Synth Programming Tutorial

ReFX NEXUS2 Explained®

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    2:28

    NEXUS 2 is a ROMpler, which means we will always start with a patch and tweak from there.

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    Tutorial 2

    Tweaking Sounds

    8:06

    Let’s talk about dialing in a unique sound using the front panel Modifiers and Effects.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Display & Presets

    3:39

    The Display is a great place to get a ton of very useful information.

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    Tutorial 4

    Modulation

    3:51

    We will start with Vibrato, Pitch Bend and Portamento then we cover the Modulation Matrix and LFO section.

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    Tutorial 5

    Arpeggiator

    5:18

    NEXUS 2 features an easy to use and very flexible arpeggiator.

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    Tutorial 6

    Trance Gate

    4:27

    In short, a Trance Gate will rhythmically automate volume. This is a great way to add interest and movement.

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    Tutorial 7

    Frequency Analyzer

    1:39

    The Frequency Analyzer will help us measure whats happening with frequencies, amplitude, and the differences between the left and right channels.

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    Tutorial 8

    Mixer

    4:46

    We will take a look at Layers, Oscillators, and all the parameters we have access to for both.

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    Tutorial 9

    The Effect Block

    3:23

    Routing plays a huge part in NEXUS 2’s sound and effects are a big contributor.

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    Tutorial 10

    Live & System

    3:11

    In the final video we will go over the system and global parameters. This includes tuning, voice selection and other miscellaneous settings.

reFX NEXUS2 is one of preferred ROMplers of EDM hitmakers everywhere, and in this video tutorial series, synth expert Scottie Dugan takes you through how you can find and tweak just the sound you’re looking for in this massive library of sounds.

Scottie begins by explaining that a ROMpler is an instrument in which you don’t create your own sounds, but rather select sounds from a huge internal library and then adjust parameters to taste.

He then shows you around the interface, and the main parameters on the front panel for precise sonic tweaking, as well as the Display and how you can use it to get real-time information on how you have modified the loaded presets.

After that, Scottie explains how you can control the synth with a MIDI controller and other modulation sources, such as the Modulation Matrix and LFO section.

The flexible and easy to use arpeggiator is next, as well as a breakdown of the Trance Gate, which uses a gate to automate volume and more.

Scottie now explores the Frequency Analyzer which displays NEXUS 2’s output, so you can also see your sound instead of just hearing it, which allows for better tweaking.

That leads to a deep dive into Layer and Oscillator parameters, as well as the mixer and routing of effects.

Finally, Scottie reveals more global parameters wrapping up your tour of this monster EDM machine.

Whether you’re new to NEXUS2 or an existing user looking to expand on the factory settings and find you;re own voice, watch “reFX NEXUS2 Explained” today!

joegraphy
Submitted 1 month ago

Great tutorial

I've had the Nexus 2 for a while but haven't dived beyond selecting presets and tweaking the global effects. It has definitely renewed my interest in customizing the presets even more.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, FL Studio, Logic Pro

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gerlachmusik
Submitted 3 months ago

Clear and straight to the point

Shows all the functions of NEXUS2, what is possible to change and what's not. Perfect for me.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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Suketu
Submitted 4 months ago

Average explanation of Nexus2.

Expected a better music/sound based explanation of Nexus2 and its features

I am a: Professional, Producer, Beat Maker, Logic Pro

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Rakibul Khan
Submitted 6 months ago

Informative and definitely helpful.

I am very keen to learn this program. I am also eager to see ' How to create a brand new dance track using Nexus2' in the future video.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer

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Interface
Submitted 10 months ago

Great walkthrough

Helped out a lot

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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Harmoniver
Submitted 1 year ago

Concise and precise

A good introduction to the simple Rompler.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, FL Studio

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walterw
Submitted 1 year ago

one of the most innovative and useful VIs ever

the golden egg & all one needs to do really professional sound design and producing

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician

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ICANC
Submitted 1 year ago

very thorough "fly by".

very thorough "fly by". Wold ike to add section on playing NEXUS in DAW - like pro tools. More of a practical handson tutorial

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Beat Maker

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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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ReFX NEXUS2 Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial I've had the Nexus 2 for a while but haven't dived beyond selecting presets and tweaking the global effects. It has definitely renewed my interest in customizing the presets even more.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear and straight to the point Shows all the functions of NEXUS2, what is possible to change and what's not. Perfect for me.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Average explanation of Nexus2. Expected a better music/sound based explanation of Nexus2 and its features
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Informative and definitely helpful. I am very keen to learn this program. I am also eager to see ' How to create a brand new dance track using Nexus2' in the future video.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great walkthrough Helped out a lot
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Concise and precise A good introduction to the simple Rompler.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from one of the most innovative and useful VIs ever the golden egg & all one needs to do really professional sound design and producing
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from very thorough "fly by". very thorough "fly by". Wold ike to add section on playing NEXUS in DAW - like pro tools. More of a practical handson tutorial
Date published: 2016-09-10