Welcome to Retro Synth Explained.
A brief overview of how sound is synthesized, measured, described, generated, and altered.
Retro Synth Basics3:54
A brief description of the four types of synthesis Retro Synth offers.
Learn about the various waveform types found in the oscillator section of Retro Synth.
Analog Oscillator Section5:37
See how the Oscillator section controls are used to blend and modulate the Shape 1 and Shape 2 waveforms.
Sync Oscillator Section4:33
Hear how modulating the sync between the two oscillators in Sync mode produces interesting harsh metallic types of sounds.
Wavetable Oscillator Section6:07
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 Section4:48
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 Controls3:44
See how real time performance gestures like velocity, aftertouch, and the modulation wheel are used to modulate the oscillator's wave shape.
Explore Retro Synth's various filter types, and see how they are used to remove and/or boost portions of the frequency spectrum.
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 Sections2:55
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.
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.
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.
Explore ways of controlling LFO and vibrato depth and rate as they are used to modulate other parameters.
Learn how to control the variation that a sound exhibits over time by working with Retro Synth's Amp and filter envelopes.
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 Noise2:33
Discover some of the potential sound design capabilities of the noise based waveform shape available in analog mode.
Putting Retro Synth to Work9:21
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 Band7:53
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.
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!
Submitted 8 months ago
Good insight, explanation and demonstration
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Logic Pro
Submitted 2 years ago
Another well presented tutorial from Eli
Overwhelmed by all the instruments in LPX? Not to worry. Groove 3 gots you covered. This tutorial goes over the Retro Synth Instrument that ships with LPX. Eli does a great job in describing and showing how all the knobs and filters interact with each other to produce a sound. He also touches bases on Basic Synth Principles; great for the beginner in sound design.
I am a: Beginner, Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist, Student
You might be also interested in
Logic Pro X 10.4 may be the biggest point update ever to LPX! Eli Krantzberg brings you the most in-depth videos available about all the new features and functions found in the Logic Pro X 10.4 update, plus how to use them for your songs and productions.
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.
Logic Pro X guru Doug Zangar shows you how to map and control your 3rd Party plug-ins in Logic Pro X! Sometimes 3rd party plug-ins don’t behave when trying to map and control them in Logic Pro X, so Doug shows you all the tricks and work arounds, enabling complete control over all of your cool AU plug-ins and virtual instruments!
Eli Krantzberg reveals the new additions to Apple’s flagship DAW, Logic Pro X 10.3.2! See, hear and learn all about the amazing new features and functions in-depth, and how to use them in your songs and productions.
Logic Pro X wiz Doug Zangar brings you the definitive collection of video tutorials covering everything you need to know about automation in Logic Pro X. After viewing this series, you'll know how to automate anything and everything in Logic Pro X, making tracking, creative experimentation, and mixing simple and exciting!
Your personal Logic Orchestra awaits! Eli Krantzberg guides you through a comprehensive series on how to create realistic orchestral arrangements using nothing but Logic Pro X and its built-in instruments. You also get the Logic Project files so you can follow along and experiment!
Learn the nuts and bolts of mixing in Logic Pro X! Eli Krantzberg takes you on a mixing journey using nothing but LPX, showing you all the features and functions, steps, techniques and theories to use to create a professional sounding product. You also get the full Logic Project and audio files so you can mix or remix along in real-time!
Eli Krantzberg serves up in-depth video tutorials on the hot new Logic Pro X release, version 10.3. See and hear all the cool new features and functions, and how to use them in your productions. Get up to speed fast!
Super producer Larry Holcombe is your guide through the journey of producing professional vocals using Logic Pro X. See Larry cover it all, from start to finish, creating professional sounding vocals that have impact and shine.
Logic expert Doug Zangar has the low end covered in this series about Bass Amp Designer in Logic Pro X. Learn about how to use, manage and get creative with the endless tonal options available in this killer amp simulator!