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- Sep 10th, 2009
The ES2 is the essential synthesis tool in any Logic user's audio arsenal. Introduced in Logic 7 and reborn in Logic Pro X - this tutorial exposes the ES2's deepest musical secrets.
Steve H. and his trusty assistant Igor are at it again ... creating incredible tutorials, that is! This tutorial is as entertaining as it is educational. By mixing clever audio comedy with facts about synthesis and tone creation, Steve has made what is possibly the best Logic tutorial ever! You might think that's a big statement, but watch this tutorial and you'll understand what I mean ...
This tutorial is as much a lesson in the theory of synthesis as it is an deep exploration of the ES2. Drawing on years of sound design experience, Steve shows you what subtractive , FM, and Pulse Width synthesis really is. As an incredible bonus, steve demonstrates how these waves actually look using a digital oscilloscope, so you can see and hear the differences between these popular forms of synthesis.
Mixed into the tutorial are several bonus sound design workshops which show you how to build common sounds, from the ground up using the ES2's oscillators, filters and other audio functions. The ES2 is an incredible sound design tool, and the included workshops will not only show you what's possible, but also provide ideas and inspiration for producing your own sounds.
But best of all, this tutorial contains a deep exploration of Vector synthesis. Vector synthesis is a method of automating sounds to change over time, and it's a hidden treasure in the ES2 that almost nobody uses. With Vector Synthesis, you can truly define your sounds by making interesting and musical timbres that nobody has herd before. Vector synthesis is a sound designer's dream, and Steve H. shows exactly how it works in this tutorial.
- Logic 101: Core Logic
- Logic 104: Flex Time Editing
- Logic 107: 64-Bit Logic Unleashed
- Logic 201: Steve H's Logic Master Class #1
- Logic 204: Ultrabeat Unleashed
- Logic 205: Synthesis With Sculpture
- Logic 206: ES2 Exposed
- Logic 208: Exploring the EVP88 and the EVB3
- Logic 407: Producing With Folders
- Logic 9 First Look: Overview Of Logic 9
For a full list of the topics covered, see the Tutorial Outline
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I recommend using the quiz builder on this tutorial. There's a lot go info here and the quiz will help keep it locked in your head!! I'm already on my second viewing. ES2 is great but truly a beast!
Steve....Just great! Looking at your videos inspire my work. I thought I knew everything about Logic but there is always a tiny bit missing:) thanks
I've bought tons of soft synth over the last years only to realize after watching this course that nothing beats the ES2. A very comprehensive course indeed and it made me a Zen Master of soft synths
Preserving the length in vector mode doesn't seem to work. Grate tutorial thought! The best series of workshops I've ever seen.
Excellent tutorial by an excellent teacher.
Dude, so glad I watched this. Priceless information here. Great job
Every time I watch a series from Steve H., I feel like an advanced user!! The course is very well paced and the workshops are phenomenal! Great job MacPro!!!
By far best course (despite the corny comedy) I have watched. I have never had an overview on synthesis so this might be a touch banal for some, but it really gave me what I was looking for.
Mindblowing and really empowering tutorial. Be prepared to make some of the best sounding instruments you couldn't have ever dared to dream of
What a great tutorial, delivered with clarity, warmth and occasional off-the-wall humour (the comparison between ES2's sliding window and Igor's nictitating membrane was particularly funny).
One "aha" moment after another - starting with an illuminating layout of the synth's main sections and what they do, followed by hands-on drilldowns into every knob, button, parameter and tool. Steve paces extremely well and has an enthusiastic delivery that helps the listener stay focused. I ran the tutorial on my MBP and had ES2 open at the same time, so I could try each technique right away. I am awed by the power of this audio tool.
this was an amazing and very in-depth tutorial I always had trouble understanding the process of programming a synth. But just by watching this tutorial by Mr. Horelick i am already designing my on synth sounds percussive and melodic . i'm truly thankful . thank you very very much ( MacProVideos and Steve Horelick ). Please keep on making these tutorial ones that wanna learn can absolutely learn from this site.
