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AAS Chromaphone Explained

Eli Krantzberg returns, this time showing you the incredible AAS Chromaphone creative percussive synthesizer. This synth is capable of creating incredibly expressive drum, percussion, string, and synth-like instruments, so hold the phone and check it out!

AAS Strum GS-2 Explained

In this FREE series commissioned by Applied Acoustic Systems, Eli Krantzberg covers the expansive performance library of electric and acoustic guitar strumming inside and out, and shows you how to make Strum GS-2 your new favorite session guitarist!

AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 Explained

In a world filled with reproductions and ever increasing complexity, Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 imposes itself as a unique and powerful synth that is fast, easy, and remarkably versatile. Synth guru Scottie Dugan takes you on a tour of this awesome virtual synth, showing you all that it can do, as well as sound design examples that will kick start your programming frenzy.

ABSYNTH 5 Explained

The true power of the incredibly deep ABSYNTH 5 virtual synth by Native Instruments is fully explored and revealed by NI super user Al Swettenham. If you use this mega synth, you owe it to yourself to unlock its true capabilities, features and functions. Tune in with Al now!

Ableton Push Explained

Ableton Live is one of the most unique DAWs, and Ableton Push is an equally as unique instrument. Ableton Live guru Scottie Dugan shows you this incredible performance controller in detail, and how it can give your music a creative push!

Acou6tics Explained

Vir2 Instruments has a winner with their highly reviewed and popular Acou6tics virtual acoustic guitar instrument. Synth and sampler guru Will Sprawls shows you how to get the most out of this amazing software!

Alchemy 2 Explained

Logic Pro X 10.2 integrated Alchemy 2, one of the most powerful virtual instruments ever made. In this three-hour video training tutorial series, Eli Krantzberg teaches you how to become a Alchemy wizard and unleash all of its power on your music!

Analog Synths Explained

Remember the good old days when synths had wooden sides and a knob for each function and feature? Well if you don't, Scottie Dugan is going to reveal the magic and mystery of these wonderful machines, teaching you the basics of analog synthesis from the ground up, using both classic and modern analog synthesizers. You'll learn everything you need to get going with that old synth in your closet, or apply the info to any virtual synth in your DAW!

AudioRealism Bass Line 2 Explained

Resident synth master Scottie Dugan is pleased to bring you a series dedicated to the AudioRealism Bass Line 2 virtual synth! Learn all about this fantastic reproduction of the legendary Roland TB-303 synth that has dominated classic and modern EDM tracks with a sound that will always be in style.

BATTERY 4 Explained

Supercharge your drums and beats with the insanely powerful virtual drum sampler Battery 4 by Native Instruments! Eli Krantzberg shows you all you need to know about the new Battery 4, covering all the features and functions so you can take advantage of Battery's full power.

BreakTweaker Explained

Learn to make beats that were never heard before with iZotope's revolutionary BreakTweaker software! Drum and studio guru Eli Krantzberg takes you on an all-encompassing journey through this ever-evolving drum sculpting and beat sequencing instrument!

DRUMLAB Explained

Native Instruments DRUMLAB is your very own evil lab for creating monster drum sounds and kits. Let mad drum scientist Eli Krantzberg show you how to pump new life into your productions and songs with this electrifying virtual drum instrument!

Designing Electronic Drums

Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough reveals the steps to design fat, brilliant modern and classic electronic drum sounds. The techniques Craig shows you can then be applied in any DAW and to any type of sound to make them stand out and be noticed!

DiscoDSP Discovery Pro Explained

Synth guru Scottie Dugan is back, bringing you a world of synth discovery, featuring the awesome Discovery Pro by code meisters discoDSP! Learn all about this incredible virtual synth from top to bottom, and what it can offer you and your productions.

EXHALE Explained

EXHALE Explained

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There's nothing out there quite like Output EXHALE, a virtual instrument with a unique vocal engine that's both powerful and modern. In this video tutorial series studio expert Eli Krantzberg reveals all of its secrets as well as how to use it to breathe life into your productions.

EXS24 In Action

EXS24 In Action

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Do you want to know how to use one of the most powerful virtual samplers in existence? Then you need to watch "EXS24 In Action". This collection of power packed video tutorials by Apple Logic Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg will turn you into an "Extreme" power user of Logic's awesome EXS24 Sampler.

FLESH Explained

FLESH Explained

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Scottie Dugan reveals the allure of Native Instrument's FLESH virtual synth. Explore all its features and functions and see how it can enhance your tracks!

