Drummer – Logic’s AI musician – is possibly one of the best songwriting tools ever in a DAW.
Thanks to Drummer, we don’t have to worry about:
- Finding a drummer
- Teaching that drummer how to play our songs
- Buying expensive mics and preamps to record said drummer
- Scheduling time to record drums
So on and so forth. Instead:
- Load up Drummer
- Record your parts to Drummer
- Adjust Drummer’s performance to taste
(Of course, if you prefer recording a drummer or programming your own beats – cool! Today’s post should still be helpful).
If there’s one thing I know from talking to Logic users, A LOT of people rely on Drummer. Which is awesome!
What I also know is A LOT of folks feel that Drummer can lack vibe and punch to its performances.
Not all music requires bombastic drums to drive a song forward. Sometimes we’re just looking for a little glue to bring our drums together.
In either case – bombastic or a little glue – Logic has a fantastic tool for such occasions:
Sitting in the Multi Effects folder of the plugin menu, Phat FX is loaded with treats:
- 11 shades of distortion
- 9 shades of compression
Plus loads of other tools (Bass Enhancer, Mod FX, etc).
With Phat FX’s distortion and compression, you’re able to add aggression and punch to your drums, helping them to poke through the mix.
(And who doesn’t love drums that slam? 🙂 )
So in today’s video, I’ll walk you through how to use Phat FX to turn up the punch and power on your Drummer Tracks.
P.S. If you’re using a version of Logic that doesn’t include Phat FX – don’t despair! Logic’s regular Compressor and Distortion plugins can be just as great.
Thanks Chris you did it again.
This is a great video demonstrating a cool use for Phat FX. Ive used this plugin a few times in a parallel aux track but not in this way. I also didnt know the individual effects and signal path could be rearranged. This works kinda like the Waves Scheps Omni Channel plugin.
This also shows that LPX isnt just another record, edit and mix workstation, but a really powerful program for producing.
This is the kind of in depth info on LPX plugins that can give your mixes that extra umph and shine.