Make thicker synth sounds with detune in Logic Pro X

Make richer, more vintage-sounding synths with these simple techniques in Retro Synth and the stock Tape Delay plug-in.

How to use detune in Logic Pro X

When you’re trying to programme a synth from scratch and it’s sounding a bit underwhelming and one-dimensional, there’s a useful trick you can employ to thicken up your part: detuning.

In this video, learn how you can use controlled detuning to make wider, vintage-sounding synthesizer parts with Retro Synth and Logic’s stock plug-ins. This is possible with your synth’s built-in fine-tune controls, vibrato via LFOs and even in the effects realm with warbling, modulated tape delays. Your synths will never sound naïve and pedestrian ever again!

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