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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.
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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