Logic Video Tutorial: Sidechaining the ES2 Synthesizer – ‘Secret Knowledge’ w/ Matt Shadetek Pt 5

In this latest episode of Matt Shadetek‘s Secret Knowledge series, our beloved Logic Pro course designer / instructor demonstrates how to use the side chain inputs in Apple’s Logic ES2 synthesizer to achieve creative modulation of a basic synth sound.

In this video we will explore using the side chain input of the ES2 synthesizer to add synchronized movement to our synth patches. Many people think “compression” when sidechaining is mentioned, but there are many other effects and instruments which have a side chain input. Used properly these inputs can add a multitude of fresh sonic possibilities to your sound design palette.  In this demonstration we use the amplitude signal that is routed into the side chain input to control the cutoff of the low pass filter in the ES2 synth and create filter movement which responds to the kick drum pattern in our beat.  I’ve also routed it to bend the pitch as well based on the same input.  These are just two examples of some of the creative possibilities that this type of modulation setup opens up.  Use your imagination and leave a comment with anything cool you come up with! – Matt Shadetek

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