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Output REV X-Loops with Davide Carbone

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Hi, you’re here with David Carbone, and I’m going to take you through REV X-Loops from Output, available on Plugin Boutique.

I really like the series of Kontakt instruments created by Output for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they’re good composition tools, and I think most composers will use them as a composition tool. Certainly, for adding that element of coolness with — you know, that surreal kind of vibe that corporate clients like to be cool and like to have those elements in it, and it just gives you that real organic, emotive feel to your tracks very easily.

But I also like to use it, sometimes if I’m creating tracks for myself or other artists, Drum and Bass, Techno, whatever genre you want.

You can see here, along the bottom of the keyboard split, what you have is different loops. So you’ve got a bunch of banks, so you can see here, I’m going to sit in pretty organic for the moment, but you’ve got quite a few banks, and within each of those banks, you’ve got quite a few loops.

It’s really that simple. Right? Okay, so here we go. Let me take you through some loops.

[Rev X-Loops]

And the cool thing is you can actually play a series of loops at the same time.

[multiple loops]

So you can see what I’m doing there. I’m playing just a C major chord, and then I’m playing a suspended fourth.

Fucking PayPal, fuck off. So you can see I’m just playing a C major chord and just playing around with the fifth.

[multiple loops]

So yeah, and you can also change the key with any one particular loop. You can see if I hit that first loop…

[loop]

Play it an octave down.

[octave loop]

Okay, so what I’ve done is I’ve recorded basically something just shifting between the root of C and the fifth.

[octave loop]

Okay, and I’ve added a couple of parts here. Let me just pull out my track list. I’ve added a couple of parts here. You can see these. The actual REV X patches that I’ve used, or if you want, actually, the banks, to be more accurate.

Pretty organic. There you go, there’s that first one. I’m going to chuck in a sound design patch here.

[octave loop with sound design patch]

I’m going to chuck in some violin plucks.

[mix]

Yup, all standard presets. Yup. Analog Drums, High.

[mix]

And Tribal Beat.

[mix]

You can see everything is mapped to my tempo, which is 174. So what’s really cool is making things fit in and playing around with the presets I guess, so if I go back to my first preset, what I want to do is I’ve got some drums here. Actually, let me drop in REV X, so let’s only hear REV X’s stuff. Right?

[Rev X]

Um, okay, so what I want to do is I want to get that REV X fitting in a little bit better, so I’m going to turn up — you can actually assign a gate to pitch or volume. Volume would be the obvious effect here, so I can do it with stutter effect on volume. Let’s turn up the amount so we can hear it.

[Rev X]

In fact, let’s solo it so we can hear what we’re doing.

[Rev X, gated]

Okay, by default we’re set on sixteenths, so I’m going to move that group down to eighths. There’s triplets, there’s dotted, there’s triplets, or there’s straight. I’m just going to go straight eighths.

[octave loop, eighth gates]

Cool. Now I can move the position of the gate, so I’m going to move it slightly off, so it’s gating later on through the sample.

[octave loop]

Cool. So I think that will work a little bit better with the other loop that we’ve got going on there.

[octave loop with gates]

[mix]

Yeah, I like it. I’m just going to turn on the rate so you can see, you’ve got a bunch of effects down here. You’ve got an equalizer, reverb, delays, you’ve got modulation effects, you’ve got amp type effects, and distortion type effects. You know, rebranded, if you like.

Then also the Lo-Fi, which is really cool too. So I’m just going to turn on the rage, and what I want to do is I just want to basically distort a little bit. The default settings are a little bit aggressive for this sound.

[mix]

[octave loop]

Cool. You can actually assign key switches. You can see if I turn triggers on, the key switches, those keys will actually turn the effects on and off live, which is really cool. I really like that about REV X, though I’m not going to use those for now. I’m just going to turn the reverb on.

[octave loop]

So obviously, you turn something on, then you click it, and you’ve got the parameters for that reverb. Just going to turn the wet and size down a little bit.

[octave loop]

Okay, so that’s much better. You can hear it now amongst the others.

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[mix]

The other thing, to make this work, this tribal beat here by default, it’s just a default preset, was on normal speed. So if I solo it…

[Tribal Beat]

A little bit fast for what I’m doing here.

[mix]

You could automate it and play it fast on one hand, but actually, what I want to do is just play it half speed, and that’s another great thing about REV X is I can just say play it half speed.

[mix]

Could go double speed, obviously, that would be silly.

[mix]

Yup.

[mix]

Normal.

[mix]

Obviously, you could split it up, duplicate channel, have the first half going.

[mix]

And then…

[mix]

That’s a pretty cool effect too. I’ll just leave it there for now.

[mix]

I’m going to get my sound design patch in here.

[mix]

A lot of weight on the bottom end, so great filters within here. I’m going to choose one of the high pass filters. Here we go, and I’m going to turn it on and I’m going to remove everything under 170Hz.

[mix]

Turn the resonance down a bit.

[mix]

Okay, and I’m going to bring in the last straight patch, which is violin pluck.

[mix]

If I solo that, you can hear what some of the other effects are like. Delays.

[violin pluck]

If you’d like, you can actually use these as a left and right delay for different times, which I quite like. Go to delay 2 and pan it all the way right, delay 1, pan it all the way to the left, and have a different time.

So that’s eighths, I might go sixteenth dotted for your left hand side, and that’ll be on straight quarters or eighths, actually, I had it already setup like that, so that’s pretty cool. Got straight eighths here.

[violin pluck]

[mix]

You want some type of modulation effect, just turn on motion. You can choose what type. Here’s on chorus.

[mix]

I could turn the — turn it into a phaser.

[mix]

Turn the delays off so you can hear that.

[mix]

So it’s just really easy just to come up with cool ideas straight away. Here’s not — I haven’t used it as a composition tool, I’ve used it for basically making a Drum and Bass track. If you’d like, I can throw in a bass from Signal, one of their other Kontakt libraries, and some drums I made.

[mix]

Pretty cool. Another thing to note is if I go back to the original organic patch, I can via macros, assign, for example, the amount of the gate, and also the filter. So if I solo that…

[octave pad, adjusting gate]

And then I can be automating this. Which I really like. So if you were having a breakdown in your tune…

[mix]

So that’s REV X. It’s pretty straight forward. It’s got a stutter effect, you’ve got half speed, double speed, you’ve got a filter, you’ve got an envelope, which is an amp envelope, and also it can be used as a filter envelope. You’ve got all of your effects and all of your parameters. You can use trigger switches to change the key, you can change loops, and you can also use the trigger keys to turn effects on and off.

Really cool, and of course, you can save it as your own preset. Very cool. Great value for money. I’ve already used it in a couple of corporate pieces which clients have loved. Hope you enjoyed it, this is David Carbone, and we’ll see each other again soon.

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