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Creating Modulating Effects with Step FX IN LOGIC PRO X

Logic 10.4’s new Step FX plug-in enables you to create rhythmic mayhem with your audio. Alex Holmesfires up some beats and steps to it…

LOGIC PRO XTUTORIAL

With version 10.4, Logic now has some sexy new FX plug-ins to help you further shape your audio, not least of which is Step FX. This powerful new multi-effects unit can create a range of sounds, from subtle rhythmic pulses to brutal trance gates and warped glitches via three independent Step Modulation Lanes. Although it shares some DNA with the new Phat FX plug-in, the focus is more on creative movement and pulsating rhythms. The effects themselves are relatively simple, with a minimal number of parameters to control, but once you start stacking modules and modulations, things can quickly start to sound complex.

FILTER IMPROVEMENTS

Let’s start with the modules themselves. There’s a Mod FX for chorus and timebased effects, a stereo delay with built-in filter, an Exciter for adding sheen, a Dirt distortion for adding grit, a simple reverb with nine algorithms, a multi-mode filter with a whopping 34 types, and a Master section with Input, Output and Mix controls. It’s worth taking note of this, as the Distortion modules will react differently depending on how hot the incoming signal is. Plus, you’ll most likely need to balance the output once you’ve applied various processors.

The Filter section is arguably the one you’ll end up using the most, and the superb new analogue-modelled filters are a definite step up from using the AutoFilter. Our personal favourite is the LP 12dB Gritty, which saturates at higher resonance settings, giving it a satisfying 303-esque squealing quality. There are also three new comb filter types – great for sound design – and Ring Mod, Bitcrush, Downsample, Mech and Tube settings, which adds some extra distortion options. The order of these effects can easily be rearranged by clicking and dragging on the Effects order strip at the bottom of the GUI.

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