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How to use the Vintage Electric Piano in Logic Pro X

Tomas George, Music + Audio Production Instructor

How to use the Vintage Electric Piano in Logic Pro X

Tomas George, Music + Audio Production Instructor

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5 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Welcome to this Class

    • 2. Part 1 - Brief Overview

    • 3. Part 2 - Effects

    • 4. Part 3 - Details

    • 5. Thanks and Bye, and Class Project

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About This Class

In this Logic Pro X class, you will learn the essentials and more of how to use the Vintage Electric Piano

The Vintage Electric Piano emulates classic electric pianos

In this class, you will learn:

- An Overview of how to use this Vintage Electric Piano

- How to use the Built-in Effects in this Electric Piano

- And an Overview of the Details Window

So if you're a Logic Pro X user, and you want to learn how to use this Vintage Electric Piano, then make sure you join me in this class!



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Tomas George

Music + Audio Production Instructor


Hi, Tomas here. I'm a UK Music Producer, Audio Engineer and Composer I've been producing and writing music now for over ten years. 

I have a MMus Masters Degree in Music Production and a BA(Hons) in Music Composition.

I really enjoy creating and editing all types of music, but I especially love teaching it online.


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1. Welcome to this Class: hi there. And welcome to this vintage electric piano course for logic pro 10 users. So if you're a logic pro user and you want to know how to use this vintage electric piano and be sure to check out this class so this software instrument actually emulates various different vintage electric pianos. So in this class, I'm going to give you a basic overview of how to use this software instrument. And then I'm going to dive a lot deeper and show you in detail how to use the different effects and also the various different controls in the details tab. So if you're logic pro 10 user and you want to learn how to use this vintage electric piano , which is a software instrument that's included of logic Pro 10 then be sure to join me in this class. 2. Part 1 - Brief Overview: hi there. And welcome to this lecture or I'm going to give you a quick overview off this vintage electric piano so lay to run in this section. I am going to dive a lot deeper and show you what all the different effects do. And also, I'm going to have a look at this detail section in more detail. But in this video, I'm just going to quickly run through the vintage electric piano. Okay, so the vintage electric piano is actually based on a lot of different electric pianos from the 19 fifties and 19 sixties so we could go up to the control bar. Here on, we can click on this button, and here we have all the different models off certain vintage electric pianos. So this includes Fender Rhodes. Well, it's a and has even won the whole now, which is called Electra Piano in this vintage electric piano. So I first recommended just playing a few chords and then going through these different electric pianos, and you be able to hear that they do sound different. But for now, we're going to look at the deluxe classic, and this is based on the Fender Rhodes on the layout off this vintage electric piano with the bass boost on the volume, Dull is actually very similar to the layout off a Fender Rhodes electric piano. Okay, in this vintage electric piano, we also have some effects, including CQ drive, chorus phaser and tremolo way going to look at these effects in detail in the next lecture . I just wanted to quickly go through them here. We also have this details tub here, where we have some parameters that we can change about the model such as decay release and steri width. Then we have some pitch controls, such as tune on stretch tuning, so this is quite simple to use instrument, and it really does sound great, especially if you want some of those vintage electric piano sounds like a said in this section. I'm going to go into a lot more detail and show you all different features and functions off this vintage electric piano. So let's get started on. I'll see you in the next video 3. Part 2 - Effects: Okay, so let's now have a look at the effects. So down here we have a few different effects. EQ You drive chorus phaser and tremolo, however, were actually going to start with the drive. That's because in the signal chain, the drive is actually before the peak. You so really, for simplicity, it should be before the EU que But it's just in the middle here, So I'm just gonna enough e que on, Then turn on the drive here So a lot of keyboard players actually like to put a keyboard through a tube amplifier, and it gives it that great warm sound when you play. So this drive effect can really emulate tube amplifier. Also, in this drive, we have two different distortion modes. Number two can give you a lot more overdrive, but we're just going to start with mode number one. Okay, so it's pretty simple. Just again. Doll and Atone doll. So they're gain doll. You can really set how much distortion you want to apply to the vintage electric piano. So when the game is all the way down, you won't hear any drive or distortion, and you can increase this all the way to 30. So I'm just going to play this loop. I increase the gain so you can hear the drive way. Oh, uh, you can hear there. You can add quite a lot of distortion on. Let's try the second distortion mode. It can get pretty crazy with second moat. Okay, going along, we have the tone dial on with this tone dial that you can essentially iki or sound before the drive or distortion is applied. So for move this dial to the left, we will get more low frequencies drive. And if you move it to the right, when we get higher frequencies and get more the harsh distortion So if I just play some higher cords now and increase the tone Ah, you can hear there it gets a bit harsher when the tone is all the way to the right. So but this tone dial all the way to the left, it makes a