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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.
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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