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Pro Tools Synth Guru

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    Tutorial 1

    Setting up Tracks


    Making sure you have the right tracks for the right task in Pro Tools will make song creation far easier. Russ gets back to basics with selecting and setting up synth tracks.

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    Tutorial 2

    MIDI Basics


    Russ covers the important beginning steps on using MIDI in Pro Tools and shows the different ways to get your synth ideas down.

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    Tutorial 3

    Synth Templates


    Stop re-inventing the wheel and see how to get yourself some hot synth templates you can bring into sessions when you need them.

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    Tutorial 4

    Create Big Sounds


    Find out how to layer sounds, create splits, add effects and more in Xpand2 to create your own big synth sounds.

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    Tutorial 5

    Custom Arpeggiators


    You don't have to rely on the factory arpeggiators. Russ shows how easy it is to create your own to use in a song, save and use later.

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    Tutorial 6

    Make a Filthy Bass


    In this video Russ shows you how to use one MIDI CC controller mapped within Vacuum to make an awesome filthy bass sound.

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    Tutorial 7

    Monster Synth Bass


    Watch Russ unlock the power of Xpand2 to make giant, huge bass sounds, that will shake your room.

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    Tutorial 8

    Noise Sweeps


    At the center of all dance tracks are noise sweeps. Russ shows how you need nothing more than two of the FREE plug-ins that come with Pro Tools and his secret trick to make these cool sounds.

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    Tutorial 9

    Power Arpeggiators


    Find out just how powerful the arpeggiators in Xpand2. Russ shows you how to get inspired and create complex and powerful soundscapes.

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    Tutorial 10

    Synth Filter Sweeps


    Find out how to get that cool synth filter sweep sound on your synths and drums, that's at the heart of today's top pop and dance hits.

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    Tutorial 11

    Synth Kick Drum


    For some tracks sampled drums are just not enough. Russ reveals how to create your own synth kick drums that will add meat to your tracks.

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    Tutorial 12

    Using the Filter Gate


    Discover how to take lifeless synth sounds and resurrect them with gated filters. You'll never have a flat synth on your tracks again.

Are you new to Pro Tools and all of its awesome virtual synthesizers? Well Pro-Tools-Expert.com founder and synth guru Russ Hughes is going to take you on a spiritual journey of the synth kind. Learn tons of cool tips and tricks as well as production ideas from this outstanding collection of video tutorials.

Russ starts with the important foundations such as setting up synth tracks, using MIDI in Pro Tools and creating synth templates. He then goes into production techniques for creating custom arpeggiators, making filthy bass sounds, huge monster bass sounds, noise and filter sweeps, synth kick drums, filter gates and much more.

If you're new to Pro Tools built-in synths and want to get the most from them, this series is the perfect answer. Watch and become a "Pro Tools Synth Guru" today...

Submitted 9 months ago

Very nice!

Russ showed some unique tricks!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started young. My father was a Jazz piano player who would play Oscar Peterson on the piano, I would go in as a kid and sit and listen to him in wonder. When he left the room I would try and knock out tunes myself. When I was 15 I swapped my bike for a really bad electric guitar which I went home and plugged into my sister's hi-fi, she was not impressed. From there I started having bands in the garage and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. What training have you had?

As a musician, no formal training, I just picked things up by ear. Over the years I've been lucky to work and play with some of the best musicians around, that rubs off on you, playing with great people means you either get better or get a different job! As a trainer I've done a lot of public speaking, presentations and seminars to groups of anything from 10 to 3,000 people. Again, you either get good or get hungry.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was 17 I bought myself a Tascam 244 Portastudio, that was a 4 track cassette based recording system that cost around $1800! In those days that was a miracle being able to record and mix on separate tracks. Once I got that then I was hooked, in fact I forgotten the stuff I've bought over the years, I just look music and technology and so recording ticks both of my passion boxes!

4. People you have worked with/for?

It's a long list and to name drop would sound like throwing pans down a stone staircase. I've worked with and for, in a technical and programming capacity UB40, T-Pau, Elton John, The Beat, New Order, Jools Holland, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Duran Duran, and Japan to name some of those blasts from the past... I'm old!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I didn't know I was, perhaps it's the combination of my passion for the music and the gear coupled with a genuine desire to help people to use their gear without any barriers. I read the manual as a last resort (often because they are so badly written) so I guess that other's may feel the same, so I try to find a way of making things as simple as possible, I try not to pretend to be an expert, more a guy who's just figured it out. I also have a terrible sense of humour, which means when I train live there are a lot of laughs.

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    Hybrid Explained

    Updated for version 2.0, Pro Tools Instrument legend Russ Hughes is back with this highly anticipated 'Explained' title. Russ takes you through the Hybrid power synth plug-in from start to finish, exploring every part of the synth and finishing off with some sound creation examples that will get your creative juices flowing.

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    Iris Explained

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    Loom Explained

    Untangle the creative possibilities of additive synthesis and produce something amazing with Loom. Synth master Russ Hughes takes you on a journey and helps unlock the synth secrets of this cool new take on additive synthesis. This series includes a full, in-depth explanation of all the features and some practical sessions on designing sounds from scratch.

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Date published: 2017-07-01