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AMBER Tutorial

Virtual Guitarist AMBER Explained®

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    Overview

    Take a first look around the interface of this fabulous sounding acoustic steel string guitar virtual instrument.

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    Phrases & Notes

    Hear how the Style and Phrase key switch notes below C4 interact with the chord trigger notes in the upper range of the keyboard.

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    Chord Detection

    Eli Demonstrates which notes are necessary to trigger various types of chords.

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    Chords & Keys

    Learn what type of chords are generated when Amber is set to conform to a specific key.

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    Feel

    Explore three ways of varying the timing and feel Amber’s guitar phrases.

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    Sound

    Hear how the Position, Tone, Source, and Shimmer controls are used to shape the sound of Amber.

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    Doubling

    Explore Amber’s Fret Noise, drop D tuning, and doubling functions.

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    Effects & Automation

    Learn to use Amber’s simple but effective built in effects, and see how automation is used to add nuance and variation to doubled parts.

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    Presets

    Eli demonstrates blending three Amber tracks together and explains how and where to save custom User presets.

Product Overview


UJAM is at it again with their hyper-realistic steel-string acoustic guitar instrument, Virtual Guitarist AMBER. In this video tutorial series, studio music guru Eli Krantzberg shows you how to use and create authentic sounding acoustic guitar parts for your songs and productions.

Eli starts off with a fly-by of the interface to give you a feel for the layout. Then he demonstrates how the Phrases and Notes key switches interact with the chord trigger notes. Eli now reveals which notes are necessary to trigger various types of chords, and what types of chords are generated when AMBER is set to conform to a specific key.

With the basics covered, Eli explores three ways you can vary the timing and feel of AMBER’s guitar phrases and how the Position, Tone, Source, and Shimmer controls can shape the instrument’s sound. Next, Eli explains how to use the Fret Noise, Drop D Tuning, and Doubling functions for more creative sounds. After that, you’ll see how to use AMBER’s effects and how automation can add nuance and variation to doubled parts.

Finally, Eli demonstrates how to Save Custom Presets, and what you can achieve by blending three AMBER tracks together. Whether you’re new to UJAM Virtual Guitar: AMBER, or you’re an existing user ready to get more creative, watch “Virtual Guitarist AMBER Explained” today!


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Jay38
Submitted 8 months ago

Good to know

I was watching this to decide if I wanted to purchase it. Eli makes it so understandable that spending money is clearly in my future. He does that to me a lot. Thanks Eli and thank you Groove3!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One


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mosspa
Submitted 1 year ago

Would never have guessed

I was given Amber to review for a magazine sometime back, and never got around to even loading it. My bad! Eli presents the app in very comprehensive review. I found his doubling via DAW examples very illuminating (not just for use with Amber, but for new ways to think about doubling, in general. Very useful!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar, Mixcraft, Reason, Reaper


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Jay38
Submitted 8 months ago

Good to know

I was watching this to decide if I wanted to purchase it. Eli makes it so understandable that spending money is clearly in my future. He does that to me a lot. Thanks Eli and thank you Groove3!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

mosspa
Submitted 1 year ago

Would never have guessed

I was given Amber to review for a magazine sometime back, and never got around to even loading it. My bad! Eli presents the app in very comprehensive review. I found his doubling via DAW examples very illuminating (not just for use with Amber, but for new ways to think about doubling, in general. Very useful!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar, Mixcraft, Reason, Reaper

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

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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Virtual Guitarist AMBER Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 2 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good to know I was watching this to decide if I wanted to purchase it. Eli makes it so understandable that spending money is clearly in my future. He does that to me a lot. Thanks Eli and thank you Groove3!
Date published: 2020-09-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Would never have guessed I was given Amber to review for a magazine sometime back, and never got around to even loading it. My bad! Eli presents the app in very comprehensive review. I found his doubling via DAW examples very illuminating (not just for use with Amber, but for new ways to think about doubling, in general. Very useful!
Date published: 2020-01-03
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