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Exponential Audio Symphony Explained®

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    Symphony Overview

    Get the big picture of how this plug-in is laid out and where to access all the relevant controls.

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    Working with Presets

    Learn how to search the presets using boolean operators, store your own variations, add custom keywords, import, export, and more.

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    Meters, Tempo, & Freeze

    Explore how the metering and tempo sync options work, learn about the processing threshold control, and hear how the Freeze function is used to create interesting sustained tail effects.

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    Input, Early Reflections, & Tail Master Controls

    Discover how the input, early reflections, and tail components of the signal are balanced, filtered, and modulated.

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    Basic Controls

    These controls are front and center and always visible, for easy access to basic macro type controls to shape the overall sound of the plug-in.

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    Early Reflections

    Early reflections refers to the portion of the reverb that is reflected off the surfaces in the listening space once or twice immediately after the direct sound, before they blur into the longer reverb tail. See how we control the dispersion, attack, filtering, density, and other early reflection properties in Symphony.

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    Reverb Tail

    Explore how the various parameters on the Reverb Tail page are used to shape both the frequency response, and the contour of the tail component of the reverb signal.

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    Reverb Attack

    Hear how the parameters on this page influence the onset of the reverb tail.

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    Gate Parameters

    Explore how these controls are used to control the reverb levels by the characteristics of the input signal.

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    Chorus

    Discover how the tail is modulated with either a pitch based chorus or a thickening effect; and how the density and EQ are modulated separately.

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    Warp

    Hear how the parameters in this section are used to add compression and drive to the reverb tail.

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    Multi Channel Audio Pt. 1

    Learn about working with the 3D version of Symphony, and see how to set up the top front and top rear channels in Pro Tools, available in the 7.1.6 format.

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    Multi Channel Audio Pt. 2

    Explore the Early Reflection, Tail, and Balance controls pertaining to multi channel and 3D reverb.

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    Creating a Drum Room

    Follow along as the features in Symphony are put to work to design a small warm subtle drum chamber ambiance.

Product Overview


Studio wiz Eli Krantzberg delivers in-depth Exponential Audio Symphony video tutorials! Follow along with Eli and learn what every feature and function does on this formidable reverb plug-in, including it's 3D surround capabilities and more! These videos are designed for new Exponential Audio Symphony users.

To get started, Eli welcomes you and then reveals how Symphony is laid out and where to access all of its relevant controls. You'll then see how to work with presets, including using boolean operators, storing your own variations, adding custom keywords, importing & exporting presets, and more.

Symphony's Meters, Tempo, and Freeze controls are then explored, and you'll learn how the metering and tempo sync options work, using the processing threshold control, and how the Freeze function is used to create interesting sustained tail effects. Then, Input, Early Reflections, & Tail Master Controls are all explained in detail, so you know exactly what they do and how to use them to create awesome reverb effects.

Throughout the rest of the videos, Eli gives in-depth instruction on using Symphony's basic controls, Early Reflection, Reverb Tail, and gate parameters, so you can dial in the perfect amount of ambiance for your tracks. You'll also learn how to use Symphony's Chorus and Warp effects for fattening up your reverb sound, and see how the 3D version of Symphony can be used to process Multi-Channel Audio. As a bonus, Eli gives you one last video showing how to utilize all you've learned in the videos to create a great sounding Drum Room chamber from scratch.

To see what these detailed Exponential Audio Symphony tutorials show you, and how they'll help you to understand Symphony and use it effectively and creatively, see the individual Exponential Audio Symphony video tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're new to using Exponential Audio Symphony, these are the videos to watch... Check out “Exponential Audio Symphony Explained®" today!


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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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