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BreakTweaker Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Introduction

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    Introduction

    Eli welcomes you to BreakTweaker Explained!

Chapter 2 : Playback and Sequencing

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    Interface Marriage

    Learn about the three main sections of the interface and how they work together.

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    Playing the Patterns

    Learn how to trigger the sounds and playback patterns live and from within your DAW. Explore how the gate, latch, and re-trigger playback modes work on overlapping and non overlapping trigger notes.

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    Working with Presets

    Explore the Global and Generator preset browsers, and see how they are used to change various aspects of the current preset in real time as BreakTweaker is playing.

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    The Sequencer

    The Sequencer is used to program which steps the track's generator's sounds will play. Learn to create, delete, move, edit, cut, copy, and paste steps, tracks and patterns.

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    Track Controls and Isorhythms

    Learn how to control track auditioning, naming, gain, pan, muting, and soloing; and how to create complex sounding Isorhythms by altering individual track lengths and playback speed.

Chapter 3 : The Generator Engine

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    The Sample Generator

    Each Generator lane can be based either on a sample player or dual oscillator synth. Explore the sample generator functions including parameters for auditioning, tuning, gain offset, playback direction, and how to use the Discover button to search for related samples.

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    Waveform Editing

    Explore the waveform editor and learn to import, trim, loop, layer, and crossfade samples.

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    The Synth Generator

    Listen to a small sampling of the raw waveforms, from simple to complex, BreakTweaker offers as starting points in it's synthesis engine, and see how the waveforms are tuned, and able to be modulated continuously rather than in stepped increments.

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    Synthesis Types

    Discover the ways that two oscillators can interact with each based on Additive, Ring Modulation, Amplitude Modulation, and Frequency Modulation synthesis

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    Modulation

    Discover how modulation sources, destinations, and ranges are set up to animate the movement of generator engine parameters over time.

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    Envelopes

    Envelopes are customizable multi stage shapes that are used as modulation sources. See how they can effect amplitude, pitch, and wave shape

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    LFOs

    See how these repeating cyclical shapes are controlled and applied as a modulation source.

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    Multiple Modulators

    Explore the relationship between two modulator sources when they are applied to the same parameter.

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    Filters and Distortion

    Explore the variety of filters and distortion effects available to sonically enhance oscillator and sample based generators, and hear the effects of having some of the various parameters modulated with LFOs.

Chapter 4 : The MicroEdit Section

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    MicroEdit - Types

    Learn about the four modes BreakTweaker's MicroEdit engine uses to chop up and slice individual sequencer steps.

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    MicroEdit - Slope

    See how the tension and rotation knobs are used to control how the microedits are distributed across the step, and how the shape settings are used to tune the microedits into musical scales and riffs.

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    MicroEdit - Gate

    Explore the gate section of the MicroEdit engine, and hear how it interacts with the sample length and re-trigger function.

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    MicroEdit - Step Effects

    Watch as a pitched synth line is created and harmonized using step based pitch offsets, fades and effects.

Chapter 5 : DAW Control

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    Automation

    See how host automation, or hardware automation, is used to alter and record BreakTweaker's parameter values.

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    Multi-Output Setup

    See how BreakTweaker's tracks are routed to multiple outputs and processed individually with McDSP plug-ins in Logic Pro X.

Product Overview


Learn to make beats that were never heard before with iZotope's revolutionary BreakTweaker software! Drum and studio guru Eli Krantzberg takes you on an all-encompassing journey through this ever-evolving drum sculpting and beat sequencing instrument!

Eli starts with an introduction welcoming you and setting the stage for things to come. Playback and Sequencing are first on the list, and Eli presents the user interface in detail, so you know exactly what you're looking at and how to use it. Playing patterns and working with Presets is next, followed by videos on the Sequencer, Track Controls and Isorhythms.

Eli then submerges into the Generator Engine, explaining in great detail the Sample Generator, Waveform Editor, Synth Generator, Synthesis Types, Modulation, Envelopes, LFO's Filters, Distortion and much, much more.

The MicroEdit Section is then revealed, and Eli explains all of the different mode types used to chop up and slice individual sequencer steps. He also covers Slope, Gate and Step Effects giving you complete control and creative license over your beats and grooves. He even demonstrates how to create pitched synth lines and harmonize them for truly mind blowing results.

