How to Create a DJ Khaled Lead in Logic Pro

February 10, 2012

Logic Pro

For DJ Khaled, 2011 proved to be an eventful year.  He produced several hit records for mainstream artist like Lil Wayne, Drake, and Rick Ross.  In this demonstration we’ll look at how to create a DJ Khaled style lead in Logic Pro.  We will walk you through a step-by-step process and construct a fresh lead synth for your next Hip Hop banger.

Here is an audio snippet of the synthesizer sound we are going to create:

Here’s a video on this technique from the PlatinumLoops Youtube Channel:

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You can download the Logic patch for this sound here: dj_khaled_lead_patch

 

Step 1 – Load up an EXS24

Load up an EXS24 and choose the preset Trancy Hook from your Synth Leads Folder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This particular preset is a nice lead synth sound and is ideal for electronic music.  We just need to tweak it out to give it some Hip Hop flavor.

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Step 2 – Load up an Ensemble on your synth track.

Use moderate settings.  We want to fatten it up a bit – that’s all.  I recommend that you copy the settings shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3 – Add an Exciter to your synth track.

It’s located in your Specialized folder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set your Frequency to 3500Hz and your Harmonics somewhere in the range of 20 to 30%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 4 – Dirty up your synth with some Distortion.

Select Logic’s Distortion processor and add some grit.  Start with the settings shown and tweak to your liking.  I settled around 3900Hz and some mild Drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5 – Add some EQ to your synth.

Pull up a Channel EQ.  Roll off some of the high frequencies and slightly boost the mid-high frequencies around 1700Hz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6 – Load up an Enverb.

The Enverb is located in the Reverb folder of Logic’s processors.   It’s ideal for getting some extra depth and dimension out of your synth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will want to set a quick Attack time, quick Decay time, and moderate Sustain.  Set your Mix from 15 to 20%.

Step 7 – Polish off your new lead with a Limiter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding a Limiter to the end of your signal chain will help keep everything tight and in pocket so your synth cuts through the mix nicely.

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Summary

This is just one way to get a cool lead sound in Logic Pro.  Be sure download the free Logic patch for this sound at the top of this page.

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