Pepper your tracks with momentary effects using spot automation in Logic Pro X

Is your track sounding a little too static? Try momentarily adding effects to keep your listener engaged.

Instead of adding static effects to tracks, you can make things a lot more interesting if you automate in effects such as pitch shifts and reverbs momentarily. The way to do that is with automation.

In this tutorial, learn a few quick ways to create momentary or ‘spot’ automation. Get to grips with the Marquee tool for automation, get to know a feature that automatically sets two automation nodes at region borders and more.

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