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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.
Unlike audio files, MIDI events are extremely flexible and lightweight. One benefit of this is the ability to merge a new MIDI recording with an old one. Other possibilities in Logic include unique cycle record features and the good old takes folder, similar to what we saw in the Quick Swipe video. Let's check this out. You can manage how Logic deals as multiple MIDI takes in the Project Setting Recording Preferences. Under the MIDI section, where it says Overlapping Recordings, you can manage what Logic will do when you'll cycle record MIDI. Let's change this to Create take folders for our first try.
In this mode, when we cycle record Logic will make take folders for each pass. Let's go into Cycle Mode by hitting C on our keyboard. Now we're going to record a MIDI pass on this Lead synth track. We'll let it loop several times. (Music playing.) When we hit Stop you see have a packed take folder.
This takes folder works a lot like the take folder we've learned about in the Quick Swipe video, with one exception. There is no quick swipe copying. Notice the Quick Swipe button is missing. To see all the takes, open the disclosure triangle on the left-hand side. If we scroll down, we can see all the takes we just made. You can go through all these takes to choose the best one and keep the other ones, but to edit a composite, you must export these takes to a new track and work from there to make a comp. To do this, go into the menu on the right-hand side of the region and choose Unpack to New Tracks.
This takes all your takes and puts them on new tracks. Notice each of these new tracks is already loaded up with the same Channel Strip setting as the original. Let's hit Undo to undo this. Let's close the takes folder and let's delete this recording. With the region selected, I hit the Delete key to delete it. Now we're going to see how to use a different merge recording preference to record a drum loop on a drum set. Let's select the Instrument 1 track, which is already preloaded with an Ultrabeat drum kit. Then you go up to Project Settings > Recording, here we're going to go back into the Overlapping Recording Preferences and change it to Merge only in Cycle record.
This will create a single region for each pass and merge all of the passes together into that region. That way we can record the kick drum, the snare drum and the hi-hat in separate passes, but have them all be merged together into one final region. When I hit Record, I'm going to use the low C to record the kick drum. It'll sound like this. (Music playing.) Then I'm going to use the D key above it to make the snare drum on the second pass. (Music playing.) In the last pass, I'm going to use the F-sharp key to recording the hi-hat. (Music playing.) When we're done, we'll have one region that contains all of these performances merged together.
Let's hit the R key to start. (Music playing.) And there it is, our final region with all three passes merged together. Let's delete this region. I want to show you another way to do this with the most control. What we want to do is going to the Project Settings, under Recording, and change this to Create new tracks in Cycle record.
It will work the same way, but for each pass Logic will make a new track. Let's see how this works. (Music playing.) When I hit Stop, I have three tracks, kick drum, snare drum and hi-hat. This gives us the most control because all three passes are now in different tracks and we can change their channel strips to make different sounds.
You now have seen some different options for recording MIDI in Logic. You will use these techniques to your advantage as you work from here on out.
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