FL Studio Know-How: Drum Samples from Scratch

FL Studio expert Tyler Coffin returns, and now shows how you can make top-quality drum samples for your tracks or professional libraries, all from scratch in FL Studio. You even get the FL Studio project session from the video tutorials, as well as the complete 100% royalty free sound samples Tyler creates in the videos!

FM8 Explained

FM8 Explained

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Unleash the true power of Native Instruments FM8 virtual synth! FM8 master Al Swettenham breaks this monster synth down, step by step so you can grasp the amazing power and creativeness of FM synthesis. LEarn the ins and outs as well as how to create popular sounds using Native Instruments FM8.

FabFilter Effects & Synths Explained

FabFilter's effect and synth plug-ins are some of the best in the biz, and Mark Struthers created this series focusing on their amazing suite of filter, distortion, delay and synth plug-ins and instruments. Learn these powerful audio tools front to back and see what they can do for your tracks and productions!

GUITAR RIG 5 Explained

GUITAR RIG 5 expert Dave Askew takes you on a journey to the center of Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5! Truly an entire guitar studio in a box, you’ll learn all about legendary guitar and bass amplifiers, cabinets, vintage stompboxes and cutting edge effects processors, so you create any guitar sound you can imagine!

Groove Agent 4 Explained

Steinberg Groove Agent expert Mark Struthers returns with “Groove Agent 4 Explained”, a series packed full of great information to help you get the most out of this exciting percussive tool.

HALion 5 - From Scratch to Patch

HALion 5 is the latest and greatest virtual sampling instrument from Steinberg, allowing for deep, complex patch and sound creation. Let Steinberg guru Mark Struthers take you on a trip to planet HALion, where you'll learn how to wrap your mind around HALion 5's design and make a killer patch from scratch!

Hybrid Explained

Hybrid Explained

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Updated for version 2.0, Pro Tools Instrument legend Russ Hughes is back with this highly anticipated 'Explained' title. Russ takes you through the Hybrid power synth plug-in from start to finish, exploring every part of the synth and finishing off with some sound creation examples that will get your creative juices flowing.

Iris 2 Explained

Iris 2 Explained

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iZotope's Iris 2 sample-based synthesizer offers a dizzying level of flexibility and potential, and virtual instrument expert William Sprawls shows you how to tame this beast!

Iris Explained

Iris Explained

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A new Synth is born! Russ Hughes takes you deep inside the revolutionary iZotope Iris virtual synth plug-in. Unlike other synthesis types, iZotope has created something very special and this series will teach you the ins and outs of the unbelievable new technology.

KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series Explained

In this in-depth tutorial series, Adam Pollard aka Multiplier explains Native Instruments’ game changing KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series MIDI controller inside and out, showing you the basics, how to use it with both NI libraries and 3rd party plug-ins and more!

KONTAKT 5 Update Explained

Studio master Mark Struthers shows you everything you need to know about the new features added to Native Instruments KONTAKT version 5. See and learn all the new features and functions that this powerful update brings to this world-class software sampler.

KONTAKT Explained

KONTAKT Explained

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Make KONTAKT! Watch DAW guru Eli Krantzberg break down one of the most vast and powerful soft samplers ever made, Native Instruments KONTAKT. From beginning to end, it's all here, waiting for you to use to get the most out of Kontakt.

KONTOUR Explained

Nothing sounds quite like Native Instrument’s high octane phase modulation software instrument KONTOUR, and nobody can demystify it the way synthesizer wizard Scottie Dugan can!

Loom Explained

Loom Explained

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Untangle the creative possibilities of additive synthesis and produce something amazing with Loom. Synth master Russ Hughes takes you on a journey and helps unlock the synth secrets of this cool new take on additive synthesis. This series includes a full, in-depth explanation of all the features and some practical sessions on designing sounds from scratch.

MONARK Explained

MONARK Explained

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Do you use REAKTOR 5's ensemble MONARK in your productions? Groove 3 resident trainer Al Swettenham is here to show you the ins & outs of this monophonic subtractive synthesizer, as well as how to use it creatively.

MOVEMENT Explained

Computer music expert Sami Rabia explains and explores Output’s first audio effect plug-in, MOVEMENT, teaching you the ins and outs, in addition to sharing some great sound design tips.

