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Presonus ATOM Explained®

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    Introduction

    In this introductory video, Thomas covers what the ATOM is as well as its basic features and layout.

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    Navigating Projects

    Learn how to navigate the project?s timeline, create loops, change tempo, and zooming, all from the ATOM controller.

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    Browsing & Presets

    Explore how to use the browser from the ATOM controller, including how to load, change, and edit presets from the controller.

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    Song Setup Mode

    Discover how the Setup Mode is used to control the main areas of your projects with the ATOM. This video also covers how to create and use macro controls from the setup menu.

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    Quick Setup Mode Pt. 1

    See how the Quick Setup Mode is used to customize playback of the instrument devices inside of Studio One.

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    Quick Setup Mode Pt. 2

    This video concludes the lesson on the Quick Setup Mode by talking about the Velocity and Pressure settings for the ATOM pads.

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    Pad Mode

    Thomas now explains and explores all of ATOM?s pad modes and controls.

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    Keyboard Mode

    Now learn about the MIDI Keyboard Mode and its controls, including how the Note Repeat and Velocity Sensitivity modes work in Keyboard Mode.

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    Note Sequencing from the Controller

    This video shows how to record and sequence MIDI patterns from the ATOM controller.

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    Impact XT & The Pattern Editor Pt. 1

    Learn how the Impact XT drum machine can be controlled by the ATOM, as well as how the pattern editor is used to create drum parts.

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    Impact XT & The Pattern Editor Pt. 2

    This video continues the discussion on using the Impact XT with the pattern editor and shows how to make patterns longer than one bar.

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    Creating Automation with ATOM

    Thomas now explains how to create and record Automation from the ATOM controller.

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    Create, Record, & Sequence with ATOM

    This video gives a practical example of how to create a musical project just using the powerful ATOM controller.

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    Using ATOM for Live Performances

    Thomas now shows you how the ATOM controller can be used to create live performances using the pattern editor as a live performance device.

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    Using the ATOM in Ableton

    See how to set up ATOM inside of Ableton Live and how to map ATOM?s controls to the software.

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    Using the ATOM in Cubase

    Learn the setup and mapping steps to use the ATOM controller inside of Cubase, as well as the different mapping possibities for the software.

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    Using the ATOM in Pro Tools

    In this last video, see how the keyboard and pad modes can be integrated into your Pro Tools workflow, as well as how the controller can be mapped to the software.

Product Overview


Thomas Cochran brings you a collection of detailed Presonus ATOM tutorials! Learn all about this powerful, compact MIDI controller and what it can do for your studio and production workflows. These Presonus ATOM tutorial videos are perfect for the new ATOM user who wants to learn ATOM basics and start using it fast.

Starting at the beginning, Thomas greets you and gives you an introduction and overview to ATOM. Next you'll learn the important foundational topics like navigating projects, browsing and using presets, Song Setup Mode, using macros, and the different Pad Modes and controls.

Keyboard Mode is then explained, and you'll see how the Note Repeat and Velocity Sensitivity modes are used to create cool parts and patterns. Thomas then teaches you how to record and sequence MIDI patterns from the ATOM controller, how the Impact XT drum machine can be controlled by the ATOM, as well as how the pattern editor is used to create interesting drum parts.

Automating with ATOM is then revealed, and you'll see how this feature alone makes using ATOM inspiring and creative. Thomas then shares tips for making a musical project just using the ATOM controller, using ATOM for live performances and how to set it up for use with Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase and Avid Pro Tools!

To see what each Presonus ATOM video tutorial shows you and how it can help you learn ATOM features, functions and workflows, see the individual ATOM tutorial descriptions on this page. Get up and running fast with these enlightening ATOM videos... Watch “Presonus ATOM Explained®” today.


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Lightarmour Editions
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Straightforward & Very Helpful

The atom is a deceptively simple-looking device that packs quite a bit of creative punch - yet the YouTube videos on this device didn't quite get there; nowhere near comprehensive enough, and those fragmented explanations definitely muffled inspiration for how to use the Atom in a practical way. This video training is perfect for a wholistic picture on the device and possible workflows. The explanations are straightforward and uncluttered, and imo very clear. I have used Studio One Pro since its inception and love it as a DAW - looking forward to really interfacing it with this controller for creative triggering and songwriting/ remixing, production/mix control, as well as the sheer fun of tactile interaction. Thanks Groove3...

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Studio One


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Knight Writer
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Its well broken down and explained, the speaker is very clear.

