Step FX in Logic Pro X | Logic Pro 10.4 Tutorial


Hi and welcome to this video, all about the
Step FX in Logic Pro X. So this video is actually part of my Complete Logic Pro X course. To
gain access to this Complete course, then be sure to check out the link in the description
below. Okay, now we’re going to have a look at the step effect. So if we go down to Multi
Effects and then Step FX, and add this onto this pad sound. So the step effect can be
used to create step modulation effects. Notice down here we have all these different blocks.
They are the different steps and we can drag them out to say, two steps or all the way
up to 128 steps. So you can really customize the step effect. So I’m just going to choose
16. And we can actually turn on or off step FX here, and if we click them, we can also
click a line here, which will tie these and create more of a legato sound. So let’s just
hear this. I’m just going to bypass this plugin, just to hear what this sound is like originally.
So completely different. Also increase or decrease each of these. So at the moment,
this is actually controlling the filter cutoff. We can actually use the step effect to control
three different parameters. At the moment it’s Filter Cutoff, if we click down here
we can change it to say, Master Outputs. And we have to open up the filter, ’cause we actually
have closed the filter there, we’ll just bypass the filter. And here, you’ll notice it’s not
really doing much. We will have to change the depth to negative values. You’ll notice
this blue line will appear, then this white dot is where the steps are. So you can turn
these down. And I find this most useful for filters so I’m going to change this back to
filter. So I’m gonna turn on filter again, and now you’ll notice filter will appear when
it’s turned on, on the side. So I’m going to choose Filter Cutoff. And we can go through
and we can customize these steps. We can actually select LFO, for different wave types, a sine
wave, so this is where we recreate a sine wave, if you know what a sine wave looks like.
It’s this pattern here. You can change this to say triangle wave. So this recreates a
triangle wave which can be quite interesting as well. We also have factory defaults, so
we could have alternate. We could also have, say, rolling. You can also go through and
customize these presets as well. So you could go through and change these, maybe turn some
on or off, tie some of them, change the amounts here. And we’ve also got an envelope for each
of these step effects as well. So I’m just increasing the attack, to the fast attack
here, slower attack, change it to K and then release. And if you click on another one as
well, you can turn this on, we can have three different step effects, which is pretty interesting.
All going at the same time in different steps, you can really make something crazy if you
wish. And we can turn all these different ones here, so just gonna turn on distortion,
so we have Exciter and Dirt, quite a simple distortion, if we click on this now and go
to, say, Distortion Dirt, I’m just going to choose a preset, let’s choose Syncopated 1.
We can see here that envelope has changed, right click on the first one, so we have separate
envelopes for separate step effects as well. It’s a little bit loud, little bit crazy.
So just be careful when you’re using this, especially the distortion, because it can
get a little bit out of control. Just decrease the depth here, and you can see when I decrease
the depth, this blue line will go down, so there’s not as much dirt as if it was on 100%.
You can also choose negative values. Also choose the rates. So the rate it goes through
these steps, so you can get a slow step, you hear now. The dirt that you can see through
here, this white dot, is going through 40 notes and this cutoff is actually going through
a 16th note so we can have different rates for each one of these step effects as well,
which is pretty crazy. Okay, now I’m gonna choose Pan at 100% rate, I’m gonna choose
30 second, and I’m gonna add a bit of swing as well. So if you have speakers set up or
if you’re wearing headphones, you should be able to hear this panning to the left and
to the right. Customize this as well if you want to make it a little bit more crazy, you
can do that. Just going to at the moment, just turned off Pan, it’s a little bit out
of control for what I want, go back to filter cutoff and I’m just gonna choose a sine wave
and just edit this slightly, there we go, like so. A few other things we have on here
which we can add and not use to the step, is Mod Effects so here we can create kind
of a chorus, or even a flanger effect. Speed it up, speed up the rate we can create more
of a flanger. Add some feedback, feed it back in. Choose the mix, so zero obviously, there
is no mod effect if we have 100%. There’s the mod effect. Just add a small amount. Okay,
we can also set up a X and Y pad. So we could have the X as, say, Arriva Mix. You can see
when I move this little circle in the XY pad it’s actually matching up to this circle here
on the Arriva Mix. We’re also getting some resonance, some filter resonance because the
Y pad is set up to a filter resonance. So this can be quite useful for automation. You
can use live automation as well, automate this in the arrangement. and we can add another
parameter below for the XY pad. We also have a delay, we also have a filter for the delay;
low pass, band pass, high pass, low pass and low cut. We can increase the mix. Add a filter
here, add some feedback. Have a separate time for the delay for the left and right channel.
And we can beat sync this or we can choose milliseconds. Increase the mix, get a nice
balance, and we can turn on or off these separate effects here, the XY pad, the mod effects,
distortion, Arriva. We can also mix the effects with the dry signal with this mix here. So
it’s on zero, we’re just getting the dry signal. To 100% we’re getting the wet signal. We can
adjust the output and also the input. So we get a nice mix, say maybe here. I find this
quite useful for synthesizers, for bass sounds, anything really when you want some step effects,
or step modulation. Just for example’s sake, I’m gonna drag this over to a drum bus, so
we can hear the drums with this effect as well, just for a bit of fun. Let’s hear what
this sounds like as well. You wouldn’t normally use this on drums, but if you’re after something
quite experimental, if you’re creating some sound design sounds, something a bit more
unusual maybe, you could use this on some other audio that isn’t just sim. So thank
you for watching this lecture all about the step effects plug in in Logic Pro X.
So this video is actually part of my Complete Logic Pro X course. To gain access to this
full Complete course, then be sure to check out the link in the description below.

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