Side Chain Compression in Logic Pro

Sat | August | 1st | 2009

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This is a description of how I use side chain compression in Logic Pro 8.
The concept is very similar in most other sequencers.

The most common use for side chain compression is to make more room for your instruments in the mix by letting a key input signal trigger a compresssor or limiter.

I use side chain compression mostly on bass/subbass tracks triggered by a kickdrum (commonly called kick/bass compression or bassducking) to either make that well-known “pumping effect” or just mix the bass in louder and get some extra dB in the mix.

In most cases I use two kickdrum tracks, one “main” kickdrum, and a second kickdrum (on which I can use different EQ and envelope settings) to trigger the bass compressor. Using that extra kick for the bass compression instead of the main kick keeps the compression on the bass line if the main kick isn’t playing, say in the intro, break, etc.

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Apple Logic Studio Update Released

Fri | July | 24th | 2009

Apple Logic Studio Update
Apple released the new version of Logic Studio, the multimedia suite for musicians.
LogicPro 9 boasts a number of great new features such as:

  • Flextime: A new collection of features that lets you manipulate timing and tempo quickly without cutting
  • Production Tools: Expanded take folder editing, Drum Replacer, Warped Effects for Space Designer, and more
  • Guitar Gear: Amp Designer and Pedalbaord with hundreds of presets
  • MainStage 2: Lets you hit the stage with all the same instruments and effects you used on your recording

The update requires a Mac computer with an Intel processor running Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later and ships with following (almost 40GB) content:

  • DVD containing Logic Pro 9, MainStage 2, Soundtrack Pro 3, Studio Instruments, Studio Effects, WaveBurner 1.6, Compressor 3.5, Impulse Response Utility, Apple Loops Utility, QuickTime 7 Pro, and required contents
  • Six content DVDs containing Jam Pack collections, sound effects, surround music beds, EXS24 samples, and impulse response files
  • Demo Content DVD
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Logic Studio is now available at the Apple Store®, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers at following prices:

  • New purchase: $499
  • Upgrade from Logic Express or Big Box: $299
  • Upgrade from Logic Pro or Logic Studio: $199

For more information and a complete list of updated features and specs visit www.apple.com/logicstudio.

Free Sample-Pack: Korg ER1 Percussions

Fri | June | 12th | 2009

The sixth and last pack is available! Complete your collection of the Korg ER1 drum sounds sample packs. Pack 6/6 contains a set (26 single sounds) of percussion/effects samples, EXS24 sampler instrument included.

djorgi_KorgER1_Percussions.zip (588 KB)

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Free Sample-Pack: Korg ER1 Crash Cymbals

Fri | June | 5th | 2009

Get ready for another download to enrich your collection. Pack 5/6 of my Korg ER1 drum sounds sample packs is now available. EXS24 sampler instrument is included again. All samples are encoded in AIFF format (44.1 kHz 16-bit).

The samples work well in most any deep house/tech house production. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

djorgi_KorgER1_CrashCymbals.zip (892 KB)

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Free Sample-Pack: Korg ER1 Open Hihats

Fri | May | 29th | 2009

Here is Pack 4/6 of my Korg ER1 drum sounds sample packs, containing 16 open hihat samples, ready to use (again including EXS24 sampler instrument for use in Logic and Ableton). All samples are encoded in AIFF format (44.1 kHz 16-bit).

The samples work well in most any deep house/tech house production. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

djorgi_KorgER1_OpenHihats.zip (656 KB)

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Free Sample-Pack: Korg ER1 Closed Hihats

Fri | May | 22nd | 2009

Here is another sample pack for free downloading, Pack 3/6 of my Korg ER1 drum sounds sample packs. This time 10 closed hihat samples, ready to use (EXS24 sampler instrument included for use in Logic and Ableton). All samples are encoded in AIFF format (44.1 kHz 16-bit).

The samples work well in most any deep house/tech house production. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

djorgi_KorgER1_ClosedHihats.zip (128 KB)

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Free Sample-Pack: Korg ER1 Claps

Fri | May | 15th | 2009

Here is Pack 2/6 of my Korg ER1 drum sounds sample packs, containing 8 clap samples, ready to use (EXS24 sampler instrument included for use in Logic and Ableton). All samples are encoded in AIFF format (44.1 kHz 16-bit).

The samples work well in most any deep house/tech house production. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

djorgi_KorgER1_Claps.zip (240 KB)

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Free Sample-Pack: Korg ER1 Kickdrums

Fri | May | 8th | 2009

Here are some more samples of my Hardware Synths I would like to share.

This time some Korg ER1 drum sounds (Pack 1/6), ready to use in your favorite software/hardware sampler. All samples were recorded and edited using LogicPro and encoded in AIFF format (44.1 kHz 16-bit).

I also included a ready to go EXS24 sampler instrument in all packs for use in Logic and Ableton.

The samples work well in most any deep house/tech house production. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

djorgi_KorgER1_Kickdrums.zip (2.1 MB)

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Free Sample-Pack: Korg EA1 Detuned Saw

Mon | April | 20th | 2009

Here are some samples of my Korg EA1 Hardware Synth (VA) I would like to share.

The samples were created, carefully edited and looped using LogicPro and saved in AIFF-format for use in your favorite software/hardware sampler.

I also included a ready to go EXS24 sampler instrument for use in Logic and Ableton.

The samples work well for a deep subbass/leed in most any house, drum and bass or jungle production. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

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