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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.
The Logic 9 installation package is much more than a single application. When you install, you'll be asked what, how, and where you would like to install all of the contents of the nine DVDs that ship with the full Logic 9 package. Let's go over to some of the nuances and techniques for installing Logic the best way for your setup. For the most part, installing Logic is like installing any other application. You're guided to the install dialogs and check the appropriate license agreements. However, there are a few points to be aware of. Number one, leave a lot of time. The nine DVDs contain tons of content.
Even simply copying nine DVDs of material would take time, but the install process takes even longer than just a simple copy. I would safely leave at least four or more hours dedicated to installing the software. Note also that you have to be around to change the discs when you do this. Number two, you need a lot of space. If you want to install all of the programs content, you need 9 free gigabytes in your internal hard drive. To install the content DVDs you need another 32 gigabytes. Luckily, this optional content can be installed to an external drive.
Okay, let's start the install. So we'll pop in the install disc. It's a white DVD that comes with the installation package. Okay, so here's the install disc that we popped in, Logic Studio Install, and we are going to double-click on the Install Logic Studio package. That will bring up the Install dialog. It runs a program to determine if the software can be installed on your machine, and here's the Install dialog. You'll notice here that Logic Pro is not just one application. In fact, the installation discs include eight applications. So we are going to go ahead and continue and this is the Read Me.
Continue past that and the License Agreement. Of course, we read all of those in our spare time. Agree to that. And here we have the Custom Install. You are forced to do a Custom Install always, because there's so many components to the installation package. The applications themselves like Logic Pro, MainStage, and Soundtrack Pro must go on your main internal hard drive. However, you may disable some of them if you don't want them at this time by unchecking the boxes. If you already have certain applications already installed on your machine, they will be grayed out and Logic will automatically skip them. Logic is pretty smart about what to install and it doesn't double up on things if it doesn't have to.
Down below we have the Logic Studio Content. We can open this disclosure triangle to see all the content that will be installed. Again, Logic knows if it's already been installed then it will skip it if it's not needed. We go to the Sound Effects. That's the additional content that is optional, but it provides you with tons of sound effects and jam packs that you might use when you are composing in Logic. This is where you can redirect it to go to an external location instead of your internal hard drive. Remember it's 32 gigabytes of material. In the Location column you can open up and change where you're going to install this content. If you click on Other, you can see your desktop here and you can move to an external hard drive to install this content somewhere else besides your internal hard drive.
This is perfectly fine as long as you have that hard drive hooked up whenever you want to work in Logic and use those sound effects. In addition, if you already have some of jam pack and sound effects content from other apps you've already installed, that's no problem. As long as you point the new installation to the same place where those sound effects and jam packs are located, Logic will only install any new item required by Logic. Once you've set up the Custom Install exactly the way you want it, it's time to hit Continue and actually perform the installation. Remember leave a lot of time. Now that you've successfully installed Logic Pro, it's time to make some music.
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