Learn how to get creative with Alchemy’s powerful sample engine in Logic Pro
Take your sounds down to the granular level and weave unique tones in seconds.
Alchemy is one of Logic Pro’s many powerful tools. Although it’s often seen solely as a synthesizer, its sampling capabilities take it far beyond your average subtractive synth. Now that we’ve given you an introduction to Alchemy, it’s time to go deeper and learn how to transform samples into incredible instruments.
In this Logic Pro Tips video, Jono Buchanan shows you how to get creative with Alchemy’s Sample Import functions. You’ll learn two ways to import and manipulate samples in Alchemy, and the various parameters that can edit the sample. Notably, Jono will demonstrate the Granular analysis mode of Sample Import and explains what the term ‘granular’ means in synthesis. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll quickly see how you can craft idiosyncratic sounds in seconds.
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:
- Embellish a Beat Using Found Sounds
- Transform an Apple Loop into a pad
- Introduction to Alchemy
- Record Capture
- Using Groups
- Adaptive Limiter
- Parallel Compression
- Channel EQ tutorial
- Understanding Compression
- Alternative sidechain compression
- Sidechained gates
- Slicing audio with EXS24
- Tuning audio with Flex Pitch
- Using the Evoc 20 Vocoder
- Modulation effects
- Articulation mapping
- Low Latency Mode
- Gated kick and bass triggers
- Creating your templates
- Remove spill between tracks
- Sidechain compression on vocal reverb
Jono Buchanan is an Apple Certified instructor, with years of experience under his belt. As well as being a professor in Guildhall’s Electronic Music Department, he’s also a producer and media composer, and a trusted writer for MusicTech.
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