MPC Renaissance 1.7 Update Explained

AKAI has released its v1.7 update for the MPC Renaissance production studio, but are you ready to take advantage of all of the new changes and enhancements? If not, don’t fear, studio expert Scottie Dugan is here to show you all you need to know to harness the full power of the latest v1.7 Update!

MPC Renaissance 1.8 Update Explained

AKAI has released its v1.8 update for the MPC Renaissance, and studio beatbox expert Scottie Dugan is here to pump you up on this powerful new update!

Omnisphere 2 Explained

Eli Krantzberg returns with a new series on Spectrasonic’s flagship virtual instrument, Omnisphere 2. In this comprehensive series, Eli covers every aspect of this powerful and versatile instrument, as well as teaching you how to use it creatively!

Predator Explained

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.

Producing Pop with the MPC Renaissance

The MPC Renaissance is Akai Pro’s fully integrated hardware/software system, and super producer DrFord shows you how to use it to produce a complete pop song from idea to mix ready!

REV Explained

REV Explained

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REV is a complete world of reverse sound design, and in this video training series Eli Krantzberg shows you how to navigate that world and create completely unique Pulses, Leads, Risers, Soundscapes and more. See how going backwards can move your productions forward!

ROUNDS Explained

ROUNDS Explained

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Synth guru Scottie Dugan brings you a series on the amazing Native Instruments ROUNDS virtual synth! If you’re dizzy with all the features and options this powerful synth offers, Scottie stops your spinning and breaks it all down simply, while getting in-depth with his top-notch videos.

Rapture Pro Explained

Cakewalk’s hybrid oscillator and sample based software instrument Rapture Pro is taking the computer music world by storm, and Will Sprawls shows you how to sail through it with ten video tutorials cover every aspect of this exceptionally flexible virtual instrument.

ReFX NEXUS2 Explained

reFX NEXUS2 is one of preferred ROMplers of EDM hitmakers everywhere, and in this video tutorial series, synth expert Scottie Dugan takes you through how you can find and tweak just the sound you’re looking for in this massive library of sounds.

SIGNAL Explained

SIGNAL Explained

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SIGNAL by Output combines fat analog synthesis and live instrument samples with its unique Pulse Engine to create wild new sounds. Computer music guru Eli Krantzberg takes you deep inside this unique, creative musical tool leaving no stone unturned.

SKANNER XT Explained

SKANNER XT Explained is here! Al Swettenham tackles this sonic monster, showing you all the ins and outs. SKANNER XT is a sample based software synthesiser capable of creating original and unique sounds via a revolutionary form of synthesis known as "scanned synthesis". Learn all about it here and create your own cutting edge, out of this world sounds..

SampleTank 3 Explained

IK Multimedia has done it again! Sporting a redesigned interface with over 33GB of sounds, this software sampler workstation is a world of its own. DAW guru Eli Krantzberg leads your SampleTank 3 expedition, leaving no areas uncharted. Learn all about this killer workstation and how to use it in your productions to its fullest extent.

SampleTank In Action

SampleTank is known as the “ultimate sample-workstation” by many, but do you know how to take advantage of all of its features and functions? Or maybe you’re just getting started with this flagship sampler and want to learn all about it correctly from the start. If so, this is the video tutorial collection for you.

Serum Explained

Serum Explained

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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!

Serum Tips & Tricks

Serum psycho Adam Pollard, aka Multiplier, brings you a full series of Serum Tips & Tricks video tutorials! Learn essential tips, tricks, and creative techniques for getting the most out of XFer Record’s powerful wavetable software synthesizer and make original sounding synth parts that will infect everyone who hears them!

Session Horns Pro Explained

Eli Krantzberg brings you the definitive series on Native Instruments Session Horns Pro! From beginning to end, leaving no features or functions behind, you'll learn the important basics and cool advanced topics that will have you creating realistic, big sounding horn parts and melodies in no time!

Session Strings Pro Explained

Eli Krantzberg, author of MIDI Orchestration Explained, dives into one of todays most exciting and inspiring string collections, Native Instruments Session Strings Pro. In this series, Eli covers both the plug-in and how you can integrate it into your workflow to make beautiful sounding string parts and arrangements.

Spire Explained

Spire Explained

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Laurence Holcombe is back and this time breaks down the incredible virtual synth Spire by Reveal Sound from beginning to end. This synth is truly amazing sounding and disproves any ideas that software synths don't have the "big, fat sound" that hardware synths do. Follow along with Larry and see and hear for yourself!

