USE MULTI CHANNEL AUDIO INSTRUMENTS AS MULTI TIMBRE SYNTHESIZERS IN LOGIC PRO

USE MULTI CHANNEL AUDIO INSTRUMENTS AS MULTI TIMBRE SYNTHESIZERS IN LOGIC PRO

Learn how to access the range of MIDI channels available from your Multi Channel Audio instrument!One of the more, let’s say, enigmatic aspects of logic is the use of Multi Channel Audio Instruments In this lesson, you will learn how to access the range of MIDI channels available from your Multi Channel Audio instrument

Multi Channel Audio Instruments are extremely powerful and when used properly most provide multiple MIDI channels (up to 16) and multiple audio outputs for each instrument plug in used. You can think of each Multi Channel Audio Instrument loaded as a multi-timbre external hardware synth (such as a Korg Triton), providing multiple MIDI channels and audio outputs.

 


 

In this example the East West Quantum Leap Silver Edition plug in synth is used and four MIDI channels are implemented.

Step 1:

 


Open the Multi Instrument you wish to use.


Step 2:

 


In the arrangement page select Window>Environment from the top menu bar.


Step 3:

 


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.


Step 4:

 


In the environment window, double-click in the grey parameters box to the left and rename the environment Multi Channel.




Step 5:

 


The next step is to create a Multi instrument which will provide the MIDI channels for use in the arrange page.
In the environment window, select New>Multi Instrument from the menu bar.


Step 6:

 


In the grey parameters box to the left of the environment window, click on the name of the Multi Instrument object and type in the name of your instrument. In this example the name East West Cellos is used.


Step 7:

 


Click on the individual numbers on the Multi Instrument object in order to activate those MIDI channels. Repeat the process for as many MIDI channels as you require. In this example four MIDI channels (1-4) are activated.


Step 8:

 


Hold down the alt key on your QWERTY keyboard and click on the right hand side of the Multi Instrument object.

In the resulting menu, navigate to and select the instrument object in which you have loaded your Multi Channel instrument. In this example the East West Quantum leap Silver Edition has been loaded into Inst 1.


Step 9:

 


In the resulting dialogue box, click on the button that says “Remove”. Notice the hammer shaped cable attached to the Multi Instrument object. This indicates that the cable is running through the environments to your Audio Instrument.


Step 10:

 


Click on the icon at the top of the Multi Instrument object in order to select the whole object and not just one of the channels.


Step 11:

 


In the top menu bar click on Edit>Copy


Step 12:

 


Click on the red button in the top left-hand corner of the environment window in order to close it.


Step 13:

 


In the Arrange Page, Double click on an empty track in order to create a new track.


Step 14:

 


In the top menu, click Edit>Paste. In the resulting dialogue box, click Create in order to create new tracks for the environment objects. These channels are the channels you will select to eventually play your Multi Channel instrument.


Step 15:

 


If all of the new channels show the record ready button as on, click the record buttons until only the selected track has the record ready button illuminated.


Step 16:

 


In the arrange page, Click on the Audio Instrument track that your instrument is loaded into.

In the grey parameters box to the left of the screen, make sure that the Midi Channel section is set to All.


Step 17:

 


The final step is to set up your actual Multi Channel Audio Instrument and allocate different instruments to different MIDI channels, much as you would an external multi – timbre synth such as a Korg Triton or Roland XV5050.

As you can see in the screenshots below, a different MIDI channel is selected for each instrument on the East West Quantum Leap Audio Instrument. These correspond to the MIDI channels created There is usually a MIDI port icon, which is set to Omni. If you click on this you should be presented with a list of MIDI channels to choose from. Please refer to the manufacturers instruction manual if you cannot locate this.



Now you are ready to sequence multiple instruments from the new Multi Instrument channels you have created in the Arrange Page.

Enjoy!

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