After buying Logic 9 I decided to take the plunge and figure out how it works so my first stop was MacproVideo. I have purchased nearly all of the Logic tutrials by Steve H which have all been excellent, I find his way of teaching comprehensive, easy to follow and I often find myself chuckling away to some of his comments, especially when the mysterious Igor is involved. Of all the tutrials I have watched I feel that I have gained the most from this one, previous to this I had no clue as to what I could do with the ES2 or any synth for that matter but now in less than a month I am a synth obsessed freak. Oscillators, Filters,Envelopes, Modulation, LFO's I know what they do now, not just on the ES2 but the majority of synths on the market, I also understand how a lot of the sounds have been acheived and am able to "reverse engineer" the patches to figure out what I need. I think im going to spend days on end just tweaking these things now and am already looking at some AU synth plug ins to complement Logics instruments which now I actually understand what having x amount of ocillators, filters, LFO's etc means. Thanks for an awesome tutorial Steve, I highly receommend this tutorial to anyone wanting to learn about synthesis and the ES2 although the learnings in this tutorial can be applied to most synths on the market.
I just finished this tutorial and thought I'd share my opinion for anyone considering watching this. I wasn't originally interested in the ES2, but instead one of the other tutorials (EXS24, Sculpture). When trying to decide which one to buy over the weekend, I read the Overview and Outline pages on each. The Overview stated that this is probably the best Logic tutorial ever. I usually don't buy into marketing gimmick, but watched the previews briefly and noticed that there is SYNTHESIS THEORY taught, alongside the ES2. I picked up the tutorial and went through it fairly fast (it is quite short in one sitting). But what I learned was phenomenal. I thought I know so much about Synthesizers, software and hardware, but man was I really in the dark. Steve teaches every possible thing you could wonder about synth theory and how each waveform operates, mixes with others, modulates, how LFOs operate, vectors(!!!), and basically shows you a digital view of hooking up those old modular synths we are fond up. I am now very interested in using the ES2, but more importantly, any synth I ever use, I will already be at a 85-90% mastery level with. I picked up my old microKORG and finally figured out how everything on there works (great synth btw). It's like the saying: you give a man a fish, you feed him (use a preset), you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for life (give him the tools to program his own presets). Steve could easily replace the ES2 with pretty much any other FM synth plugin...it's the tools that you learn that can be applied anywhere. Definitely a huge thumbs UP!
Steve is one of my favorite tutors. He really builds up your knowledge by showing hands-on examples. Everything in this tutorial is shown by example, hands-on within the software. You'll hear or see what happens if a button is pressed or a knob is turned. And this not only with the ears. Steve mobilizes many tools so you can also see for example in a wave window what is going on to the waveform of the sound. This way you really get to understand what is going on inside the synth and how everything plays together. And always with a special sense of humor ;) It's the style of tutorial I came to expect from MacProVideo and the style of tutorial I constantly come checking back if there is something new to learn here.
An in-depth, comprehensive tutorial on a powerful software instrument. Very clearly explained by Steve H. MacProVideo is a great company. Their videos are a treasure trove of information, and the forums are a huge bonus! Thanks to all at MPV!
This tutorial has taught me so much. Finally, I have cracked how the immense beast that is the ES2 works. I hope to use the knowledge gained here into understanding the other synths that come with logic (didn't have a clue about mapping LFOs to targets for example). This has really inspired me to make new sounds in my work and not be reliant on the presets Thank you so much!
I've learnt more over the course of a day watching these videos than I have from the many books / magazines that cover the subject. Absolutely brilliant.
its amazing ! its opened my eyes not just to the es2 but synths in genaral , great purchace - many thanks
Steve is the man when it comes to teaching Logic. At first I was a little skeptical of his humor and his way of speaking, but now after watching 10 hours of Steve´s various tutorials I can say he´s the best at what he does, keeps the topic fresh, and I´m looking forward to watching the rest of the tutorials he´s made here. BTW, Reading Rainbow was an awesome show, Steve.
Great Tutorial that covers the most important features of ES2 very well. Steve H. is an awesome teacher. What I´d love to see, though, are some more soundbuilding workshops - how Steve creates some more complicated sounds from scratch. And those videos dealing with the sources and targets could be a bit more detailed - covering more of the options available as sources and targets. Nevertheless: 5 stars!
This gave me a greater understanding and respect of the ES2. It also teaches some pretty important concepts regarding signal flow,modulation routings, oscillators and filters which make this a gem I can watch over and over again.
If you have stayed away from the ES2 because of its intimidating interface, but really would like to get into it, then this is the video for you. It makes everything so clear, as everything is explained very well and it much detail. Personally I've done a bit of tweaking here and there and successfully programed my own original sounds, but after watching this video I realized just how powerful this synth really is. This video is your leash for taming this beast. Can't wait to do some more programming!
Excellent tutorial, I've been making new ES2 sounds ever since watching this one.
Highly recommend this video for the ES2...very good content as always!.