Here’s how to hook up an external instrument to Logic Pro

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Soft synths are incredibly versatile and powerful, but sometimes you just want to get hands-on with your sounds. You might opt for a hardware synthesizer then, but how do you get those sounds straight into your DAW? Logic Pro makes this a breeze with its External MIDI channel, which you can use to route MIDI to your device to then record directly into your project as audio.

In this Logic Pro Tips video, Jono Buchanan shows you how to record an external instrument into Logic Pro. You’ll learn how to route MIDI to your hardware synthesizers and other compatible gear and then record it into Logic as audio. You’ll also learn how to resolve latency issues that may arise from recording external sounds.

Throughout our Logic Tips series, MusicTech Logic guru Jono Buchanan explains the music production process using Apple’s professional DAW. We have over 70 episodes covering topics such as:

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