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Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques By Stephen Bennett
Published January 2021

Screen 1: Setting up your ins and outs.Screen 1: Setting up your ins and outs.

It’s not always obvious in Logic Pro X how to go about incorporating hardware into your workflow; we show you how.

Almost as soon as music began to be recorded digitally, engineers felt they were losing a certain ‘something’ from not driving the audio through tubes, transistors and transformers. As the emulation of analogue electronics has improved, many have moved completely ‘in the box’ for convenience and recall. It’s perfectly possible to create fine recordings using computer‑generated audio alone, as many a number‑one hit record will testify, but many of us still feel the loss of that ‘mojo’ that, we believe, analogue hardware can provide. The cost of adding this hardware to our studios has fallen dramatically in the last few years, with clones of classic gear and the 500‑series format providing entry‑level hardware that can be bought for very little. So, if you’ve ever wondered what adding analogue hardware would bring to your recording and mixing, there’s never been a better time to find out!

There are several ways you can use hardware with Logic Pro X: recording vocals or instruments, mixing, and mastering. If you treat these as three separate processes, a little hardware, re‑used, can go a long way. It’s not always obvious in Logic Pro X how to go about incorporating hardware into your workflow and much of the process will depend on your audio interface. Many interfaces have quite complex routing software, so a good peruse of the manual is recommended. If all you want to do is add a little compression or EQ on the way in, a basic 2‑in/2‑out interface will suffice, but you will need to have an insert point between the preamp and the analog‑to‑digital...

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Published January 2021

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