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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Nov 17 > DISTORTION IN LOGIC PRO X


With eight plug-ins covering distortion, Logic Pro X offers everything from soft saturation to aggressive fuzz. Mark Cousins gets crunchy…



Engineers have long used distortion as a means of adding ‘mojo’ to a sound – whether it’s a touch of drive across some drums, or some aggressive distortion on a synth bass. Logic Pro X has a bewildering selection of plug-ins from the versatile Distortion and Overdrive plug-ins, to more guitar-friendly options like Pedalboard. Each plug-in offers a slightly different approach and characteristic of distortion.

Distortion can be highly effective applied as a subtle tool, adding drive and character to an input rather than it sounding notably distorted. In other examples, you’ll want to use Distortion as a noticeable effect, where the sound is mangled to a point where it’s (almost) unrecognisable from the original source. Distinguishing between these two contrasting approaches, therefore, and the plug-ins you can use to achieve them, is a key component in using Logic Pro X’s distortion plug-ins effectively.

For simple, relatively transparent applications of distortion, you’ll want to use the Distortion, Overdrive, Distortion II and Bitcrusher plug-ins. These all benefit from a relatively simple control set, and when applied discreetly, don’t necessarily result in the input being completely covered in distortion. Two initial stalwarts are Overdrive and Distortion. On the whole, Overdrive is the subtler of the two plug-ins, producing a warm form of distortion associated with FETs. Distortion, on the other hand, models the distortion produced by solid-state devices, which tends to have a slightly harsher tone.

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