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Instantiating A Plug In – How to Add An Effect To A Track In Logic Pro Using VoiceOver

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If you’ve wondered how to add an effect in Apple’s Logic Pro, you’re in luck, as this tutorial will walk you through the process. As always I prefer to work in the mixer, so the tutorial starts out with how to load an effect plug-in on the appropriate channel strip in the mixer. It mentions the fact that the channel strip in logic has a shortcut to load the EQ or Compressor, followed by showing how to load it the same way you instantiate any other plug-in.
Next up is how to use the ‘Bypass” button to toggle the effect on/off and then how to select a preset. Remember when looking at the plug-in’s interface the bypass button being checked means the plug-in is enabled. This is only in the plug-in window. When on the channel strip the bypass status reads correctly. When it comes to selecting a preset, there is the option to VO Space on the ‘Factory Default” pop up button and select a preset, or you can use the right or left brackets to move to the next or previous preset respectively.
Next we’ll cover the View menu and how you can change the View for best accessibility. However, in later versions of Logic Pro, the application will prompt you to switch to controls view if it detects VoiceOver is on. So chances are these days it’s already in controls view. This is then followed up by navigating to and going over the table where the plug-in parameters will be accessible.
Next, another plug-in is added to the track, this time using the shortcut on the channel strip for adding and opening Logic’s stock compressor. After a brief overview of how to bypass and change presets again, the tutorial wraps up with a look at the plug-in order on that track, and goes over how to add an effect prior to either of the plug-in’s already instantiated on the track.
And of course no discussion about effects in Logic is complete without talking about the library. The library in Logic includes a full signal chain of effects. Case in point, the vocal patches we go through in this example Generally come with plug-in’s like the De-esser, EQ, Compressor, Delay and Reverb as a part of them. All the building blocks one would need for a pro vocal mix. These effects that are loaded on to the channel strip as a result of selecting a patche from the library include presets or settings pre-loaded in each effect appropriate for the aforementioned genre/instrument. You can go through the channel strip after picking a patch and open up and edit any of the effects parameters just like you can if you loaded the plug-in on the track yourself.