Strike 2 Explained

Presented by AIR Users Blog founder and Pro Tools guru Russ Hughes, this new series explores the powerful virtual drum instrument Strike 2.

Strike Explained

Strike Explained

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Make beats that burn! If you use Pro Tools and have the amazing AIR virtual drum instrument Strike, this series is for you. Learn it inside out and get the most from this vast and powerful drum instrument.

Structure Explained

Solve the Structure puzzle! AIR Users Blog founder and Pro Tools maven Russ Hughes takes you step by step through Pro Tool's full version flagship virtual sampler, Structure. Learn all about its incredible features and functions, tips & tricks and more.

SubBoomBass Explained

Rob Papen’s SubBoomBass is far more than just a Subsonic Bass Generator, it’s a full fledged polyphonic synthesizer with an integrated step sequencer as well. In this tutorial series, studio tech guru Alex Solano shows you how to get down low with this powerful creative virtual instrument!

Sylenth Explained

Sylenth Explained

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Laurence Holcombe takes you deep into Sylenth, the amazing software synth from Lennar Digital! This synth has a cult following and sounds worthy of being worshipped. Join Laurence as he shows you all that this power-synth can do, as well as create custom sounds like deep techy chords, fat basses and huge EDM synth hooks.

Synapse Dune 2 Explained

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.

Synthesis with Operator

Presented by Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough, this series of tutorials not only teaches you everything you need to know to take control of the Operator synth within Ableton Live, you'll learn the fundamentals of synthesis too!

Synths Explained

Synths Explained

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Have your ever wanted to get under the hood of your synths? Are you tired of using presets and wished you knew how to make the changes needed to get the sound you want? Well look no further. "Synths Explained" is aimed at the beginner who wants to understand what synths are, how they work and how to program them to get the sound you want.

Transfuser Explained

Presented by AIR Users Blog founder and Pro Tools wizard Russ Hughes, 'Transfuser Explained' focuses on Pro Tools most creative sonic manipulation tool, leaving no stone unturned. Discover how to give your tracks that extra spice, so commonly found in today's modern music with this truly revolutionary tool.

Trilian Explained

Learn Spectrasonic's 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. Get bass for your face!

Turnado Explained

Laurence Holcombe is back with an awesome series about the incredible Sugar Bytes Turnado multi-effect tool, created especially for massive real-time audio manipulation. Learn all the important features and functions, as well as how to put them to good use, making plain tracks into something twisted!

Twist 2.0 Explained

Virtual instrument guru Eli Krantzberg is back and ready to dig into SONiVOX's powerful spectral morphing synth Twist 2.0. This series takes an in-depth look at Twist 2.0's features & options and gives you the knowledge you need to get the most out of this virtual instrument.

Vacuum Pro Explained

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.

Vocalizer Pro Explained

Virtual instrument guru Eli Krantzberg is back and gets vocal about SONiVOX's Vocalizer Pro. In this series Eli takes an in-depth look at all of Vocalizer Pro's features and options giving you the knowledge to get the most out of this powerful virtual instrument and transform your sounds into never before heard sonics!

Waves Element Explained

Waves debut virtual synth is a knockout! Mark Struthers digs deep into this sonic necessity, showing you all the nooks and crannies, making learning this synth elementary.

Wobble 2.0 Explained

Synth master Al Swettenham breaks down the powerful SONiVOX's Wobble 2.0 virtual instrument step by step, so you can grasp the amazing griminess and power this plug-in has to offer, and make it yours.

Z3TA+2 Explained

Z3TA+2 Explained

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Presented by DAW master instructor Doug Zangar, this in-depth series about the powerful and awesome sounding Cakewalk Z3TA+2 will show the deepest features & functions of this amazing virtual synth. If you want to get the most from this beast, look no further.

u-he Bazille Explained

Synth master Scottie Dugan returns, this time covering the incredible modular virtual synth Bazille, by the synth gurus at u-he. This definitive series covers everything from beginning to end, including sound design examples that will show you the true power of Bazille!

u-he Diva Explained

U-He has a star on its hands with its virtual analog powerhouse, Diva. Join synthesizer star Sami Rabia as he shows you all her secrets, and teaches you how you can make Diva shine in your own projects!

u-he Zebra2 Explained

u-he’s Zebra2 is a real animal of a virtual analog synth, and in this video tutorial series, synth expert Scottie Dugan covers every aspect of this amazing virtual software instrument!