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Rhythmic gates...

Andy M.

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...sometimes referred as 'trance gates' are very easy to set up in Logic.


1) Create an audio track of the desired rhythm - you can do this by entering notes into one of the MIDI editors and use one of the instruments to play it, a piano sound will do. Then bounce it down into an audio file and import it into the desired track - track 1 for example.


2) Insert the noise gate on the track you want to affect and select the sidechain input as track 1.


3) Turn on the gate's sidechain mode and adjust the threshold, attack, hold and release parameters to taste.


4) Mute track 1 (unless you want to hear a piano going 'da da, da da, da daa...' throughout your song).


Job done.




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Depends where you mute it.


If you mute it from the Arrange window, it will indeed stop sending to the sidechain input of the gate.


But if you just mute the track channel strip at the bottom of the fader, then sidechain still works.




Sorry, I should have mentioned that in the first post.

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What about using Logic's environment arpeggiator?


That way you can specify the length of each note.


It's a lot more intuitive as well.

Not sure what you mean... use the arpeggio to gate an Audio track? Usually one of the great features of MIDI gating is the possibility to use rythm pattern that vary from straight 1/8th or 1/16th notes.

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  • 1 year later...

Effectrix by Sugarbytes.


Multiple effects simultaneously................. awesome. The "stutter" and "loop" effects will function as a step sequencer with audio or midi-driven virtual instrument.




Camel space is a little less sophisticated, but has a great step-sequencer.


What logic needs is a built-in arpeggiator in a step sequencer format, similar to that of Rob Papen's Albino and Blue.

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Instead of bouncing to a track you can send the track to a BUS and select the BUS as the sidechain input. This can be useful if you want to tweak the trigger track later.


A bus is useful even if you bounce the track because you can set the send to 'pre' (as opposed to default 'post') and then muting is no longer a problem. Also useful when using a drum track (or other track that is in use, meaning not muted), because changing the level of the trigger track will not result in the need to adjust the settings of the sidechain everytime.



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