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ABSYNTH 5 Explained®

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:29

    ABSYNTH is an extremely powerful semi-modular synthesizer. It has a great many functions and features and can be rather daunting at first, but never fear, in this series of tutorials Al will go systematically through every feature of the synth and demystify ABSYNTH!

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    Tutorial 2

    Setup & Overview

    10:25

    In this video, Al gives a brief tour of the synth and makes sure the audio and MIDI settings are set up correctly.

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    Tutorial 3

    Browser, Attributes & Mutator

    12:40

    Explore the Browser and Attributes windows and look at how we can use ABSYNTHs database to find presets with the characteristics we're looking for. Also see how you can use the Mutator to generate completely new complex sounds with just a few clicks.

The Patch Window

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    Tutorial 4

    Oscillators Pt. 1

    11:14

    In these first three videos looking at the patch window, Al will demonstrate the 8 different oscillator modules which are available to you, starting with the Single and Double oscillator modules. Before this however, Al gives you a brief overview of the patch window, explaining the routing of the three main channels and your master channel.

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    Tutorial 5

    Oscillators Pt. 2

    13:29

    In this video Al moves on to the FM oscillator, which uses a second waveform to modulate our first waveform's frequency, generating interesting and complex timbres. He'll also demonstrate the Ringmod oscillator which multiplies two signals with each other, giving you the potential for very quirky and dissonant timbres. Finally, the Fractalize oscillator is shown which creates very unique sounds by copying iterations of the waveform to itself. If that sounds like a difficult concept to get your head around, never fear, Al will demonstrate the Fractalize function in the Wave Window to convey how the concept works in practice.

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    Tutorial 6

    Oscillators Pt. 3

    12:33

    In this video you'll explore the three remaining oscillator modules. Sync Granular splits our waveform up into many tiny sections called grains. You'll see how you can use the parameters in the Sync Granular oscillator to affect how the 'grain cloud' is re-synthesized. The Sample oscillator is a very basic sampler. It allows us to play .WAV or .AIF samples in ABSYNTH, either as one-shots or loops. The Sample Granular oscillator works in a very similar way to the Sync Granular oscillator except that rather than selecting a waveform to be split up into grains, we can load a sample to be granulized.

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    Tutorial 7

    Waveshaper & Modulators

    11:18

    Continue your exploration of the Patch Window by looking at the Waveshaper, Frequency Shifter and Ring Modulator modules.

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    Tutorial 8

    The Filters Pt. 1

    12:09

    In this video Al demonstrates the first 13 of the 16 different filter modules which are available to you in the Patch Window. These include six low pass filters, three all-pass filters, two high pass filters, a band pass and a band rejection filter. Some of the filters available to you have a feedback mode which you can use to send the filters output back to it's input, processing it on the way, with either a Waveshaper, a Frequency Shifter or a Ring Modulator.

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    Tutorial 9

    The Filters Pt. 2

    15:09

    In this video Al demonstrates the 3 remaining filter modules, the Comb, Supercomb and Cloud filters. These are all rather different types of filters from the filters you saw in the previous video. The first two being two types of Comb filters, which use an imperceptibly short delay to create a phasing or flanging effect. The Supercomb is a Comb filter equipped with a feedback loop. The Cloud filter is a granular filter, like the Sync Granular and Sample Granular oscillators, it splits the incoming signal up into grains and it is the baby brother of ABSYNTH's Aetherizer effect which you'll see later on in the Effects Window Part 2 video.

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    Tutorial 10

    Channel & Module Templates

    5:25

    See how you can load templates for channels and individual modules and how you can save your own.

Effects Window

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    Tutorial 11

    Using Effects Pt. 1

    9:24

    In this video we'll take our first look at the Effects Window. Al explains the routing in the effects window and demonstrate how to use the Surround panner section to alter the panned position of our effects in the surround sound or stereo field. He'll also demonstrate how to use the controller section to assign a macro control to control parameters in our effects.

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    Tutorial 12

    Using Effects Pt. 2

    15:20

    In this video Al will demonstrate the first 5 of the 6 effects that are available to you in the Effects Window. These effects are Pipe, which uses the incoming audio to generate vibrations in a hypothetical 'pipe', Multi-comb, which is a comb filter offering as many as 6 delay lines, each equipped with a low pass filter, Multi-tap, which is a delay unit with multiple taps, Echos which is a more "dubby" delay effect and Resonators which offers as many as three 'resonating bodies'.

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    Tutorial 13

    Using Effects Pt. 3

    10:05

    In this video Al demonstrates the 6th and final effect available to us in the Effect Window, ABSYNTH's fantastic Aetherizer effect, which, like the Cloud Filter, splits the incoming signal up into grains to be reassembled or 're-synthesized'. The Aetherizer though, offers us even more parameters for affecting the re-synthesizing of the 'grain cloud' and is capable of creating some really amazing and 'spacey' ambient textures.

