Exponential Audio Tutorial

Exponential Audio Excalibur Explained®

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    Tutorial 1

    Get Going in Three Minutes


    This QuickStart video gives you the big picture of the basic signal flow and modulation routings of Excalibur.

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    Tutorial 2

    Go Further in Seven More Minutes


    Invest just seven more minutes of your time, and get a deeper understanding of the interface, modulation set up, signal flow, and I/O Matrix.

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    Tutorial 3

    Exploring the Primary Voice Controls


    Explore the feedback parameter, and hear how the frequency can be modulated with one of the Gens. See how the output of one voice is fed into the input of a second voice. A different effect is used on the second voice, while the the same Gen, in conjunction with the Soft Knob is used to modulate Pan within a limited range.

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    Tutorial 4

    Cross Delay with a Twist


    See how to set up a classic cross delay effect with a feedback loop, and then customize it with some unique sounding effects and modulation.

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    Tutorial 5

    Secondary Modulation & More


    Wrapping it up, learn how to set up secondary modulation routings in Excalibur's Gen section, and explore interesting ways to create unique phaser style thickening effects.

In this FREE video series, Eli Krantzberg shows you the ins and outs of Exponential Audio’s incredible sounding multi-fx plug-in Excalibur.

Eli begins by welcoming you and gets you up and running quick with a 3 minute quickstart video covering the basic signal flow and modulation routings found in Excalibur.

Next, go further into Excalibur and get a deeper understanding of its interface, modulation set up, signal flow, and I/O Matrix.

Now it’s time to explore the primary voice controls where you’ll learn basic operation as well as more advanced routing techniques.

You’ll then see how to set up a classic cross delay effect and then customize it further, followed by advanced modulation tricks and ways to create unique phaser style thickening effects.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you have Exponential Audio’s Excalibur multi-fx plug-in, or are thinking of getting it, check out this series… Watch “Exponential Audio Excalibur Explained®” today.

Submitted 1 week ago

Very useful and stands up to the name of the course.

The architecture, signal flow, modulation possibilities, the functions of UI controls are clearly explained in detail. Inspires me to go beyond the factory presets. Thanks!

I am a: Professional, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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Submitted 1 week ago

Thank you

Extremely helpful for such a complicated plugin. I'll re-watch it in 2 weeks. Thanks

I am a: Professional, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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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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Exponential Audio Excalibur Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very useful and stands up to the name of the course. The architecture, signal flow, modulation possibilities, the functions of UI controls are clearly explained in detail. Inspires me to go beyond the factory presets. Thanks!
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thank you Extremely helpful for such a complicated plugin. I'll re-watch it in 2 weeks. Thanks
Date published: 2018-03-16