Predator Tutorial

Predator Explained®

  n/a (0) - log in to review
16 Videos | Length: 2hr 3min 6sec
Own it Forever
$16$20 Download
Site All-Access Pass
starting at $5/wk Get Your Pass
Spring Sale - 20% Off Downloads
  • image description

    Tutorial 1



    Welcome to Predator Explained. Laurence let's you know what's in store during this exploration of Rob Papen's virtual synth Predator.

  • image description

    Tutorial 2

    The Interface


    Discover the different areas of the Predator window and how to interact with it.

  • image description

    Tutorial 3

    The Oscillator Section


    Learn all about Oscillators 1, 2 and 3 as well as the different types of waveforms and common controls. Cross modulation of oscillators is also looked at.

  • image description

    Tutorial 4

    Pitch Modulation


    See how to apply vibrato using the dedicated pitch LFO and pitch bend.

  • image description

    Tutorial 5

    The Filter Section


    Explore Filters 1 and 2 as well as filter modulation using dedicated filter envelopes and LFO filter types.

  • image description

    Tutorial 6

    The Amp Section


    Learn all about expression, the Amp envelope and its Fade control.

  • image description

    Tutorial 7

    Free Modulation Section


    Learn to use the free envelopes and LFOs and assign them to Predator's parameters. Explore the difference between the free and auto assigned modulators as well as using expression controllers.

  • image description

    Tutorial 8

    The Arpeggiator Section


    See how to setup and program the Arpeggiator as well as use the arpeggiator as a modulator.

  • image description

    Tutorial 9

    Play Mode Section


    Discover poly, mono and legato modes as well as portamento, unison and chord mode.

  • image description

    Tutorial 10

    The Preset Section


    Learn all about presets, banks and preset morphing. The advanced settings page is also explored.

  • image description

    Tutorial 11

    The FX Section


    Laurence explains FX 1, 2 and 3 as well as the different types of FX and their common controls. The Gator effect and FX modulation matrix is also explained.

  • image description

    Tutorial 12

    Predator as an FX Unit


    See how to use predator as an insert effect in your DAW. Using the filters and FX is looked at, as well as using Predator as a vocoder and vocoding samples.

  • image description

    Tutorial 13

    Deep House Soulful Chord


    Learn to make the chord feature in Predator play back deep, soulful chords.

  • image description

    Tutorial 14



    See how to program Predator to produce a Trap style riser sound.

  • image description

    Tutorial 15

    Electro Kick


    Learn to use Predator to synthesis kick drums pitched to a specific key.

  • image description

    Tutorial 16

    Nasty Bass


    Watch Laurence use Predator to produce Dubstep and Drum and Bass style bass sounds.

Laurence Holcombe has unleashed the ultimate predator, Rob Papen's Predator virtual synth plug-in! Watch along with Laurence as he covers all the features and functions of this awesome, must have virtual synth and creates cutting edge sounds as well.

Laurence starts with an introduction, giving you a bird's-eye view of the plug-in and what it can do. He then breaks down the plug-in starting with the interface, Oscillator section, Pitch Modulation area and Filter sections.

Next, Laurence explains the Amp section, Free Modulation section, Arpeggiator and Play Mode sections. Moving on, Laurence reveals the power of the Preset section, FX section and shows you how to use Predator as an insert effect in your DAW.

Wrapping up the series, Laurence gets into sound design with Predator. Learn to make Deep House Chords, Electro Kicks, Nasty Basses and more!

Rob Papen's Predator immediately gained fame for it's powerful, monster synth tones when it was released. Are you ready to tame this beast of a synth? Stay close with Laurence, he'll show you how. Watch "Predator Explained" today.


- not reviewed

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

Products by Laurence

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Alchemy Explained

    Laurence is back with another in-depth collection of video tutorials about Camel Audio's super synth Alchemy! This synth is not for the faint of heart, it's a sonic powerhouse with tons of features and functions. Laurence has your back though, he shows you it all from start to finish so you can practice your own sonic alchemy with this truly amazing virtual synth.

  • image description
    tutorial video

    EDM Sound Design with Serum

    Xfer Record’s Serum is one of the most popular synths in Electronic Dance Music today. In this video tutorial series EDM producer Larry Holcombe reveals the steps to take, to make killer EDM sounds with super synth Serum!

  • image description
    tutorial video

    KORG volca fm Explained

    Studio pro Larry Holcombe brings you an in-depth series on the wildly popular KORG volca fm hardware synth. Explore what this small but mighty synth can do and learn all about its features and functions, how to operate and program it, as well as some cool sound design ideas!

  • image description
    tutorial video

    MASSIVE Explained

    Ready to get Massive? This definitive series from MASSIVE guru Laurence Holcombe of Rebel Sonix is going to work you out and turn your brain into a massive pool of knowledge about this incredible virtual instrument! If you use MASSIVE, this series is a must have.

  • image description
    tutorial video

    MASSIVE Sounds Vol 1

    Are you an aspiring electronica producer? Want to know how they get those sounds on all the chart hits? This series from MASSIVE guru Laurence Holcombe of Rebel Sonix will show you the tricks of the sonic trade and get you those sounds you're after in under an hour!

You might be also interested in

Synth expert Sami Rabia gives you the most comprehensive collection of tutorials available dedicated to Rob Papen’s amazing Predator 2 virtual synthesizer! Learn all about this awesome synth, from its in-depth features and functions, to cool tips and tricks, and even sound design techniques. See why this synth is at the top of the food chain.

The All-Access Pass gives you just that, instant online access to every single video tutorial currently on the site and any ones that get added during your membership.

Rob Papen’s SubBoomBass is far more than just a Subsonic Bass Generator, it’s a full fledged polyphonic synthesizer with an integrated step sequencer as well. In this tutorial series, studio tech guru Alex Solano shows you how to get down low with this powerful creative virtual instrument!

Predator Explained® is rated 0.0 out of 5 by 0.