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Building the rhythm track using Logic's library


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Logic Pro 8 Essential Training

with Joe Godfrey

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I am going to play this song starting at the vocal, then we'll see where we are feeling like it should have its first element. Here it is starting at the vocal. (Dan singing: 5 crows for silver, 6 crows for gold, 7 crows for a secret... never to be told.) (Dan singing: My name is Corvus... Corvus Crow Son of a gun of a man of dame who had a deal with a moonshadow.) (Dan singing: I roam the town here... last man alive Where once there was a gold boom before the mines went dry.) All right! Well, I am feeling like it needs a little percussion to help the guitar.
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  1. 14m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 45s
    2. Understanding Logic Pro
      1m 35s
    3. Using this title
      1m 49s
    4. Using the software's Keyboard
      2m 30s
    5. An important note for laptop users
      48s
    6. Using the exercise files
      1m 52s
    7. Troubleshooting the exercise files
      4m 6s
  2. 16m 45s
    1. Installing the program
      47s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time
      2m 48s
    3. Setting up audio interfaces
      4m 33s
    4. Understanding WordClock
      1m 23s
    5. Setting up MIDI interfaces
      1m 9s
    6. Verifying MIDI input
      1m 18s
    7. Connecting outboard MIDI gear
      2m 7s
    8. Importing an existing environment
      1m 35s
    9. Selecting an outboard synth
      1m 5s
  3. 1h 18m
    1. Understanding types of projects and which to use
      3m 39s
    2. Completely customizable keystrokes
      5m 59s
    3. Understanding Logic's window structure
      12m 32s
    4. Creating and customizing screensets
      2m 16s
    5. Understanding the importance of saving iterations
      2m 12s
    6. Customizing the Transport window
      6m 1s
    7. Customizing the Arrange window
      6m 21s
    8. Exploring Meter options
      3m 23s
    9. Exploring Key Signature options
      4m 32s
    10. Exploring Tempo options
      3m 23s
    11. Using the Metronome feature
      4m 8s
    12. Using Channel Strips
      6m 30s
    13. Using Tracks
      3m 44s
    14. Using Regions
      4m 16s
    15. Merging Regions
      3m 18s
    16. Demixing
      1m 50s
    17. Naming Regions
      1m 44s
    18. Coloring Regions
      2m 38s
  4. 30m 9s
    1. Using the Window Media Browser
      2m 15s
    2. Sorting Loops
      3m 52s
    3. Auditioning Loops
      7m 53s
    4. Favoriting Loops
      1m 51s
    5. Using loops to build a groove
      6m 37s
    6. Editing MIDI Loops
      7m 41s
  5. 1h 13m
    1. Creating a live tracking session
      56s
    2. Building your groove
      9m 35s
    3. Tracking a virtual bass
      10m 51s
    4. Setting up a cue
      3m 35s
    5. Recording the vocal
      6m 56s
    6. Comping the vocal
      9m 27s
    7. Tracking a live instrument
      5m 45s
    8. Arranging the song
      7m 32s
    9. Understanding the Mix window
      3m 7s
    10. Mixing the song
      7m 20s
    11. Recording vocal automation
      4m 41s
    12. Bouncing the song
      3m 40s
  6. 45m 33s
    1. Understanding virtual instruments
      2m 14s
    2. Sequencing with Ultrabeat
      11m 23s
    3. Using the EXS24 MkII
      8m 7s
    4. Sound sculpting in Sculpture
      7m 5s
    5. Using the EVP88 Vintage Piano Synth
      5m 19s
    6. Using the EVB3 Vintage Organ Synth
      4m 27s
    7. Using the EVD6 Vintage Clavinet Synth
      6m 7s
    8. Exploring other virtual synths
      51s
  7. 50m 24s
    1. Using Logic with video
      2m 38s
    2. Importing a movie into Logic
      4m 47s
    3. Creating timeline markers
      3m 38s
    4. Understanding bars, beats, and timecode
      3m 50s
    5. Adjusting tempo and song structure
      2m 5s
    6. Scoring a movie
      14m 39s
    7. Adding sound effects to your movie
      4m 29s
    8. Exporting OMF and XML files from Final Cut Pro into Logic
      10m 15s
    9. Exporting XML files from Logic back into Final Cut Pro
      4m 3s
  8. 1h 5m
    1. Beginning the remixing process from a vocal track
      6m 36s
    2. Building the rhythm track using Logic's library
      13m 10s
    3. Editing the parts of the rhythm
      8m 0s
    4. Adding guitar strums using Delay Designer
      4m 36s
    5. Adding the instrumental solos
      10m 42s
    6. Editing and adding vocal effects
      6m 20s
    7. Final touch-ups
      8m 2s
    8. Bouncing the mix
      7m 53s
  9. 57m 4s
    1. The mixer interface
      7m 38s
    2. Learning the sounds using EQ Sweep
      7m 52s
    3. Mixing using MIDI velocity
      2m 59s
    4. Writing and editing volume automation
      13m 47s
    5. Setting up busses for reverb and delay
      6m 23s
    6. Using the Space Designer
      3m 19s
    7. Using the Delay Designer
      4m 0s
    8. Freezing your tracks
      2m 44s
    9. Naming your Input and Output labels
      2m 7s
    10. Learning how to "Surroundify" your mix
      1m 46s
    11. Bouncing stems
      4m 29s
  10. 29m 18s
    1. Introducing Printing
      2m 24s
    2. Editing in Score layout
      5m 29s
    3. Working with key signatures and transposition
      5m 53s
    4. Printing an orchestral score
      5m 17s
    5. Printing individual parts
      2m 26s
    6. Using the Camera tool for snapshots
      1m 17s
    7. Logic's Chord Analysis tool
      3m 51s
    8. Understanding what the parts tell you
      2m 41s
  11. 10m 23s
    1. Saving custom settings and templates
      3m 54s
    2. Archiving your project
      5m 14s
    3. Backing up custom settings to a network
      1m 15s
  12. 20m 12s
    1. Burning discs with Waveburner
      4m 35s
    2. Timing your tracks
      2m 33s
    3. Adding track markers and index points
      5m 48s
    4. Processing the audio
      3m 24s
    5. Normalizing the audio
      1m 49s
    6. Deciding whether to burn, bounce, or save
      2m 3s
  13. 1m 37s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 3s
    2. Goodbye
      34s

