Trillian Tutorial

Trilian Explained®

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Chapter 1 : The Big Picture

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    Birds Eye View

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

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    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.

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    Memory Management

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

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    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.

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    Preview Load & the Stepper Buttons

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

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    Projects & Favorites

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Saving Patches

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Trigger Settings

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Live Mode / Latch & Trigger

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Working with Envelopes

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

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    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.

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    Working with LFOs

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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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Trilian Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutor/Tutorial Went through this with Eli years ago and forced to return to it do to lack of use. Still relevant and thorough.
Date published: 2021-03-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very comprehensive and good grounding Rekindled my flame for Trilian after finally taking the time to go in-depth with this plug-in that I’ve had for several years. Great tutor as always and glad to see that he still produces tutorials for groove3. Excellent stuff????????????
Date published: 2021-03-04
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from GUI in Trilian has changed since this course was written The videos seem well put together as far as they go, but there is one big issue, which is that the program has changed since this course was put together and many of the GUIs have changed with that. I think that there should have been some warning about this in the advertising matter. Also there really needs to be more information about using the keyswitches. They are mentioned as asides in some of the videos, but there really needs to be a video dedicated to them.
Date published: 2021-02-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very good! This is one of the best course so far but I haven’t completed it yet!
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A very useful tutorial This is nicely helping me to jump-start the data as to how to make Trilian work smoothly- Thanks Eli!
Date published: 2018-12-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! This series really covers so many options of Trillian in great detail. Even explaining a vast amount of sound design. For someone that was not well awesome of terms LFO / Enveloppe etc. this was really helpful.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Much Appreciated I just bought Spectrasonics Trilian. Groove 3 is my go to website for learning my new software instruments. I'm grateful for these tutorials.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very good helpful
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful and nicely explained! The Best place to learn from!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Detailed Explanation Amazingly thorough explanation of Trilian. Very helpful!
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial!! The Trillian tutorial is in-depth. Each segment is logically structured, comprehensible and paced in a way that makes it easy to absorb all the information. Eli Krantz is one of the best tutors out there.
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Trillian Not had the time to watch all of this as i have bought a couple of others done by the same man and wow does he know his stuff, he is like a walking, Trillion encyclopaedia .I have no doubt i will know a lot more than when i started. I like to download them so i have them for reference, they are listed well in to smaller sections so easy to find the one that may be be of help.I will probably copy this review and stick it on the other ones i have bought as not much more can be added. If you want a really in-depth tutorial of any product, this is your man.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial! Trillian is a really deep plug-in. This video helps me get the most out of it. Eli explains in a very easy to understand way. Brought my attention to many features I didn't fully understand. Well worth your time.
Date published: 2016-03-15
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