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Session Strings Pro 2 Explained®

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    The Big Picture (6:35)


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    Switching Articulations (9:09)


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    Working with the Rhythm Animator (8:33)


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    Rhythm Animator Patterns & Sets (5:09)


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    Rhythm Animator Hidden Tips (4:05)


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    The Phrase Animator (7:30)


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    Smart Voice Split (4:11)


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    Smart Chords (9:06)


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    Effects, the Mixer, & Settings (10:46)


Eli Krantzberg presents an in-depth video tutorial series on the sequel to Native Instruments Session Strings Pro, Session Strings Pro 2! Learn all about this impressive virtual instrument and how to get the most of it for your songs and productions.

Eli begins by welcoming you and giving you an in-depth overview of the virtual instrument and its user interface, followed by helpful information on using Switching Articulations to trigger multiple articulations throughout a performance.

You’ll then learn all about the Rhythm Animator and how to use it to create patterns and sets, as well as cool hidden tips to maximize your creativeness when using SSP2. Next, discover the Phrase Animator and how to use its playback mode to generate phrases that will follow your chords, including ways to modify and vary the collections of patterns for realistic and interesting parts.

The Smart Chords feature is next, and you’ll see how to play full chords by pressing just one or two keys on your external MIDI controller keyboard, as well as ways of using it in conjunction with Smart Voice Split, the Rhythm Animator, and shifting tonal centers.

Eli concludes the series with a video on the modern sonic colors that are available in the Effects View, plus how the Mixer View is used to sub-mix each instrument in the sections, including how the Settings Window is used to control how the overall instrument performs and responds to incoming MIDI messages.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you use Session Strings Pro 2 or want to know more about it, this series is just what you need… Watch “Session Strings Pro 2 Explained®” today!


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TonyByte
Submitted 1 month ago

Well explained.

Finally, I now understand all of the features that Session Strings Pro 2 has to offer. I have had it since release but was not using it efficiently. Eli explains it well. I did not get bored or want to skip forward in any video. Quick and painless. Recommended.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live

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HLEET
Submitted 2 months ago

very helpful

the author explain well, everything went fine. I like this course

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kevvvvv
Submitted 3 months ago

Excellent

Expanded my view of SSPro enormously. Thanks Eli

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Session Strings Pro 2 Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well explained. Finally, I now understand all of the features that Session Strings Pro 2 has to offer. I have had it since release but was not using it efficiently. Eli explains it well. I did not get bored or want to skip forward in any video. Quick and painless. Recommended.
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful the author explain well, everything went fine. I like this course
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Expanded my view of SSPro enormously. Thanks Eli
Date published: 2018-08-11
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