Ultrabeat is a drum synth and sample player that comes bundled with Logic Express and Logic Pro 9. It comes with it's very own Step Sequencer which enables you to create patterns for each and every one of it's 25 sounds (known as voices). Each Voice can be a sample or a synthetic sound tweaked by yourself (or, of course based on one of the many presets included).
One often asked question is how to add an effect plug-in to one voice only.... For example, you may want to add reverb to the snare only and add a compressor only to the Kick or add some delay exclusively to the hi-hats. Of course, once you drag the pattern into Logic's Arrange area, all the sounds are on one track assigned to one channel strip = one set of effects for that channel strip. In this Quick Tip we'll focus on how to add processing to an individual voice from Ultrabeat inside Logic.
WARNING: Once you know how to do this, your drum patterns will never be the same again...
Create a new Software Instrument track. Now we need to insert a Multi-Output instance of Ultrabeat on it. This will allow you to route voices from Ultrabeat to their own separate outputs.
Click and hold on the top I/O slot and from the menu choose Ultrabeat > Multi-Output (8xstereo, 8xMono).
In Ultrabeat, choose any preset and pattern of choice. I'm going to use the default preset and Pattern.
In order to add different effects to different voices, those voices need to be on their own channel strip. In actual fact the signal from our chosen voices will be routed to separate Aux Channel strips.
To set this up we need to focus on Ultrabeat's Voice Assignment area (on the left). Here you can mute, solo, change the levels and pan and route any voice to it's own output. You'll notice that each voice currently is set to the Main output (or the Software Instrument channel strip).
I'm going to assign Kick 1, Rim Shot, Claps, CLosed Hat and Pedal Hat (which all contain sequences) to separate Aux channels so we can process them separately.
Click on the word Main (Output area) for a voice and from the drop down menu assign your chosen voice(s) to their own output.
Notice that you have 8 stereo (including the Main output) and 8 mono outputs.
Open Logic's Mixer (you can close the Ultrabeat GUI window if you wish or press V on your keyboard to toggle hide/show all plug-in windows).
Now, we need to create Aux channels for each sound to be routed to. You can create Aux channels in a number of ways... but, the following method will ensure you create Aux channels with the correct routing setup from Ultrabeat.
Click on the + button on the bottom of the Ultrabeat channel strip. This will create an Aux channel with the input set to the output you created in Ultrabeat. Do this for as many Aux channels as required.
Excellent! You've now routed your chosen sounds/voices from Ultrabeat to different Aux channels which will make it a breeze to process each Aux channel with different effects,
You might like to playback your Ultrabeat pattern at this point and begin inserting effects onto the different Aux Channels. It's a good idea to name each Aux Channel by double-clicking on the name. Furthermore for each Aux Channel you can adjust levels, balance, solo, mute, route to further outputs, add weird and wonderful effects... the world is now your ultrabeat oyster!
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