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Launching Logic for the first time, using the templates

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The first time you open Logic you'll be prompted to use some pre-made templates. In this lesson, we'll explore some of these as well as learn how to save and make our own custom template. Here we go. To launch Logic Pro 9, you can do one of three things. You can click on it's icon in your dock, a black rectangle with a platinum record on it. You can find it in your Mac hard drive, Applications, under Logic. If you see any other thing besides Logic Pro, those are older versions. We are running 9.1. It's possible you might see Logic Pro 8, Logic Pro 9, but the one you want to open for Logic 9.1 is Logic Pro.

Launching Logic for the first time, using the templates

The first time you open Logic you'll be prompted to use some pre-made templates. In this lesson, we'll explore some of these as well as learn how to save and make our own custom template. Here we go. To launch Logic Pro 9, you can do one of three things. You can click on it's icon in your dock, a black rectangle with a platinum record on it. You can find it in your Mac hard drive, Applications, under Logic. If you see any other thing besides Logic Pro, those are older versions. We are running 9.1. It's possible you might see Logic Pro 8, Logic Pro 9, but the one you want to open for Logic 9.1 is Logic Pro.

Or you can double-click on an already saved Logic project file, which is any file that has the .logic suffix. This is an example of one of those. But that will bring you in to that project. Let's open it from the dock and see what happens. When Logic loads up, the first thing you're prompted with is the Templates dialog. These are a bunch of already made templates that are stylized to different productions styles and uses. For fun let's open the Electronic one.

Because this project file is a template, we are automatically forced into a Save As dialog asking us where we'd like to save our version of this project. Here we'll name it and give it a place to go on our hard drive. You might want to save it to an external FireWire hard drive, which I recommend since audio will start quickly eating up space or you might want to define a place in your computer where you'll save all of your Logic projects to. I am going to save it to Desktop > Exercise Files > Chapter 01. We'll call it my1stproject. Some options are already checked for us down here.

Like Include Assets and Copy external audio files to project folder. We'll leave these checked since they will consolidate everything to one place and create the necessary folders. Hit Save. This is a project with 15 tracks of pre-loaded software instrument tracks. We'll learn about how to load up our own track soon enough. So let's close this project. Choose File > Close Project. Before we open a new one, let's look at what choosing those options did when we first saved our project. We'll find the project.

There it is, my1stproject. Inside of there you're going to have your project file and an Audio Files folder. Because we chose Include Assets, Logic automatically made an outside folder and put our project file in there and in Audio Files folder for files that go with our project. Okay, now let's make a new project. Go back to Logic and choose File > New. Again, you get the Templates dialog, but this time we are going to choose Empty Project. This time instead of prompting you to save, you get a New Tracks dialog.

A Logic project always has to have at least one track in it. Let's choose Software Instrument and hit Create. I would like to differentiate the three types of tracks you will use in Logic. This is a Software Instrument track. Like the tracks in the Electronic template these types of tracks makes sound from software instruments that come with Logic. These include drums, synthesizers, pianos, strings, horns, orchestras, organs, you name it. These tracks can only contain MIDI regions in them.

These MIDI regions contain sets of instructions called MIDI events telling the software instrument on the track what notes to play and when to play them. Let's make another track. Go up to the local menu Track > New. This time we'll choose an Audio track and hit Create. Audio tracks hold digital audio regions, which point to audio files on your hard drive. Finally, we'll make the third type of track, Track > New, which is an external MIDI track.

External MIDI tracks send MIDI events and instructions out of Logic to MIDI controllable devices that are external to your Mac. As you work, you might find it useful to save certain track configurations that you want to come back to every time you work. This can save a lot of setup time. To make your own templates choose File > Save As Template. Let's save this as my1sttemplate. Let's hit Save. Now we'll close this project file, File > Close Project.

We don't need to save this. Now when we click File > New, we'll go back to the Templates dialog, but you'll notice there's a new folder called My Templates and there's my1sttemplate, the one we just made. So as you are working in Logic and you like what you're working on, you can make a template for that to go back to anytime. Let's go back into it. Because it's a template it forces us into a Save As. Let's call this my2ndproject. If you don't want to see the templates every time you launch Logic, you can turn it off. Go to Logic Pro > Preferences > General.

Here under Project Handling where it says Startup Action, we can change this. We can change it to Do Nothing if that's what we want. We have some other options here too. We might want to change it to open the most recent project that you're working on. The steps we learned in this lesson are essential. We now know how to open Logic and save our own template. We also checked out Logic's different track types. Stay tuned for more.

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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

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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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