distortion or the drive sound a bit more muffled or muted. So it really depends on what type of sound you want that leads us on to the eq you so we can actually eq you the sound after the distortion so it is a little bit too harsh. We can always bring down some of the trouble or even boost thes trouble frequencies with this trouble dull. So if I play a high court again, ah increased this tone, you can hear. It's quite harsh. I can roll off some of the trouble in the ah ah, so we can eq you after the drive. We can also adjust the base with this base boost style up here and then next to this we have a master volume for the vintage electric piano. So if you have too much gain on the drive way, may actually flip the channel so we can just bring it down with this volume doll if we still want that really over driven sound. No way you can see that on the channel. Even though it's really over driven, it's not clipping the channel. Okay, I'm just going to turn off the drive on the e que and now go over to the chorus effect. So this is quite a common effect for electric pianos on. Let's just have a listen to this night way have $2 right on intensity and the chorus effect is really meant to sound like a choir. So duplicates the signal and just puts it a little bit of tune. A little bit of time to get this rich sound. Okay, so going back, we have the rate on intensity dial. So the rate is the speed off the chorus effect on the intensity is the amount off delay time. So it's really how much that copied signal is delayed from the original signal way have intensity all the way down. We won't actually hear the chorus effect. And on rate is in hurts. So is actually an LFO low frequency oscillator here modulating the delay time. So the more we increase the rate, the faster you can hear the delay time being modulated. So if you increase the rate, you get that kind of wobbly effect which the LFO is doing low. Ah, uh, okay. If we have the intensity up too high, it does sound a bit out of tune, though, uh, So if you don't want this to sound too out of tune, make sure the intensity isn't too high. You, uh okay, let's now have a look at their phaser effect down here. So what their phaser effect does on this vintage electric piano is put the signal through various different filters and then feeds it back in but slightly after time or out of phase , then actually uses an LFO, or low frequency oscillator, and moves the signal back and forth to create that kind of swishing sound that you hear on a phaser. It's called phaser because some of the parts are out to face. So if you have two identical parts and you just move one slightly away from the ever, this will be out of phase. This means some of the frequencies are going to be counseled out, and some of them are going to be a bit more powerful on when you have a few of these out to face and then you're modulating them back and forth. You will create this phaser effect so we can create the rate with the speed of the LFO so that moving back and forth effect with the rate we can sink this to the tempo of our project with little Cueva Dial here or eighth note dial here. So we wanted in time make sure it's enabled, or we can have it in hurts you can hear There, the more removed this dial to the right faster it goes back and forth. That phaser effect. Okay, then we have the color doll on. This changes the color off the phaser effect so you can have it a bit brighter if you move it to the right or a bit darker or dollar. If you move it to the left I e o e and then going across, we have stereo. This allows us to set the stereo image for the face. Sophie moved all the way to the right. It will say I'm very wide e on. When we increase the stereo doll, you can hear the movement between the left and right channels as well. You can have the effect on the phonic if you move it all the way to the left. So you won't hear that movement between the left and right speaker. So it's a pretty cool effect that we've got built in with this vintage electric piano. Next, we're going to look at the tremolo. So this is quite some love to the phaser. But what it does is it modulates the amplitude. So this is the volume. So what the tremolo is effectively doing is just moving this volume dull opened down at the rate we select here. So every eight notes it's gonna be moving. This dial up and down on the intensity is how much it moves this volume dull. So if you have a larger intensity, is going to move the volume Dharam or we have smaller intensity. It's going to move the amplitude of the volume a lot less. Same again. We have stereo whipped fear, which allows us to effectively pan the volume between the left and right channels. So let's look at right. Same as the phaser weaken. Sink this to our project. We can have it in hurts. So let's have this every if notes Whoa, Well, let's just increase the intensity so you can effectively here the volume being modulated every night. Very common effect for electric pianos. Let's just decrease the rate increase the right, the because the stereo is all the way on 180 degrees. You can hear it going between the left and right channels as well. If you put it all the way to the left, it will be mono phonic and you won't hear it flick between the left and right channel. If the intensity is all the way down, you won't actually hear the tremolo effect on that increase. The intensity on obviously will be able to hear the tremolo effect. Okay, so that's all the effects in the vintage electric piano. Next lecture begins. Look at the details and we're going to look at the extended parameters, so thanks for watching, and I'll see you in the next one. 4. Part 3 - Details: either. In this lecture, we're going to look at the details tub in this vintage electric piano. So just turned off all these different effects. But before we look at the details tub, let's just quickly have a look at the extended parameters down here which we can access with this small triangle button in the bottom left off this instrument. Okay, so here we have delay PP on delay f f so these allow you to adjust. The delay in milliseconds on delay pp is when you play the key softly on delay. F f is when you play the keys heart