Logic Pro X: ES2 overview
ES2 combines subtractive synthesis with elements of FM and wavetable synthesis to generate an extraordinary variety of sounds. This makes it the perfect choice for creating powerful pads, evolving textures, rich basses, or synthetic brass.
If you’re new to synthesizers, see Synthesizer basics overview, which introduces you to the fundamentals and terminology of different synthesis systems.
The three oscillators of the ES2 provide classic analog synthesizer waveforms (including noise) and 100 single-cycle waveforms, known as Digiwaves. This raw material forms the basis for sounds that range from fat analog to harsh digital sounds, or hybrids of the two. You can also cross-modulate oscillators, making it easy to create FM-style sounds. Further options include the ability to synchronize and ring-modulate the oscillators or to mix a sine wave directly into the output stage, to thicken the sound.
ES2 features a flexible modulation router that offers up to ten simultaneous (user-defined) modulation routings. Further modulation options include the unique Planar Pad—which provides control of two parameters on a two-dimensional grid. The Planar Pad itself can be controlled by the sophisticated Vector Envelope. This is a multipoint, loop-capable envelope that makes it easy to create complex, evolving sounds.
Lastly, Distortion, Chorus, Phaser, and Flanger effects are built into ES2.
If you want to begin experimenting right away, there are a number of settings to try. There are also two tutorials that provide tips and information, and invite you to explore ES2. See ES2 sound design from scratch and ES2 sound design with templates.
Note: You can find tasks that cover the use of parameters as modulation targets or sources throughout the ES2 Help. This underlines one of the strengths of ES2—the vast modulation possibilities it offers. Follow the steps in these tasks to create expressive, evolving sounds. See ES2 modulation overview.