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Sessions: Ultrabeat (Logic Pro)


The drums form the cornerstone of dance music and will often make or break the entire track so its essential that you have the right tools for the job. Although there are plenty of third-party drum synthesizers, samplers and modules now available on the market – it just so happens that one of the most powerful, customisable, and popular drum synthesziers comes free with Apple’s ‘Logic Pro’ Sequencer. The Ultrabeat….

With 2 phase oscillators, a noise oscillator, ring modulation, frequency modulation, a sample engine, physical modelling, 4 envelopes, 2 LFO’s and a step sequencer, Ultrabeat is widely recognized as one of the most valuable drum machines on the market and as a consequence is used by many artists and producers for creating their drum rhythms. However, as is the case with many plug-in instruments - the more powerful the features are - the more complex it can be to understand. Consequencently Ultrabeat often remains one of Logics most unexplored yet unmissable synthesizers.

For this sessions DVD, we examine Ultrabeat in detail, showing how its configured and how its matrix and synthesis engine works. Throughout, we cover every aspect of the instrument from the routing and modulation through to the step sequencer, sampling engine and the often confusing ‘VIA’ system. Using examples, we show why it has become one of the most important instruments in the production of dance music today.

Runtime: 3 hours 20 minutes

An introduction to the tutorial

Session 01: Oscillators: 30 minutes
In this first session we examine Ultrabeats sound generation oscillators.

Session 02: Filter and Output Section: 30 minutes
Next, we delve further into Ultrabeat and examine the filter and output sections of the synthesizer.

Session 03: Modulation Engine: 25 minutes
Here, we examine the modulation possibilities in Ultrabeat.

Session 04: Example Kicks: 34 minutes
Taking the theory from the previous sessions, we tie it together and show how the synthesis engine can be used to create some powerful kick drums.

Session 05: More Examples: 40 minutes
For this session we examine how the synthesis engine can be used to create more than kick drums by looking at how to synthesize other percussive instruments.

Session 06: The Sample Engine: 20 minutes
This session concentrates on the how the sample engine is employed in Ultrabeat and how to use it.

Session 07: The Step Sequencer: 20 minutes
In this session, we look at the step sequencer and how its employed in Ultrabeat.

Session 08: Creative Uses: 20 minutes
With the interface explained, we move on to look at some of the creative ways in which you can use the features in Ultrabeat.

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