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Let internationally recognized music producer and Logic Pro presenter Dot Bustelo guide you through the process of creating professional beats for hip-hop, electronic dance, or other commercial music genres in Logic Pro. It all starts with choosing the right drum kit for your song, after which Dot covers recording, quantizing, and arranging your tracks of drums, bass, and synth lines. She then introduces the built-in drum machine Ultrabeat, showing how to step sequence, design your own custom sounds, and create glitchy effects. Next, discover some creative uses for Apple Loops, to adapt completely to the pitch and feel of your song. Then dive deeper into the unique tools for making beats and learn how to time-stretch, quantize, and regroove with Flex Audio, as well as add the most advanced, subtle swing to your beats and broaden your sounds with drum replacement. The final chapter focuses on techniques specific to electronic music, including warping a beat with Space Designer, side-chaining, and making DJ and turntable speed fades.
Varispeed is a great technique for experimenting with the tempo of your project in literally one step. It lets you quickly try out your whole project in another tempo. This is a fun opportunity for you to open any of your own projects and very quickly hear it at another tempo, so I didn't provide an exercise file. Let's listen to this track at its original tempo of 88 BPM. (music playing) I'd like to hear it maybe faster, at 100, even 120 BPM.
Here are the steps to using Varispeed. I click-hold into the empty space of the transport area, so I see the Customized Transport bar and a sheet of transport menus is now in view. We need to select Varispeed right here in the middle column, and now it is being added to the Transport bar. Actually, I might save that as my default. Okay. And here are the Varispeed options.
I want to click into this view and switch it so I can see the resulting tempo. There it is. It's right now at 88. Okay, here we go. Let's speed it up to 100 and have a listen. We haven't changed Logic's real tempo, just what we're going to listen back with the Varispeed on. (music playing) It's getting a little faster.
(music playing) Take the cycle off and let's bump it up to 120. (music playing) Just like that. The Transport bar area has turned orange, and Logic's tempo is temporarily updated. Over here on the far right of the Transport, I can toggle the Varispeed on and off with this button. Just click it, now. (music playing) We're listening at the original tempo of 88 BPM. Put it back on.
We'll be listening at 120. (music playing) You can even do this in real time. (music playing) You can adjust that Range between 50% to 200% of the original tempo.
There are a few limits to Varispeed. You cannot bounce a project while in Varispeed mode, and you really don't want to work for hours with Varispeed enabled, because it's very taxing on the CPU. That said, it's a great tool for quickly experimenting with another tempo or maybe the reverse of hearing it faster, maybe you want to rehearse a difficult passage at a slower tempo. If you decide you prefer the new tempo, making the permanent tempo change to all your tracks should be performed with Flex Audio, covered earlier in the course.
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