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How to Create a Complex Network Echo in Logic Pro

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In this tutorial, I am going to demonstrate a clever way to use the Logic Pro Echo plugin to generate a pattern based echo by using Effect buses. Doing it this way allows you to have control over each note in the pattern so you can get really creative by putting effects on each one.

Step 1

Open an empty Logic Pro file. Select 1 Software Instrument.

Step 2

Now go to Inst 1 and open the EFM1. This is the synth we are going to use as a base for our arpeggiator.

Step 3

Next you want to bring up Bus 1 through the Aux in Inst 1. Click Bus 1 and in Aux 1, choose the Echo plugin.

  • Set the Echo time to 1/4. This will be the start of out pattern. The first echo will be a quarter note.
  • Set the Repeat to 0. This is so the note only repeats once after it is played.
  • Color and Dry are also set to 0. Wet is set to 65% because we only want to hear the 1/4 after the note is played.
  • This is the important part, as now you are starting to set up your instrument echo. You will be making a pattern based on echo times so that a pattern will play with every note you press on your keyboard.
  • Bring Bus 1 up to 0.0dB on Inst 1. Now what you have is the first note in the sequence.

Step 4

Here is where we begin to make a network of Echo plugins. Go to Aux 1 and bring up Bus 2 under the first bus. Turn it up to 0.0dB

Now, in Mixer view you are going to repeat the same process with the Echo plugin.

Set the Echo time to 1/8 now. This will be the second note of our pattern. The second echo will be an eighth note.

Set the Repeat to 0. This is so the note only repeats once after it is played.

Color and Dry are also set to 0. Wet is set to 65%.

Step 5

Basically what we are doing here is making a chain of Echo plugins to create a pattern that will play at the touch of a note. Repeat this process until you have something that looks like this:

You can choose any Time parameters you like, within the Echo plugin. This will give you your pattern. Each following Time parameter you choose will determine the space to the next note.

Step 6

Once you have put in a few more, the Mixer view should look something like this. This is a unique way to build a complicated echo using a network of Echo plugins. The advantage to this is that you have control of each note with effects through the Bus. Another advantage is that you can bring up more software instruments and have them be a part of echo anywhere in the sequence that you desire. For instance, you could have them start in Bus 3 for further manipulation capabilities.

Audio Example of the Echo Arpeggiator

Step 7

Here is an audio example of taking this idea further as I described with putting different effects on each note of the pattern. Making a network echo this way provides endless results.

Audio Example of the Echo Arpeggiator

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Contents

  • Logic Pro Source Files at Step 6 and further experimentation at Step 7
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