Creating a Trance Pluck Synth with ES2 in Logic Pro

For those of you using Logic Pro as your DAW, you are in luck! All the synths included are capable of producing professional sounds quite easily, especially the ES2!



[aside title=”Classic Trance!“] The ES2 synth is a great tool for Trance sound design, making it easy to take advantage of the rest that Logic Pro has to offer![/aside] Many programs come with a nice selection of instruments, effects, filters and even mastering tools nowadays. And most are capable of doing everything you need without going looking for more tools to make some music. But, Logic Pro combines high quality tools with a certain ease of use and intuitive design that help some people focus more on the sounds and less on the procedures. The ES2 is often overlooked and regularly underrated when soft synths are discussed in general. It is quite capable of delivering some incredible sounds and offers a huge amount of control and flexibility through various filters, modulators and automation, too.

Starting from scratch so you can see the entire process and also gain some understanding about the interface of the synth, there is a lot to take in during the tutorial, so you may end up watching it a couple of times if you are unfamiliar with the ES2. Moving step-by-step through the workflow, he shows how the oscillators work and how to select and combine waveforms. Next is working on the main envelopes (ADSR Matrix) and getting the overall delivery of sound the way you want it. Then adjusting a few filters from the rotating panel just to the right of the oscillators.

Next comes effects and modulation. Automating a change of pitch across all three of the oscillators with an envelope allows you to make it sound more like an analog synth. In this case, it sounds similar to a Nord. Switching it to Unisono mode will let you get a little bit of glide going between notes, which can make for a much smoother sound. You can also begin to experiment on your own with a sound like this and have great success with small amounts of delay, saturation and even a touch of chorus. These basic Trance sounds can be quite flexible. The trick is to not go too far with any of your tweaking  so the sounds still mix together well.

Are you producing your music with Logic Pro? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Let us know about some tips & tricks you use in your workflow. Or maybe you just have questions about how to accomplish a certain task. Either way, shoot us a message and we’ll be happy to follow up with you. Thanks for stopping by!


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