Learn how to use the audio outputs of Multi Channel Instruments This lesson works as a stand-alone lesson for drum samplers such as the EXS 24 and Native Instruments Battery or can be used in conjunction with the Multi Instrument MIDI Channel lesson available here on Logic Café.
In this lesson, you will learn how to use the audio outputs of Multi Channel Instruments. This will enable you to:
1: Add EQ and plug-in effects to individual drum hits and samples separately.
2: Process individual instruments from multi timbre Multi Channel Instruments individually
In this example the East West Quantum Leap Silver Edition plug in synth is used and four audio outputs are to be created.
Open the Multi Instrument you wish to use.
In the arrangement page select Window>Environment from the top menu bar.
In the environment window, click in the grey parameters box to the left and select Create from the pull down menu. This will create an environment called unnamed.
Note: If you have previously done the Multi Channel Instrument MIDI lesson here on Logic Café, simply select Multi Channel from the list and go to step 5.
In the environment window, double-click in the grey parameters box to the left and rename the environment Multi Channel.
In the environment window, select New>Audio Objectfrom the menu bar. Each audio object created will act as an audio output from your Multi Channel Instrument. Repeat this until you have the desired amount of audio objects.
Note: If your audio objects appear as small icons simply double click on each to expand them. They may not look exactly the same as in the picture below but at this point that is not important.
Click on the first Audio object in order to select it.
In the grey parameters box to the left of the environment window, click on the part which says Channel: and navigate to Aux 1
Repeat the process until all of your audio objects have been allocated to a different Aux.
Note: Initially only Aux 1-3 appear in the grey parameters box. Do not worry, as soon as you have used Aux 3, Aux 4 will appear etc.
Click on the I/O section of the first audio Object and from the resulting menu select the first available output. In this example it is Instrument 1>EWQLSO Sil 3.
Note: Output 3 is always the first available output via the Aux channels. It is also the first available mono output. Output 1 + 2 is a stereo output available only from the Instrument Channel itself (in this case Inst 1).
Repeat this process until all of the Audio Objects have been allocated an output.
Remember Aux 1 = EWQLSO Sil 3, Aux 2 = EWQLSO Sil 4 etc.
Next, you need to set up your actual instrument to send from the outputs you have selected. On the East West Quantum Leap instrument used in this example, for every cello instrument selected a different output has been allocated. The output system varies from plug-in to plug-in, but on Multi Channel Instruments it is always there.
Note: You will notice that at the point of the mouse click, only stereo outputs are available. This is dealt with by panning each instrument to the left or the right. For example: Output 3 / 4 are selected but you wish to allocate SVC Double Bow EXP to output 3 only. This is achieved by panning the instrument to the left.
Repeat these steps until all of your instruments have been allocated outputs.
Now you are ready to play your Multi Channel Instrument through separate outputs and apply effects and EQ each separately.