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Mixing the song

From: Logic Pro 8 Essential Training

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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.

Mixing the song

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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Logic Pro 8 Essential Training

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  1. 14m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Understanding Logic Pro
      1m 36s
    3. Using this title
      1m 49s
    4. Using the software's Keyboard
      2m 30s
    5. An important note for laptop users
      49s
    6. Using the exercise files
      1m 54s
    7. Troubleshooting the exercise files
      4m 6s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Installing the program
      47s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time
      2m 48s
    3. Setting up audio interfaces
      4m 33s
    4. Understanding WordClock
      1m 23s
    5. Setting up MIDI interfaces
      1m 10s
    6. Verifying MIDI input
      1m 19s
    7. Connecting outboard MIDI gear
      2m 7s
    8. Importing an existing environment
      1m 35s
    9. Selecting an outboard synth
      1m 5s
  3. 1h 18m
    1. Understanding types of projects and which to use
      3m 39s
    2. Completely customizable keystrokes
      6m 0s
    3. Understanding Logic's window structure
      12m 32s
    4. Creating and customizing screensets
      2m 16s
    5. Understanding the importance of saving iterations
      2m 12s
    6. Customizing the Transport window
      6m 2s
    7. Customizing the Arrange window
      6m 22s
    8. Exploring Meter options
      3m 23s
    9. Exploring Key Signature options
      4m 32s
    10. Exploring Tempo options
      3m 24s
    11. Using the Metronome feature
      4m 8s
    12. Using Channel Strips
      6m 30s
    13. Using Tracks
      3m 45s
    14. Using Regions
      4m 17s
    15. Merging Regions
      3m 19s
    16. Demixing
      2m 2s
    17. Naming Regions
      1m 44s
    18. Coloring Regions
      2m 38s
  4. 30m 12s
    1. Using the Window Media Browser
      2m 16s
    2. Sorting Loops
      3m 53s
    3. Auditioning Loops
      7m 53s
    4. Favoriting Loops
      1m 51s
    5. Using loops to build a groove
      6m 37s
    6. Editing MIDI Loops
      7m 42s
  5. 1h 13m
    1. Creating a live tracking session
      57s
    2. Building your groove
      9m 35s
    3. Tracking a virtual bass
      10m 51s
    4. Setting up a cue
      3m 35s
    5. Recording the vocal
      6m 56s
    6. Comping the vocal
      9m 28s
    7. Tracking a live instrument
      5m 45s
    8. Arranging the song
      7m 32s
    9. Understanding the Mix window
      3m 7s
    10. Mixing the song
      7m 20s
    11. Recording vocal automation
      4m 42s
    12. Bouncing the song
      3m 40s
  6. 45m 37s
    1. Understanding virtual instruments
      2m 15s
    2. Sequencing with Ultrabeat
      11m 23s
    3. Using the EXS24 MkII
      8m 8s
    4. Sound sculpting in Sculpture
      7m 5s
    5. Using the EVP88 Vintage Piano Synth
      5m 19s
    6. Using the EVB3 Vintage Organ Synth
      4m 28s
    7. Using the EVD6 Vintage Clavinet Synth
      6m 7s
    8. Exploring other virtual synths
      52s
  7. 50m 29s
    1. Using Logic with video
      2m 39s
    2. Importing a movie into Logic
      4m 48s
    3. Creating timeline markers
      3m 38s
    4. Understanding bars, beats, and timecode
      3m 51s
    5. Adjusting tempo and song structure
      2m 6s
    6. Scoring a movie
      14m 39s
    7. Adding sound effects to your movie
      4m 30s
    8. Exporting OMF and XML files from Final Cut Pro into Logic
      10m 15s
    9. Exporting XML files from Logic back into Final Cut Pro
      4m 3s
  8. 1h 5m
    1. Beginning the remixing process from a vocal track
      6m 36s
    2. Building the rhythm track using Logic's library
      13m 10s
    3. Editing the parts of the rhythm
      8m 0s
    4. Adding guitar strums using Delay Designer
      4m 37s
    5. Adding the instrumental solos
      10m 42s
    6. Editing and adding vocal effects
      6m 21s
    7. Final touch-ups
      8m 3s
    8. Bouncing the mix
      7m 53s
  9. 57m 9s
    1. The mixer interface
      7m 38s
    2. Learning the sounds using EQ Sweep
      7m 52s
    3. Mixing using MIDI velocity
      2m 59s
    4. Writing and editing volume automation
      13m 48s
    5. Setting up busses for reverb and delay
      6m 24s
    6. Using the Space Designer
      3m 20s
    7. Using the Delay Designer
      4m 0s
    8. Freezing your tracks
      2m 44s
    9. Naming your Input and Output labels
      2m 8s
    10. Learning how to "Surroundify" your mix
      1m 46s
    11. Bouncing stems
      4m 30s
  10. 29m 16s
    1. Introducing Printing
      2m 24s
    2. Editing in Score layout
      5m 29s
    3. Working with key signatures and transposition
      5m 53s
    4. Printing an orchestral score
      5m 17s
    5. Printing individual parts
      2m 23s
    6. Using the Camera tool for snapshots
      1m 17s
    7. Logic's Chord Analysis tool
      3m 52s
    8. Understanding what the parts tell you
      2m 41s
  11. 10m 24s
    1. Saving custom settings and templates
      3m 54s
    2. Archiving your project
      5m 14s
    3. Backing up custom settings to a network
      1m 16s
  12. 20m 12s
    1. Burning discs with Waveburner
      4m 35s
    2. Timing your tracks
      2m 33s
    3. Adding track markers and index points
      5m 48s
    4. Processing the audio
      3m 24s
    5. Normalizing the audio
      1m 49s
    6. Deciding whether to burn, bounce, or save
      2m 3s
  13. 1m 37s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 3s
    2. Goodbye
      34s

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