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Watch the Online Video Course Logic Pro 8 Essential Training
8h 13m Beginner Jan 11, 2008

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From simple audio production to multi-take recording, professional composer and musician Joe Godfrey shows how to record, mix, and remix professional audio in Logic Pro 8 Essential Training. Starting with basic customization and recording techniques, Joe goes on to explain Logic's library of sound loops, methods for recording analog and digital instruments and MIDI synths, how to add a soundtrack to a movie, and the process of mixing tracks for fuller sound. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Creating and customizing screensets
  • Using channel strips
  • Working with loops
  • Creating a live tracking session
  • Exploring the potential of sound sculpting
  • Creating audio for video
  • Editing, mixing, and remixing
  • Prepping and printing scores
  • Burning discs with WaveBurner
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Logic Pro
Author:
Joe Godfrey

Building the rhythm track using Logic's library

I am going to play this song starting at the vocal, then we'll see where we are feeling like it should have its first element. Here it is starting at the vocal. (Dan singing: 5 crows for silver, 6 crows for gold, 7 crows for a secret... never to be told.) (Dan singing: My name is Corvus... Corvus Crow Son of a gun of a man of dame who had a deal with a moonshadow.) (Dan singing: I roam the town here... last man alive Where once there was a gold boom before the mines went dry.) All right! Well, I am feeling like it needs a little percussion to help the guitar.

The guitar has been in since the intro. I call this the tag here at the beginning and it's really the story of the song, I guess. And then here's the first verse and the second verse and I am feeling like about the second verse it needs something. And so, what I decided it needs is this little loop. I am going to go to the Browser, to the Loops. What I found was funky pop drums 06. I believe this is what I am looking for.

Just take a listen to this. (Music playing.) Now you're thinking gee! That's a little heavy for this guitar than this guy talking about who he is. Well, yeah, that's how I was feeling too. So, I am going to bring this in, in my loop and I'll bring it back on Instrument 3 and I'll just drop in here close to bar. Well, actually Insert Region at bar 19, okay? And that seems like a good spot for it.

Now I am going to close the Browser, letter B and letter B again. Control+Right-click so that I can see if I got the right placement for this. I want it on the words "I roam in the town here." (Dan singing: ?who had a deal with a moonshadow) (Dan singing: I roam the town here... last man alive.) All right. I am good with the placement, but I don't like what I am hearing and I am going to double-click this, open up the Piano Roll and actually I want to look at the Piano Roll a little bigger. So let me close this and look at the Piano Roll in all its glory here, because I want to make some edits to this.

And what I've got in this Funky Drum Loop is some kick stuff and snaps and I've got some hi-hat down here and more kick and what I really want-- I am going to zoom in here so that I can see everything in this loop. What I really want is this shaker up here. So, I am going to Control+Right-click here a little bit, take all of this hat and kick stuff and delete it and all of this kick and snap stuff and delete it.

Let me close this and now I think I have a nice little shaker starting here at. (Dan singing: I roam the town here... last man alive.) And that's pretty much all I feel like it needs right there. It's just a little shaker creeping in to help out that guitar part. So remember, in MIDI loops, the ones that are green, not the ones that are blue, in MIDI loops, you can get inside there and change the sounds or delete the sounds or change the velocities and contour these loops, so that they fit your needs.

