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Chromaphone Tutorial

AAS Chromaphone Explained®

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15 Videos | Length: 1hr 34min 13sec
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    The Sonic Architecture

    Explore the layout of Chromaphone and how it uses physical modelling to recreate the properties of two resonators interacting when being excited by mallets and virtual noise.

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    Banks & Programs

    Learn how to navigate, save, copy, move, delete, restore, and back up the bank and program based preset system.

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    Interface & General Concepts

    Explore how Chromaphone's controls work, and some of the general concepts involved when modelling the coupling of resonating objects.

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    The Mallet Module

    See how these parameters influence the sonic characteristics of the simulated impact produced by a mallet striking an object.

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    The Noise Module

    The noise module is a white noise generator that is used as an alternate way to excite the resonators. Hear how the controls shape the frequency of the noise, and how the noise envelope parameters are used to influence the amplitude of the signal over time.

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    The Noise Envelope Module

    Explore the ADSR and Delay controls, and hear how they are used to influence the noise module's amplitude, filter response, and density values.

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    Resonator Quality & Pitch

    Discover how the quality dots are used to adjust the number of modes used in the synthesis, how to set the pitch of the first partial, and how to adjust the pitch tracking across the keyboard range.

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    Manual Settings & Pitch Envelope

    Learn how to set the four independent partials in the Manual resonator type, and how to modulate the resonator's pitch with the dedicated pitch envelope parameters.

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    Decay Release & Material Parameters

    See how the decay and release parameters interact with each other, and how the material parameter is used to control the decay of the individual partials generated when an object is excited.

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    Radius & Tone Parameters

    Discover how the Radius parameter effects the natural decay of the tube resonators, and how the tone parameter is used to control the amplitude of the various partials that are generated from the resonators.

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    Hit Position & Coupling

    Hear how the hit position parameter controls where the resonators excited, and how the impedance resulting from coupled mode affects the exchange of energy and how the two resonators interact with each other.

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    The LFO Module

    Learn how the LFO module is used to modulate parameters in the noise source module by altering values from their static position based on repeating cyclical shapes that can be synced to tempo.

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    The Vibrato Module

    Learn how to use this section to modulate pitch in subtle or dramatic ways, and how to control it's rate, depth and onset.

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    The Multi Effect Module

    Discover some of the onboard effects and how they are used to process the signal before being sent to the output.

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    Sound Design

    In this final video, listen to a short piece of music comprised of Chromaphone presets that were altered and automated to bring out their unique characters and colors.

Product Overview


Eli Krantzberg returns, this time showing you the incredible AAS Chromaphone creative percussive synthesizer. Chromaphone uses physical modeling to recreate the properties of two resonators interacting when being excited by mallets and virtual noise. Sound difficult to understand? Well Eli makes it all simple and fun! This synth is capable of creating incredibly expressive drum, percussion, string, and synth-like instruments, so hold the phone and check it out!

Eli begins with a video on the basic sonic structure of Chromaphone, followed by vids on how to browse Banks and Programs. The Interface and General Concepts of Chromaphone are then explored giving you a solid foundation in understanding this synth. The Mallet Module is then explained in detail as well as the Noise Module, Noise Envelope and Resonator sections.

Moving on, Eli demystifies the Material, Radious and Tone Parameters which allow you to fine tune your sound. Hit Position and Coupling is then revealed which allows you to take your sonic shaping to the next level. LFO and Vibrato is then discussed and you'll see how these simple but important modulators make all the difference in your patches.

Wrapping up the collection, Eli shows you the powerful Multi-Effect Module where you can further enhance your sounds as well as some Sound Design examples. If you use AAS Chromaphone, this series will really help you get the most from it and inspire you to push further... Watch "AAS Chromaphone Explained" today.


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AAS Chromaphone Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 2 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good overview of a good virtual instrument chromophone has way more potential than first meets the eye/ear. This series helps lay it all out and inspires me to try an all-chromophone project as is done in the final video.
Date published: 2019-11-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Chromophone PLUS This is TRULY a must-watch video series not only for those interested in this extremely useful software instrument, but also for anyone interested in an in-depth lesson in the studious application of various effects and their impact on the resulting sound. Kranzberg does a really good job of demonstrating how variations in all kinds of parameters effect sound, and how various filters, envelopes and their interactions can be used to create unique and highly expressive, very rich and complex instrumentation. If you are actually interested in software sound synthesizers, then you must watch this series.
Date published: 2017-04-11
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