Ultra Analog VA Tutorial

AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 Explained®

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    Let’s start off by getting Ultra Analog installed, registered and running. We will go over the general interface including the utility section at the top and the three main views; Play, Edit and FX View.

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    Managing Programs

    Next let’s take a look at programs. What better way to hear what this Soft Synth can do? You will learn how to save, manage, import and restore Programs. Finally we will change Programs via MIDI Program Change messages.

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    Play View

    In this video we will take a look at Play View. This view gives us a handful of basic controls for minor tweaks and performance. We will also go over the Effects Modules and then each Performance Module.

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    The Arpeggiator

    In the previous video we went over everything in Play View but the Arp. Now let’s take a look at how Ultra Analog’s Arpeggiator Module works.

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    The Oscillators

    Now let’s take a look at the in-depth controls available to us in Edit View. We’ll start off with the synth’s sound source and all the options available to us in the Oscillator Module.

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    The Filters

    Next we’re on to the Filters. The Filter Modules are the primary way we sculpt and change the signal coming from the Oscillators. We will check out all the different options we have from these Filters and how to run them in Series and in Parallel.

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    The LFO

    Next up comes Modulation. We will add some movement to our sound by using the two built in LFOs. We can make parameters automatically move and create a more complex sound.

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    Envelope Generators

    In this video learn how to take even more control of the sound. You can drastically change this synth’s feel by using EGs to control amplitude and the filter.

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    Advanced Modulation

    Now that you understand the basics of using an LFO and Envelope Generator we will go even deeper and look at more advanced ways to modulate this synth’s parameters.

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    MIDI Assign

    Discover how to control parameters using a MIDI controller. We no longer need to use the mouse to change parameters on the fly!

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    FX View

    This synth has some great built in Effects. First let’s take a look at the three main Modules available to us; EQ, Compression and Reverb. Next we have some interchangeable Effects; Delay, Distortion, Phaser, Chorus, Flanger, Wah and Notch.

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    Sound Design - Bass

    Now let’s create some Programs. First we will create a simple yet powerful and inspiring bass program that will hold down the bottom end but could very easily be an interesting instrument in your mix.

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    Sound Design - Pad

    Next up is a simple sound but don’t let its simplicity fool you. We will use lots of modulation so this sound never gets stale and old.

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    Sound Design - Lead

    In this video we will create a mono lead program sure to inspire a classic synth solo. We can also tone it down a little and make it a nice texture or counter melody in your mix.

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    Sound Design - Kick

    Finally we will take a look at how to create a percussive program. The Envelope Generator and pitch drop is key to reproducing a drum machine style Kick.

Product Overview

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.

Scottie begins with an intro showing you the synth and how to install, register and get it up and running. Next, you'll learn how to save, load, import and restore Programs, followed by a look at the Play View where you can control basic performance parameters as well as the powerful Arp arpeggiator module. The Oscillators are then examined in-detail and you'll see how this is where it all starts when making juicy, fat analog tones. The Filters and LFO sections are then revealed, and you'll learn how to make even more complex tones.

Scottie now goes into deeper territory with videos on Envelope Generators and Advanced Modulation techniques. You'll also see how to assign MIDI values to control Ultra Analog VA-2's knobs, so you can use a control surface or MIDI keyboard instead of your mouse. This synth has some great effects built-in, (EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay, Distortion, Phaser, Chorus, Flanger, Wah and Notch) and Scottie shows you them all and how to use them to give depth and character to your sounds.

Wrapping up the series, Scottie shows you how to do Sound Design and make Bass, Pad, Lead and Kick sounds with this powerful beast. If you use AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 in your tracks and productions, see what it can really do. You'll work faster and more creatively, producing thick, fat analog tones and effects... Watch "AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 Explained" today.

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AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear, and informative Very straight forward and informative intermediate tutorial. Easy to follow, recommended to intermediate users
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from good work good work and good explanation of the instrument
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Essential for all users of Ultra Analog VA 2 All the basics!
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from its good It Helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Ultra Analog VA-2 Review Ultra Analog VA-2 is a great synth. It's basic but that's the beauty. However, it is very possible to design amazing complex, rich, and lush layered sounds with it. It's only weakness is the FX section. Although flexible with what it can do and what it has to offer it does leave one wanting more. The tutorial videos for this synth are excellent. I've learned how to program every single parameter about this synth because of these videos. Kudos Scottie Dugan and Groove3.
Date published: 2016-03-17
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