources, that make up Trilian.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Header & Utility Menu

    6:12

    Learn to navigate the different parts of the interface using the header controls, and how to save and manage multis, patches, and layers using the Utility menu.

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    Tutorial 3

    Memory Management

    6:28

    Seen how Trilians system level memory settings can help you optimize available RAM and overall system resources.

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    Tutorial 4

    Working with the Browsers

    6:20

    Discover how the header and footer controls, directory menu, category attributes fields, and view modes, effect what is displayed in the Browser windows.

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    Tutorial 5

    Preview Load & the Stepper Buttons

    6:03

    See how to audition patches quickly and efficiently using Preview Load and MIDI learned Stepper Buttons.

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    Tutorial 6

    Projects & Favorites

    4:25

    Explore ways of organizing and storing patches in custom groupings that are meaningful for you with the Project function and rating system.

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    Tutorial 7

    Round Robin & Legato Samples

    6:42

    Discover how round robin and legato samples allow for more control when trying to faithfully reproduce the nuances of a real stringed bass instrument.

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    Tutorial 8

    Release Samples

    5:30

    Learn how to control the level of release samples, how to mix and match them, and adjust their transition time once a note is released.

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    Tutorial 9

    Sample Thinning

    5:48

    Explore how to use the sample thinning options in the Lite version zoom and soundsource zoom to reduce the sample set loaded in, by restricting robin samples, legato samples, velocity ranges, and note pitches.

Working with Patches

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    Tutorial 10

    Main Page Controls

    4:57

    Explore the main page controls and see how they are set uniquely for different instruments in order to effectively blend the multiple channels embedded in the soundsources, and sculpt the sound with other relevant parameters.

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    Tutorial 11

    Customizing the Main Page Controls

    5:09

    Learn how to assign any of the main page custom controls to almost any parameter, change control types, and arrange the controls into custom control groups.

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    Tutorial 12

    Saving Patches

    6:03

    See where patches are saved on the hard drive, and how you can create custom category folders for personalized patch organization.

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    Tutorial 13

    Editing Tags

    5:56

    Learn how to work with attributes and assignments in the Edit Tags window in order to customize how they show up in the Browser filters.

The Arpeggiator

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    Tutorial 14

    Creating Patterns

    5:17

    The Trillian arpeggiator receives incoming MIDI notes and generates a sequenced pattern of notes based on defined parameters. See how to use the presets, and how to create a basic pattern with the generated notes taking on custom generated velocities, versus incoming note velocities.

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    Tutorial 15

    Saving & Editing Patterns

    4:13

    Learn how to save patches and customize arpeggiated note durations both globally and individually. Explore how the note durations interact with the amp envelope release value, how notes are tied together, and how to apply swing to the patterns.

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    Tutorial 16

    Trigger Settings

    4:30

    Explore how the three trigger modes, legato, song position, and note, work with sequenced notes as well as live incoming notes.

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    Tutorial 17

    Modes & Groove Lock

    8:11

    Learn how the different arpeggiator modes influence the direction in which notes are generated, how setting odd numbers of steps yields interesting rhythmic syncopations, and how to use groove lock to tie arpeggiated rhythms with either Stylus RMX grooves or standard MIDI files.

Using Trilian Multi Timbrally

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    Tutorial 18

    Setting Up Multis

    5:05

    See how the Browser synchronization and Category Sensitive Attributes functions are used to customize browsing between the eight parts of a Trilian multi.

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    Tutorial 19

    Live Mode Using The Mouse

    4:19

    Learn how to use Live Modes next/previous buttons from your MIDI keyboard, and how the different mouse select modes work.

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    Tutorial 20

    Live Mode / Key Select

    6:58

    See how to assign key switch notes to the eight parts of a multi, and how to use the MIDI note learn inverted function in conjunction with the key select 'switch' mode for real time articulation switching.

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    Tutorial 21

    Live Mode / Latch & Trigger

    7:19

    Learn how to create multi layered syncopated rhythms, quantized on input, using the Live mode latch and trigger functions.

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    Tutorial 22

    Stack Mode

    8:17

    Stack mode is used to create splits, layers, and crossfades between any or all of the eight available parts. Learn how to set it up and use it with note range, velocity, or MIDI CC values to switch between the parts.

Under the Hood

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    Tutorial 23

    Soundsource Controls

    11:43

    Soundsource Controls - Discover how the Main and FM controls are used to shape the tonal color of the basic samples contained within each layers soundsource; and how the harmonia settings are used to double and triple them.

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    Tutorial 24

    The Filter Section

    10:27

    Discover how filters are used to cutoff specific ranges of a sounds frequencies; and how the pitch of the note, the filter envelope, or velocity modulates the cutoff point.

