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Z3TA+2 Explained®

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First Look

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction & Overview


    Take a tour of the header info, Synth and Effects pages and their sections, and the Preview Ribbon.

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    Tutorial 2

    Using Controls


    Discover the differences between faders, knobs, selectors and range controls. PC keyboard and scroll wheel tips included.

The Synth Page

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    Tutorial 3

    Oscillators - Waveforms


    This video covers the selection area menu items for waves, transpose, octave, sync mode and grouping.

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    Tutorial 4

    Oscillators - Shapers


    Take a look at how to shape a wave using the numerous available transformation parameters and route audio through the two filter busses.

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    Tutorial 5

    Oscillators - Perform Mode


    Get a tour of the powerful pitch bend parameters and portamento mode. Analog parameters and the X-Y pad are explained as well.

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    Tutorial 6

    Filter Types


    The filters types are explained and demonstrated. The filters types are explained and demonstrated. The cutoff and resonance filters are demonstrated.

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    Tutorial 7

    Filter Controls


    Reso Boost and signal routing are covered. The Dual and Parallel settings are explained.

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    Tutorial 8

    Envelope Generators


    The Envelope Generator section is explained. Amplifier and Pitch are demonstrated.

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    Tutorial 9

    LFO Pt. 1


    The Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) section is explained. This video covers all parameters and controls when using one of the two available waves.

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    Tutorial 10

    LFO Pt. 2


    The addition of the second wave is explored. The modes to combine wave 1 and wave 2 are covered.

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    Tutorial 11

    Modulation Matrix Pt. 1


    Get a tour on how to use Source, Range and Destination parameters to use an LFO and an EG for modulation.

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    Tutorial 12

    Modulation Matrix Pt. 2


    This second video looks at Curve and Control menu items. Various routing possibilities are demonstrated using Curve and Control to affect the destination modulation.

The Arpeggiator

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    Tutorial 13

    Algorithmic Mode


    This first video looks at the algorithmic patterns created by playing multiple notes. Octave, Sort, Sync, Speed, Mode, Velocity and Length are demonstrated along with the Groove features.

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    Tutorial 14

    MIDI Mode


    This second video looks at the MIDI arpeggio and Gate patterns in Z3TA+ 2's collection. Export, import, and edit are demonstrated.

The Effects Page

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    Tutorial 15



    Learn how to set up a filter per voice, all filters, or both. Modes and destinations are covered along with tone, gain and the Decimator.

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    Tutorial 16



    Chorus, Flanger and Phaser are all available and explained. All the parameters are explained and demonstrated.

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    Tutorial 17



    The Compressor threshold, ratio and gain are explained and the modes are demonstrated.

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    Tutorial 18



    The Delay has three separate delays that work in series. Learn the modes, EQ, feedback and stereo placement.

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    Tutorial 19



    The Reverb room modes, size, damping, EQ and level are demonstrated.

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    Tutorial 20

    EQ & Simulator


    The modes for the 7 band equalizer are demonstrated as are the Simulator modes.

Working with Automation

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    Tutorial 21



    This video covers recording and playing back Z3TA+ 2 parameters viaTrack Based Automation.

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    Tutorial 22

    MIDI Learn


    The powerful MIDI learn features are covered. Mapping the controller, creating online and offline automation and play back are demonstrated.

User Waveforms and Menu items

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    Tutorial 23

    User Waveforms & Program Menu


    Loading custom waveforms in the oscillator and LFO sections are covered. The Program menu items are covered as well.

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    Tutorial 24

    Options Menu


    The Options menu items are covered in detail.

Presented by DAW master instructor Doug Zangar, this in-depth series about the powerful and awesome sounding Cakewalk Z3TA+2 will show the deepest features & functions of this amazing virtual synth.

Doug starts off with detailed overviews and basic control usage. He then dives into the Synth Page, demystifying all of its parameters such as oscillators, filter types and controls, envelopes, LFO's and the powerful Modulation Matrix. Next he explores the fantastic built-in Arpeggiator, the Effects Page and all of it's high quality effects. He wraps up the epic series with working with automation and user waveforms and menu items.

A more in depth series of videos on this virtual synth does not exist. If you really want to get the most from this beast, stop and tame it here... Watch "Z3TA+2 Explained" today.

Submitted 2 years ago

Z3TA+2 Explained

I enjoyed this series of videos because they Clarified lots of features of Z3ta+2. Creating my own sounds will now be a little les daunting!

I am a: Musician, Sound Designer, Beat Maker

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing a bit of guitar and piano in the mid-60’s as a small child. Nothing really stuck until my first electric guitar and ensuing garage band in high school. By my last year of high school I was studying jazz guitar and the music bug had bitten.

2. What training have you had?

I went on to get a BFA in music (magna cum laude) from Cornish College of the Arts, emphasizing jazz guitar. Faculty at that time included Gary Peacock, Art Lande and Marius Nordal. I also completed the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, where I studied with Hummie Mann. Additionally, I have become a certified trainer for Apple’s Logic Pro software on versions 6, 7, and 8.

3. When did you get into recording?

My first home recording gear was purchased in the mid ‘80s. It consisted of a Tascam Porta One and a Roland 505 drum machine. By the late 80’s the Atari 1040 ST and Logic’s predecessor, Notator 2.0 were purchased. Digital audio didn’t arrive at the home studio until the early ‘90’s, with Digidesign’s Session 8.

4. People you have worked with/for?

My professional career has included working with Pavarotti, Vic Damone and Diahann Carroll. I have written music for commercials on television and radio and scored independent films. Studio work includes performing on as well as arranging and producing many CD projects. I have also helped many Seattle area musicians work with Logic.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I draw from my formal education, 4 years of running the Seattle Logic User Group, over 20 years of teaching music at the community college level and 30 years real-world experience working in the music business to give you a lot of insights and tips and tricks on how to use Logic to help create and refine your work.

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Date published: 2016-08-07