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Beat mapping your project


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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

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Using Flex Time to make out of time region or performances work in a project is very cool, but sometimes you'll find yourself in a situation with a live band where tempo fluctuations occur naturally. The ebb and flow of the tempo when a band plays a song together, are a part of what makes a song feel live. In other words, you like the imperfect tempo and you want to keep it like that. In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the Beat Mapping features of Logic, and with these you can map out the grid of your Logic project to match these tempo fluctuations. The best way to start this process is to single out a drum part that has all the rhythmic timing elements clearly defined.
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  1. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 17m 39s
    1. Installing the software
      3m 19s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time, using the templates
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding audio interfaces
      3m 35s
    4. Understanding MIDI interfaces
      5m 30s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. Getting to know the Arrange window
      5m 15s
    2. Using the many windows of Logic
      4m 13s
    3. Creating your own screensets
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Transport window and controlling playback
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Toolbox
      2m 37s
    6. Naming tracks and regions
      3m 27s
    7. Learning useful and custom key commands
      5m 18s
    8. Saving and going mobile with your project
      4m 8s
  4. 41m 41s
    1. Setting up for recording
      5m 43s
    2. Understanding Metronome settings or the click track
      4m 7s
    3. Understanding tempo
      4m 37s
    4. Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording
      3m 56s
    5. Playing with guitar madness: Amp design
      5m 13s
    6. Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board
      4m 5s
    7. Working with takes recording and comping
      4m 51s
    8. Punching in to replace bad audio
      4m 51s
    9. Using Varispeed to create an old tape machine sound
      4m 18s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding MIDI
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Logic synth instruments
      7m 4s
    3. Working with the emulator instruments
      5m 23s
    4. Using the EXS24 sampler
      3m 7s
    5. Building tracks with Ultrabeat
      5m 31s
    6. Using channel strips to select a virtual sound
      5m 29s
    7. Understanding the basics of MIDI recording
      4m 38s
    8. Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record
      4m 9s
    9. Using Logic's step input
      4m 3s
    10. Mastering quantization
      6m 18s
    11. Working in the Piano Scroll window
      5m 33s
    12. Editing controller messages with Hyper View
      4m 8s
    13. Working with the Hyper Editor
      5m 29s
    14. Working with the Events List
      3m 20s
  6. 29m 49s
    1. Importing prerecorded audio into Logic
      4m 5s
    2. Exploring Apple Loops
      4m 40s
    3. Creating your own Apple Loop
      4m 21s
    4. Conforming tempo, region to session, or session to region
      3m 51s
    5. Using the new Flex Time feature
      5m 17s
    6. Beat mapping your project
      4m 41s
    7. Importing elements from project to project
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 15s
    1. Understanding the basic editing techniques in the Arrange window
      7m 5s
    2. Tips for editing and arranging
      3m 21s
    3. Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window
      3m 45s
    4. Mastering fades for audio region arranging
      4m 58s
    5. Fixing and morphing sound with the Sample Editor
      5m 6s
  8. 11m 12s
    1. Working with notes and composing in the Score Editor
      4m 26s
    2. Editing notes, keys, and time signatures
      3m 35s
    3. Creating scores and lead sheets for musicians
      3m 11s
  9. 9m 8s
    1. Setting up for a sync video project
      4m 50s
    2. Scoring music to video
      4m 18s
  10. 56m 32s
    1. Mixing philosophies and five tools for mixing
      3m 37s
    2. Setting up for a mix
      5m 11s
    3. Directing audio traffic with fader levels
      5m 7s
    4. Exploring Logic's panning features
      4m 37s
    5. Exploring inserts: Using EQ as a mix tool
      6m 51s
    6. Exploring inserts: Using compression as a mix tool
      5m 38s
    7. Using advanced signal flow with aux and send tracks
      3m 12s
    8. Using advanced signal flow with time-based FX to create space in your mix
      3m 44s
    9. Using automation to create dynamic mixes
      6m 22s
    10. Giving your mix life with automation
      2m 45s
    11. Optimizing performance with freeze tracks
      4m 42s
    12. Using channel strips for audio processing
      4m 46s
  11. 16m 7s
    1. Understanding surround hardware requirements
      4m 5s
    2. Building surround mixing workflows
      6m 17s
    3. Using the surround panner
      5m 45s
  12. 15m 48s
    1. Bouncing down your song
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding why alt mixes are a good idea
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring Logic's export options
      3m 37s
    4. Mastering your own Logic project
      4m 18s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training
5h 25m Beginner Mar 09, 2010

