Logic Pro: Creating Gated Synth Effects

If you're aiming to create a gated synth sound, rather than fiddle around with the controls of your chosen instrument, Gary Hiebner demonstrates an alternative workflow with added benefits.  

It's great being able to instantly load up your favorite synths and lay down MIDI notes, and in a matter of seconds being able to tweak the controllers to your heart's desire. Software synthesizers really allow us to move fast through our productions. But much fun and interest can be had when you bounce down that synth to audio and start manipulating and processing the audio for extra results. What I find really cool is being able to create manual gated effects with synth audio files. This allows you to create gated effects that aren't always possible with the synthesizer software interface. I will show you how to create interesting, rhythmic gated effects in Logic using a simple synth audio file. These techniques can also be applied in any other DAW.

Step 1 '" Create the Synth Sound

First lets create our synth sound. I have used Logic's ES2. I've applied the Big Trance Now preset and then tweaked it a bit to get the sound I am after. I have then written a very simple 4-note MIDI melody. As you can see from the picture below the audio file it is nothing spectacular. But just wait'

Gary Hiebner is an enthusiastic South African Sound Designer and Apple Tech Head! Gary has been involved in the South African music industry for the decade, and in this time has also been involved in the sound design and music production for many advertising agencies and media houses. Gary is a devoted Logic and Ableton user, but he al... Read More


Cool idea! I just tried it out. Saved a few seconds in the end by doing the fades in the inspector while having multiple regions selected :)
Gary Hiebner
Cool. Good tip with the inspector for the fades.

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