Create a Massive Synth by Layering Multiple Sounds

Create a Massive Synth by Layering Multiple Sounds

by DJ Pangburn, iZotope Contributor May 21, 2019

In crafting sounds, many synthesists probably return again and again to their favorite original patches or even presets, tweaking the parameters here and there, before adding different effects to mix it up. While familiarity with certain pieces of kit, from the sounds to the processes used to maximize them, is always welcomed, it also helps to mix things up a bit.

Mute Notes/Regions/Folders On/Off ⌃M — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Mute Notes/Regions/Folders On/Off    ⌃M

Toggle Mute on the selected item(s). Use the Mute Tool to mute an item, or a few of them. The ‘Select Muted Regions/Events ⇧M’ command will select everything that has been muted.

I am thinking about comparing muted notes and regions as a kind of subtractive EQ — remove some sound to expose or clarify, toggle as necessary to help focus on the desired action.

Mute and solo regions in the Tracks area — Logic Pro X

You can mute one or more regions in the Tracks area to exclude them from playback. You can also solo individual regions, to hear them in isolation, and lock the solo status of regions.

Mute and delete regions and events — Logic Pro X

The Mute and Delete functions go hand in hand, because you often want to remove events you have muted.


- Global Commands
Mute Movie Audio On/Off
Toggle writing Mute Automation in Write Mode
Toggle Channel Strip Mute M

- Main Window Tracks and Various Editors
Select Muted Regions/Events ⇧M
Mute Notes/Regions/Folders On/Off ⌃M

- Mixer
Select Muted Channel Strips ⇧M

New Audio Track ⌥⌘A ⌃6⃣ — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  New Audio Track    ⌥⌘A    ⌃6⃣

My apologies for the :SIX: if it doesn’t appear as an emoji. The Touch Bar buttons are indicated by numbers in boxes.

Creates a new Audio Track after the currently selected track.

Create tracks — Logic Pro X

You add tracks to a project to hold your recordings, loops, and other material. When you add a track, you can choose the track type, format, input source (for audio tracks), and output, and create multiple tracks. The options in the New Tracks dialog vary, depending on the type of track you are creating.

Tracks overview — Logic Pro X

When you create a track, you choose the track type, format, and output. You can also choose a patch, which controls the sound of the track, and modify the sound of a patch using Smart Controls.