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Loom Explained®

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    9:15

    What is Loom and how does it make additive synthesis easier to use? Russ gives a show and tell of the interface and gets users up to speed with where everything is in Loom.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Edit Window

    8:11

    The soul of the synth is Loom's Edit Window and Russ shows you how each of the modules can be used to create limitless sounds.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Morph Window

    12:35

    Find out how to unleash the power with just a single bank of controllers in the Morph Window, then learn how to mash up and mangle those controls and automate them with the Morph controller.

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    Tutorial 4

    Loom FX Section

    4:44

    Looms FX section gives you all you need to ice the cake with distortion, modulation, delay and reverb. Take the tour and make sure you know where to find everything you need to make you sounds scream or shine… or both!

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    Tutorial 5

    Modulation Sources

    13:42

    In this video Russ explains how the 4 envelopes and 3 LFOs can be routed to modules and pitch to gives sounds shape and texture.

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    Tutorial 6

    Spectral Distortion & Modulation

    9:21

    Take you sounds to another dimension using spectral distortion and modulation… if it sounds like something from a sci-fi movie then don't worry, Russ makes sure you have all you need to harness this other world power.

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    Tutorial 7

    Basics Modules

    12:05

    Get to the source of the sounds with the basics modules, find out how this initial building block supplies the key audio elements to any great sound in Loom, be that pure sine waves to complex waveforms.

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    Tutorial 8

    Filtering Modules

    16:06

    Russ shows how the filtering module helps to ensure you choose exactly the right filter to produce killer low end or sizzling highs, plus how to bring them to life using modulation sources.

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    Tutorial 9

    Effects Modules

    12:13

    These are effects but not as we know them, Loom offers effects at the partial level giving the user the ability to sculpt sounds in ways not possible with conventional analogue controls, find out how they all work in this session.

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    Tutorial 10

    Rhythmical Modules

    5:43

    In this session Russ shows how this module can help to add organic shapes to your sounds and also shows how adding them in a subtle way to existing sounds can transform them and bring them to life.

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    Tutorial 11

    Time Module

    6:26

    Imagine a reverb or a delay in that occurs at partial level, enabling you to do time based effects in new ways. Russ shows how both the tail and the repeater can add yet another level of complexity to the sound of Loom.

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    Tutorial 12

    Tools Module

    13:37

    In this session Russ shows how partial based clipping, dynamics and more can add elements to a sound not possible in any conventional synth… it involves a lot of maths, but thankfully you won't need your calculator to figure these out.

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    Tutorial 13

    The Wave Module

    6:31

    Loom's wave module enables the user to load in sounds and loops and use them as the basis of new sounds, it gives you everything from organic loops to cool vocoder effects. Find out how it all works in this session.

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    Tutorial 14

    Create a String Pad

    8:35

    For those wanting to make sounds from scratch, then Russ puts it all together in a practical demonstration by creating a moving organic string pad in a matter of minutes.

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    Tutorial 15

    Create Bass Sounds

    5:32

    Russ shows how to create a series of cool bass sounds with just a handful of modules and gives everyone the power to become their own sound designer

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    Tutorial 16

    Create a Lead Sound

    4:44

    In this sessions Russ shows how adding some modulation sources to a patch can take a simple square wave and turn it into a cool retro lead sound.

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    Tutorial 17

    Using Loom as a Vocoder

    4:13

    If you want to use Loom as a cool, time locked vocoder within your favorite DAW then Russ shows you how.

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    Tutorial 18

    Creating, Saving & Loading MIDI CC

    3:14

    A short session showing users how to map, save and load the MIDI knobs, faders and buttons from their favorite MIDI controller.

Untangle the creative possibilities of additive synthesis and produce something amazing with Loom. Synth master Russ Hughes takes you on a journey and helps unlock the synth secrets of this cool new take on additive synthesis. This series includes a full, in-depth explanation of Loom's features, as well as some practical sessions on designing sounds from scratch.

Designed for beginner to intermediate users of Loom, the series guides you through step-by-step, showing you all of Loom's features and functions, as well as many creative possibilities that this awesome synth has to offer. Russ gives you an introduction to Loom, detailed looks at its interface and menus, as well as all of the windows and fx modules available.

Whether you are a new Loom user, or someone who just wishes to expand their Loom knowledge and skills, this series is going to give you the tools you need to unleash the power and add up your sound of this amazing synth... Get "Loom Explained" today.

TobyB1
Submitted 3 days ago

Terrific! The missing manual ...

Conceptually additive synthesis seems so much more controllable and creative than subtractive ... and Loom's presets sound great ... and THEN there's the "Random" options to play with. But all the potential didn't make any real sense with the documentation ... but I now have a sensible idea of how to use it. Putting that into practice is going to be a whole lot of fun, and an education when the graphics clearly show how all the options change things. I have Loom II, and the fact that this video series is based on Loom doesn't devalue them in the slightest. Clear, sensible and informative - great stuff!

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dpcoffin
Submitted 5 months ago

Fantastic depth AND very musical, loving it—thank you!

A really interesting device, described and demoed in a wonderfully inspiring and deep way that somehow felt fundamentally musical on top of being comprehensive, so it rose above being just another endless every-feature checklist course, which of course we really need, but I often find deeply boring—sleep-inducing, actually.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reason

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Francisco
Submitted 9 months ago

Now I understand!

Russ explained LOOM in a very understandable and logical way.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro

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hollowearth
Submitted 1 year ago

Fantastic and thorough tutorial

These videos progress logically and and each area of the application is well explained. If you want to understand Loom and get the most out of it then watch and re-watch these videos. The practical examples at the end are a great bonus as well.

