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D16 Nepheton Explained®

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11 Videos | Length: 1hr 6min 22sec
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    Introduction to Nepheton

    Larry welcomes you and gives you an introduction to the series as well as how to set up Nepheton in multi-output mode so you can route the individual sounds to separate tracks in your DAW.

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    Play Modes

    In this video, discover the different ways you can use Nepheton to make drum beats and arrangements. You'll see how to use an external and internal sequencer and learn the basic differences between Native and Host modes.

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    The Synthesis Module

    Explore the Synthesis Module and its parameters that relate to each of the 17 drum sounds. Larry also demonstrates automating drum parameters to create rhythmic complexity.

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    Native Mode in Detail

    Watch how to go through triggering patterns using the built-in sequencer, as well as understand the concept of patterns and fills, and triggering using Manual and Automatic Modes. You'll also see how to vary pattens between parts A1, A2, B1 and B2.

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    Host Mode

    In this video, Larry shows you how to perform arrangements using a MIDI keyboard and further defines the differences between Host and Native Modes.

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    Pattern Editing

    Now see how to edit your patterns in Pattern Write Mode, add Accented Steps, create parts using the Length button, shift parts for rhythmic variation using the Shift button, and copying and pasting parts using Copy/Paste. The Follow Pattern button is also explained and demonstrated.

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    Adding Groove & Accenting Beats

    In this video, Larry goes through using the Shuffle Mode to add that trademark shuffled groove feel to your patterns. Then see how to add accented beats to the pattern which again allows you add groove, but this time by varying velocity.

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    Randomizing Beats

    Discover how the Randomize Function enables you to introduce some happy accidents into your programming! Larry explains how to use the instrument section LEDs and level controls to fine tune your randomization.

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    Pattern Saving & Preset Management

    In this video, Larry explains how to Save and Load individual and banks of Patterns. After that he covers Preset Management through the GUI directly and the preset Browser Window.

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    Configuring Nepheton

    Larry goes through the Options Menu and explains the features and functions such as Outputs, Sequencer, Presets, Patterns, Drum Map and MIDI Control tabs. This allows you to configure Nepheton to work from Default Mode as you want to use it.

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    Making a Beat & Arranging it in Your DAW

    In this final video, Larry shows you how to program 3 beat patterns and then make a basic arrangement with these patterns using Host Mode.

Product Overview


Studio guru Larry Holcombe brings you a video tutorial series all about the amazing D16 Nepheton, the virtual instrument recreation of the famous Roland TR-808 drum machine! Learn all about its features and functions, as well as how to program and use its sounds in your songs and productions.

Larry starts with an introduction to the series, as well as how to set up Nepheton in multi-output mode so you can route the individual sounds to separate tracks in your DAW. He then covers the different ways you can use Nepheton to make drum beats and arrangements via the internal sequencer and your host DAW sequencer, and the basic differences between Native and Host modes.

Next you’ll get into Pattern Editing, adding Accented Steps, adding Groove, Swing and Shuffle, Randomizing Beats, Pattern Saving & Preset Management and much more. Wrapping it all up you’ll see Nepheton in-action, with Larry using what you’ve learned throughout the series to make a beat from scratch and arrange it into a song.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to D16 Nepheton or just want to find out if it’s the right drum machine for you, this is the collection of videos to check out… Watch “D16 Nepheton Explained®” today!


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D16 Nepheton Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Super helpful ...especially for drum machine beginners. This series covers everything D16's manual is leaving out. The techniques shown make you want to try them out right away.
Date published: 2020-12-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Easy Beats with Larry Love Larry's tutorials and this one helps demystify a VST I wanted to use but always couldn't get started. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2020-01-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well done. Covers everything I need to know to use both Nepheton & Drumazon, the latter is D16's 909 emulation. Thank you!
Date published: 2018-11-29
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