Trillian Tutorial

Trilian Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Big Picture

  • Birds Eye View 5:50

    Birds Eye View

    Get an overview of the hierarchy and architecture, including multis, parts, patches, layers, and soundsources, that make up Trilian.

  • The Header & Utility Menu 6:12

    The Header & Utility Menu

    Learn to navigate the different parts of the interface using the header controls, and how to save and manage multis, patches, and layers using the Utility menu.

  • Memory Management 6:28

    Memory Management

    Seen how Trilian’s system level memory settings can help you optimize available RAM and overall system resources.

  • Working with the Browsers 6:20

    Working with the Browsers

    Discover how the header and footer controls, directory menu, category attributes fields, and view modes, effect what is displayed in the Browser windows.

  • Preview Load & the Stepper Buttons 6:03

    Preview Load & the Stepper Buttons

    See how to audition patches quickly and efficiently using Preview Load and MIDI learned Stepper Buttons.

  • Projects & Favorites 4:25

    Projects & Favorites

    Explore ways of organizing and storing patches in custom groupings that are meaningful for you with the Project function and rating system.

  • Round Robin & Legato Samples 6:42

    Round Robin & Legato Samples

    Discover how round robin and legato samples allow for more control when trying to faithfully reproduce the nuances of a real stringed bass instrument.

  • Release Samples 5:30

    Release Samples

    Learn how to control the level of release samples, how to mix and match them, and adjust their transition time once a note is released.

  • Sample Thinning 5:48

    Sample Thinning

    Explore how to use the sample thinning options in the Lite version zoom and soundsource zoom to reduce the sample set loaded in, by restricting robin samples, legato samples, velocity ranges, and note pitches.

Chapter 2 : Working with Patches

  • Main Page Controls 4:57

    Main Page Controls

    Explore the main page controls and see how they are set uniquely for different instruments in order to effectively blend the multiple channels embedded in the soundsources, and sculpt the sound with other relevant parameters.

  • Customizing the Main Page Controls 5:09

    Customizing the Main Page Controls

    Learn how to assign any of the main page custom controls to almost any parameter, change control types, and arrange the controls into custom control groups.

  • Saving Patches 6:03

    Saving Patches

    See where patches are saved on the hard drive, and how you can create custom category folders for personalized patch organization.

  • Editing Tags 5:56

    Editing Tags

    Learn how to work with attributes and assignments in the Edit Tags window in order to customize how they show up in the Browser filters.

Chapter 3 : The Arpeggiator

  • Creating Patterns 5:17

    Creating Patterns

    The Trillian arpeggiator receives incoming MIDI notes and generates a sequenced pattern of notes based on defined parameters. See how to use the presets, and how to create a basic pattern with the generated notes taking on custom generated velocities, versus incoming note velocities.

  • Saving & Editing Patterns 4:13

    Saving & Editing Patterns

    Learn how to save patches and customize arpeggiated note durations both globally and individually. Explore how the note durations interact with the amp envelope release value, how notes are tied together, and how to apply swing to the patterns.

  • Trigger Settings 4:30

    Trigger Settings

    Explore how the three trigger modes, legato, song position, and note, work with sequenced notes as well as live incoming notes.

  • Modes & Groove Lock 8:11

    Modes & Groove Lock

    Learn how the different arpeggiator modes influence the direction in which notes are generated, how setting odd numbers of steps yields interesting rhythmic syncopations, and how to use groove lock to tie arpeggiated rhythms with either Stylus RMX grooves or standard MIDI files.

Chapter 4 : Using Trilian Multi Timbrally

  • Setting Up Multis 5:05

    Setting Up Multis

    See how the Browser synchronization and Category Sensitive Attributes functions are used to customize browsing between the eight parts of a Trilian multi.

  • Live Mode Using The Mouse 4:19

    Live Mode Using The Mouse

    Learn how to use Live Mode’s next/previous buttons from your MIDI keyboard, and how the different mouse select modes work.

  • Live Mode / Key Select 6:58

    Live Mode / Key Select

    See how to assign key switch notes to the eight parts of a multi, and how to use the MIDI note learn inverted function in conjunction with the key select 'switch' mode for real time articulation switching.

  • Live Mode / Latch & Trigger 7:19

    Live Mode / Latch & Trigger

    Learn how to create multi layered syncopated rhythms, quantized on input, using the Live mode latch and trigger functions.

  • Stack Mode 8:17

    Stack Mode

    Stack mode is used to create splits, layers, and crossfades between any or all of the eight available parts. Learn how to set it up and use it with note range, velocity, or MIDI CC values to switch between the parts.

Chapter 5 : Under the Hood

  • Soundsource Controls 11:43

    Soundsource Controls

    Soundsource Controls - Discover how the Main and FM controls are used to shape the tonal color of the basic samples contained within each layer’s soundsource; and how the harmonia settings are used to double and triple them.

  • The Filter Section 10:27

    The Filter Section

    Discover how filters are used to cutoff specific ranges of a sound’s frequencies; and how the pitch of the note, the filter envelope, or velocity modulates the cutoff point.

  • Dual Filters 6:23

    Dual Filters

    Explore the dual filter architecture from the filter zoom window, and learn how to offset the controls uniquely for each of the two filters as they run in either series or parallel mode.

  • Working with Envelopes 13:18

    Working with Envelopes

    Learn how simple AHDSR envelopes work, and how to use the envelope zoom to create complex multi stage rhythmic envelope patterns.

  • Modulation 11:11


    Explore the various ways of assigning and managing modulation sources and targets directly from the target parameters, from the modulation section of the Edit page, and from the Modulation Zoom.

  • Working with LFOs 8:52

    Working with LFOs

    Explore the various cyclical LFO shapes and controls, and how they are used to influence the effect on modulation targets.

  • Common Controls 5:55

    Common Controls

    Explore the controls common for the whole patch, and how the solo and glide modes work with and without their respective legato functions enabled.

Chapter 6 : Production Tips and Ideas

  • A Joyful Noise 5:34

    A Joyful Noise

    Explore some ways of integrating Trilian’s vast library of both acoustic and electric bass release noises, thumps, and FX sounds into your performances and parts.

  • Compression 6:05


    Discover the use of Trilian’s compression plug-in on electric bass, and how the attack and release settings influence the character, shape, and sustain of each note.

  • Host Automation 7:07

    Host Automation

    Learn how to assign Edit page and FX page parameters to be automated by your host DAW, and get some ideas for messing with wobble type bass sounds!

  • Groove Lock 4:35

    Groove Lock

    See how Stylus RMX grooves (or standard MIDI files) are used to sync up the rhythmic placement of events either in the arpeggiator or in modulation envelopes.

  • Signing Off 2:49

    Signing Off

    Thanks for watching, and here’s one last modulation idea that ties the mix slider of a delay plug-in with velocity!

Product Overview

Learn Spectrasonics amazing Trilian inside and out! DAW super whiz Eli Krantberg takes you deep into the Trilian bass module, showing you the important basics and advanced features and functions like no other.

Eli starts with detailed overviews of the Trilian user interface and then covers the basics such as memory management, working with the browsers, main page controls, saving and editing patches to name a few. He then dives into using the powerful arpeggiator, using Trilian multi-timbrally, Live and Stack Modes, using filters, envelopes, LFO's and much more. He finally wraps it up with creative production tips & ideas that will give inspiration to you and your productions when using Trilian.

If you have Spectrasonic Trilian you owe it to yourself and your productions to get the most out of it. Become a master of the virtual bass, get "Trilian Explained" today.

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