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POLYPLEX Explained®

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    Tutorial 1

    Getting Started

    4:13

    Let’s take a tour of Polyplex, how it works within Reaktor, and it’s interface.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Kit

    6:16

    Polyplex has eight pads to trigger sounds. It also has the ability to randomize almost all of its parameters.

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    Tutorial 3

    Playing and Saving Your Kit

    6:41

    We can create variations that can be recalled instantly.

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    Tutorial 4

    Edit Section

    3:01

    Now let’s start tweaking. There are some top level settings that apply to the entire pad.

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    Tutorial 5

    Edit Section Continued

    7:18

    Now we can look at layer specific settings. With each pad having up to four different layers we can get some great sounds.

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    Tutorial 6

    Modulation

    5:04

    This is where things get interesting. There are three modulations sources with a good number of destinations.

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    Tutorial 7

    Effects

    5:00

    Polyplex comes with two insert and two send effect slots. Once you pick an effect we can use MIDI modulation to control the effect.

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    Tutorial 8

    Effect Units

    6:11

    A rundown of all the effects and their parameters.

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    Tutorial 9

    Kits 1 & 2

    9:24

    Let's use pitch automation on the kick and snare to add movement. Then we'll use a filter and MIDI mod to sweep a snare.

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    Tutorial 10

    Kits 3 & 4

    0:00

    Finally, we will take a listen to some of the more creative type effects such as LoFi, Pitch Ramp, and the Phaser.

Native Instrument’s POLYPLEX is your very own experimental drum design tool for creating wild sounds. Let synth tweaker extraordinaire Scottie Dugan show you how to building crazy and unique drum kits!

Scottie begins by showing you around the POLYPLEX’s eight trigger pads and its ability to randomize nearly every parameter to create those happy accidents. Next up he teaches you how to play and save your kit, including creating all kinds of variations.

Scottie then focuses on the Edit section, exploring the top level settings that apply to the entire set of POLYPLEX pads, and diving deep into layer specific settings, with each layer having up to four different layers.

That leads into the Modulation section, where things get even more interesting! POLYPLEX has three modulation sources and a ton of destinations and control, where you can modulate nearly everything to really give your drum sounds movement and life.

Finally, Scottie reveals the two insert and two effects slots and plethora of effects included in POLYPLEX, including MIDI modulation for the effects. He demonstrates all the parameters for all the effects units included in PolyPlex.

If you’re looking for a way to add wild electronic percussion to your songs, POLYPLEX is that tool, and “POLYPLEX Explained” is your guide!

svegliando
Submitted 5 months ago

An excellent starter

I found this series to be a great starting point that will allow for further exploration of this product. While I do agree with the previous comments, I think those aspects (more in depth coverage) could be addressed with another series of videos. If you are looking to gain familiarity with the features of Polyplex, then this makes for an excellent introduction. Note that the last two videos are where specific examples are covered.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase

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Neeko57
Submitted 2 years ago

Good as far as it goes...

I agree with the other reviewers. Not enough use of examples, just a quick tour through the interface. In particular, it seemed bizarre having a brief theoretical walkthrough of all the effects parameters in the final video and not playing a single sound to demonstrate! Let's hope it's not too late to flesh this out a bit more.

I am a: Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist

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UserZero
Submitted 2 years ago

Great start point

It's great on grasping the concepts and basics of the software. Would have been better if there was a deeper section on the modulation area of the software. Like building sounds or directions of sound design with the instrument.

I am a: Beginner, Producer, Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist, Student

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smallstonefan
Submitted 2 years ago

Teaches the mechanics but lacks examples

I feel like I learned how the car works rather than learning how to drive. There wasn't a single example of building up one sound, let alone a kit. Talking about the knobs of an effect without even playing a sound and moving them - that doesn't really help. Reading the manual would have provided as much info. This sorely needs examples - build some cool kit pieces while explaining the mechanics - TEACH me how to use Polyplex, don't just provide a video manual.

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up taking classical piano lessons, so music has always been a part of my life. It started out as a daily chore and eventually evolved into a passion. Now I am very lucky to call it my profession.

2. What training have you had?

After thirteen years of private piano lessons I decided to pursue a formal degree. Two years in and I realized it wasn't for me. From that point on a began teaching myself and taking various online courses that offered subjects that excited me. I've gotten to learn and sit under individuals who are way better than I am.

3. When did you get into recording?

Ableton Live and the ability to make music with a computer were the two biggest reasons I didn't continue pursue a formal degree. I was in a band, we cut a DIY "garage album" and that started the obsession. The once obscured world of synths, hardware and software was now overwhealming as I transitioned away from a piano only mindset.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have the great privilege to be working with Ableton as one of their Ableton Certified Trainers. Being a part of that community has been really amazing and life changing. I have yet to work with anyone rich and famous... but I have a feeling one day some of these crazy talented people will be. I get to work with students and artists who are chasing their musical dreams. I like the purity and passion that comes with that.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well, I've always been told that I'm a good teacher but I hated talking to people I didn't know. It took a while to get over those introvert tendencies and fear of public speaking and now I can't get enough. Watching a student get that lightbulb breakthrough or seeing an ignition of passion after the transfer of knowledge creates such a sense of fulfillment for me. I can't not teach.

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POLYPLEX Explained® is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from An excellent starter I found this series to be a great starting point that will allow for further exploration of this product. While I do agree with the previous comments, I think those aspects (more in depth coverage) could be addressed with another series of videos. If you are looking to gain familiarity with the features of Polyplex, then this makes for an excellent introduction. Note that the last two videos are where specific examples are covered.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good as far as it goes... I agree with the other reviewers. Not enough use of examples, just a quick tour through the interface. In particular, it seemed bizarre having a brief theoretical walkthrough of all the effects parameters in the final video and not playing a single sound to demonstrate! Let's hope it's not too late to flesh this out a bit more.
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great start point It's great on grasping the concepts and basics of the software. Would have been better if there was a deeper section on the modulation area of the software. Like building sounds or directions of sound design with the instrument.
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Teaches the mechanics but lacks examples I feel like I learned how the car works rather than learning how to drive. There wasn't a single example of building up one sound, let alone a kit. Talking about the knobs of an effect without even playing a sound and moving them - that doesn't really help. Reading the manual would have provided as much info. This sorely needs examples - build some cool kit pieces while explaining the mechanics - TEACH me how to use Polyplex, don't just provide a video manual.
Date published: 2016-06-26