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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.
Besides recording real-time into Logic, there are many other ways of getting material into your timeline. In this video, we'll explore some different methods of getting audio and MIDI files that are already on your computer into your timeline. You may develop your favorite way of doing this. I am going to go over some different methods and discuss the differences between them. The first method we're going to try is to import sounds directly from our Finder. So let's go to our Finder, and we're going to go to Desktop/Exercise Files/ Chapter 05 and in here, we have a groove bin that has some sounds for us. Let's grab the Rhodes Funk 90 bpm file, and we're going to drag it right into our timeline in Logic in the Track we have selected.
It asks us about Tempo Information. Let's choose No. We're going to choose our own Tempo. As you see, it comes right in. Another way to import sounds into Logic are to use the File menu, but first, we want to make a new track for that sound to live on. Go to Track > New, and let's make an Audio Track in Stereo. Hit Create, and here we have a new track called Audio 2. Now we can go up to the File > Import Audio File and we'll find the sound we want to bring in. Let's bring upright bass.aif. You can also play and audition the sound from this dialog.
Click Play to hear it. (Bass playing.) Sounds good. When you click Open, it will bring that file right under the track you had selected. Another way to bring files into Logic is to use the Media bin on the right-hand side of your Arrange window. Let's open it by clicking the Media button. Here we have a File Browser at the right-hand tab. It's already pointed to our Chapter 05, but let's go into the groove bin folder inside that, by double-clicking on it. Here are the sounds we just saw on the Finder, but now we see them in the Browser tab.
From here, I am going to bring in some Congas sounds. Notice there are two in this groove bin. If we click on a top-one, it tells us some information about right across the top. Notice we see 48000. That's actually referring to our Sample Rate, 48 kHz for this file. The one below it says 44100. That's 44.1 kHz. How do we know which one to bring into our project? Well, we should check what our Project Settings are set to. Go to File > Project Settings > Audio and we see the Sample Rate for this project is 44.1 kHz.
So we'll bring in the 44.1 Congas file. Let's do that by dragging it into the empty space in the Arrange window. If we were to drag in the 48 kHz file into our 44.1 session, we'd hear it back too slow. That's what happens when you bring the wrong Sample Rate into your project. But last thing we're going to do is to bring a MIDI file in from this Browser window. As you can see, we have an organ.mid file. This is a MIDI file. Let's bring it into the empty space in our Arrange window. When you bring in a MIDI file into an empty track in Logic, it automatically loads it up with the Grand Piano setting.
Let's hear out all these sounds together. (Music playing.) That sounds okay, but let's change the sound of this track to an Organ. Go into the Channel Strip Settings, choose Keyboards > Organs and let's try Classic Blues 01. Now let's hear it all together. (Music playing.) Great, we have a new arrangement. Before we close, let's take a look at the file structure of this project on the hard drive. We'll hit Command+Tab to go to the Finder. Here is where our project file lives, but none of the files we added to our Arrange window have been added to our project folder.
Let's take care of that. Close the Finder, come back to Logic, now go to File > Save As, and we'll name this file 05_01_end, but this time we'll make sure to include the Assets. We'll also check 'Copy external audio files to the project folder.' Let's hit Save. Now when we go to the Finder, we can see that our project folder contains the audio files that we imported. Remember that the .mid file, once you add it to your range, becomes part of your project file itself. But the audio files themselves are included in the audio files folder.
In this lesson, we learned a few different methods of how to get audio files that you or someone else may have recorded into your Logic song. Remember to include Assets if you want to eventually take your project somewhere else besides your system.
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