Wrapping up the series, Eli gives you videos on DAW Control, using Automation to alter and record BreakTweaker's parameters, and Multi-Output Setup, so you can route individual BreakTWeaker tracks to separate tracks /channels in your DAW for further processing.

If you're into tweaking breaks and beats, this is one serious piece of software... Why not know it inside and out? Get the most comprehensive video tutorials available and watch "BreakTWeaker Explained" today.


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ghostwrtrone
Submitted 1 year ago

Complete coverage of features

Every feature is covered. Would like to see more creative uses of the software, though.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cakewalk Sonar, Reaper


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Joe_Egan
Submitted 1 year ago

Detailed explanations

Gets right into the depth of BreakTweater, at a good pace, not going so fast leaving me feel, "how did he do that". Highly recommended.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer


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sharkieboy
Submitted 2 years ago

Nice job as always

Eli always explain all the options very clear and make you understand the possibilities of the product. I learn what i need to.

I am a: Semi-Pro


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choralriff
Submitted 2 years ago

Nice overview

Just what I needed to get started with Breaktweaker.

I am a: Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist


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Bruno
Submitted 2 years ago

very interesting video

good ratio what you take what you pay for me. This is good lesson to understand the secret beyond the instrument.

I am a: Hobbyist


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karapete
Submitted 2 years ago

worth every cent

informative, affordable, well put together,comprehensive, easy to follow

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist


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fastmath777
Submitted 3 years ago

very helpfull and clear

i am a beginner to edm . i have ableton and got breaktweaker this week .having fun .this course is clear and cuts to the point .nice keypoints recaps at the end of most sections . friendly and pro teacher .great !

I am a: Beginner


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TjSaurus
Submitted 3 years ago

Everything I wanted to know

Thorough and explicative, with good examples. Only thing I would add is that you can drag and drop a sample into the generator from your DAW.

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

ghostwrtrone
Submitted 1 year ago

Complete coverage of features

Every feature is covered. Would like to see more creative uses of the software, though.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cakewalk Sonar, Reaper

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Joe_Egan
Submitted 1 year ago

Detailed explanations

Gets right into the depth of BreakTweater, at a good pace, not going so fast leaving me feel, "how did he do that". Highly recommended.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

sharkieboy
Submitted 2 years ago

Nice job as always

Eli always explain all the options very clear and make you understand the possibilities of the product. I learn what i need to.

I am a: Semi-Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

choralriff
Submitted 2 years ago

Nice overview

Just what I needed to get started with Breaktweaker.

I am a: Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Bruno
Submitted 2 years ago

very interesting video

good ratio what you take what you pay for me. This is good lesson to understand the secret beyond the instrument.

I am a: Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

karapete
Submitted 2 years ago

worth every cent

informative, affordable, well put together,comprehensive, easy to follow

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

fastmath777
Submitted 3 years ago

very helpfull and clear

i am a beginner to edm . i have ableton and got breaktweaker this week .having fun .this course is clear and cuts to the point .nice keypoints recaps at the end of most sections . friendly and pro teacher .great !

I am a: Beginner

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

TjSaurus
Submitted 3 years ago

Everything I wanted to know

Thorough and explicative, with good examples. Only thing I would add is that you can drag and drop a sample into the generator from your DAW.

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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BreakTweaker Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Complete coverage of features Every feature is covered. Would like to see more creative uses of the software, though.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Detailed explanations Gets right into the depth of BreakTweater, at a good pace, not going so fast leaving me feel, "how did he do that". Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice job as always Eli always explain all the options very clear and make you understand the possibilities of the product. I learn what i need to.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice overview Just what I needed to get started with Breaktweaker.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very interesting video good ratio what you take what you pay for me. This is good lesson to understand the secret beyond the instrument.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from worth every cent informative, affordable, well put together,comprehensive, easy to follow
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpfull and clear i am a beginner to edm . i have ableton and got breaktweaker this week .having fun .this course is clear and cuts to the point .nice keypoints recaps at the end of most sections . friendly and pro teacher .great !
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Everything I wanted to know Thorough and explicative, with good examples. Only thing I would add is that you can drag and drop a sample into the generator from your DAW.
Date published: 2016-04-13
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