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Learn Modular Synthesis

Lynda.com - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Meyer

Released On: 5/23/2016

One of the most exciting areas of modern music creation is modular synthesis, where you get to assemble your own flexible and customizable instruments using components (aka modules) from a variety of manufacturers. In this course, music industry veteran and synth designer Chris Meyer guides you through putting together a modular system and interconnecting it with the rest of your studio. He reviews typical module arrangements, explains how the modules talk to each other, and covers details such as the differences between waveforms, filter modes, envelope types, and more.

This course will be based around the widely available Roland SYSTEM-500 Eurorack-standard synthesizer modules, complemented with modules from several other manufacturers. As most modules, synthesizer keyboards, and plugins are designed around the same principles, this course lets you dig deeper into synthesis and programming your sounds regardless of the equipment you own.


Customer Service over the Phone

Lynda.com - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeff Toister

Released On: 5/23/2016

Customer service expert Jeff Toister helps customer service specialists develop the specific skills needed to help customers over the phone. Learn how to break the ice and develop rapport with the people you serve, even when you're pressed for time. Tune out distractions and develop listening skills that are critically important to phone service. Last, learn how to express empathy, de-escalate angry callers, and stay focused throughout the day.


Writing Ad Copy

Lynda.com - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Michael Duquet

Released On: 5/23/2016

Learn how to write ad copy that effectively conveys your brand and converts clicks into sales, traffic, and signups. Conversion and growth strategist Michael Duquet walks you through the rules for writing ads for different platforms. He goes over ways to hit your advertising goals (macro and micro and acquisition and retention), and shows how to craft copy for specific media types, including websites, email, direct mail, and social media. Because different audiences are receptive to different kinds of ads, Michael shows how to change your message and tone based on your target audience and customer persona. In the final chapters, he walks you through some common dos and don'ts and explains what the future of advertising holds for copywriters and creative strategists.


Linux Kernel Fundamentals

Lynda.com - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Kevin Dankwardt

Released On: 5/23/2016

What lies at the heart of the Linux operating system? The Linux kernel. Every Linux professional—including those in system administration, operations, and software development—needs to be familiar with the functionality of the Linux kernel as well as the mechanics of configuring and troubleshooting it. Master the fundamentals in this training course with Dr. Kevin Dankwardt.

We survey the Linux kernel specification, boot process, and loadable kernel modules. You will practice techniques such as downloading and searching Linux kernel source code and configuring a Linux kernel from scratch. Challenge and solution videos at the end of almost every chapter allow you to test your new Linux skills along the way.


Substance Painter: Petrol Pump Game Asset

Lynda.com - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Joel Bradley

Released On: 5/20/2016

Substance Painter is shaking up the asset development workflow in the 3D game industry. To introduce users to the tools and techniques in Substance Painter, Joel Bradley introduces another fun, basic project that starts with an existing model from 3ds Max and ends with a completely textured asset that can be used in any game engine. The petrol pump featured in this project requires materials like painted metal, bare metal, rubber, plastic, and glass. Joel will show how to use custom bitmaps, custom materials from Substance Designer, fill layers, and particle brushes to apply the textures and create realistic wear and tear. By the end of the course, you'll have another Substance Painter project under your belt and a new asset for your library.


Learn Melodyne 4: The Basics

Lynda.com - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Skye Lewin

Released On: 5/20/2016

Melodyne is a leading pitch correction application used in all sorts of music productions. It's compatible with Mac and Windows and can run also as a plugin in most DAWs. Join Skye Lewin as he explains all the main features of Melodyne 4, the newest version of the software, starting with the installation process, the software interface, and the essential preference settings for most production workflows. Skye then demonstrates how to import or record audio in Melodyne and how to arrange that audio once it's in a project. He utilizes the powerful Melodyne tools to edit audio and adjust pitch, timing, meter, and tempo, and more. Finally he shows how to fine-tune or correct detection of audio content, edit multiple vocal tracks simultaneously, get a working mix in Melodyne, and export your freshly "Melodyned" audio files.