Now, this iteration of this loop, I want to happen more than once and I have a couple of choices for how to do this. I can just grab here and make it loop up till a certain distance and that's what I'll do. I don't want to go quite to the end. Let me just go to about there and then we'll fix that later. Now, I have a nice shaker going on under my guitar. (Dan singing: Where once there was a gold boom before the mines went dry.) (Dan singing: I've seen murder?) And I feel like there maybe it needs a drumbeat.

And I've found one back here and what I'll do is I could go to the Media browser and show you where I found it, but here it is. It's Slow Rock Beat 01, and I'll Option+Drag it. I am just lighting up this region and Option+Dragging it over here, until it lines up with the chorus and I think that's where I want to have it. Let's take a listen. (Music playing.) (Dan singing: A murder of crows...) I think I missed it by a bar. So, let me zoom in here and make it happen on the chorus.

(Dan singing: Where once there was a gold boom before the mines went dry.) (Dan singing: I've seen murder... a murder of crows. A little voodoo secret every corvus knows.) (Dan singing: Handsome?) All right! So that's feeling pretty good. I think it can carry itself through the next verse. I do feel like I want to have a bass part in here and I'll just bring in the bass part that I already played.

This one starts about, let me zoom in here, at about the first chorus. Actually he starts between the percussion and that drumbeat. So, I want to get the number exactly. Event, it looks like he starts at bar 122, which would mean 122 minus 100 gives me 22.

Let me Option+Drag this over to about 22, and see how that feels. (Music playing.) (Dan singing: I roam the town here... last man alive Where once there was a gold boom before the mines went dry.) (Dan singing: I've seen murder?) I think I missed this one by a bar or two, because that F didn't happen on the right pitch.

So, let's take a listen now. (Dan singing: ?before the mines went dry.) (Dan singing: I've seen murder? a murder of crows.) And all I did to get this part was light up this MIDI patch and-- (Music playing.) So, rather than have you watch me play this part, we'll just leave this part in.

It seems a little loud to me. I am going to pull it down just a little bit. Just grabbing its volume over there in the Inspector. (Dan singing: I've seen murder... a murder of crows. A little voodoo secret every corvus knows.) All right! That's a good place to start. Now, I feel like it wants a different kind of beat later in the song and what I found for that is this Solid Rock Beat.

Actually, I guess there's one in between there, this fill, if I move back here, we can see that this is Funky Pop Drum 11 and let's take a listen to that right there. (Dan singing: I've seen murder... a murder of crows.) And I believe this is just a little fill part, so let me bring this up and this one starts at 136 and it's actually that chorus part, so I am going to Option+Drag this guy over to the one more building and he should be somewhere in this area.

Let's try it there. (Dan singing: I've seen murder... a murder of crows. what happened up there, Harry? You was holdin a boulder of gold.) (Dan singing: Sheriff Jim McDoogle?) All right. Remember this top one is my shaker and this Slow Rock Beats is down there grooving along. That might be a case where I want to shorten this loop and let this guy take over and then bring this guy back.

So, by bringing him back, I am just Option+Dragging him and starting him after this little fill part takes over. Let's see how that plays out. (Dan singing: ?fission trout... I saw old Handsome Harry with both eyes eaten out.) (Dan singing: I've seen murder... a murder of crows what happened up there, Harry? You was holdin a boulder of gold.) (Dan singing: Sheriff Jim McDoogle...) All right. The Funky Drum seems just a little bit too energetic.

I am going to bring their volume down and that will kind of make it match the volume of the Slow Rock Beats. So, I have a drum loop that works for the verses and then I have one for this chorus and then now we're back to a verse and I'll trim this up, so that it stops at the next chorus. At that point I think it needs a heavier drumbeat still. Let me run back here and grab this Solid 70s Rock Beat. Option+Drag it over into my work area and start it at the chorus where the next one takes over.

So, let's hear what that sounds like. (Dan singing: ?mighty oaks. 3 men bit the dust by 4 like-minded Colts.) (Dan singing: I've seen murder... a murder of crows What happened up there, fellas? Only Corvus knows.) All right. This is a nice loop, but it feels kind of loopy to me.

It's not really changing with the music. So, actually I want this to be up one track like that. I am going to grab all of this back here. I am going to actually delete this one that I just brought in, just so that I can lasso all these parts and Option+Drag them over, hopefully line them up with this chorus. And let's see how I did. Let me zoom in. That's Control+Right and they all need to come over two bars to the left and let's see how this works.

(Music playing.) (Dan singing: I've seen murder... a murder of crows. What happened up there, fellas? Only Corvus knows.) (Music playing.) So, what we have here is this loop of just a regular beat and then this one loop, which is not actually looping.

It could loop, but it's not looping, and all that is, is just this little fill. (Music playing.) But it's nice, because it's sort of made up of the same textures as this regular beat, but it feels like a drum part now. It feels like the drummers is laying into a groove and then lightening up for a fill to take us back into a new section of the song. Now it needs a bass part. The bass comes in here and then he drops out and I need to fix that.

I will do that in the next movie.

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