Learn how sidechain compression on reverb can make vocals stand out in Logic Pro

Give your vocals room to breathe when big spaces are crucial to a track

Applying a long, washy reverb can result in some lush, ethereal textures and dreamy atmospheres. Sometimes, though, it can drown out imperative elements, particularly vocal lines. By applying sidechain compression, we can keep the vocal line shining and let the reverb tail flourish with minimal clashing. Logic Pro 10.5 makes this easy with busses and some of its stock plug-ins.

In this video, MusicTech expert Jono Buchanan shows you how to set up sidechain compression on a vocal reverb. You’ll learn when to apply the effect and how different parameters can enhance results.

Throughout our Logic Tips series, MusicTech Logic guru Jono Buchanan explains the music production process using Apple’s professional DAW. We have 70 episodes covering topics such as:

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Jono Buchanan is an Apple Certified instructor, with years of experience under his belt. As well as being a professor in Guildhall’s Electronic Music Department, he’s also a producer and media composer, and a trusted writer for MusicTech.

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