How To Add Plugins in Logic ProSep 21, 2021
Plugins are a music producer’s best friend…or at least, they’re my best friend.
From EQs and compressors to reverbs and delays, plugins in Logic and other digital audio workstations enhance audio-related functionality and are critical to both the technical and creative aspects of music production.
If you’re a real plugin nerd, you may have already bought expensive 3rd party plugins from companies such as Sound Toys, Waves or Universal Audio. But luckily, Logic comes with its own set of built-in plugins, so you don’t have to invest any money to start using them in your projects.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to add plugins in Logic Pro:
- Click on an audio track or software instrument track in the main view. Then click on the inspector icon (looks like an “i”) in the top left corner.
2. Click on the grey box that says “Audio FX” in the centre of the inspector panel (tip: make sure the arrows where it says “region” and “track” at the top of the panel are facing horizontal or else it may cover it up).
3. Hover over the different plugin categories to find which plugin you’re looking for (tip: compressors, limiters and de-essers are in the “dynamics” category, chorus and flangers are in the “modulation” category).
Hover over the plugin you want to add and click “Stereo” if it’s a stereo track (selecting “Dual Mono” will only apply the plugin effect to either the left or right side).
If it’s a mono track, stick with selecting “Mono” unless you’re using the plugin to add space or stereo image (like reverbs or delays), in which case, select: “Mono->Stereo”.
4. Add more plugins by clicking on the grey box under the 1st plugin.
IMPORTANT NOTE: plugins work in a serial chain, meaning that the original sound will go through the first plugin before the second and third, etc.
For example, in the plugin chain below, the compressor is first, then the channel EQ, then the Space D reverb. That means that the audio signal will be compressed first, then EQ-ed, and finally, put into the reverb.
Now go crazy with plugins…but not too crazy!
If you would like a few video examples on how to add plugins in logic then here are some videos you might enjoy: