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Arturia Pigments Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Arturia Pigments Explained

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    Introduction & Overview

    First, we take a brief look at the broad aspects and nature Arturia's original software synthesizer, Pigments. With the vast experience they've had making awesome models of classic synths and now a flexible Wavetable synthesis engine, Pigments packs a ton of possibilities with an enjoyable workflow!

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    The User Interface & Basic Operation

    To start digging into Pigments, we take a tour and get an initial understanding of the basics so that we can then elaborate and expand upon the specifics of each part in detail.

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    The Analog Engine

    The first of the two synthesis engines is the Analog Engine. This creates a 3-oscillator analog emulation, which Arturia is well known to be one of the best at achieving. Here, we use customization to create a wide array of classic subtractive-style sounds, which can be shaped further as well.

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    The Wavetable Engine

    Wavetable synthesis is more common among modern software synthesizers, and Arturia's take on it is more than capable of synthesizing all kinds of sounds, in all kinds of styles. This engine opens up doors that Arturia hasn't gone through with its classic synths, and by doing so we can now make amazing sounds from a very open ended form of synthesis.

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    The Filters

    With many different kinds of filters featuring very solid sound quality, the filter section gives us the flexibility to shape our sounds in a variety of cool ways. Note: The filters and routing options are updated and expanded upon in later Chapters.

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    Modulations & Routing

    In this video, we go into detail on how we can quickly and easily set a multitude of different modulation routings for the many parameters of Pigments.

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    Modulation Sources & Source Groups Pt. 1

    Pigments gives us many color-coded groups of mod sources that we can use to modulate numerous parameters throughout the synthesizer. Going through these mod sources in this video, we see the nature of the Keyboard, Envelopes, LFO, and Functions groups.

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    Modulation Sources & Source Groups Pt. 2

    Continuing on from the previous video, we now see and explore the nature of the Random and Combinate groups.

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    The Sequencer Tab

    Introducing the Sequencer and Arpeggiator! Watch how we can add rhythmic movement to the sound in several ways, as well as how we can manipulate that movement to evolve and change over time.

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    The Effects Tab

    Here we see how to apply additional touches and decorations after the sound has been synthesized, by picking from a selection of different effects added to multiple chains, and even a send bus, to make the final output shimmer in all of its glory. Note: The Effects tab is updated and expanded upon in Chapter 4 with new effects, visuals, and additional routing options.

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    Preset Management & the Browser

    Get a closer look at the browser and its collection of awesome pre-made sounds. Those presets also have a handy "Sound Design Tips" learning feature to guide you through using and understanding the preset and overall synthesizer. After exploring a bit, we then learn how to add our own presets and get them organized for future use as well.

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    Sound Design Example: Bass

    With Pigments, we can make a massive variety of bass sounds, and here we work through an example that explores a number of possible paths to take in that process.

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    Sound Design Example: Lead

    As with bass sounds, Pigments can be hugely flexible in giving plenty of other awesome sounds from retro to cutting-edge. In this video, we explore some examples of lead sounds.

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    Sound Design Example: Pad

    Now we work through an example of a pad sound that flexes a lot of muscles within Pigments' sound engines and beyond, when building a very spacious sound full of glorious modulations.

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    To finish things up, we have a quick review of what we've seen and go over a few closing remarks on this awesome synthesizer that combines so many things while maintaining a truly fantastic sound throughout it all!

Chapter 2 : 1.2 Update

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    Pigments 1.2 Update Features & Additions

    In this video, we go through all of the new features added to Arturia Pigments by this update, which gives us new options and compatibility to work with as well as more flexibility from functions we already know.

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    Utilization Examples

    With the features from this update, we can now do even more with Pigments. In this video, we go through some different ways we can creatively put all of the tools and knowledge we have together to take our sounds to new and exciting places!

Chapter 3 : Version 2

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    The Sample Engine: Sample Section

    Like other Arturia Instruments, Pigments now has the capability of using sample sounds in its sound generation. This adds a lot of possibilities to our toolbox, and we see get a good look at how we can use it here.

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    The Sample Engine: Granular Synthesis & Shaper Modes

    The Sample Engine gives us even more possibilities with Granular Synthesis, which takes samples and splits them into grains to be sliced and varied in all kinds of exciting ways!

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    Effects, Sequencer, & General Updates

    The update also adds quite a few little additions and tweaks to what we had before to make working with Pigments the best experience possible. Things like new effects, enhanced sequencer functions, and Undo/Redo buttons are just a few examples of what we'll go through here.

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    Utilization Example

    Pigments is hugely powerful, and it continues to become even greater with updates like this one. Using the Sample Engine, Granular Synthesis, and other features added to Pigments, we work out another example sound that shows one way we can implement what's new into our workflow.

Chapter 4 : Version 3

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    Version 3.0 Introduction

    The Arturia Pigments Version 3.0 Update gives us two new Engines, a new Filter, four new Effects, and plenty of new content. Here, we get a quick overview of these new additions before we dig into them in detail.

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    The Harmonic Engine

    Pigments previously covered subtractive, wavetable, and some frequency modulation synthesis options with its powerful engines. Now with the Harmonic Engine, we also have the ability to use Additive synthesis as well, giving us even more capacity to make any sort of sound.

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    The Utility Engine

    In addition to the Harmonic Engine, we also have the new Utility Engine, which gives us noise oscillators and another analog style oscillator that can be used as a sub or for any other purpose.

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    Filters & Effects Routing

    The 3.0 update has given us the Jup-8 low pass filter, plus some new options for organizing the routing of filters and busses to effects, which allows greater possiblities for varied signal paths. In this video, we get a feel for this helpful update to Pigments.

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    The New Effects

    On top of the new effects routing options, we also have four new effects: the BL-20 Flanger, Jun-6 Chorus, Multiband compressor, and Pitch-Shift Delay. Here, we see these effects in action.