UX Design Tools: Principle

Lynda.com - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Tom Green

Released On: 5/20/2016

Principle for Mac is a Macintosh-based UX prototyping tool designed to bring your design ideas to life. Join Tom Green in this course, as he shows how to create interactive prototypes for smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers with Principle. The techniques go beyond static wireframes or blueprints; with Principle, your prototypes become more dynamic, with motion, interactivity, and even transitions between screens. Along the way, you'll learn how to import assets, crop and mask layers, and use Principle's timeline and drivers. The final chapter of the course includes five examples of real-world prototyping projects: a weather app, a card animation, a ripple effect, a button press, and an Apple Watch alert.


Understanding PowerShell 5.0

Lynda.com - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Matt Hester

Released On: 5/20/2016

What is PowerShell? PowerShell is a powerful language used for scripting and automation for your IT Infrastructure. In this short course, author Matt Hester provides an overview of the most current release, PowerShell 5.0, including how to read the PowerShell language and scripts, get help, and use cmdlets.

Matt then dives into PowerShell's functions and What If statements, working with output, and coding in the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). The course wraps up with some tips on using PowerShell for both on-premises and cloud deployments involving Office 365 and Azure.


iOS 9 Handoff In Depth

Lynda.com - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Tammy Coron

Released On: 5/20/2016

Handoff is one of many new toolkits introduced in iOS 8 and built into the iOS 9 SDK. Handoff allows Apple's first-party apps and third-party developers to send app data seamlessly between devices so you can "pick up where you left off," whether you resume an activity on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. This short course will help iOS developers understand how to use Handoff to resume an activity on another device. Tammy Coron covers the most common activity types, and reviews the process of defining, creating, updating, and continuing with an activity. The scenarios covered include sharing data between document-based apps and between native apps and web browsers. Tammy also shows how to troubleshoot Handoff interactions. These tutorials include everything you need to use the Handoff toolkit and make your data truly mobile.


Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chad Perkins

Released On: 5/19/2016

Creating a Short Film is a 13-part training series that shows the actual struggles and challenges filmmakers have to overcome to get films made. Author Chad Perkins and his team made a short film, The Assurance, and documented the process: from writing and directing to editing and screening the film. This installment covers pre-production—because there are so many preliminary steps that go into a successful film, and they happen long before the cameras start rolling.

Learn how to prepare the assets, such as shooting scripts, storyboards, and shot lists. Discover how to schedule and budget a shoot, and keep costs down while leaving room for the creative decisions that need to be made along the way. Find out how to hire a crew, scout and secure locations for each scene, and prepare props, sets, and wardrobe for actors. Learn what you need to do to keep your people safe, and the things you can prepare ahead of time to make sure production and post-production run smoothly.

There are more filmmaking tips to be had! Make sure to watch the first installment to learn about the background of the project and to get an overview of the role of the producer. Look for the follow-up episodes to learn more about writing, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking.


Word 2016 Advanced Tips and Tricks

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 5/19/2016

Improve your productivity and efficiency in Microsoft Word with these useful tips on some of the most overlooked features in Word 2016. See how to use Word Online, set defaults for new documents, and stay up to date with the frequent changes to Word. Author Nick Brazzi also delves into specialized text formatting and provides other helpful tips for working with nonprinting characters, revealing formatting, customizing the spell-check dictionary, password-protecting documents, and more.

Note: These tutorials apply to both the Windows and Mac versions of Word 2016.


Prime Lenses for Photography and Video Production

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 5/19/2016

Most cameras come with a zoom lens, and there's no denying a zoom lens provides focal-length flexibility. But prime lenses—ones with a fixed focal length—have their place. They're often faster, and their optical qualities can be superior to that of a zoom lens.

In this course, Rich Harrington joins cinematographer James Ball for a detailed look at the pros and cons of using prime lenses for both photography and video projects. Together, they look at practical implications of shooting with primes as well as creative opportunities and challenges.


How to Manage Your Sales Territory

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jeff Bloomfield

Released On: 5/19/2016

Territory management helps salespeople ensure they are spending their time wisely: doing the right activities with the best customers. But as time goes on, even the most exciting territories can seem small or stale. This course focuses on how to get the most out of your territory to achieve maximum prospecting results and maintain proper coverage. Jeff Bloomfield helps you organize your territory by company size or geography, identify the right areas to prospect, and grow your territory via networking. Last, he addresses the importance of ongoing records management: keeping an updated record of who has moved into your territory, who has left, and more. These sales tips will help you keep a positive attitude, stay organized, and breathe new life into well-trod territories.

