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ABSYNTH 5 Explained®

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Chapter 1: Getting Started

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    Introduction (1:29)


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    Setup & Overview (10:25)


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    Browser, Attributes & Mutator (12:40)


Chapter 2: The Patch Window

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    Oscillators Pt. 1 (11:14)


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    Oscillators Pt. 2 (13:29)


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    Oscillators Pt. 3 (12:33)


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    Waveshaper & Modulators (11:18)


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    The Filters Pt. 1 (12:09)


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    The Filters Pt. 2 (15:09)


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    Channel & Module Templates (5:25)


Chapter 3: Effects Window

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    Using Effects Pt. 1 (9:24)


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    Using Effects Pt. 2 (15:20)


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    Using Effects Pt. 3 (10:05)


Chapter 4: The Wave Window

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    The Wave Window Pt. 1 (15:07)


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    The Wave Window Pt. 2 (14:59)


Chapter 5: The Envelopes Window

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    Envelopes WIndow Pt. 1 (14:50)


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    Envelopes Window Pt. 2 (17:58)


Chapter 6: Performance Window and More

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    Performance Window Pt. 1 (17:23)


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    Performance Window Pt. 2 (13:47)


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    LFO Window & Audio Recorder (14:53)


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.


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therulah
Submitted 5 months 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 9 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.
Thank you for your feedback!
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Gourav
Submitted 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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
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