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Gnarls
Submitted 1 year ago

Admirable Exploration

LOOM is capable of some extremely complex sonic textures. Russ not only covers how the synth operates but also skillfully constructs intriguing sound examples. Loom Explained is simply very, very good.

I am a: Musician

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Akmonster
Submitted 2 years ago

The deep and complex becomes understandable

Although I am primarily a guitarist, I am keen on learning how to make unique sounds. LOOM is a great tool for this, and this series breaks things down in a way that makes the seemingly overwhelming become much less daunting. LOOM itself makes additive synth much simpler. But with no experience, LOOM would be still tricky to master. Russ does an excellent job of bridging that gap. While additive synth is not fully explained, you don't have to be an expert on the subject to learn how to get great results from LOOM.

I am a: Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist

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Julian
Submitted 2 years ago

Nice course

I came here mainly for the Loom and Hybrid courses and then I have discovered many others usefull courses. For sure, more hours of courses and practice would be necessary to master additive synthesis but here you will get some keys of how it works. As Hybrid course, the explanations provided by Russ are clear, precise and quiet. This course is priceless to me because unfortunately there is no support provided by Air Music Technology, the user guide wont help you much to understand how Loom works and there is no explanations on what modules are used for. Really! I enjoyed this course.

I am a: Beginner

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dacder
Submitted 2 years ago

Russ is always a great mate!

The feeling of looking over the shoulder of someone who knows Loom well and enjoys the depth of its possibilities. My only caveat would be that some of the examples could be chosen with a bit more care to illustrate what Russ is demonstrating in a more direct fashion. He does take time to explain where to go to learn more about additive synthesis.

I am a: Professional

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started young. My father was a Jazz piano player who would play Oscar Peterson on the piano, I would go in as a kid and sit and listen to him in wonder. When he left the room I would try and knock out tunes myself. When I was 15 I swapped my bike for a really bad electric guitar which I went home and plugged into my sister's hi-fi, she was not impressed. From there I started having bands in the garage and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. What training have you had?

As a musician, no formal training, I just picked things up by ear. Over the years I've been lucky to work and play with some of the best musicians around, that rubs off on you, playing with great people means you either get better or get a different job! As a trainer I've done a lot of public speaking, presentations and seminars to groups of anything from 10 to 3,000 people. Again, you either get good or get hungry.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was 17 I bought myself a Tascam 244 Portastudio, that was a 4 track cassette based recording system that cost around $1800! In those days that was a miracle being able to record and mix on separate tracks. Once I got that then I was hooked, in fact I forgotten the stuff I've bought over the years, I just look music and technology and so recording ticks both of my passion boxes!

4. People you have worked with/for?

It's a long list and to name drop would sound like throwing pans down a stone staircase. I've worked with and for, in a technical and programming capacity UB40, T-Pau, Elton John, The Beat, New Order, Jools Holland, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Duran Duran, and Japan to name some of those blasts from the past... I'm old!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I didn't know I was, perhaps it's the combination of my passion for the music and the gear coupled with a genuine desire to help people to use their gear without any barriers. I read the manual as a last resort (often because they are so badly written) so I guess that other's may feel the same, so I try to find a way of making things as simple as possible, I try not to pretend to be an expert, more a guy who's just figured it out. I also have a terrible sense of humour, which means when I train live there are a lot of laughs.

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Loom Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Terrific! The missing manual ... Conceptually additive synthesis seems so much more controllable and creative than subtractive ... and Loom's presets sound great ... and THEN there's the "Random" options to play with. But all the potential didn't make any real sense with the documentation ... but I now have a sensible idea of how to use it. Putting that into practice is going to be a whole lot of fun, and an education when the graphics clearly show how all the options change things. I have Loom II, and the fact that this video series is based on Loom doesn't devalue them in the slightest. Clear, sensible and informative - great stuff!
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic depth AND very musical, loving it—thank you! A really interesting device, described and demoed in a wonderfully inspiring and deep way that somehow felt fundamentally musical on top of being comprehensive, so it rose above being just another endless every-feature checklist course, which of course we really need, but I often find deeply boring—sleep-inducing, actually.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Now I understand! Russ explained LOOM in a very understandable and logical way.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic and thorough tutorial These videos progress logically and and each area of the application is well explained. If you want to understand Loom and get the most out of it then watch and re-watch these videos. The practical examples at the end are a great bonus as well.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Admirable Exploration LOOM is capable of some extremely complex sonic textures. Russ not only covers how the synth operates but also skillfully constructs intriguing sound examples. Loom Explained is simply very, very good.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The deep and complex becomes understandable Although I am primarily a guitarist, I am keen on learning how to make unique sounds. LOOM is a great tool for this, and this series breaks things down in a way that makes the seemingly overwhelming become much less daunting. LOOM itself makes additive synth much simpler. But with no experience, LOOM would be still tricky to master. Russ does an excellent job of bridging that gap. While additive synth is not fully explained, you don't have to be an expert on the subject to learn how to get great results from LOOM.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Nice course I came here mainly for the Loom and Hybrid courses and then I have discovered many others usefull courses. For sure, more hours of courses and practice would be necessary to master additive synthesis but here you will get some keys of how it works. As Hybrid course, the explanations provided by Russ are clear, precise and quiet. This course is priceless to me because unfortunately there is no support provided by Air Music Technology, the user guide wont help you much to understand how Loom works and there is no explanations on what modules are used for. Really! I enjoyed this course.
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Russ is always a great mate! The feeling of looking over the shoulder of someone who knows Loom well and enjoys the depth of its possibilities. My only caveat would be that some of the examples could be chosen with a bit more care to illustrate what Russ is demonstrating in a more direct fashion. He does take time to explain where to go to learn more about additive synthesis.
Date published: 2016-05-19