Groove3 PLAYBOX Explained [TUTORIAL]
If you’ve messed around at all with Native Instruments’ PLAYBOX virtual instrument, you know that it’s quite aptly named. In this PLAYBOX video course, veteran Groove3 instructor Larry Holcombe shows you the musical ropes of this exploratory wonderland, pulling back the curtain and showing you how it works. You’ll learn all about the various pages (Chords, Sample, Main, etc.), the numerous effects, the modulators, the macros, and much more! By the end, you’ll come to understand how powerful this tool can be and how to implement it in your own productions. These videos are designed for new PLAYBOX users.
Larry begins by giving you a quick rundown of the interface and gets you started right away by showing you how to quickly audition presets and making music immediately. Then he moves on to the Header, covering the randomization of presets and changing the key and/or octave of our chords. The Main page follows this, where you’ll learn about the XY pad and macro controls, randomizing chords/samples/effects, and locking these as well.
Next up, you’ll explore the Chords page and learn how to play the instrument with a MIDI keyboard, understand the chord display, and import/export MIDI. Larry then moves to the Sample page and looks at the display, note visualization, sample sets, locking samples, and linking categories for selecting samples from a single category.
There’s much more, including the FX page (effects chain, motion effects, etc.), modulation (LFO, modstep, envelopes), macros, set/sample browsers, importing and editing samples, and much more! Larry rounds out the course with a video on a suggested workflow for PLAYBOX, involving the choosing of chords that inspire you and matching them with various sample sets and effects chains.
PLAYBOX is tons of fun to mess around on, but it goes much deeper than that. With this video course, you’ll understand exactly how deep and how to achieve what you want and quickly. Before you know it, you’ll be creating unique, inspiring soundscapes of your own on the fly!
Check out the individual PLAYBOX video tutorial descriptions for more info and what is covered in the PLAYBOX videos. Twisting knobs and scrolling presets is fun, but there’s a whole other world to explore with this instrument… watch “PLAYBOX Explained®” now to discover it!
What You Will Learn:
- Layout of interface and preset navigation
- Using effects, effect chains, motion effects, etc.
- How to control multiple parameters with macros for intuitive, hands-on, sound-shaping
- How to import your own samples and musically shape and twist them with the onboard tools
- And more!