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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Feb 18 > USING HARDWARE SYNTHESISERS N LOGIC PRO X


With a growing number of hardware synths now available, it’s never been a better time to welcome some of these wonderful external devices into your Logic setup. Mark Cousins gets connected…


For a generation that’s grown up using instrument plug-ins for the majority of their production work, the prospect of integrating a hardware instrument can be slightly daunting. In truth, many of us have got used to the ease and convenience of plug-ins, but those that are rediscovering hardware synths have noted both the sonic improvements as well the creative benefits that a greater use of hardware offers. The key point is your Logic workflow requires a different approach to that of virtual instruments, negating certain limitations placed by hardware, but also embracing a wealth of new creative opportunities.

As we’ll see in the walkthrough, there are two distinct approaches to working with External MIDI instruments, each bringing their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Put simply, the process is more taxing, because we need to factor two routes – the means of routing MIDI data out of Logic to be received by your chosen synthesiser, and then conversely, the route taken to return its audio output back into Logic’s mixer. Configuring these two routes arguably makes the process twice as hard as that of virtual instruments, but what you lack in immediacy, you’ll soon make up for in sheer sonic pleasure!

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In this issue, we’ve amassed the ultimate collection of professional advice on all things music; whether that's creating, recording, mixing, mastering or everything in between. Compiled from our interviews with such luminaries as John Leckie, Tony Visconti and Gary Numan, we’ve also got tips and alternative approaches from our (both pro and amateur) music-making audience. We hope this feature provides some inspiration for your creative studio endeavours. Also this issue, we chat to Catherine J Marks, a producer with some seriously impressive credits to her name and a nominee for this year’s MPG Producer Of The Year. We also spend some time with The Flashbulb, whose beautiful studio in the natural tranquility of Georgia is a thing to behold. We wrap up our A-Z series with Gear4Music, which is chock full of all the key terms and techniques that you need to know. We’ve also got our usual vast array of reviews and hands-on tutorial content, as well as an extensive guide to creating music on the move with an iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy the issue…