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MachFive Tutorial

MachFive 3 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Basics

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    Blind Date

    Meet MachFive 3. Get to know the four main areas of the plug-in interface and get introduced to the Sidebar, Master Section, Display Area, and Status bar.

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    Stand Alone Setup

    See how to configure MachFive 3 in stand alone version to work with multiple output audio interfaces, and multi-port MIDI devices.

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    Lock & Load

    Discover the various locations and ways of loading in parts, and managing basic part parameters.

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    Working with the Browser Pt. 1

    Learn how to customizes the places in the Browser source list, how to have your soundbank volumes mount automatically on startup, and how to audition loops in sync with your host DAW.

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    Working with the Browser Pt. 2

    See how to layer multiple programs together both on a single part, and using multiple parts. Also see how to use the sidebar browser and how the basic file management functions work.

Chapter 2 : Playing the Instruments

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    Star Drums

    See how to use the Star Drum's built in Macro and Script controls, and how to route the individual kit elements to discreet outputs within your DAW.

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    J Bass

    Explore how to work with the J Bass and its various articulations, slap, and legato mode options.

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    The Upright & F Grand 278

    Learn how the macro controls on these two instrument are used to both subtly, or not so subtly, influence the performance aspects of each.

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    Telematic Pt. 1

    Discover some of the ways the Telematic voices and strums chords in guitar like manner, and how to control various aspects of the performance through use of it's scripted macro controls.

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    Telematic Pt. 2

    See how the mixed and keyboard playing modes work, and how the sequence mode is used to create a repeated strumming pattern that is stopped and started with the note F# 4.

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    Importing 3rd Party Formats

    Watch as instruments and samples are imported and saved from sounds originating in Kontakt, Apple Loop, SampleCell, EXS 24, Giga, and Akai formats.

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    Working in the Mixer View

    Learn how to use the Mixer View to work with both part and program effects, aux channels, pre and post fader sends, and master output processing.

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    Using Multiple Outputs

    Discover how to route individual parts to discreet outputs accessible from within your DAW, and how to simultaneously utilize Mach Five's internal aux send effects on a discreet channel strip within the host DAW.

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    Working in Performance View

    See how splits and layers are created based either on note or velocity ranges, and how key switches are easily set up to switch between different parts from a single keyboard controller in real time.

Chapter 3 : Editing

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    Basic Editing Architecture Pt. 1

    Learn how and where the various elements that comprise each program are laid out in the MachFive 3 interface.

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    Basic Editing Architecture Pt. 2

    Discover how Keygroup, Layer, and Program settings in the Edit Window work and how they influence the sound at various stages within a program.

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    Working in the Mapping Editor

    The Mapping Editor is where you manage how keygroups are mapped to MIDI notes. Watch as multiple samples are imported and mapped based either on pitch, velocity, or chromatically.

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    Working with Keygroups

    Watch as a new program is constructed using multiple sample based oscillators and multiple keygroups, keygroup based effects and key range crossfades.

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    Layers & Layer Rules

    Learn how to create and work with programs containing multiple layers, layer rules, and layer based FX.

Chapter 4 : The Oscillators

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    Oscillator Basics

    Learn how to create, load, and save various types of oscillators, presets, and settings.

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    Synth Oscillators Pt. 1

    Explre how MachFive's analog, analog stack, and noise generators are used, modified, modulated, and filtered; to create classic subtractive synthesis style sounds.

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    Synth Oscillators Pt. 2

    Watch how the FM, Wavetable, Drum, and Organ oscillators work, and how easy it is to tweak, shape, and control sounds in original ways.

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    Working with Sample Oscillators

    Learn how to use the Oscillator Section to crop, reverse, and loop audio samples.

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    Crossfades & Looped Release

    See how to apply crossfades to loop points for smooth looping, and how loop release effects.

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    The Stretch Oscillator

    Stretch uses granular synthesis, a way of chopping audio up into grains based on grain size and transient sensitivity. When audio is then triggered at different pitches, the grains are rearranged and stretched to preserve the original tempo, or can be modified with tempo parameters so the grains are played back faster or slower. It is an excellent sound design tool. It is also great for changing the color and personality of drum loops when triggered at different pitches.

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    The Loop Lab Pt. 1

    Explore Slice mode and see how it's used to maintain a constant tempo while triggering loops at various pitches. Learn how to tweak and edit the slice detection, as well as play back with various trigger and sync mode combinations.

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    The Loop Lab Pt. 2

    See how Latch mode is used to generate cool and interesting poly rhythms, and how the envelope settings are used to effect the amplitude of each slice. And finally, learn how to convert the slices to chromatically mapped key groups, and export all as either audio or MIDI.