This was worth my money, its helping me to improve my work flow.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Studio One


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HChea
Submitted 1 month ago

It's very imformative

It seems to be very well done however from lesson 10 to the end the video is distorting at times! Pixilating as the two screen are displayed! I made sure sure all my drivers are up to date but it made no difference! I redownloaded the file and it didn't help!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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rahken
Submitted 9 months ago

Very Helpful

If you own this device, you should review the video.

I am a: Musician, Sound Designer


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radhat
Submitted 1 year ago

Instructor always seemed rushed but got the job done

The Instructor always seemed rushed. They got the job done but it was hard to keep up and I had my ATOM right next to me. There were times I had to stop the video to finish the step and then back it up to make sure I did it right. I could barely make out the colors on the ATOM on screen.


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Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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thomk
Submitted 2 years ago

Very helpful

Needed to get up to speed on ATOM and this was what I needed

I am a: Musician, Producer, Sound Designer


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

CedricMi
Submitted 2 years ago

Good

If you spend enough time, you'll learn everything this course has to offer on ****.
However, this course is well structured, there are no downtime, so it will be much more efficient than YT.
Biggest weakness: the author doesn't know how to film the ATOM itself, which is greatly overexposed, making it almost impossible to see the colors of the pads.


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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pcoburn
Submitted 2 years ago

Very helpful indeed; good course

I am boldly going where I have never before tread; its nice not going alone.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools, Studio One


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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bromineion
Submitted 2 years ago

Good Info but what color is that button?

Better exposure of the controller would have been better. Such a bright area that the color of the buttons is too dim.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Reason, Reaper, Studio One


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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artsd
Submitted 2 years ago

This was worthwhile - time well spent.

Thomas Cochran (not the same dude who sings Life is a Highway) does a really good job of breaking down the features of the Presonus Atom. Freakishly tiny hands though, but this actually works to the viewer's advantage as you can see what buttons he is pressing on the Atom. This course utilizes good picture-in-picture editing so you can see the Atom controller while at the same time, see how it is manipulating Studio One (and other DAWs). Thomas is really articulate and (in my humble opinion) has broken down the topics of the Atom better than Presonus does in the user manual. Watching this course was time well spent, as it made me aware of way more capabilities than I originally thought the Atom had. Many I will use; others, not-so-much. Two thumbs up!

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Audio Engineer, Studio One


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Lightarmour Editions
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Straightforward & Very Helpful

The atom is a deceptively simple-looking device that packs quite a bit of creative punch - yet the YouTube videos on this device didn't quite get there; nowhere near comprehensive enough, and those fragmented explanations definitely muffled inspiration for how to use the Atom in a practical way. This video training is perfect for a wholistic picture on the device and possible workflows. The explanations are straightforward and uncluttered, and imo very clear. I have used Studio One Pro since its inception and love it as a DAW - looking forward to really interfacing it with this controller for creative triggering and songwriting/ remixing, production/mix control, as well as the sheer fun of tactile interaction. Thanks Groove3...

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Knight Writer
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Its well broken down and explained, the speaker is very clear.

This was worth my money, its helping me to improve my work flow.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

HChea
Submitted 1 month ago

It's very imformative

It seems to be very well done however from lesson 10 to the end the video is distorting at times! Pixilating as the two screen are displayed! I made sure sure all my drivers are up to date but it made no difference! I redownloaded the file and it didn't help!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

rahken
Submitted 9 months ago

Very Helpful

If you own this device, you should review the video.

I am a: Musician, Sound Designer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

radhat
Submitted 1 year ago

Instructor always seemed rushed but got the job done

The Instructor always seemed rushed. They got the job done but it was hard to keep up and I had my ATOM right next to me. There were times I had to stop the video to finish the step and then back it up to make sure I did it right. I could barely make out the colors on the ATOM on screen.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

thomk
Submitted 2 years ago

Very helpful

Needed to get up to speed on ATOM and this was what I needed

I am a: Musician, Producer, Sound Designer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

CedricMi
Submitted 2 years ago

Good

If you spend enough time, you'll learn everything this course has to offer on ****.
However, this course is well structured, there are no downtime, so it will be much more efficient than YT.
Biggest weakness: the author doesn't know how to film the ATOM itself, which is greatly overexposed, making it almost impossible to see the colors of the pads.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

pcoburn
Submitted 2 years ago

Very helpful indeed; good course

I am boldly going where I have never before tread; its nice not going alone.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

bromineion
Submitted 2 years ago

Good Info but what color is that button?

