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Loom Explained®

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18 Videos | Length: 2hr 36min 47sec
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    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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    The Edit Window

    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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    The Morph Window

    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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    Loom FX Section

    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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    Modulation Sources

    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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    Spectral Distortion & Modulation

    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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    Basics Modules

    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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    Filtering Modules

    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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    Effects Modules

    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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    Rhythmical Modules

    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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    Time Module

    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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    Tools Module

    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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    The Wave Module

    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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    Create a String Pad

    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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    Create Bass Sounds

    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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    Create a Lead Sound

    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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    Using Loom as a Vocoder

    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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    Creating, Saving & Loading MIDI CC

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

Product Overview

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.

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Loom Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Loom is a very interesting additive synth that have so much capabilities beyond conventional virtual Synthesizers, I was quite overwhelmed with all the possibilities that you do with it and this tutorial helped me to break down each components and hear possibilities of pushing my limits within loom and my sound design in general... Very recommended
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very thorough and detailed Very thorough and detailed with excellent examples of how to create certain instruments from scratch. A very "deep" synth but I believe he covered it all in great detail. The only suggestion that I would have is to bypass a module from time to time to hear the difference. Excellent tutorial however.
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Thank you for this. Very informative
Date published: 2020-01-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great combo of a walk through and practical sound design exercises. Loom is different and has specific uses for the music I make. This was exactly what I was looking for to help me make better uses of its unique properties.
Date published: 2019-09-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Too good for the price Bro Loom is The most Involved type of synthesis I've ever seen Id recommend this course to a 5yr old its so simple can't wait to try the vaccum pro course its lit
Date published: 2018-11-29
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
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