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D16 Phoscyon Explained®

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    The GUI

    In this first video, we outline the different sections of Phoscyon so you start off knowing where everything is located.

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    Preset Management

    Now we cover the preset management in the plug-in inducing navigating, saving, re-naming and loading presets.

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    An Overview of the Work Modes

    In this video, we explain the Internal/external sequencer, internal/external synchronization and host/native modes which allows us to understand at a basic level how we interact with Phoscyon.

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    External Mode & The Sound Control Section

    Discover how to use Phosycon as a sound module including slide times and accents. We also investigate the Sound Control section to better understand sound design with this synth.

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    Playing Back Patterns in Internal Mode

    In this video, we use Native and Host mode to play back patterns from the internal sequencer using the GUI keyboard and our MIDI keyboard. We also outline how to chain patterns together.

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    Editing Existing Patterns

    Learn the concepts of editing existing patterns from the library, covering the concepts of Note, Gate, Accent and Slide. You?ll also learn about shuffle, changing pattern length, shift and transpose.

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    In this video, we cover the way you can use thresholds to build the complexity or density of attributes, thus creating more interesting patterns.

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    The Arpeggiator

    Larry now explains and explores the arpeggiator settings including the Arp Chord section, Arp Modes, Arp Shuffle, Octave Range, Arp Tempo Multiplier and Repeat knobs.

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    The Distortion Section

    In this video, we go through the Diode Clipped and Filter/EQ controls of the distortion section. We cover the parameters one by one so you can hear how it affects our sequence.

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    In this video, we cover randomizing attributes, using the threshold controls to determine density of attributes and generating new sequences by changing the Note, Gate, Accent and Slide parameters.

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    303 Techno Sequence

    Larry now shows you how to use the External Sequencer to come up with a dirty 303 line for a Techno track. We use Slide and Accent to get this to groove with the track.

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    Using the Internal Sequencer

    In this final video, we put Phoscyon through its paces on an analogue disco style track. Rather than using MIDI, we use the internal sequencer to get the right melody, groove and vibe. Finally we automate parameters to get the sound to develop and evolve during the track!

Product Overview

Larry Holcombe serves up a detailed series of D16 Phoscyon tutorials! Learn D16 Phoscyon, and how to use it to make realistic Roland TB-303 tracks. These D16 Phoscyon Videos are designed for the new Phoscyon user, as well as for those who want more information on this powerful Phoscyon TB-303 Bassline emulator.

Starting at the beginning, Larry reveals the D16 Phoscyon graphical user interface, all of its features, and how to navigate it. Phoscyon preset management is next, and you'll learn all the important D16 Phoscyon basics, such as navigating, saving, re-naming and loading Phoscyon presets.

Using External Mode and the Sound Control Section is then shown, followed by how to play back patterns in Internal Mode, including how to edit and chain patterns together to create a song. Throughout the rest of the D16 Phoscyon videos you'll learn all about using and editing the powerful built-in Arpeggiator, Distortion Section for beefing up your 303 tones, randomizing attributes to create new sequences, and make an actual sequence from scratch and more!

To see what each tutorial in this series shows you and how it can help you learn Phoscyon and enjoy your realistic Roland TB-303 experience, see the individual D16 Phoscyon tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're new to using Phoscyon, or just want to see if it's right for you, this series of tutorial videos will help you use and program Phoscyon... Learn to make awesome TB-303 Bassline style synth tracks today with “D16 Phoscyon Explained®”.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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