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If you're into working fast in Logic, key commands are the best. Like I always said, the faster you can do what you need to do, the more time you'll have to think creatively. Logic is key command heaven. Not only are there thousands of key command combos for almost every task, Logic is the only audio program I know of that lets you make up your own customizable key commands. I'm going to point out some useful ones and show you how to customize them. Before getting started, I want to point out that if you have an installation of Logic 8 on your Mac, you might see different key commands as they have changed from 8 to 9. Logic will hold on to your Logic 8 key command set until you initialize them.
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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 useful and custom key commands

If you're into working fast in Logic, key commands are the best. Like I always said, the faster you can do what you need to do, the more time you'll have to think creatively. Logic is key command heaven. Not only are there thousands of key command combos for almost every task, Logic is the only audio program I know of that lets you make up your own customizable key commands. I'm going to point out some useful ones and show you how to customize them. Before getting started, I want to point out that if you have an installation of Logic 8 on your Mac, you might see different key commands as they have changed from 8 to 9. Logic will hold on to your Logic 8 key command set until you initialize them.

Let's initialize our key commands if you want to follow along with this lesson. To do so go to Logic Pro > Preferences > Key Commands. Here we can go to the Options menu and Initialize all Key Commands. Now we're on the same page. Now let's go back into the Options menu and choose Presets and let's use the U.S. Preset. That's what we'll be going over in this lesson. Of course, all standard key commands you might know from other programs work in Logic. Command+C is Copy. Command+V is Paste. Command+X, Cut, etcetera.

Let's go over some handy ones that work just in Logic. Let's close the Key Command Preferences panel. Z is auto track zoom. That means if you have a track selected and you hit Z on your keyboard, that track zooms to full size. Z again take it back to normal size. The Slash button above your numeric keypad let you go to a position. For example, if I type 6 and hit Enter, my playhead will go to bar 6. We can use the C button to turn Cycle Mode on and off. If we type X, we see the Mixer panel at the bottom of our Arrange window. X again hides it.

P shows us the Piano Roll at the bottom of our Arrange window. Hit P again to hide it. F shows the File Browser on the right-hand side of our Arrange window. Option+L toggles on and off the Library. If we type O, we get to see the Loops Browser. If we select a region, we can type M to mute that region. This means we won't hear that particular region as the playhead moves over that portion of the song, and we'll unmute it. Likewise we can hit S to solo that region.

In that case we'll only hear that region as the playhead travels over that region in our song. To customize your key commands, we can go back into the Key Commands Preference. Let's this time use a key command to open the Key Command Preferences, Option+K. That brings us back into the Key Commands Preference panel. We can organize our key commands by ones that are used, once that are unused, or all at once. We can also collapse different sections of our key commands using the handy disclosure triangles. To find a specific command we'll use the Search bar in the upper right of the Key Commands panel.

Click in here and type 'new track.' That's the new key command we're going to assign. I see New Tracks in this list. Option+Command+N is currently the key command that lets us make a new track. If you use Pro Tools a lot like me, you're used to a different key command to make a new track, which is Shift+ Command+N. I'd like to change this to Shift+Command+N to open New Tracks. To do this we'll click on Learn by Key Label. Now all I need to do is type in the key command I want, Shift+Command+N, and it automatically assigns that to the command.

It's now Shift+Command+N to make new tracks. What happens if it's already taken? Let's try Command+N to see. Make sure the Learn by Key Label button is still pressed. Type Command+N and Logic tells you, Oh! That's already used and it's reserved for a different command, so we're not able to use Command+N for this. Once you've customized your key commands to your liking, you may want to take them with you to different places you may be working. This is easy. Go up to Options menu and choose Export Key Commands.

Let's choose the Desktop and let's put our key command set there. We'll save it as mykeycommands, hit Save and it will go to the Desktop. Now when you get to the next location you're working, simply go to Options > Import Key Commands, go to the Deskto,p and there is our key commands set. Notice that it has a specific extension, .logikcs. That's a key command extension. Also notice it's pretty small in size, 74 KB. This means you can take it along with you on a USB drive or even email it to yourself so can have it at a different place. Click Open and your key command set will be imported.

You also might want to copy your key commands set to the Clipboard and then paste it into a text editor to printed out. That way you can have a list of your key commands next to your workstation. Before doing this make sure you clear the Search bar, because we want to get all the key commands in our list. Now go to the Options menu and click on Copy Key Commands to Clipboard. Logic will tell you that they're now in your clipboard, you can paste them into a word processor. Click OK and let's go to text editor or any word processor of your choice, click Command+V, and all of your key commands go into that document.

We can now print this and have it as a document that we've display next to our workstation. As you can see one of the great benefits of using Logic is the boundless customization and freedom you have as a user. Customizable key commands are a great example of this.

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