The Wave Window

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    Tutorial 14

    The Wave Window Pt. 1

    15:07

    In this first video Al will demonstrate the basic drawing tools available to you to create brand new waveforms and then he'll go through the various functions in the transform menu for further transforming the shape of our wave. As well as some fairly basic functions such as Offset Phase, Invert Phase and Reverse, this menu includes much more complex and interesting functions such as Fractalize, Filter, FM and Waveshape Distortion. The Transform menu also allows us to save our waveform in ABSYNTH's library of user waves.

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    Tutorial 15

    The Wave Window Pt. 2

    14:59

    In part 2, All demonstrates how you can use the Spectrum tab as an alternative or additional way of shaping and transforming your waveform, by changing the amplitude and phase value of your waveform's harmonics. He also demonstrates the Morph Tab which can be used to determine how two distinct waveforms morph between each other as a morph wave.

The Envelopes Window

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    Tutorial 16

    Envelopes WIndow Pt. 1

    14:50

    Over the next two videos Al demonstrates all the tools which are available to you in the Envelopes Window. In this first video he reveals using breakpoints to shape envelopes, the four different play through modes available to you and how two envelopes can be linked together.

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    Tutorial 17

    Envelopes Window Pt. 2

    17:58

    In Part 2, Al explores Control Driven Envelopes, which use a macro control, as apposed to time, to determine the position along the x-axis. He also demonstrates LFO envelopes and the various different functions which are available to you in the transform menu. Finally, he covers the Master Envelope and how you can assign breakpoints in each of your individual envelopes to correspond with the Master Envelope's Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release perimeters.

Performance Window and More

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    Tutorial 18

    Performance Window Pt. 1

    17:23

    Learn to access some important global settings, assign macro controls to control parameters in your synth and change the tuning of ABSYNTH.

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    Tutorial 19

    Performance Window Pt. 2

    13:47

    The Perform Window also contains the Audio Mod page which can be used as an envelope follower. Also see how you can use ABSYNTH as an effect in your DAW.

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    Tutorial 20

    LFO Window & Audio Recorder

    14:53

    So now that we've looked at every page in ABSYNTH, only the LFO window remains! Discover how to use up to three versatile LFO's to control multiple parameters in your synth. Also explore the LFO window and look at how to use ABSYNTH's Audio Recorder.

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.

Al starts at the top with a detailed introduction to ABSYNTH 5 as well as an important setup and overview tutorial and in-depth browser coverage. Next, Al dives into the formidable Patch Window, demystifying the different Oscillators, Waveshapers and Modulators, Filters and Channel & Module templates.

You are then shown the powerful Effects Window, deciphering the multitudes of special effects you can add to your patches to create other worldly sounds. The Wave Window follows and the various tools available for crafting and transforming your waveforms is explored.

The Envelopes Window is next and is fully broken down, showing you how essential it is for shaping your sounds further. Al wraps up the series with a focus on the Performance window, LFO Window and the Audio Recorder.

If you use this mega synth, you owe it to yourself to unlock its true capabilities, features and functions. Tune in with Al now.. Watch "ABSYNTH 5 Explained" today.

therulah
Submitted 1 month ago

Thank you!

Absynth 5 is NOT a very "intuitively obvious" software tool, and NI's PDFs can be a little hard to follow. Because of this, I've never really used this tool over the 6 or 7 years that I've had it, besides trying out some Presets. This video does a great job of walking through each screen in a logical order, explaining all the features and functions, highlighting the various aspects of Absynth that set it apart from other complex software synthesizers. Now, when I open Absynth, it isn't a big blue blob, but rather a powerful sound synthesis tool that, after watching this video, doesn't seem nearly as frightening to try and use.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Cakewalk Sonar

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soundlover
Submitted 5 months ago

Might as well read the manual.

Yes it was explained, but the information was given in a way that in my opinion will not be retained. There is no practice and learn section, no recommended workflow for creating patches, and the recording section lacked for me.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Acid, FL Studio, Cubase, Pro Tools, Reason

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thank you for leaving a review for us! It is certainly appreciated.
I'm very sorry you didn't like the tutorial. It will certainly show you the ins and outs of the software. We have gotten a lot of good feedback about the tutorial so I feel if you gave each video a chance, it would help you learn this complicated piece of software and get you up to speed on all the features and functions.
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Gourav
Submitted 9 months ago

No Absynth tutorial can be better than this.

Everything about Absynth is covered in detail and in a very user friendly and clear way. Can't ask for more. The tutor has really done a stupendous job!! 5 stars for everything.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound Designer

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Mrryanbalch
Submitted 1 year ago

So helfpul

I learned SO much about not only the synth, but electronic music in general.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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Cool Breeze 711
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellent !

As usual, each tutorial is crisp, and well explained. Great !

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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bembiii
Submitted 1 year ago

amazing

so dope

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hgutti91
Submitted 1 year ago

Awesome.

Super helpful. I'm so happy I found a place that can help with me with virtual instruments. The instructor is very easy to understand, and very insightful.

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer

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clgood
Submitted 1 year ago

Very thorough

I came at this as a synthesizer novice who bought Absynth 5 for sound design work. The thoroughness of the presentation made this not only a tutorial on this product, but on how synths work in general. Highly useful. From my standpoint sometimes he went very quickly. Not a problem. That's why you can pause and back up video. So while I'm far from being an expert, I now feel like I know my way around what is hardly an obvious user interface, and I'm already making cool sounds and turning my voice into space robots.