Better exposure of the controller would have been better. Such a bright area that the color of the buttons is too dim.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Reason, Reaper, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

artsd
Submitted 2 years ago

This was worthwhile - time well spent.

Thomas Cochran (not the same dude who sings Life is a Highway) does a really good job of breaking down the features of the Presonus Atom. Freakishly tiny hands though, but this actually works to the viewer's advantage as you can see what buttons he is pressing on the Atom. This course utilizes good picture-in-picture editing so you can see the Atom controller while at the same time, see how it is manipulating Studio One (and other DAWs). Thomas is really articulate and (in my humble opinion) has broken down the topics of the Atom better than Presonus does in the user manual. Watching this course was time well spent, as it made me aware of way more capabilities than I originally thought the Atom had. Many I will use; others, not-so-much. Two thumbs up!

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Audio Engineer, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Thomas Cochran electronic musician and multi instrumentalist from Austin Texas, who now lives in Los Angeles. He focuses on creating electronic music that features both ambient and classical influences.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing music at a young age, starting with classical guitar. This started my love for music and eventually expanded into learning other instruments as well. To date, I have had over ten years of classical experience and training as well as additional instrumental experience.

2. What training have you had?

I grew up studying classical guitar and composition and eventually started applying my classical knowledge to learning other instruments as well, ranging from violin, cello, keys, and drums.

3. When did you get intro recording?

I got into recording out of necessity when me and some friends started a band back in high school and couldn't afford studio time. Through this, I learned about music production and recording and haven't looked back since.

4. Why are you so good at training people?

I love learning about the technical aspects of music production, this helps me understand the how music production works under the hood. I have also worked for several years creating music production tutorials online.

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Presonus ATOM Explained® is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 10 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Straightforward & Very Helpful The atom is a deceptively simple-looking device that packs quite a bit of creative punch - yet the YouTube videos on this device didn't quite get there; nowhere near comprehensive enough, and those fragmented explanations definitely muffled inspiration for how to use the Atom in a practical way. This video training is perfect for a wholistic picture on the device and possible workflows. The explanations are straightforward and uncluttered, and imo very clear. I have used Studio One Pro since its inception and love it as a DAW - looking forward to really interfacing it with this controller for creative triggering and songwriting/ remixing, production/mix control, as well as the sheer fun of tactile interaction. Thanks Groove3...
Date published: 2021-04-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Its well broken down and explained, the speaker is very clear. This was worth my money, its helping me to improve my work flow.
Date published: 2021-04-01
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from It's very imformative It seems to be very well done however from lesson 10 to the end the video is distorting at times! Pixilating as the two screen are displayed! I made sure sure all my drivers are up to date but it made no difference! I redownloaded the file and it didn't help!
Date published: 2021-03-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful If you own this device, you should review the video.
Date published: 2020-08-01
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Instructor always seemed rushed but got the job done The Instructor always seemed rushed. They got the job done but it was hard to keep up and I had my ATOM right next to me. There were times I had to stop the video to finish the step and then back it up to make sure I did it right. I could barely make out the colors on the ATOM on screen.
Date published: 2019-12-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful Needed to get up to speed on ATOM and this was what I needed
Date published: 2019-10-14
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good If you spend enough time, you'll learn everything this course has to offer on ****.
However, this course is well structured, there are no downtime, so it will be much more efficient than YT.
Biggest weakness: the author doesn't know how to film the ATOM itself, which is greatly overexposed, making it almost impossible to see the colors of the pads.
Date published: 2019-07-06
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good Info but what color is that button? Better exposure of the controller would have been better. Such a bright area that the color of the buttons is too dim.
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful indeed; good course I am boldly going where I have never before tread; its nice not going alone.
Date published: 2019-07-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This was worthwhile - time well spent. Thomas Cochran (not the same dude who sings Life is a Highway) does a really good job of breaking down the features of the Presonus Atom. Freakishly tiny hands though, but this actually works to the viewer's advantage as you can see what buttons he is pressing on the Atom. This course utilizes good picture-in-picture editing so you can see the Atom controller while at the same time, see how it is manipulating Studio One (and other DAWs). Thomas is really articulate and (in my humble opinion) has broken down the topics of the Atom better than Presonus does in the user manual. Watching this course was time well spent, as it made me aware of way more capabilities than I originally thought the Atom had. Many I will use; others, not-so-much. Two thumbs up!
Date published: 2019-06-22
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