How to give your drums an extra crunch with parallel distortion in Logic Pro

Time to harness the power of Clip Distortion.

Have you ever found that your drum recordings are lacking the grit and bite that you hear in professional recordings? Parallel distortion is an excellent technique to introduce new harmonic overtones into your drums and other instruments using bus sends. Fortunately, as always, Logic Pro is well-equipped with the tools needed to apply distortion to your tracks.

In this Logic Pro tutorial, Jono Buchanan demonstrates the power of parallel distortion with Logic’s Clip Distortion effects unit. You’ll learn the benefits of parallel distortion on individual drum hits and on a drum kit as a whole, as well as some techniques to achieve both. Jono gives you an overview of Clip Distortion and explains why distortion can have such a pleasing effect on drums.

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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