Join Dot Bustelo for an in-depth discussion in this video Making stutter vocal effects with a sidechain, part of Logic Pro X: Making Beats.
Another great way to make vocal stutter effects in Ultrabeat is with the side chain. Like with any side chain, you're using one sound as a control source to affect the rhythm of another sound. In this case, I'm using Ultrabeat drums to control the rhythm of this Carla vocal in my Logic Project. Let's hear it. Here's what the original vocal sounded like not feeding the alter beat side chain. I'll send the vocal to the main out instead of the bus.
Selecting the Carla vocal, and here on the channel strip, where the output is assigned to the bus, I'll re-assign it to a stereo output, let's hear it now. Let's look at how this is all set up. So I had set the output of the vocal track to Bus one, put that back. And I have the aux it's feeding, right here, to the right we can see that channel strip. I have the output here set to No Output.
So we don't hear the original vocal if I solo it now, soloing the Carla track, nothing. However, the bus is feeding the side chain of Ultrabeat on track one, let me open up the interface and show you. Right here in the upper right, where we see the side chain, there is bus one. And playing Logic again. There is the effect. I'll delete Ultrabeat and set this all up from scratch.
Just remove Ultrabeat from the channel strip, and then let's bring it back in. Now the pre-set is the factory default. I'm going to scroll down and select a factory Ultrabeat pre-set called Side Chain Processor. And up in the side chain, I'm going to select Bus One. It'll be down here at the bottom, Bus One. And I'll turn on the sequencer here in the lower left, listening now.
There's our effect. So, oscillator one inside of Ultrabeat, is where individual drum sounds can be assigned to the side chain. Here is oscillator one, and here is where you see the side chain. I'll solo a few drums I have set to the side chain so you can hear their individual rhythmic effect on the vocal. Let's solo the kick. And you can see, we only hear. Carla. Right where the kick steps are in the grid.
Let's add in. The hi-hat. Just a few more steps. Actually this was the hi-hat. I want you to hear. I'm going to get rid of the kick. Pretty cool. Be sure to select play in the logic transport, not the Ultrabeat play button. if I just hit play in the Ultrabeat step grid with Logic stopped, you won't hear the vocal effect.
I'll demonstrate, we're just hearing the hi-hat. Let's take it out of solo in here. Everything, again, coming out of Logic. For a more dramatic effect, I'll add Tape Delayed on Ultrabeat. I'll just use the default. Ultrabeat can definitely can add that special signature element to a beat using vocals or other types of sample tones in its side chain. Later in this course, I'll show you how to use the side chain and the logic compressor and in Logic's vocoder, the EVOC 20.
- Choosing the drum kit
- Making beats with Drummer and Ultrabeat
- Sound designing your kits
- Making stutter vocal effects
- Rocking out with Apple Loops
- Time-stretching, slicing, and sampling audio
- Making groove templates
- Warping your beat with Space Designer
- Sidechaining the compressor with your kick