The Building Blocks of Logic's ES2 Synth

Programming your own synth sounds in Logic's ES2 doesn't have to be scary! Using the presets under 'Tutorial Settings' can help speed up the process. It can also be very fun. Read on to learn more.  

Logic Pro has some of the most powerful synths out of any DAW out there. And, not only are they powerful, they sound amazing as well. Let's keep one thing in mind, though: They are highly complex! How many patches have you made of your own, for example? Can you remember the last time? Ever? 

The ES2 has actually come to be my favorite out of all of them. It just has that sound that adds polish and punch to every track I do. It works amazingly as a bass, a pad, an arpeggiated part... I can go on, and on.

However, when you start trying to create a patch with a default ES2, even if you're very, very versed in synthesis, it can be a daunting task. It's just how the Logic boys over at Apple roll! They give you software synthesizers that will stand the test of time. And that's no overstatement.


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the ES2 IMO is Logics version of Massive. Id love to turn to the ES2 instead of massive but so many companies cater to Massive and theres just not a lot of patches for the ES2 out there. This article helps to create your own, and that’s great.
I recently got Logic Pro X and I found this article very helpful. Thanks!

Question though: how does one know which fader actually does what in the ES2? For example, in the image where you are adjusting the Sustain, the fader seems to be labelled "5". Similarly, in the image where you adjust the Decay, the fader is labelled as "D". Is this short hand nomenclature in audio engineering or is there a key located somewhere in the program that I'm missing?

Sorry if these are silly questions. I'm new to the program and audio design in general. Thanks!
4 years later, but the Sustain fader is labeled with a S (not a 5) and Decay with a D. ADSR is a common set of letter abbreviations for attack decay sustain release
Hey does anybody know how to create a synth like Russ in the song what they want.
Here's the link:

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