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Lesson 30 from: Music Production in Logic Pro X: Vocal Mixing Essentials

Tomas George

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30. Exciter

<b>In this lesson, you will learn how to add new harmonic content to a track using Logic Pro's Exciter.&#160;</b>
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Hi. In this video, I'm gonna show you how to use logic pros exciter to artificially add harmonic content to a recording. So for example, you might have a vocal track that doesn't have much energy up in the higher end of the frequency spectrum. And E Qing will only get you so far because when you eq you can only eq the frequencies that are there, but an exciter can create the frequencies even if they weren't there in the first place. So let's have a listen to what we've got here. The moments I feel like I'm OK. So it's a pretty well bodied vocal at this point. However, it could possibly do with some top end and there's not a lot in there at the moment. And like I said, if IEQ ed, the amount that I want to get out of it, it might sound too eq are we gonna try using the excited now? So what I'm gonna do is load the excite on the end of my chain and you can find exciter under specialized go to exciter in stereo. Now how exciter works is it actually takes the signal duplicates, it sends one...

signal through a high pass filter. And then that high pass filtered version goes through a distortion process or saturation process to add the harmonics. And then that gets mixed back in with the dry signal. So here on this graph, I adjust the high pass filter on the signal that gets sent to the saturator. And here using the harmonics dial, I basically increase the intensity of the harmonics added. And from here, we also have two different flavors of distortion to choose from. I could turn off the dry signal here. So I'm only listening to the harmonics. So let's see what that sounds like at 7.5 kilohertz. And we'll go with 40% the moment the moments. OK. So what I did there was I just played it through and I started refining the frequency of the filter and the intensity of the distortion using the harmonic style until I found the harmonics that I wanted to add to the recording. I also flicked through the two different choices of color here to get to the sound that I roughly wanted. And then I clicked on dry signal to bring the dry signal back. And then I did further refinements to get to a sound that I like. What I have also noticed is that it's kind of adding to the problematic sibilant on the top end of the vocal. So maybe I will tame that after the exciter with either a multiband compressor or ad er, but I'm pretty happy with how it's contributing to the overall tone or shaping of this vocal. Let's have a listen to that again. The moments I feel like I'm the moments, I feel like I'm OK. So as you saw, I was toggling the bypass on the excited there and with it on, it's just cutting through the mix a bit better. Arguably. That could be because it's roughly a bit louder than it is without it. But I'm very happy with the sound that it's creating for me. So that's how you can use the exciter to add new artificial harmonic content to a recording like vocals or any other, especially when that recording might just lack that top end. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.

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