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    Utilization Example

    With all of these new tools in our toolbox, we take Pigments out for a spin to create an additive lead sound that makes use of the Version 3.0 updated features.

Product Overview

Arturia's very first original virtual synth Pigments is here! Synth wiz Tyler Coffin takes you on a journey into this cutting edge virtual synth, covering all of its features and functions, as well as how to design Bass, Lead, and Pad sounds from scratch.

Tyler begins by welcoming you and then jumps right in with what this new synth is all about, plus an in-depth overview if the Pigments interface. Next, Tyler explains the 2 biggest parts of this synth, the Analog Engine, which is a 3-oscillator analog emulation, and then its digital counterpart, the Wavetable Engine, which allows for amazing sounds from a very open ended form of synthesis.

Throughout the rest of the video tutorials, Tyler covers topics such as the Filters, Modulations and Routing, Sources and Groups, the powerful built in Sequencer, the great sounding Multi-FX, and how to understand Pigment's Preset Management system, and effectively use the Browser to save and load the stock presets as well as your own!

Wrapping it up, Tyler gives you videos on sound design with Pigments, showing you how to create Bass, Lead and Pad sounds all from scratch, enabling you to wrap your mind around the seemingly endless options for creating sound with Pigments.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you're new to Arturia's first original synth Pigments, or just want to research it further, then this series is a must see… Watch “Arturia Pigments Explained®” today!

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Arturia Pigments Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 17 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Superb Review There's something about pace and clarity that is profoundly good in this class on Pigments 3. Nothing blows past you in a flurry of details and everything is laid out simply and clearly. This is what every such presentation should be. It seems that Pigments is now a mature product containing all the different kinds of synthesis and modulation routings and FX where if you wanted to buy and master one and only one synth, this is the one to get. Off the top of my head you get old school analog oscillators, sample playing, wave-table, and additive harmonic engines. FM-DX7 style modulations seems built in to all the synthesis engines. It's just an astounding swiss army knife instrument with tons of bells and whistles that I cannot begin to list in a short review like this. In short, if you want a synthesizer to master and make your own, this is the one. And having this video series as a companion to make it all clearly understandable as you master the various aspects is a huge plus as well.
Date published: 2021-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good Quick run through of functionality, and great sound creation examples I liked the tutorial guy's approach to showing example sound creations, rather than dissecting already made presets. I find it useful to witness the creative process in that form for a change.
Date published: 2021-05-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So helpful and constantly updated ! The only place where you actually can come along and learn about this great synth in detail. Examples of sound design are particularly so exciting and insightful.
Date published: 2021-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear and Concise explanations Clear and concise instruction on how to use Pigments. Very helpful. Glad to see videos for the updates as well
Date published: 2020-12-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great walkthrough over everything in Pigments This is a really good and to the point walkthrough of Pigments. All the possibilities are covered in just enough detail. The only criticism I have is that utilization examples could've been more directed and less random twisting of features. For example, taking a known sound and recreating it or even going through a preset and explaining what each thing contributes to it. Other than that - really well done!
Date published: 2020-11-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good tutorial Here you get a very good insight into the possibilities that you have with pigments. All control elements are examined carefully, then the possibilities that the many setting options have to offer a sound technician. And then practical examples are created. Such as bass, pad, lead. And even the updates and innovations are taken into account. So if you want a good insight into Pigments, then this tutorial is the right one!
Date published: 2020-10-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent and even better with Update 2.0 No tutorial on YouTube to date comes close to this level of detail, clarity, professional delivery and presentation on this wonderful synth. I had already seen it this tutorial when Pigments came out and came back just to look at new content and realized you guys had updated the video with the software update! Excellent tutorial and even better value.
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thorough and easy to follow I was new to the synth and it helped me to quickly understand the controls and basic concepts. Good for someone who doesn't like to simply look at the manual.
Date published: 2020-04-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful Very helpful and well composed- I especially liked the exs of sound design concepts.
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from in depth look at a deep synth Appreciated the in depth look into this neat and modulation-addicted-bottomless synth which has a unique interface, that once you get used to is extremely powerful. I really wish that he went and did the 2.0 Update, though, as there are some big changes there. The stock sounds tend to be rather boring, so get to it and make your own (especially now that you can bring in samples)
Date published: 2020-01-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another helpful and concise tutorial This tutorial covers all the bases of Pigments. Clear, unhurried, and keeps on track. Just how I like my tutorials to be.
Date published: 2019-07-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I didn't expect to learn so much... Pigments is one of my favorite synths and I feel like I know this synth pretty well, but was a little fuzzy on the combinate modulators and a few other things, so I put it on. The instructor really knows his stuff. I learned a few things I had just never looked at (like the smoothing option on the lfos or different drawing tools in the functions). I didn't think I would learn so much. good job.
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Detailed look at Pigments Unlike some videos that only touch on the main features of a synth, I thought this series went into just enough details of everything to give you more than enough info to start making or modifying patches.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from On Point Succinct and useful info
Date published: 2019-02-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing! Excellent video series on Arturia Pigments. In depth and well explained. Shows the true power and diversity of sound design that you can get from a synth like Pigments. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from superb tutorial this tutorial is a must for in-dpth understanding how the new arturia pigments synth works,i've learned a lot since i viewed all the videos in this course,only one more thing to say,SUPER
Date published: 2019-02-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from OMG . . . Buy the Synth, and the Open the Lessons This video series on Pigments gave so much joy in that I had chosen to buy this program. I knew that if Arturia would decide to build a synth from the ground up, it would be good. But after I watched this video series, my appreciation for my new softsynth exploded exponentially. Great video springboard into control and flexibility.
Date published: 2019-02-04
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