Learn how to use Logic Pro’s Noise Gate to tighten up your low-end sounds

Tighten up that kick drum and bassline without automation and reprogramming MIDI.

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Laying down a head-bopping beat and some deep bass notes is easy, but making the two instruments work in harmony can take a bit more effort. Due to their low-end frequency content, it’s likely that a kick and bass will conflict and make your mix sound muddy. We can use Logic Pro‘s Noise Gate as a means of triggering the bass notes with the kick drum to make the two play together for a more defined rhythm and bass section.

In this Logic Tips tutorial, Jono Buchanan shows you how to use Noise Gate to use one sound to trigger another. Focusing on a kick drum and bassline, you’ll learn how to pair the instruments to turn elongated bass notes into a groovy bassline that plays in tandem with the kick drum. This technique is a useful way to save programming MIDI parts and have a kick drum that’s in tune.

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

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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