Native Instruments Tutorial

ROUNDS Explained®

  4.2   (3)  - log in to review
10 Videos | Length: 50min 44sec
Own it Forever
$20 Download
Site All-Access Pass
$15 /month Get Your Pass
  • image description

    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    4:16

    Say hello to ROUNDS. She can be nice or mean depending on which side you're on... the analog side or digital side. In this video we’ll get you up and running, make introductions and take a look at just a few presets.

  • image description

    Tutorial 2

    Analog Synthesizer

    7:02

    This is the nice side. Warm and fuzzy. We have a two oscillator subtractive synth. There’s everything you would need to create an analog sound. Standard wave forms, a great filter section and some great modulation routings.

  • image description

    Tutorial 3

    FM Synthesizer

    5:55

    Moving the the opposite side of the spectrum we have a three oscillator FM synth. FM can get very complex but ROUNDS' interface makes it easy. We can get those bell like piano sounds all the way to aggressive lead or bass sounds. For such a simple setup this synth can get down right mean and nasty.

  • image description

    Tutorial 4

    FX Panel

    4:10

    There are two built in effects. Reverb and Delay. Now I’m pretty picky about the two when it comes to synth world. If it’s too clean it just doesn’t wound right. I think the guys at NI made some really nice built in effects. They can be clean but they can also sound very warm and natural. Great for synths.

  • image description

    Tutorial 5

    Voice Mode

    6:35

    Now that we know how to create different sounds using both Synth types, let’s learn how to trigger all those different sounds. There are five different sections of the Voice Programmer that will let us do just that. Voice Mode tells ROUNDS how to allocate notes to the individual Sound Cells. We also have options when it comes to playing chords.

  • image description

    Tutorial 6

    Progress Mode

    4:10

    So we have our different Cells being triggered. Now let’s take a look at how to progress though the eight Blocks. It can be based on time or we can sync it to our DAWs playback.

  • image description

    Tutorial 7

    Sound Blocks & Cells

    1:48

    We've been using these just a bit in the previous videos but now it’s time to get formally acquainted. Let’s check out the heart of the Voice Programmer and how we set it up.

  • image description

    Tutorial 8

    Morph Controls

    6:04

    Not only can we trigger the different sound in different Cells. We can also morph between them. Many previous synths have attempted this feature but I think ROUNDS has got it right when it comes to being musical. Morphing allows everything from very subtle movement to drastic sequencing.

  • image description

    Tutorial 9

    Sound Bar

    2:33

    In the last section of the Voice Programmer is were we can make those Cell assignments, select sounds to edit and also copy and past sounds to other instances.

  • image description

    Tutorial 10

    Control Page

    8:11

    Finally, let’s take a look at how to play this Synth. There are some really intuitive features in this section. We can use Multi-Edit to make changes across all instances of the Analog or Digital synth. We can also use Macros to clean up the interface and utilize the Remote Octave make performing a breeze.

Synth guru Scottie Dugan brings you a series on the amazing Native Instruments ROUNDS virtual synth! If you're dizzy with all the features and options this powerful synth offers, Scottie stops your spinning and breaks it all down simply, while getting in-depth with his top-notch videos.

Scottie starts with an Introduction exlpaining the how the synth emulates both Analog and Digital synthesis and gets you up and running fast. Next, Scottie goes deep into both the Analog side and FM sides of ROUNDS, showing you all of their controls and parameters.

The FX Panel is then revealed and Scottie shows you How to Use its Reverb and Delay to Enhance Your Patches. Next up is Voice Mode, and you'll see How to Create and Trigger Different Sounds Using both Synth Types via the 5 different sections of the Voice Programmer.

Progress Mode, Sound Blocks and Cells are then all demonstrated, enabling you to Fine Tune Your Patches infinitely. Scottie now shows you the fantastic Morph Controls that allow you to Morph Between Sounds musically, all the way to drastic movements and sequencing!

Winding down your ROUNDS journey, Scottie covers the Sound Bar and Control Page topping off your Rounds knowledge. Learn how to Make Cell Assignments, Select Sounds to Edit, Copy & Paste them, and finally play them via alternative methods such as Using Macros and the Remote Octave. So if you're ready to make your rounds, this series is the way to go... Watch "ROUNDS Explained" today!

Jason Poole
Submitted 7 months ago

Nice Job

Completely Covered

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Pro Tools, Studio One

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

123Shannon
Submitted 8 months ago

Getting Around in Rounds

This NI instrument always puzzled me, but the educator in this video broke it down into understandable topics. I have a greater appreciation of the uniqueness of this instrument after watching this well done video.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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

Gazelle
Submitted 1 year ago

Just The Interface

The video's go over the interface and explain how to operate rounds. However, only at a theoretical level. There are not many practical examples of how to actually use rounds in practice. I would have liked to see a couple of sound design examples.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist

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

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.

Products by Scottie

  • image description
    tutorial video

    AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 Explained

    In a world filled with reproductions and ever increasing complexity, Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 imposes itself as a unique and powerful synth that is fast, easy, and remarkably versatile. Synth guru Scottie Dugan takes you on a tour of this awesome virtual synth, showing you all that it can do, as well as sound design examples that will kick start your programming frenzy.

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Ableton Live 10 Explained

    Ableton Live 10 Certified instructor Scottie Dugan brings you awesome videos designed for beginner to intermediate Ableton Live 10 users. Learn to get going with Live 10, understand its main features and functions, as well as get more advanced topics and creative ideas. If you’re new to Live 10, this is the series to watch!

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Ableton Live 9 Explained

    Presented by Ableton Certified Trainer Scottie Dugan, this collection of videos will show you what you need to know to hit the ground running with Live 9 and then elevate you to 'power user' status.

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Ableton Push 2 Explained

    Ableton’s flagship hardware product Push 2 and Live 9 are a marriage made in heaven, and Live expert Scottie Dugan demonstrates how you can use them to write and perform, as well as make your tracks and beats bump!

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Ableton Push Explained

    Ableton Live is one of the most unique DAWs, and Ableton Push is an equally as unique instrument. Ableton Live guru Scottie Dugan shows you this incredible performance controller in detail, and how it can give your music a creative push!

You might be also interested in

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.

Synth Tutorial Video

Analog Synths Explained

Remember the good old days when synths had wooden sides and a knob for each function and feature? Well if you don't, Scottie Dugan is going to reveal the magic and mystery of these wonderful machines, teaching you the basics of analog synthesis from the ground up, using both classic and modern analog synthesizers. You'll learn everything you need to get going with that old synth in your closet, or apply the info to any virtual synth in your DAW!

Synth Programming Tutorial Video

Synths Explained

Have your ever wanted to get under the hood of your synths? Are you tired of using presets and wished you knew how to make the changes needed to get the sound you want? Well look no further. "Synths Explained" is aimed at the beginner who wants to understand what synths are, how they work and how to program them to get the sound you want.

Ableton Live Tutorial Video

Designing Electronic Drums

Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough reveals the steps to design fat, brilliant modern and classic electronic drum sounds. The techniques Craig shows you can then be applied in any DAW and to any type of sound to make them stand out and be noticed!

ROUNDS Explained® is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Nice Job Completely Covered
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Getting Around in Rounds This NI instrument always puzzled me, but the educator in this video broke it down into understandable topics. I have a greater appreciation of the uniqueness of this instrument after watching this well done video.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Just The Interface The video's go over the interface and explain how to operate rounds. However, only at a theoretical level. There are not many practical examples of how to actually use rounds in practice. I would have liked to see a couple of sound design examples.
Date published: 2016-12-04