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From simple audio production to multi-take recording, professional composer and musician Joe Godfrey shows how to record, mix, and remix professional audio in Logic Pro 8 Essential Training. Starting with basic customization and recording techniques, Joe goes on to explain Logic's library of sound loops, methods for recording analog and digital instruments and MIDI synths, how to add a soundtrack to a movie, and the process of mixing tracks for fuller sound. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.
Well, this idea is starting to take shape. There are a few things I feel like I want to add to it. Maybe a cymbal crash. Maybe another drum fill. Maybe something ethereal when it goes to the 5 chord there halfway through. But I want to do a mix of where I am right now so that I can walk around with it for a couple of days and try and get some new ideas before I come back to it. So let's do that! Now, in this movie we're going to look at some options for mixing. There's a chapter devoted to mixing where we talk about automation and Aux-ins and that sort of thing. But for now, we're just basically going to set some EQs, set some levels and mix this out.
So one thing that's been bothering me about this big drum loop that we added is it's really pretty heavy for this song. So I am going to jump back into the Arrange Window and turn on a cycle, just a four bar cycle, from bar five to bar nine. Verify it down here in the Transport. That's what it's going to play, from bar five to bar nine, and then jump back to the Mixer and listen to - (Music playing.) (Woman singing: Let's build a new world.) I am going to click on this Solo button for that track.
Now I've isolated that drumbeat from all the other stuff. (Drum beat.) I am going to the top of that track, double-click where it says EQ and actually insert the EQ for it. So this is a way for me to adjust multiple parameters of the frequencies from 20 Hz on the low side to 20 K on the top side. Now, there are some really cool presets in this EQ.
If you're not exactly sure what to start moving, click up here where it says Default and slide down and you will have a lot of choices to make here. If you want a punch up the kick of a particular sound- now that actually did the opposite of what I wanted. It brought the kick up. But you have Snare EQs, all kinds stuff for drums, lots of other things. I am just going to go down to EQ Tools, slide down and I want to cut some of the bottom out of this loop.
So I am going to do a low cut and I am going to actually widen out the amount of low that I take out of this and I can thin it out to almost nothing. Keeping the top of the loop, but I have taken all that thud out of the bottom of it. Now, I want a little bit of the thud back. I am going to bring this back. And all I am doing to change the frequency here is clicking and dragging up-and-down on the Frequency parameter.
So I like it at about 100 and now let's hear in context. We'll un-solo the drum loop and listen to the first four bars. (Music playing.) (Woman singing: ?new world. Let's build a new world.) I am going to mute the vocal. (Music playing.) Bring up the bass a bit.
(Music playing.) See how much of this drum loop I want. This is the lighter drum loop. (Music playing.) Seems pretty happy where it is. (Music playing.) All right, I am going to stop just for a moment so I can make the point that a lot of times we do what's called mixing on the fly.
In the very, very old days we would track, track, track, track, track and then mix, mix, mix, mix, mix and now there's a lot more back and forth. We set the Reverb level on the guitar when we tracked it. We didn't track it dry and then add it later. I think you'll find that you'll work like that a lot. So we actually have about the right amount of reverb on this guitar. I am going to pull it down just a smidgen from where we tracked it. But it's feeling okay to me. Let me hear this groove again. (Music playing.) Now we're going to solo the vocal and see if there's things we can do to finesse the vocal.
(Woman singing: Let's build a new world.) I think I want to double-click on this Channel EQ and let's use one of those presets Voice > Female Vox, just to try and brighten up. This is in the frequency from 500 cycles up to 20K and it's brightening by 2, 5, a few dB. That's not very much. Let's see if it adds something to this vocal.
(Woman singing: Let's build a new world.) Now, I am going to bring up at 5600, which is not a magic number. It could be anywhere in this 5000 range. I am going to bring it up just a bit more just to show you. Let's go to maybe 9 dB. I am just clicking and pushing on the dB parameter of these three parameters. (Woman singing: Let's build a new world.) It brightens it up just a bit.
Now, we'll bypass this EQ just so we can hear the difference. You'll see when I click up here that it goes away. (Woman singing: Let's build a new world.) Darker. Brighter, more sibilance, we're working the track better. One important concept to think of here is if you want the vocal to be more prominent, the kind of rookie mistake is to grab for the volume and turn it up. Well, there are other ways to make the vocal more prominent and EQ is one of them.
So don't just always reach to turn things up. Try and contour the sound so that it becomes more prominent in the mix. So let's un-solo the vocal and hear where we are. (Music playing.) (Woman singing: Let's build a new world.) (Woman singing: Let's build a new world.) I think I am getting there.
Let me say about that much. There a couple of little tweaks I feel like it needs and that's what we'll do in the next movie. I am going to take automation and write the vocal level and play with the shaker level. So automation is next.
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