Creating Dynamic Effects Busses in Logic Pro

Creating Dynamic Effects Busses This tutorial looks at a few different techniques you can use to make your effects returns live and breathe. I'm using Logic Pro here but  

Most of us use send / return effects in our projects and they are an excellent way of adding spatial effects to numerous different parts in our mix. Most of the time these effects busses consist of a single delay or reverb plug-in, but there are a few things we can do to spice up proceedings.

This tutorial looks at a few different techniques you can use to make your effects returns live and breathe. I'm using Logic Pro here but you will be able to translate every technique used to your favourite DAW with very little hassle.


01 - Setting up the Standard Effects Return

Before we get into any new processing techniques we'll need a traditional send / return set up. Due to the fact we are using Logic this process is really straight forward, thanks to the application's '

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Simple, but very hot, tips. Thank you Mo
PDXstudio
If you don't have an isolated kick (or other element) to use as a sidechain input on Logic's compressor, you can use a full drum (or other) mix as the sidechain signal, but use the sidechain filter (accessible via disclosure triangle in lower left corner of the compressor GUI) to isolate the portion of the sidechain signal that you'd like to use to trigger the compressor.

For example, say I had a drum break with a great feel, but I want my FX to breathe with just the kick. I could use the full drum break as the sidechain input, but activate the lowpass filter on the sidechain input, and put the cutoff around 80 HZ. That way, the comp would ignore everything but the KK.

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