and we also can choose the midi mod, which basically allows you to choose how the vintage electric piano responds to Midi controllers. Okay, let's have a look at the details top now. So here we can change the settings for the model and also before the pitch. Let's first look at model. So first of all, we can choose the amount our voices. So let's just play this lute back again. There. You can hear all the notes being played on. If we put this down to one voice is going to be mono phonics. So only one note at a time will be played way. So if you want to play chords, I recommend increasing the voices here. So basically is going to play in Polyphonic instead off Monta Follick. Okay, And to the right of this, we have some time controls. So times in some vintage electric piano, such as Fender Rhodes keyboards actually have steel wire in them, which make the tone off the sound so you can adjust some of the controls for this steel wire, which creates the sound or emulates the sound in this vintage electric piano. Obviously, this is a software instrument and doesn't have any steel wire, but it can emulate adjusting the decay and release off the times. So that decade all allow me to set the decay time for the piano. So if I put this all the way down, is going to sign very percussive and you can actually hear there's damping applied to the virtual time. And if you play the look back now and increase the decay, you'll notice it won't sound as Percocet. We also can adjust the release, so this is how long it takes for the note to die out So if I increase this release and play a chord will take much longer for the note to die out. Then if I decrease this release so decay and release really do work together. So just remember that when you're adjusting thes controls, Okay, going down, we have stereo whip on. This allows us to adjust the stereo field. So if you have this all the way to the right, we will have a wide stereo field. And this means that the bass notes will be heard in the left speaker. The Left Channel on the trouble notes will be heard in the right speaker or the right channel. So if you have headphones on now, you notice that the bass notes we heard in the Left Channel on the trouble notes will be heard in the right channel. So you're going to play some bass notes now and you can hear there. They're coming out the left Channel. Ah, and let's play some trouble notes. Uh, you can hear there coming out of the right charm on the notes in the center will come out of both the left and the right, but the high we get, the more they will come out there, right channel on the lower we get, the more they would come out the Left Channel. Oh, and going across we have this section called a volume, and this allows us to adjust the level off the time bell on the damper noise so we can have some time bow and dampen noise if you want a more authentic sounding vintage electric piano . So if I played a look back now and increase the time, you can hear that bell sound, and if I slowly decrease it, you'll notice the bell sound will disappear and then increase again. Okay, then we have some dump a noise, so the damper is actually felt that goes on to the Times. So what it does is it stops the notes from playing after and dampens this out. See, that's quite an extreme example, So you might not want to have that much. We can also go through different models on have a listen to these controls in here as well . Wear the time bowel really clear in the suitcase smart for however, we can't really hear the damper noises. Clearly, that's choose suitcase mark two. It's the damper noises. Quite a subtle effect begin very clearly here. The Time Bell sounds okay. Let's go back to the deluxe Classic the default on. Have a look at some of these pitch controls. So first of all, we have June by default. It's set to concert pitch so their central a key, will be set to 440 hertz. You you can't deviate away from this concept pitch though incense and then going across. We have bend range we have down on up and this is for the pitch bend whale on your midi keyboard. So if I play a chord now and use the pitch well, it's going to bend up two semi tones and down two semi tones. Ah, you can increase this all the way up to 12 semi tones or one active up on were knocked it down and you can have the pitch up on the pitch down setting separate toe one. Never if you wish, so if you have it seven down, it will pitch down 1/5 on 12 up. It will pitch up on active. Okay, Going down. We have this control which is called warmth, and this just allows us to slightly de tuned each note from the next, and we'll give the sound of it of warm for richness. We owe just decrease the dumper noise there because I found it a little destructing, the warmth setting. It's quite subtle, but can be nice. Okay, and then going along. We have some stretch tuning controls so the lower dial will stretch or d tune some off. The lower notes on Upper allows us to de tune some of the higher notes. It's quite subtle, but can slightly change the tuning off your vintage electric piano if you wish. Okay, so that's the details view. Remember, you can always have a look at some of the over models here. They would give you a very different kind of sound as they emulate different classic vintage electric pianos. So I recommend going through and tweaking some of these settings so you can find the exact sound that you wish. Of course, you can always add effects as well, so thank you for watching this section all about their vintage electric piano. I hope you find it useful and I'll talk to you soon. 5. Thanks and Bye, and Class Project: Okay, Well, at the end of this class, I hope now you're a lot more confident at using the vintage electric piano. So your class project is to actually go through and change some of the settings and create your own sound. In this vintage electric piano you can use any of the different models on. I just want you to screenshot the effects tab and also the details tab on post this as a class project so I can see exactly what you did. And also, could you please just write a short sentence about what you did on why so thank you again for watching this class and I'll talk to you soon.