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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.
So you have transcribed your MIDI sketches into a readable score for Violin and Viola in Logic Score Editor. In this video, we'll learn how to format the score and print it out for the big session. We may, in some cases, want to print out a master sheet with both parts on it. To do this, select both regions by clicking and dragging a selection around them. Now I'll hit Command+3 to open the Score Editor. As you can see, both regions come in at the same time. We have our Violin on top and our Viola on the bottom. Now let's click on the Page icon to see this in Page View.
Logic puts a bracket around the parts to keep them together. Now we're going to finesse this page to print it out. Notice in the top left, Logic created what's called the New Score Set to include your instruments. Double-click this menu to open the Score Set Editor. The Score Set allows you to group together separate parts of a larger arrangement. It's particularly useful in a large orchestration to group sections of the orchestra together. We can give this set a name, like Strings. Double-click in this box and type Strings. We can also change the Full Names to something simpler, just like Violins and Violas. Now they'll be referenced that way in our score.
Now I am going to set up our page display options for printing. Go to View > Page Display Options and let's say Show Margins and let's also go back in here and we'll say Show Page Rulers. This will help us format perfectly for the printer. You can add that name of your song by clicking on the A in the Parts Box and dragging out the Song name to the main area. You can see it gives us a name based on our Project name, which is 07_03_init. You can also drag out the Date. It gives us Feb 4, 2010, today's date.
If you want to add your own custom name, or any other text, you can drag out the Text button into the main area. Now you can type any text or make your own name. Okay, now we're ready to print. Printing is simple at this point. Just go up to the main File menu and go to Print, or Cmd+P. Now it's just like printing any old page. You can print to a PDF or to a printer. Also, if at any time you want to take just a small clipping of your score and save it to a PDF file, you can do this.
Go up to Logic Pro > Preferences and Score. These are our Score Preference and at the bottom we have something called Camera tool. We can select PDF File if we want to take our clipping out to a PDF. Now back in the Score window, click Escape to get your toolbox. In the Score toolbox, we have something called the Camera tool. Select that and drag a selection out of the clipping you want to make a PDF out of. It asks you where you want to save it. Save it as score pdf, and we'll put it in our Project folder. I'll hit Save.
That will save a small clipping of what we chose in that folder. This is one aspect I love about Logic, the ability to create a session ready score that you can edit and print at all times. I've had many situations when highly paid session string players were sitting around waiting for the composer to manually pencil out note changes in everyone's score. Now it's all under your fingertips and it's printable, if you have a laptop at the session.
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