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Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record


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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

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Video: Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record

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.
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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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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training
5h 25m Beginner Mar 09, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Navigating the Logic Pro interface
  • Setting up for recording
  • Enabling multiple inputs for a live performance
  • Exploring Logic's arsenal of virtual instruments
  • Working with powerful MIDI editors and sequencers
  • Beatmapping, varispeed, and tempo adjustment in the timeline
  • Creating and re-using Apple loops
  • Editing music: Moving and snapping regions, cutting and looping
  • Transcribing a score and creating lead sheets in the Score Editor
  • Syncing with video
  • Mixing audio and creating dynamic mixes
  • Understanding surround sound requirements
  • Exporting a song from Logic Pro
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Logic Pro
Author:
Scott Hirsch

Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record

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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