Logic Tutorial: Granular Synthesis w/ Reaktor (2 of 2) – Secret Knowledge w/ Shadetek Pt 8

Dubspot instructor and course designer Matt Shadetek returns with another episode of Secret Knowledge, a Logic Pro video tutorial series full of production tips, techniques, and advice for Logic users. In part two, Shadetek delves further into resampling and granular synthesis using Logic Pro and Native Instruments’ Reaktor.

In the first installment of this two part video tutorial, we set up a system that allowed us to resample parts of our track in Logic, process them live using the Travelizer instrument in Reaktor, and record that performance as an audio file. (If you haven’t seen that video please watch that first as this video is a continuation of that one.) With our instrument prepared and our routing ready to go now we can focus on the granular synthesis controls inside Travelizer.

The first thing that I find useful is to turn off many of the additional modulations which are going on so we can get to the heart of the sound. Travelizer gives us an X/Y coordinate controller that we can use to adjust the sample playback position and the grain size in real time. In addition to that we have a resonator and two LFOs, one that modulates the pitch of the grains and another that modulates the playback position. The Travelizer also contains a delay and an envelope.

In the video I show how to turn each of these additional functions off and get down to the basic functionality, and then slowly add them back one at a time in order to hear and understand what each one does. I also record a short improvisation with some samples from my track, which I can then use as resampled material to cut into my track as audio. – Matt Shadetek

Related Dubspot Courses

For further exploration of Logic check out Dubspot’s six-level Logic Pro Producer program, designed by Matt Shadetek. In this course (whether at our online school or our physical school in New York City), students will learn to create a four-track EP, starting with a set of musical sketches and developing them over the course of six levels, refining their craft as they advance.

Master Logic with our complete program of courses culminating in a four-track EP ready for release. In addition to achieving a complete overview of the composition process in Logic you’ll also earn the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Logic Pro. After completing this program, you will leave with a new EP, a remix entered in an active remix contest, and a scored commercial to widen your scope.

What’s Included

  • Logic Pro Level 1: Shake Hands with Logic
  • Logic Pro Level 2: Completing Your First Track
  • Logic Pro Level 3: Mixing Essentials
  • Logic Pro Level 4: Sound Design & Instrumentation
  • Logic Pro Level 5: Advanced Composition & Production
  • Logic Pro Level 6: Taking Your EP Global

Music Production with Logic Pro start dates:

January 30th in NYC – Wednesdays & Fridays, 6:15-am-9:00pm
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