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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.
Logic 9 ships with thousands and thousands of carefully crafted and perfectly recorded loops, of all genres, styles, and fields, that you will have at your fingertips. Let's see how to use this powerful Apple Loops and the Apple Loop Browser in Logic 9. As you can see, our project has one audio track. Let's open the Loops Bowser by typing 0 on our keyboard. The Loops Browser has several views we can use to choose Loops and search for them. You notice that in the pulldown menu, next to View, we can see a list of all the Jam Packs and Apple Loops that are installed on our computer.
That's where the content of all those DVDs that came with Logic went. With all these options, you might think it's hard to find what you want, but Apple already thought of that, so they embedded into each file special metadata, or additional information, that makes these loops searchable by keyword. Up on the top right, we have some different ways to filter through all the loops. We can look at just musical-based loops or sound effects-based loops. We can also view and search by a Browser view. Let's keep it on the Musical Note for now. We are going to use these keywords down at the bottom to choose a certain sound.
I am looking for something that's Electric, Electric Piano based, Grooving, and Jazz. That filters through all of the thousands of Apple Loops and shows us just loops that match those descriptions. You can audition these by clicking on them in this list. Let's hear some of the Upbeat Electric Pianos. To play them, click on it. (Electric piano playing.) You can hit the Spacebar at any time to stop, and the Spacebar again to play when you are in this window. (Electric piano playing.) You can also use the Up and Down arrows to select through the list.
(Electric piano playing.) (Electric piano 2 playing.) Cool! That's the one I like. I can simply drag this out into my audio track I have selected in the Arrange window. It's going to ask me about Tempo Information, because Apple Loops have embedded Tempo Information already in them. But my project has its own Tempo Information. It's at 100 BPM. Let's not use the Apple Loops Tempo and let's keep the project tempo. I am going to click No. So there is our Apple Loop.
We drag that into our Arrange window. Let's zoom in a little bit on this and use the Ctrl+Option+Right-arrow to zoom in. I have to make sure I have selected back in the Arrange window. This little icon at the top of the Region tells us it's a Stereo Apple Loop. Just remember that's what that icon means as we go forward. Now let's use the browser to search for another sound. Go over here and reset the browser. And this time, we are going to use the Text Search Method. Click in here and type in 'funk bass.' We are going to get a bass line to go with this piano sound.
Hit Return, and Logic will filter through and find loops that match funk bass. I am looking for an Upright sound, and there is a whole bunch of Upright Funk Bass sounds. I already know I like number 18. Let's hear it. (Funk bass playing.) Great! I am going to drag this out into the Arrange window, just underneath the Upbeat Electric Piano track. This one is two bars long. It's also a Mono Apple Loop. You can see it only has one circle in its icon. Let's find one more sound.
Let's go back up into the Browser and we will use the Browser tool to search for this. Get into the Browser View by clicking on the Browser icon next to the Note. I am going to go By Instrument. And the Instrument we are going to look for is Clavinet, and then we are going to choose Grooving. We want a groovy Clavinet sound. Here are some cool ones. Downtempo Funk Clav 03. I want to point out here that some of the Apple Loops have a green icon, and some of them have a blue icon. Green icon Apple Loops are actually MIDI-based, and we will see what that means when I drag Downtempo Funk Clav 03 into our Arrange window.
Notice it came in as a MIDI Region, but it also automatically loaded up a Channel Strip with the Clavinet sound already on it. Let's hear what these all sound like together. (Music playing.) It sounds pretty cool. The advantage to using MIDI-based Apple Loops is that now that we brought it into our Arrange window, we can actually change its sound. Let's see what this sounds like. I am just going to go up into the Channel Strip Settings up here for this track, and I am going to change it to an Organ sound instead of a Clavinet. But it will still keep the performance that was in the original Apple Loop.
Go to Channel Strip Settings, go to Keyboards > Organs. Let's try Classic Blues 01. Let's see what this sounds like. (Music playing.) I like it. Apple Loops are a powerful and very deep resource to any Logic user who wants to embellish his or her tracks. As you can tell, it would take an entire lifetime to exhaust all the possibilities that come with Logic, and they sound pretty fresh too.
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