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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

Building tracks with Ultrabeat


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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

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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

Video: Building tracks with Ultrabeat

The Ultrabeat software instrument is admittedly daunting at first glance. If you're familiar with how typical drum machines wowrk, you'll be flying with it in no time. If not, no problem. We'll go over some of the basics of Ultrabeat in this video. Let's open Ultrabeat by double-clicking on the plug-in. Next we'll load up a drum kit by going to the Preset menu. Let's try Minimal Electro Kit. Loading a kit loads up to 25 individual drum sounds named on the left in the Assignment section.

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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

Building tracks with Ultrabeat

The Ultrabeat software instrument is admittedly daunting at first glance. If you're familiar with how typical drum machines wowrk, you'll be flying with it in no time. If not, no problem. We'll go over some of the basics of Ultrabeat in this video. Let's open Ultrabeat by double-clicking on the plug-in. Next we'll load up a drum kit by going to the Preset menu. Let's try Minimal Electro Kit. Loading a kit loads up to 25 individual drum sounds named on the left in the Assignment section.

As you can see, these sounds correspond to MIDI notes on your MIDI keyboard. They use typical general MIDI mapping. C1 is your kick drum, D1 is your snare, F1 is your hi-hat, if your sound set has those types of sounds. Each sound also has a simple mixer next to it where you can control level, pan, solo and mute. Each sample can be altered by using the large Synthesizer section window to the right. You select the sound you want to alter and change the controls over here to alter that sound.

These are synthesizer controls like low frequency oscillators, LFOs, noise filters and other types of filters that can alter each sound. Once you're happy with the sound of the kit, you can use Ultrabeat like any other software instrument and play or record MIDI events using Logic's Arrange window. But the thing that really sets Ultrabeat apart from other instruments in Logic is that it has its own internal sequencer. That's where the controls are at the bottom of the plug-in window. Turn on the pattern sequencer by clicking its on button on the bottom left.

To see a better view of the patterns, let's switch over to full view. This button is located on the bottom right. Now you can see all sounds in a grid-like pattern view. The grid has 16th note divisions and goes for 32 steps. There are always 12 already loaded- up patterns for you with every preset. This is the first pattern. Let's hit Play on the sequencer and listen to it. (Music playing.) And Stop to stop playback.

You can switch to the other 11 preset patterns by opening up the Pattern pulldown menu located here at the bottom. These are the 12 already preset patterns. You were listening to number 1. Notice that they correspond to MIDI notes on your keyboard. To make your own pattern, go to an empty pattern in the pulldown menu, like 13. Here we have a blank pattern grid. Let's create a four on the floor kick beat. We'll select Noize Kick as our active instrument. Let's put the kick on beats 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25 and 29.

Let's hit Play to hear what we've done. (Music playing.) Cool, that's a start. Let's make a snare drum. On the Can Snare track, let's put the snare drum in on 5, 13, 21 and 29. Let's hear what this sounds like. (Music playing.) It sounds good. Let's make a hi-hat sound by dragging on the Closed Hat lane straight across on every beat.

Let's hear what this sounds like. (Music playing.) It sounds good. Now let's go to our Pattern pulldown menu and right-click to copy this pattern to the clipboard. Now let's open the pulldown menu and go to the next available empty pattern. Here we'll right-click again and paste this. Now we're going to add a couple of different sounds to this next pattern. We'll put Mid and High Zaps in various locations. Let's check this out. (Music playing.) Let's make one more pattern.

I'm going to go to the next empty pattern in the pulldown menu and for this one, let's make a snare drum beat that goes across every beat of the whole pattern. Now let's right-click in the Velocity area and let's alter the velocity. It gives us some differentiation with the feel of the drumbeat. Let's hear this. (Music playing.) Cool. Now we've made three patterns. At this time, we can bring these patterns out into the Arrange window.

To do this, we're going to go to the first pattern we made, which is number 13, and we'll take this pattern and bring it into our Arrange window as a MIDI region. Let's see that what the next two patterns we made. Now we want to turn the Pattern Sequencer off. This way Ultrabeat will be able to play the pattern from the MIDI regions in the Arrange window. Let's hear this. (Music playing.) Cool. Now you know a little more about working in Logic's Ultrabeat instrument.

It's one of the most complex tools to get into in Logic but now you'll be able to get rolling with it.

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