I am a: Professional, Sound Designer

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rawi
Submitted 1 year ago

Great and comprehensive tutorial...

...presented in a straight and effective style from a very competent teacher!

I am a: Musician

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VirtuAlex
Submitted 2 years ago

Good introductoty course!

Good introductoty course. May be is only me that it was expecting little more, I don't know. The course works anyway!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've been dabbling in music for as long as I can remember in one way or another. As a toddler, my Dad used to sit me at the piano while he played and I'd just bash the keys! But it was in my early teens that I first started trying to write electronic music and learning to program MIDI. I wasn't great at it then but I really enjoyed it and I knew from then on that all I wanted to do was music. When I was 14 I made a CD of my own self made house tunes and persuaded them to sell it in my local record shop down the road. The tracks were pretty basic but I sold all 20 copies!

2. What training have you had?

I did an A-Level in Music Technology, it was pretty retro; we were recording onto analog tape with a Tascam MSR-16 and there were usually only about 8 or 9 channels on the 16 channel desk actually working at any given time! Then I did a BA (Hons) in Popular Music Production at the University of Huddersfield, they were a lot better equipped! I also spent a year working as a trainee studio engineer at ICC Studios, a great recording studio down on the south coast of England. That was really where I cut my teeth, learning to use with Pro-Tools and SADiE. It was hard work but also great fun. ICC was also where I learned the people skills necessary to be a studio engineer. Helping musicians feel comfortable and relaxed so they can give a great performance is a vital part of the job and those skills have come in very handy when working with vocalists on my own music.

3. When did you get into recording?

I first got into recording when I did my A-Level, before that I was really just making crude general midi tracks using a really basic version of Cubase called Cubasis AV. That was a really important step on the road to becoming a producer, before then I didn't really know how to use EQs and compressors effectively. Given that most of my experience up to that point had been teaching myself how to use various bits of software to write dance music, getting some proper training in micing up guitar cabs and drum kits, all using analogue equipment was really valuable.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I'm one third of Rebel Sonix, audio visual bass merchants based in Brixton, London. I joined after having done a few collabs and remixes with them over the last year. I've also worked with Adam Freeland, most notably on a dubstep remix of the James Bond theme for the launch of the videogame Goldeneye Reloaded. I've remixed several tracks by FeralisKinky, the UK's first ever white, female raga vocalist, and I remixed Delirious' last ever single before they broke up, which was a real honour since I remember going to their gigs as a teenager! Other artists I've worked with include Whiskey Pete, Adam Fielding, Steve Leach, Tom+Olly and You And What Army. I get approached quite a lot to do remixes and collabs and I try to do as much as I can, with the inevitable consequence that I'm always really busy!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I've spent more than 10 years now learning about studio recording, computer composition and sound design and music production. As a producer I never stop learning because I'm always trying to improve my own production skills. I'm comfortable working in a diverse range of genres as well as a diverse range of software and plugins. I also believe I'm clear, concise and articulate (a trait I've absorbed via osmosis from my parents who are both teachers.) But most of all I'm really passionate about this stuff, music production is my life and when I discover something new I get really excited and want to tell people (just ask my wife!)

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ABSYNTH 5 Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thank you! Absynth 5 is NOT a very "intuitively obvious" software tool, and NI's PDFs can be a little hard to follow. Because of this, I've never really used this tool over the 6 or 7 years that I've had it, besides trying out some Presets. This video does a great job of walking through each screen in a logical order, explaining all the features and functions, highlighting the various aspects of Absynth that set it apart from other complex software synthesizers. Now, when I open Absynth, it isn't a big blue blob, but rather a powerful sound synthesis tool that, after watching this video, doesn't seem nearly as frightening to try and use.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Might as well read the manual. Yes it was explained, but the information was given in a way that in my opinion will not be retained. There is no practice and learn section, no recommended workflow for creating patches, and the recording section lacked for me.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from No Absynth tutorial can be better than this. Everything about Absynth is covered in detail and in a very user friendly and clear way. Can't ask for more. The tutor has really done a stupendous job!! 5 stars for everything.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So helfpul I learned SO much about not only the synth, but electronic music in general.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent ! As usual, each tutorial is crisp, and well explained. Great !
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from amazing so dope
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome. Super helpful. I'm so happy I found a place that can help with me with virtual instruments. The instructor is very easy to understand, and very insightful.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very thorough I came at this as a synthesizer novice who bought Absynth 5 for sound design work. The thoroughness of the presentation made this not only a tutorial on this product, but on how synths work in general. Highly useful. From my standpoint sometimes he went very quickly. Not a problem. That's why you can pause and back up video. So while I'm far from being an expert, I now feel like I know my way around what is hardly an obvious user interface, and I'm already making cool sounds and turning my voice into space robots.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great and comprehensive tutorial... ...presented in a straight and effective style from a very competent teacher!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good introductoty course! Good introductoty course. May be is only me that it was expecting little more, I don't know. The course works anyway!
Date published: 2016-05-10