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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Jun-18 > PHAT FX IN LOGIC PRO X


Logic Pro X’s Phat FX brings together a range of lo-fi, body-enhancing treatments in one plug-in. Mark Cousins explores the grungier side of signal processing…


When it comes to lo-fi treatments, there’s a collection of effects that sit well together: filtering, distortion and compression. Getting that perfect ‘gritty’ drum loop, for example, often includes a dynamic combination of these effects, so that a drum loop is overdriven, then compressed before finally being filtered. Logic Pro X’s new Phat FX plug-in is arguably the perfect choice for this application, combining numerous lo-fi treatments in the one plug-in. With a flexible signal path and additional modulation options, it could become a one-stop-shop for interesting and unusual signal processing treatment.


The list of signal processing options included in Phat FX should be familiar to anyone using Logic Pro X. Indeed, they arguably replicate the sound and performance of many existing singular plug-ins. At the top of the interface are two forms of timbral modification – a simple band-pass filter as well as additional multimode filter. The band-pass effect is, of course, a quick and easy way of trimming either end of the frequency spectrum, leaving a narrow frequency, mid-range effect like a telephone line. The multi-mode filter is a more complex beast with multiple different strengths and types of filter, as well as more esoteric options like ring mod, downsampling and comb filtering.

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Though it was only a few issues ago that we contemplated the future of music, we came to the realisation that the future is now! With more effects at our disposal than ever before, we tour the modern arsenal of plug-in effects, tools and software that you might not even realise existed! Elsewhere, we speak to the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff about his production and DJing ethos, and join Detroit-based artist Klayton, whose love of 80s electronic and metal bands has borne many fruitful projects, not to mention an amazing studio. We put Hans Zimmer Strings to the test, as well as a slew of new pieces of gear and software in our expanded reviews section. Additionally, there’s 4 new tutorials for Live, Logic, Cubase and Pro Tools, brand-new tips, retrospectives and our Essential Guide series draws to a close with a 101 to recording. We hope you enjoy the issue!