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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 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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