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    Tutorial 25

    Dual Filters

    6:23

    Explore the dual filter architecture from the filter zoom window, and learn how to offset the controls uniquely for each of the two filters as they run in either series or parallel mode.

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    Tutorial 26

    Working with Envelopes

    13:18

    Learn how simple AHDSR envelopes work, and how to use the envelope zoom to create complex multi stage rhythmic envelope patterns.

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    Tutorial 27

    Modulation

    11:11

    Explore the various ways of assigning and managing modulation sources and targets directly from the target parameters, from the modulation section of the Edit page, and from the Modulation Zoom.

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    Tutorial 28

    Working with LFOs

    8:52

    Explore the various cyclical LFO shapes and controls, and how they are used to influence the effect on modulation targets.

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    Tutorial 29

    Common Controls

    5:55

    Explore the controls common for the whole patch, and how the solo and glide modes work with and without their respective legato functions enabled.

Production Tips and Ideas

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    Tutorial 30

    A Joyful Noise

    5:34

    Explore some ways of integrating Trilians vast library of both acoustic and electric bass release noises, thumps, and FX sounds into your performances and parts.

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    Tutorial 31

    Compression

    6:05

    Discover the use of Trilians compression plug-in on electric bass, and how the attack and release settings influence the character, shape, and sustain of each note.

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    Tutorial 32

    Host Automation

    7:07

    Learn how to assign Edit page and FX page parameters to be automated by your host DAW, and get some ideas for messing with wobble type bass sounds!

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    Tutorial 33

    Groove Lock

    4:35

    See how Stylus RMX grooves (or standard MIDI files) are used to sync up the rhythmic placement of events either in the arpeggiator or in modulation envelopes.

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    Tutorial 34

    Signing Off

    2:49

    Thanks for watching, and heres one last modulation idea that ties the mix slider of a delay plug-in with velocity!

Learn Spectrasonics amazing Trilian inside and out! DAW super whiz Eli Krantberg takes you deep into the Trilian bass module, showing you the important basics and advanced features and functions like no other.

Eli starts with detailed overviews of the Trilian user interface and then covers the basics such as memory management, working with the browsers, main page controls, saving and editing patches to name a few. He then dives into using the powerful arpeggiator, using Trilian multi-timbrally, Live and Stack Modes, using filters, envelopes, LFO's and much more. He finally wraps it up with creative production tips & ideas that will give inspiration to you and your productions when using Trilian.

If you have Spectrasonic Trilian you owe it to yourself and your productions to get the most out of it. Become a master of the virtual bass, get "Trilian Explained" today.

gabehizer
Submitted 6 months ago

Very Detailed Explanation

Amazingly thorough explanation of Trilian. Very helpful!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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fast fingers
Submitted 8 months ago

Excellent tutorial!!

The Trillian tutorial is in-depth. Each segment is logically structured, comprehensible and paced in a way that makes it easy to absorb all the information. Eli Krantz is one of the best tutors out there.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician

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droid
Submitted 9 months ago

Trillian

Not had the time to watch all of this as i have bought a couple of others done by the same man and wow does he know his stuff, he is like a walking, Trillion encyclopaedia .I have no doubt i will know a lot more than when i started. I like to download them so i have them for reference, they are listed well in to smaller sections so easy to find the one that may be be of help.I will probably copy this review and stick it on the other ones i have bought as not much more can be added. If you want a really in-depth tutorial of any product, this is your man.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Bill R
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Tutorial!

Trillian is a really deep plug-in. This video helps me get the most out of it. Eli explains in a very easy to understand way. Brought my attention to many features I didn't fully understand. Well worth your time.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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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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Trilian Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Detailed Explanation Amazingly thorough explanation of Trilian. Very helpful!
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial!! The Trillian tutorial is in-depth. Each segment is logically structured, comprehensible and paced in a way that makes it easy to absorb all the information. Eli Krantz is one of the best tutors out there.
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Trillian Not had the time to watch all of this as i have bought a couple of others done by the same man and wow does he know his stuff, he is like a walking, Trillion encyclopaedia .I have no doubt i will know a lot more than when i started. I like to download them so i have them for reference, they are listed well in to smaller sections so easy to find the one that may be be of help.I will probably copy this review and stick it on the other ones i have bought as not much more can be added. If you want a really in-depth tutorial of any product, this is your man.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial! Trillian is a really deep plug-in. This video helps me get the most out of it. Eli explains in a very easy to understand way. Brought my attention to many features I didn't fully understand. Well worth your time.
Date published: 2016-03-15