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Channel Strip and Routing - Part 1

Lesson 12 from: Music Production in Logic Pro X: Vocal Mixing Essentials

Tomas George

Channel Strip and Routing - Part 1

Lesson 12 from: Music Production in Logic Pro X: Vocal Mixing Essentials

Tomas George

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12. Channel Strip and Routing - Part 1

<b>In this lesson, we will break down the channel strip in Logic Pro and the signal flow.</b>


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Flex Pitch - Vocals


Flex Time - Vocals


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Channel Strip and Routing - Part 1

Hi. In this video, I just want to walk you through the channel strip as we use it in logic pro 10. So as you can see here on my channel, so this is the channel for my lead vocal track that I've been working on. I've got all my plugins here. But what I want to do is just break down the signal flow of the channel ship just so that you can understand what to expect when you load plugins and when you automate faders and when you route outputs. So from top to bottom is generally the flow of the signal. So up here, we have an input button and from here we can select an input from the audio interface that we're using if we're recording, which we're not right now. And then that signal gets fed down the chain because at the top of the chain is the very first thing that the signal runs through. OK. So you're just going on later in the train here and how you order things on your train does matter. It does affect things especially when you're using dynamics processing. There's not necessarily one ...

order to things a single order to things that should be adhered to every single time. Depends on what you're working on, depends on the problems that you're trying to solve. OK. And then from here, we root out to here. So, so where it says stereo out on this channel, that means that the output of this channel is going to stereo out, which is the mix bus in logic pro so when you hear mix bus, some people call it master buss as well or two bus, that's the bus where the mix ends up. It's the final stereo signal that will be printed out. When you bounce the track down to a single file, that's where everything is mixed. However, you may choose not to route straight out to the mix bus, you might route some of your tracks to group buses. So for example, if I have various vocal tracks like a a lead vocals, some backing vocals and such things after I've mixed them like the relative levels of them and done some processing on each of the individual tracks, I might send them all to a vocal bus and then that vocal bus has a channel strip and then on that channel strip, I can apply processing to apply to the sum of all of those signals. So when I say some, I mean, they're just all added together, they all mixed together into a single stereo signal. How I would do that is, let's say let's start off with creating a vocal bus so I can send this track to that bus and maybe some other vocal tracks that I have to the same bus. So what I do such as click and hold where it says stereo out got a bus. Choose an available bus. I'm just gonna use an arbitrary number like bus 20 here. OK. So I've rooted now that vocal track to bus 20 logic is now showing me that channel strip just to the right of the one I was already looking at, which is very helpful. And you see here on the top of this auxiliary channel strip, it has bus 20 as input. So anything that gets sent to bus 20 runs down this chain and then out to stereo out again. So if I send other vocal tracks to bus 20 the sum of all of them will be sent down here and any processing that I apply to this chain will apply to the sum of all of those signals. This is very useful for vocal bus processing, drum bus processing when you are in the later stages of the mix. And you want to apply some gentle bus compression either to glue it all together and or just to tighten it up or some saturation to add flavor, some eq anything that you want to apply across signals that kind of belong together. So like I said, a vocal bus or a drum bus or, or any other type of bus. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.

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