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Auditioning drum loops

From: Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

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I like to start building my remixes with drums first, and now that I've shown how Apple Loops work, let's take some time to listen to some non-Apple Loops mixed with Apple Loops. So I open up the Audio Bin using the B key and I will browse Audio Files that are in the Audio Files folder in this fashion. Anything that's already been added to the Audio Bin and is part of our current session is grayed out. And you can see as I scroll up and down, that there are quite a few files at the bottom that are not grayed out, which means they have not yet been added to the session.

Auditioning drum loops

I like to start building my remixes with drums first, and now that I've shown how Apple Loops work, let's take some time to listen to some non-Apple Loops mixed with Apple Loops. So I open up the Audio Bin using the B key and I will browse Audio Files that are in the Audio Files folder in this fashion. Anything that's already been added to the Audio Bin and is part of our current session is grayed out. And you can see as I scroll up and down, that there are quite a few files at the bottom that are not grayed out, which means they have not yet been added to the session.

The vocals have been along with the original version. So, I have taken the time to include some loops from my own personal library in the Audio Files folder. And I will now show you how to import them. Before we import them, let's preview them. You see over here as a loop is highlighted, I can move over to the Play button. (Music playing) So that's a 4 bar drum loop playing from start to finish.

This was already set up at the tempo of our remix of 125 prior to putting it into the Audio Files folder. So I have several different kick drums. (Music playing) And you can see that I don't have to wait for a file to stop playing before I can use the Up and Down arrows to play the next file. I actually like to scroll through sounds pretty quickly so I do it in this fashion. (Music playing) So now that we have previewed them, let's actually add them to the Audio Bin.

We highlight which loop we would like to choose, click Add and go down to the next one. We are able to import all of these loops in one shot by selecting the top loop here, kick loop 2, and I will scroll down to the bottom, hold the Shift key and there you see that all of the files are selected. I click Add and Done and all the files pop up in the Audio Bin. Now we can actually continue to preview them from within the Audio Bin.

If I would like to audition these loops because I can't remember what they sounded like, prior to importing them into the Audio Bin, all I have to do is select the loop. (Music playing) And hit the Spacebar. (Music playing) So, I like kick loop 2, and all I need to do is drag it out onto the Arrange window and there we go. And I will close the Audio Bin and I will loop this using the L key and I will listen to this against the vocal to make sure that I like the way the kick drum sounds with the vocal.

(Music playing) I like the way that sounds. I will duplicate the track, open up the Audio Bin and now add some more drums. (Music playing) I like that loop, it has a little bit of a breakbeat feel, a little bit different than your average house loop.

I will drag that out onto the window, close the Audio Bin by hitting B, hit the L key and now I have two loops that are locked at a 125 beats per minute, looped underneath the vocal. Let's move further into the song and take a listen to how the kick drum and this top loop sound underneath the vocal. (Music playing) Those sound good together.

Let's see I am interested in adding an Apple Loop on top of these two loops. I simply go back to the Loops tab, click on Beats and I'll choose Electric and here we go. I have got my huge list of Apple Loops that I will simply just select a couple, just for the purposes of showing you how to marry Apple Loops and non-Apple Loops. (Music playing) Okay, this is not a loop that I would use for the actual remix itself, but for the purposes of this movie, I'd like to show you how to bring an Apple Loop into the session and layer it with non-Apple Loop.

I will hit the L key and I will mute the vocal just so we can only listen to drums right now. (Music playing) So you see it's that easy. There are plenty of third-party Loop libraries out there and most of them have Apple Loops as an available format. To instantly audition drum loops is paramount. It allows you to hear what works and does not work with the vocals instantaneously.

Now that we have chosen a main drum loop and for this movie I'm going to keep the kick loop 2 and top loop 4 and I will disregard Club Beat 2. It is time to start layering additional drum loops, which we will move onto in the next movie.

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Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

35 video lessons · 6685 viewers

Josh Harris
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  1. 16m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using Logic Pro as a remixing environment
      4m 45s
    3. Optimizing Logic's performance and monitoring system usage
      4m 29s
    4. Working with software synths
      3m 15s
    5. Using the exercise files
      58s
    6. Relinking audio files
      1m 39s
  2. 22m 51s
    1. Setting up your session
      2m 34s
    2. Determining and verifying source BPM
      1m 30s
    3. Lining up vocals over a kick drum
      5m 36s
    4. Choosing destination BPM and time-stretching in Flex mode
      4m 30s
    5. Exporting time-stretched vocals and importing into a session
      4m 23s
    6. Thinking about your direction
      4m 18s
  3. 22m 50s
    1. Using Apple Loops
      6m 8s
    2. Auditioning drum loops
      5m 46s
    3. Layering drum loops
      4m 45s
    4. Drum loops and drum programming
      6m 11s
  4. 19m 56s
    1. Chord changes and harmonic structure
      4m 18s
    2. Getting bass sounds and programming bass lines
      8m 50s
    3. Layering bass sounds and side chaining
      6m 48s
  5. 34m 20s
    1. Choosing foundational synth parts and sounds
      11m 46s
    2. Layering synth parts
      10m 21s
    3. Lead line hooks
      5m 37s
    4. Synth candy
      6m 36s
  6. 12m 19s
    1. The importance of arranging
      2m 26s
    2. Arranging your track
      9m 53s
  7. 23m 3s
    1. Creating vocal samples and transitional sounds
      11m 57s
    2. Advanced vocal editing techniques
      5m 44s
    3. Filling holes in the arrangement
      5m 22s
  8. 47m 30s
    1. Mixing philosophies
      6m 30s
    2. Mixing drums and bass
      5m 40s
    3. Mixing synths and transitional sounds
      12m 14s
    4. Mixing vocals
      10m 36s
    5. Final touches, referencing, and mastering your final mix
      5m 17s
    6. Listening to the final mix
      7m 13s
  9. 47s
    1. Final thoughts
      47s

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