RETRO MACHINES Tutorial

RETRO MACHINES MK2 Explained®

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    The Interface

    In this first video, Larry gives you an introduction to the Retro Machines synth and also goes over the user interface.

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    The Oscillator & Filter Sections

    Next up learn the ways in which you can manipulate and sculpt your raw waveforms using the Osc and Filter sections. The Osc controls allow you to create thicker, chorused tones and eq?ed variations, and the filter parameters allow you to sculpt the frequencies to taste.

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    The Amp & LFO Sections

    Larry now covers the parameters of the Amp and LFO sections. The amp section allows you to tweak the sampled waveform?s attack and release times to widen the palette of sounds you can create, and the LFO can be adjusted to change the rate and shape of modulation.

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    The Perform & Effects Sections

    In this video, discover the ways in which you can setup your MIDI keyboard to work with Retro Machines. Larry covers the Solo, Legato and Glide Modes, and then continues, showing you how to add effects to your sounds in the effects section.

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    The Sound Variations

    Now learn all about the sound variations which allow you to create 8 different sounds for each preset, and then feely morph between them. You?ll then watch how to reset these and build your own collection of variations from scratch.

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    The Arpeggiator

    Next up, get an in-depth tour of the powerful arpeggiator, including how you can use it in conjunction with the Velocity Sliders and Sound Variation buttons to create really interesting rhythmic patterns, far beyond the capabilities of original analogue synth arpeggiators.

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    The Chord Mode

    Larry now explains Chord Mode which allows you to play one custom chord up and down the chromatic scale in Fixed Mode, or different custom chords on each note of the chromatic scale with Fixed Mode off. This, when combined with the arpeggiator, allows you to generate some really interesting rhythmic ideas.

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    The Settings Tab

    In this video, explore the ways in which a MIDI keyboard can interact with the synthesizer, allowing you to control different aspects of the sound using Mod Wheel, Aftertouch and Pitch Bend.

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    Making a Beat

    There are no drum presets in Retro Machines, so in this video Larry shows you how create a beat using some experimental synthesized percussion sounds!

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    Adding Some Chords

    Next up, see how to use Chord Mode and the Arpeggiator with Sound Variations to add a cool, choppy chord part. Larry then reveals how to add a little ?call and response? part to fill out the groove with another chord patch.

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    Adding Bass

    In this video, watch how to tweak a bass patch and play a funky-retro bass part to compliment the chords and beat we just laid down.

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    Adding Lead & Pad Sounds

    Last but not least, Larry shows you how to re-purpose the bass sound as a lead, and play a part 40 bpm slower, then speed it back up to the correct tempo. You?ll then watch how to add a pad sound by increasing the Filter Cutoff, and then use a negative envelope amount and a slow decay to create a pseudo filter envelope attack.

Product Overview


Studio pro Larry Holcombe delivers comprehensive Native Instruments RETRO MACHINES MK2 video tutorials! Learn all about RETRO MACHINES MK2's features and functions, as well as how to use it to create great sounding patches for your songs and productions. These video tutorials are designed for new RETRO MACHINES MK2 users.

Larry greets you and then gives an introduction to the RETRO MACHINES synth including its user interface so you can easily navigate it and find what you're looking for. He then starts to systematically break down the different sections starting with the Oscillator & Filter Sections where you can manipulate and sculpt your raw waveforms to create thicker, chorused tones and eq’ed variations, as well as sculpt the frequencies to taste.

Next its on to the Amp and LFO sections where you tweak the sampled waveform’s attack and release times to widen the palette of sounds you can create, including adjusting the rate and shape of modulation for endless sounds. Moving on you'll discover ways to setup your MIDI keyboard to work with Retro Machines, the differences between Solo, Legato and Glide Modes, and how to add effects to your sounds in the powerful effects section.

Throughout the rest of the videos Larry explains and explores Sound Variations, the Arpeggiator, Chord Mode, the Settings Tab, how to create a beat using experimental synthesized percussion sounds, make a cool, choppy chord part, tweak a bass patch and program a funky-retro bass part, make lead and pad sounds, and much more!

To see exactly what these detailed Native Instrument RETRO MACHINES MK2 tutorials show you and how they'll expand your sonic palette and generate new ideas for your songs and productions, check out the individual RETRO MACHINES MK2 video tutorial descriptions on this page. Go future retro today... Watch “RETRO MACHINES MK2 Explained®” now!


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techywhite
Submitted 1 month ago

This synth does a lot more than i thought it did

Larry at it again showing you how to make the best out of what you have! Great tutorial showing cool ways to use a fairly otherwise simple synth

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Ableton Live


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techywhite
Submitted 1 month ago

This synth does a lot more than i thought it did

Larry at it again showing you how to make the best out of what you have! Great tutorial showing cool ways to use a fairly otherwise simple synth

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Ableton Live

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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!)

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Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This synth does a lot more than i thought it did Larry at it again showing you how to make the best out of what you have! Great tutorial showing cool ways to use a fairly otherwise simple synth
Date published: 2021-04-11
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