Note: This course was designed for regional territories, but sales reps with national or even international territories will still find tips applicable to their work.


Photoshop and Lightroom Everywhere: Mobile, Desktop, Cloud

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Released On: 5/19/2016

Free yourself from the confines of your computer! With Adobe's mobile apps (Lightroom for mobile, Photoshop Fix, and Photoshop Mix), you can perform a wide variety of photo-management, photo-enhancement, and photo-manipulation jobs while on the go. Combine these apps with Lightroom and Photoshop CC and you have a powerful environment that lets you be creative anywhere. In this course, Adobe's head of outreach and collaboration, Bryan O'Neil Hughes, shows you how to use these apps together to complete a variety of photo and design projects. He also shows how to easily move your work to the desktop for further refinement and post it to some of Adobe's popular sharing sites (like Slate and Behance).


Audio Mixing Master Class

Lynda.com - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Bobby Owsinski

Released On: 5/19/2016

Get a master class in audio mixing from one of the music industry's most admired teachers, Bobby Owsinski. Built around hands-on mixing exercises designed to show you how to listen and work like a music pro, this weekly series reveals the tips, tricks, and secrets to all the different facets of mixing, including instrument and vocal balance, panning, compression, EQ, reverb, delay, and making your mix as interesting as possible.

See how the pros handle the critical balance between the bass and drums. Learn where, when, why, and how EQ should be used on virtually any instrument. Become proficient in tailoring just the right effect for each particular mixing situation. And master the key to fat and punchy sounding mixes: compression. Tune in every Thursday for a new tip!


Photo Tools Weekly

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Orwig

Released On: 1/13/2016

Get a new image editing technique every Wednesday in Photo Tools Weekly. Photographer and educator Chris Orwig shares photo editing tips and techniques to help make your photos look better in just a few minutes. He tackles programs like Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as plugins and mobile apps like Instagram, too.


Up and Running with LinkedIn Sponsored Content

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Brad Batesole

Released On: 9/23/2015

Sponsored Updates is a key campaign tool for advertising on LinkedIn, a way to get your message in front of the right audience at exactly the right time. This course shows how to create new campaigns from existing or new content and track their progress with LinkedIn Sponsored Content. Learn how to craft great messaging, target the update, set a budget and schedule, and run reports to see how updates are performing and who is responding.

Find more ways to leverage the world's largest professional network with our other LinkedIn training courses.


Excel for Mac 2016 Power Shortcuts

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Curt Frye

Released On: 5/18/2016

Become a more productive, efficient Excel user with this collection of tips and tricks—just for Mac. Curt Frye kicks off with his top 10 power shortcuts, and introduces techniques for controlling and customizing the user interface, managing workbooks and worksheets, and organizing, entering, and formatting data. He offers shortcuts for working with dates and times, creating and managing useful formulas, and summarizing data using charts and pivot tables. Find the solution you need to fix a specific problem or speed up a certain task, or watch all 60+ tips to become an Excel power user.


Excel for Mac 2016 Power Shortcuts

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Curt Frye

Released On: 5/18/2016

Become a more productive, efficient Excel user with this collection of tips and tricks—just for Mac. Curt Frye kicks off with his top 10 power shortcuts, and introduces techniques for controlling and customizing the user interface, managing workbooks and worksheets, and organizing, entering, and formatting data. He offers shortcuts for working with dates and times, creating and managing useful formulas, and summarizing data using charts and pivot tables. Find the solution you need to fix a specific problem or speed up a certain task, or watch all 60+ tips to become an Excel power user.


After Effects Guru: Animating Infographics

Lynda.com - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ian Robinson

Released On: 5/18/2016

Learn how to animate infographics with Adobe After Effects! Many infographic elements begin life in applications like Illustrator, Photoshop, or PowerPoint. But these assets can be flat and boring; animation is what brings them to life. In this course, After Effects guru Ian Robinson covers animating charts and graphs with shape layers, layer masks, and stroke and text animators. He also shows how to use expressions to link animation between different graphic elements, build dynamic camera moves, and create some animated 3D infographics with CINEMA 4D Lite. To finish things off, he'll look at some third-party tools such as Cinema Spice Charts & Graphs for After Effects and aescripts, which help speed up some of the techniques you learned earlier in the course.


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