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    IRCAM Granular

    Explore the rich granular style sound design possibilities introduced with this oscillator type by shaping and modulating grain size, speed, direction, position, pitch, density, and more.

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    IRCAM Stretch

    See how to use this oscillator type for the highest quality time stretching and pitch shifting, with emphasis on transient, shape, envelope, and phase preservation.

Chapter 5 : Modulation and Processing

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    Envelopes

    Discover how to use a sound's envelope controls to shape the variations the sound exhibits over time.

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    Working with Modulation

    Explore how some of the external modulation sources are used to modulate filter and pan values through with use of performance gestures like velocity, mod wheel and key range.

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    Using LFOs

    Discover how LFOs are used to modulate destination parameters based on a variety of cyclical shapes that can be synced to tempo.

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    Modulation Envelopes

    Learn how to use MachFive's four envelope types to create and apply multi-stage modulation patterns to destination modulation targets.

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    Mappers

    Explore how mappers are used to create custom step like patterns that shape the modulation source before it reaches its destination parameter.

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    Macros & MIDI Learn

    See how Macros are used to map multiple parameters across different parameters to a single macro knob, and then assign Mod Wheel to control the macro knob using MIDI Learn.

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    Working with Effects

    Explore the various access points throughout the interface that effects and aux sends can be managed from.

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    Event Processors

    Event processors intercept incoming MIDI and process the notes before they reach the sound producing oscillators or samples being triggered. Learn where and how to access and modify some of the existing presets.

Product Overview


This super in-depth series by DAW master Eli Krantzberg covers one of the most powerful studio virtual samplers ever made, the MOTU MachFive 3. Eli covers every MachFive 3 feature and function, as well as important tips & tricks during your unforgettable ride with MachFive 3.

Eli starts off with the basics such as detailed overviews, how to use MachFive 3 in standalone mode, loading parts and presets and how to use its eloquent browser. He then shows you how to play MachFive 3's amazing factory instruments, import 3rd party libraries, use the mixer, multiple outputs and performance view. Eli then goes deep into how to edit and build sounds, how to utilize the awesome MachFive 3 synth engine options, modulation, effect processing and so much more.

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MachFive 3 Explained® is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 2 .
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Somewhat useful I was really expecting more and a specific type of help that neither this video course nor the MachFive 3 manual explains. This video course goes into some other, interesting, but somewhat obscure uses for MachFive 3 which, eventually, might be useful to me, but there are some basic aspects to the program which neither MOTU nor Groove 3 seem interested in covering as topics or explaining. MachFive 3 Explained DID teach me some other ways to get around in the program, so it has been useful for that. This is one scenario for me: I have stereo samples in Kurzweil K2xxx format that have been transferred into MachFive 3. MachFive 3 does a wonderful job of loading the samples and with a little more prodding from me, using MachFive 3's Browser Editor, I can get it to map the samples exactly as they were laid out in a K2000R. I have noticed that most of the stereo samples appear as one sample with one name in MachFive 3's Sample Editor, but when they are viewed in the Browser, they appear as two samples per key (a right and left sample). Some samples, probably depending on how I saved the program in the Kurzweil, did not load as stereo samples, even though there are separate left and right components to each sample. There is no mention in either MachFive 3's manual nor MachFive 3 Explained which cover this topic, although it would seem like it should be. It's possible, in different instances for a stereo sample's left or right component may not properly load into a program and yet the data for it is there. I wish that MachFive 3 Explained would address this situation because, it appears, the only way I'm going to find out how to assign independent left/right stereo component samples into a proper pair is to keep on experimenting. I have to assume that I assign each 1/2 of a component stereo pair of samples to different stereo paired keygroups and different stereo paired layers for them to "sound" in stereo but in doing this, I still don't know if when I play these samples from a MIDI keyboard, if they will appear in the sample editor as one stereo sample, and can be edited as a single stereo sample. To me, this seems like a basic function of what MachFive 3 SHOULD be capable of, but to get any information on this basic aspect of sample importation and editing, there's no help, either in the MachFive 3 manual nor in Mach Five 3 Explained. I can't seem to find any other helpful information about these matters on the Web, either. It would be nice if someone wrote an independent comprehensive manual about MachFive 3, because so far, it seems to me as if the manual is not very detailed and forthcoming and there seems to be no other way to learn some of the more basic aspects of this program than by trial and error.
Date published: 2020-10-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great review Very helpful and explanatory...
Date published: 2017-09-03
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