SKANNER Tutorial

SKANNER XT Explained®

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  • Introduction 3:54


    This video is a brief introduction to SKANNER and to the concept of scanned synthesis. In this series of tutorials you'll learn how to use this unique and powerful synthesizer as we delve into every parameter and every function.

  • Overview 7:38


    In this video Al provides a brief overview of the synth. You''ll look at the A view; where SKANNER's preset morpher, global LFO and macro controls are housed and the B view; the engine room of the synth where the 'polyphonic processing section', the effects section and the modulators section can be found.

  • Morpher & Global LFO 7:51

    Morpher & Global LFO

    In this video you'll learn about the three key panels in View A; The Preset Morpher, the Global LFO and the Macro Controls. We'll also look at the SKANNER's Global LFO and how it can be used to control both the preset morpher and SKANNER's macro controls.

  • The Synth Engine 10:53

    The Synth Engine

    In this video you'll head over to the B view, the heart of SKANNER XT and learn how to use SKANNER's synth engine to modulate SKANNER's playhead to 'scan' the sample and thus generate sound. You'll then learn how Oscillators A and B, the Polyphonic LFO, the Envelope and Feedback can all be used to modulate SKANNER's playhead in their own distinct way. This is the key concept behind 'scanned' synthesis and how it works.

  • Polyphonic Processing Section 10:52

    Polyphonic Processing Section

    In this video you'll explore the polyphonic processing section and the three key devices that process your raw sound before it passes through a mixer and then an amplitude envelope. You'll also discover the Amplitude Modulator, the Delay Unit and the Hi Cut and Lo Cut filters, all of which allow you to shape your sound before it passes through the effects section.

  • The Effects Section Pt. 1 11:32

    The Effects Section Pt. 1

    Over the next two videos you'll look at SKANNER XT's effects section which contains five high quality effect units; An 8-pole filter, an amp cabinet distortion unit, an echo unit, a flanger and finally a reverb unit. Then you'll learn about the complex, stereo 8-pole filter which is in fact four filters (two for each stereo channel.) Discover how this unconventional filter can be used as a lo pass, a hi pass, a band reject or an all pass filter depending on how it's used. You'll also look at the cabinet effect which simulates guitar amp distortion as you drive the signal into it. Following that you'll look at SKANNER XT's more conventional but extremely high quality Echo, Flanger and Reverb units and how each of them work.

  • The Effects Section Pt. 2 6:35

    The Effects Section Pt. 2

    Continued from Part 1

  • The Modulators Section Pt. 1 10:07

    The Modulators Section Pt. 1

    In the next two videos you'll look at SKANNER XT's modulators section, arguably the most important panel on SKANNER's B view. This is where you can exercise detailed control over your five modulators; Oscillators A and B, the Polyphonic LFO, the Envelope and Feedback. Among other things, you'll learn how, as well as being used to modulate SKANNER's playhead, the two oscillators can themselves be modulated by the Polyphonic LFO, the Envelope and Feedback. As you go through all the parameters in the modulators section, you'll start to see the potentially infinite combination of ways one can modulate the playhead thus, you'll see SKANNER's vast potential.

  • The Modulators Section Pt. 2 14:40

    The Modulators Section Pt. 2

    Continued from Part 1

  • Macro Controls 10:17

    Macro Controls

    In this video you'll learn how to assign SKANNER XT's macro controls to control various different parameters in SKANNER XT. You'll see how you can control different parameters at once with varying degrees of scale and in both positive or negative polarities. You'll also see how using macros in conjunction with SKANNER's Global LFO expands the potential for modulation and control even further.

  • Using Your Own Samples 5:39

    Using Your Own Samples

    Finally in this last video, you'll learn how to load your own samples into SKANNER XT, either by using Reaktor's built in browser to navigate your hard drive or by simply dragging files in from Finder or Explorer (depending on whether we're using a Mac or PC respectively).

Product Overview

SKANNER XT Explained is here! Al Swettenham tackles this sonic monster, showing you all the ins and outs. SKANNER XT is a sample based software synthesiser capable of creating original and unique sounds via a revolutionary form of synthesis known as "scanned synthesis". Learn all about it here and create your own cutting edge, out of this world sounds..

Al begins with an introduction to the synth, explaining its concept and how truly unique and powerful it is. Next an overview of the GUI is given, as well as a tour of its Morphoder and Global LFO panels. The synth engine is then explored, as well as the Polyphonic Processing section where you process your raw sound.

Going deeper, Al gets into the studio quality effects, covering the 8-Pole filter, amp cabinet, echo, flanger and reverb. The Modulator's section is then examined, where you learn to exercise complete control over your sound. Macro controls are also revealed, so you know how to control different parameters at once, making for more complex tones. Finally Al shows you how to use your own samples with SKANNER XT, to create your own, mind bending sonics.

Native Instruments SKANNER XT is a truly amazing sound tool, so why not learn what it really can do... Watch "SKANNER XT Explained" today.

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