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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.
This movie is about the Transport window and how to customize it. When you open a session, there is already a big Transport window at the foot of the Arrange window. So let's take a look at some of the buttons that are in the default Transport window. So Play from Selection. If I move this region, say, back one bar and play... (Music plays.) If I move the playhead back to the beginning, but I play from selection, it's going to ignore the fact that the playhead is at the beginning and play from the selection.
One more time. (Music plays.) So that's a handy feature. Now, I am going to move this guy back over to the beginning. The next one over is the Rewind and the Fast Forward. Let's forward this so you can just scoot ahead by a bar or back by a bar. So if you find those handy, great. Here is the Stop button. Well, you will have a Spacebar that will start and stop you. You also have the Enter key on a standard keyboard that will start you.
(Music plays.) And the 0 key will stop you. But if you prefer to use the button, there it is. Likewise, for the Play. Now, you've got other options. You could pause. Pausing and stopping are really kind of similar. If I play from here. (Music plays.) It's going to finish out the phrase and if I play from here, (music plays), it's going to finish out the phrase. If I want the playhead to go back to the beginning, I have to tap 0 again to take it back there. Now, this one is really important. This is Record.
I am going to take this piano out of Record Mode, so that I can show you if I click, (Music plays.) I'm not really recording anywhere. I don't have any track to record onto. I have no instrument loaded onto my keyboard. When you are recording, you want to record onto a track. Now, if I armed this track, that's the word for it, armed it, and if I armed this track, I would be recording onto those tracks.
So it's important to put the information in the track that you want it to be in. So, that's the Record button. Here is SMPTE and we talked about this a little bit earlier. Hours, minutes, seconds, frames and sub-frames. It's just a different way of counting time. So, at 120 beats a minute, each of these bars is two seconds. I didn't quite hit the 3. Let me click down here and set it for exactly 3. So, if I change my tempo, let's go to 93 beats a minute, some non-divisible by 2 number.
And now each bar, if I go to bar 2, let's go to exactly the bar 2 here, the bar has become two seconds and 14 and some decimals long. So it's really just another way of counting time. Now, I am going to go back to 120. Up where the numbers are, there is a kind of a lighter gray area that's defining bar 1 through 5. Those are the locators. If I change the other locator to bar 2, now that's the kind of shaded area.
We saw before that I have tempo and meter and devisers, plus a way to check and see if my keyboard is actually sending data. If I tap this, I see that the MIDI notes come through and the velocities that I am tapping with. So that's a look at the Transport window. Now, if I right-click in the Transport window, I can customize this bar. These are the default buttons that show up in the Transport window. Now, if you want to customize the main Transport window down here in the bottom, that's fine.
Let me give you an option that may be better. Let me cancel out of this. Let's create a new Transport window. That's Command+7. In the Window menu, there is a Transport choice. Now, this Transport window can be customized. Let me right-click in here and add buttons, delete buttons. I can actually just make this Transport window be exactly like the other Transport window. Not sure why I would want to do that, but you can. Let me cancel out of this and show you a handy kind of shortcut.
If I right-click in the counter area, I can choose Big Bar Display. Now, this Transport window is just sitting there counting big bars. So let's watch it count. (Music plays.) Now, I still have some buttons in here that I am not really crazy about. Really what I want is this counter. I do see the Timeline up here. I do see the counter down here. Maybe I'm a guitar player and I am eight feet away with the guitar strapped to me.
And it's a little hard to see exactly where the playhead is and I want a big display. So there is a choice here that says Open Giant Bar Display. Now, I have a great big, let me grab this corrugated area on the side here, I have a great big bar display that I could easily see from even across the room. Now, this is a floater window. That means wherever I drop it, it's going to rise to the top, not be cut off by anything behind it.
Now, I can close this Transport, put this counter down here where I can see it. I can actually even cover up my other Transport. And when we pull up a film project, we will actually see that there is another choice and that's to watch a SMPTE counter across the bottom. But we will save that for when we talk about film. So Logic lets you create multiple Transport windows. You can, and sometimes you should, have multiple Transport windows. So it's another way that Logic lets you customize your workspace for the project you are working on.
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