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Creative use of Logic’s effects

Welcome to a huge MusicTech Logic tutorial – and it’s time to get creative. Logic comes packed with a lot of effects and we’re going to show you how to use them away from the norm, to come up with some neat sounds that you might not otherwise have access to…

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We all know that Logic comes packed to the rafters with plenty of effect plug-ins. You get reverbs, delays, modulations, dynamics, EQs, filters and so many more. In fact, it’s fair to say that Logic has pretty much every effect you could possibly require for standard recording, mixing and mastering.

However, the purpose of this tutorial is not to show you how to use them in a standard fashion – we’ve covered that in tutorials on mixing and recording in the past. This time around, we’re going to look at these effects and what they can do for you on a more creative level. We’re going to consider them more as instruments, and focus on how they can change a source sound beyond recognition or the complete feel of a piece. Essentially, we’re going to look at Logic’s ordinary effects and see how they can make your sound extraordinary, unusual or just downright different – we’re going to get creative with Logic’s plug-ins!

TOO MANY EFFECTS?

We’re of the opinion that having too many options can get in the way of creativity – having a hard drive full of synths and instruments can simply offer too many options. We try to house-keep and often end up having a clear out of instruments we don’t use that often, or end up making a Logic Template only loaded with our favourite ones. The same argument goes for effects – you can have too many – so in this tutorial, we’re only really focusing on a few of Logic’s key effects so you can learn about how creative and effective just a couple of good plug-ins can be. Again, if you like the ones we’ve focused on, these can also be loaded up in any Template. For more on setting up Logic Templates, check out www.musictech.net

This time around, we’re going to look at these effects and what they can do for you on a more creative level

Background

What we’re hoping, then, is that we’ll be taking you beyond the normal, helping you move your sound beyond that which Logic supplies. You get vast quantities of sounds as well as effects but we’ll show you how to combine the two for more outlandish results. We can, for example make electronic sounds sound electric (and vice versa); take ordinary piano sounds and turn them into rich, evocative soundtrack piano sounds; produce moving and deep basses and more. Apple provides some great ingredients but, armed with a little knowledge, you can take these and make them into something incredible.

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