Retro Synth
Retro Synth Tutorial

Retro Synth Explained®

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  • Introduction 0:54


    Welcome to Retro Synth Explained.

  • Synthesizer Basics 6:36

    Synthesizer Basics

    A brief overview of how sound is synthesized, measured, described, generated, and altered.

  • Retro Synth Basics 3:54

    Retro Synth Basics

    A brief description of the four types of synthesis Retro Synth offers.

  • Waveform Types 2:00

    Waveform Types

    Learn about the various waveform types found in the oscillator section of Retro Synth.

  • Analog Oscillator Section 5:37

    Analog Oscillator Section

    See how the Oscillator section controls are used to blend and modulate the Shape 1 and Shape 2 waveforms.

  • Sync Oscillator Section 4:33

    Sync Oscillator Section

    Hear how modulating the sync between the two oscillators in Sync mode produces interesting harsh metallic types of sounds.

  • Wavetable Oscillator Section 6:07

    Wavetable Oscillator Section

    Explore the evolving and varying timbres produced by the Wavetable's Digiwaves as their shapes are modulated with long envelopes and slow LFO cycles.

  • FM Oscillator Section 4:48

    FM Oscillator Section

    Explore the effects of adjusting the tuning ratios between the modulator and carrier oscillators, while modulating them using the LFO and Filter Envelope.

  • Other Wave Shaping Controls 3:44

    Other Wave Shaping Controls

    See how real time performance gestures like velocity, aftertouch, and the modulation wheel are used to modulate the oscillator's wave shape.

  • Filter Types 6:45

    Filter Types

    Explore Retro Synth's various filter types, and see how they are used to remove and/or boost portions of the frequency spectrum.

  • Filter Modulation 6:46

    Filter Modulation

    See how the filter's cutoff frequency can be modulated based on key tracking, the FM filter knob, the LFO shape, the filter envelope, and after touch.

  • The AMP & Effects Sections 2:55

    The AMP & Effects Sections

    See how the sine level knob is used to mix a sine signal directly into the output stage, and how the effects are used to thicken the sound by creating rapid pitch offsets in the case of the chorus, and sweeping harmonic resonances when set to flanger.

  • Glide 4:44


    Explore the nuances and complexity available using Glide mode to bend the pitch of each or both of the oscillators, the filter, and even the sine wave generated in the amp section that occurs after oscillator and filter modulation.

  • Autobend 3:43


    Discover ways to use autobend to add subtle (or not so subtle) pitch modulation with the attack of each note. Combined with the pitch offsets introduced by the chorus effect, interesting and complex thick sounds are easily created.

  • LFO Section 6:02

    LFO Section

    Explore ways of controlling LFO and vibrato depth and rate as they are used to modulate other parameters.

  • Envelopes 5:59


    Learn how to control the variation that a sound exhibits over time by working with Retro Synth's Amp and filter envelopes.

  • Global Controls 7:37

    Global Controls

    Discover how the tuning and panning of Retro Synth's internal stacked voices are controlled, as well as how to set global tuning offsets and pitch bend ranges.

  • Working with Noise 2:33

    Working with Noise

    Discover some of the potential sound design capabilities of the noise based waveform shape available in analog mode.

  • Putting Retro Synth to Work 9:21

    Putting Retro Synth to Work

    See and hear how versatile Retro Synth is as a short piece of music is presented and deconstructed, comprised solely of Retro Synth instances with settings built up from the default preset.

  • Bonus Video from Doug Zangar: Retro Synth Band 7:53

    Bonus Video from Doug Zangar: Retro Synth Band

    Check out how Retro Synth can be used for for bass, keys and lead parts. Just add drum track and instant band. Tips on using MIDI Draw to generate some dynamic movement.

Product Overview

Are you ready to learn how to use Logic Pro X's Retro Synth? If so, this collection of power packed video turorials by Apple Logic Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg will take you back to the future and turn you into a Retro Synth power user.

Eli kicks the series off with a quick introduction before getting down to business with this new powerful synth built into Logic Pro X. A few tutorials are then dedicated to getting you up to speed on the basics and the various waveform types found in Retro Synth. Eli then takes a detailed look at the four oscillator sections including Analog, Sync, Wavetable and FM, and looks deep into the Filter Section.

Moving on, Eli explores and examines the various filter types as well as filter modulation, and then takes you on a a tour of the the AMP and Effects sections and how they're used. The Glide and Autobend functions are then revealed, and Eli shows ways to use both to create interesting and complex sounds. After taking an in-depth look at the LFO Section, Eli explores Envelopes, the Global Controls and working with the noise based waveform shape.

Finally, Eli puts Retro Synth to work, showing how versatile Retro Synth is by putting together a short peice of music comprised solely of Retro Synth instances. The final video in this series is a bonus tutorial from guest trainer Doug Zangar, who shows how Retro Synth can be used with a drum track to create an instant band, as well as some tips on how to use MIDI Draw to generate dynamic movement.

Retro Synth is a powerful sonic weapon to have in your production arsenal. Let Eli help you master it... Watch "Retro Synth Explained" today!

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