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Exploring Apple Loops

From: Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

Video: Exploring Apple Loops

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.

Exploring Apple Loops

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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  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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