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In Logic Pro 9 Essential Training, Scott Hirsch explains how to harness the power and flexibility of Logic Pro, Apple’s popular songwriting software, to record, edit, and mix music. The course includes instruction on how to compose in Logic Pro, and spend more time being creative and less time dealing with technical uncertainties. Scott focuses on setting up a workspace, recording with both live performers and digital instruments, editing and arranging, and mixing and mastering a composition. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Navigating the Logic Pro interface
  • Setting up for recording
  • Enabling multiple inputs for a live performance
  • Exploring Logic's arsenal of virtual instruments
  • Working with powerful MIDI editors and sequencers
  • Beatmapping, varispeed, and tempo adjustment in the timeline
  • Creating and re-using Apple loops
  • Editing music: Moving and snapping regions, cutting and looping
  • Transcribing a score and creating lead sheets in the Score Editor
  • Syncing with video
  • Mixing audio and creating dynamic mixes
  • Understanding surround sound requirements
  • Exporting a song from Logic Pro
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Logic Pro
Author:
Scott Hirsch

Beat mapping your project

Using Flex Time to make out of time region or performances work in a project is very cool, but sometimes you'll find yourself in a situation with a live band where tempo fluctuations occur naturally. The ebb and flow of the tempo when a band plays a song together, are a part of what makes a song feel live. In other words, you like the imperfect tempo and you want to keep it like that. In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the Beat Mapping features of Logic, and with these you can map out the grid of your Logic project to match these tempo fluctuations. The best way to start this process is to single out a drum part that has all the rhythmic timing elements clearly defined.

In this case, we'll use the Kick drum. The next step is to get a ballpark reading on the average tempo of the drum part. This will obviously change over the course of the song. We need to get a starting point. So on the Kick drum's Channel Strip, we're going to open an Insert. This is under Metering, and it's called BPM Counter. BPM Counter basically listens to incoming audio and tells us a rough estimate of the beats per minute. (Music playing.) Okay, it tells us that average tempo is about 134.7.

So let's make our project tempo 134.7, for starters. Go into the Transport, double-click, type in 134.7, hit Enter, and now we have a rough ballpark tempo. Let's see if we stay on the whole time. I'm going to move it to the end of the song. I'll turn on the Metronome to see if it's on time. (Music playing.) See, already by about the midpoint in the song, the band has gotten off from that tempo. That's okay. We are going to use Beat Mapping to fix this.

Bring your cursor to the beginning of the song and to turn on Beat Mapping, we need to configure our global view. So go to View > Configure Global Tracks. Here, we can turn on the Beat Mapping lane. Click Done. Open the Beat Mapping lane up nice and big. Let's also pull out the Kick track so we can see it nice and big. Make sure the region is selected and click Detect on the Beat Mapping lane. It's going to ask if you want to overwrite existing transients. Let's say Yes. It's analyzing the Kick track. It's looking at the transients that are there. Okay, great.

Now I need to zoom in a little bit. I am going to zoom in pretty far here to really see what's going on. So in the Beat Mapping lane, we have Logic's grid above the top and then we have, on the bottom, where Logic thinks the transients are in the region. You can see, like in the case of this first beat, it's slightly off from where the timing grid is. So in Beat Mapping what we can do is drag from the top over to the transient and we can form a tempo for that location. Beat Mapping takes a little while because you've to do this beat by beat. Some of them are right on.

This one is slightly off. Let's move it over. You just click and drag and it sets it. So again, some of these beats are going to be right on. Other ones might need more adjustment. This ones look okay. I'm going to go down a little bit. This one is little off, just click it back. Here we go. This one is little off, click that back. This one is little off, click that back and go off. It takes a little bit of time. But you'll be happy later, once you set this all up. These ones are getting off. The drummer speeding up a little bit.

Do a couple more and then we'll zoom out and see what we have done. Okay, I am going to use a Ctrl+Option+ Left Arrow to zoom out a little bit. As you can see, we are starting the change the tempo over the course of the song. I have another project where we have done this already. Let's close this one and open that one. We'll open the Global Tracks. We'll open the Tempo so we can see what's going on. You can see here, the tempo fluctuates slightly over the course of this song. The Beat Mapping has been done for the whole song and it goes all the way to the end. If you want to hear what it sounds like, once the song has been beat mapped perfectly, you can turn on the Metronome and we can listen.

That way we'll hear the Logic's timing grid against our song. (Music playing.) Let's get rid of that problem area we heard before and see if it's on time. (Music playing.) See, I think it was around here. (Music playing.) Let's check the end of the song and make sure it's on time there. (Music playing.) Pretty good. This song has been completely beat mapped, and now it matches with Logic's timing grid.

Many of our favorite older rock music was recorded on tape without the benefits of Flex Time, and the idea that everything has to be locked in to an unchanging tempo. With this technique, you can keep the breathing room of a natural performance intact and still reap the rewards of Logic's timing grid.

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