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Creating your own Apple Loop

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Video: Creating your own Apple Loop

Apple Loops are great, but some artists and composers find it limiting to only use loops from Apple's Jam Packs. In this video, we will learn how to make any regular audio file into an Apple Loop that is searchable in Logic's Loop Browser. Here is the project we are working on. We are going to add a sound from the Browser menu on the right. We am going to add hiphopbeat90BPM. If we click on it, we will be able to audition it. (Music playing.) Cool! It's a two bar loop. Let's see if it works with our project. I am going to drag it right into the Arrange window.

Creating your own Apple Loop

Apple Loops are great, but some artists and composers find it limiting to only use loops from Apple's Jam Packs. In this video, we will learn how to make any regular audio file into an Apple Loop that is searchable in Logic's Loop Browser. Here is the project we are working on. We are going to add a sound from the Browser menu on the right. We am going to add hiphopbeat90BPM. If we click on it, we will be able to audition it. (Music playing.) Cool! It's a two bar loop. Let's see if it works with our project. I am going to drag it right into the Arrange window.

Okay, you made it in. Let's hear how it sounds with our project. First click in the Arrange window before you hit play. (Music playing.) That doesn't sound so good. Let's zoom in a little bit. Ctrl+Option+Right- arrow, and move the Browser back a little bit. Notice the icon of hiphopbeat90BPM. It doesn't look like the Apple Loops icons from these other regions. That's because it's not an Apple Loop.

Since it's not an Apple Loop, it can't conform to our tempo. Our tempo of this project is 100, and according to the name of this file, it's at 90 BPM. Well, that explains it. That's why it doesn't work. So what are our options? Well, one thing we can do is actually make this region into an Apple Loop. Logic comes with something called the Apple Loops Utility. It's a separate application, but you can access it from Logic. Let's use that. With this region selected, go up to the Audio menu and choose Open in Apple Loops Utility. First, it will ask you about the length.

We already know this is a 2 bar loop. So let's keep it at 2 bars, and use set length. As you can see, Apple Loops Utility just opened. It's going to ask us some questions about this file. One, is it Looping or Non-looping? Well, we want this to loop eventually, so let's check Looping. Here we can also assign metadata, so we can search for it better later. We are going to give it some keywords. We are going to say it's a Drum Part. It's a Drum Kit, and we will use some of these Descriptors. It's a Part. It's Grooving. If some of these don't apply, you can just leave the button in the middle.

Okay, that's good for the Descriptors. Let's go over to the top and go over to the Transients tab. Transients are sudden changes in audio amplitude. They are used by Logic in the Apple Loops Utility to detect where the rhythm is in a file. When you work with the Transients here, you want to make sure the Sensitivity slider is set high enough, so it detects all the important rhythmic elements in the file, but not so high that it detects too much. If we pull the Sensitivity all the way back, we get less markers. Push it all the way forward, it gets maybe too many. I would say right about in the middle is perfect for this file.

You can kind of visually see where they occur. When you are done with this, hit Save. That just made our file into an Apple Loop. Let's close this window and let's check it out. When I click back on Logic, the icon on our file just turned into a little loop-de-loop symbol. That indicates to us that we just made an Apple Loop out of it. Let's see if it works now in our project. (Music playing.) Sounds great now.

Because it got turned into an Apple Loop, it was able to conform into our project tempo of 100, even though it was natively 90. The last step we would want to do here is to add it to the Apple Loops Library. Let's make sure the region is selected. Go up to Region and say Add to Apple Loops Library. This asks us again about the Descriptors. Again, we are going to choose Drums, Beats, Grooving, any Descriptors that match this loop will be good. When we hit Create, it adds it to our Library, and now we will be able to search for it in our Loops Browser.

Let's try using some of those keywords to find it. Let's see, we did All Drums, we did Grooving. Let me scroll down here and see if we can find it. Probably under the Hs, since it starts with Hip Hop Beat. A lot of Hip Hop Beats, but there it is, hiphopbeat90BPM. (Music playing.) Cool! It has been added to our Library. It's a great idea to build your own Loop Library and a lot of musicians do it.

With the help of Apple Loops Utility, all those loops can now be a part of your Apple Loops Enabled Workflow in Logic.

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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

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