Logic Production Techniques: Making Beats
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Video: Packing drum loops into a take folder

The idea of comping--compiling a master track from the best parts of different live performances--is familiar to any recording engineer; what may not be so familiar is applying this technique to beats. A Take folder is automatically created in Logic when you record over an existing audio track. Multiple takes get combined into the composite track, so you can select the best parts from all the takes. So, if the multiple performances are recorded, but not into a Take folder, you can pack them afterwards. And when this gets creative is that we can pack drum loops into a Take folder and cut between them for a cool break-beat effect.
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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      31s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 14s
  2. 28m 32s
    1. Choosing the drum kit
      5m 49s
    2. Rehearsing the beat, cycling in Logic, and recording the kick and snare
      3m 42s
    3. Understanding Logic regions and quantizing effectively
      10m 8s
    4. Fast, easy arranging tricks for drums
      8m 53s
  3. 29m 6s
    1. Learning the basics of the drum machine
      6m 29s
    2. Sound designing your kits
      4m 18s
    3. Old-school step sequencing
      7m 2s
    4. Making stutter vocal effects using the Step Grid in Ultrabeat
      6m 40s
    5. Making stutter vocal effects with a sidechain
      4m 37s
  4. 28m 5s
    1. Rocking out with Apple Loops
      7m 0s
    2. Changing the pitch of Apple Loops
      9m 32s
    3. Changing the feel of Apple Loops
      6m 20s
    4. Making, tagging, and indexing your own Apple Loops
      5m 13s
  5. 22m 41s
    1. Finding your tempo
      3m 21s
    2. Time stretching audio
      4m 53s
    3. Slicing up your samples
      8m 20s
    4. Building a useful EXS instrument from a drum loop
      6m 7s
  6. 20m 32s
    1. Flexing vocals
      5m 23s
    2. Quantizing audio
      4m 57s
    3. Flexing to change project tempo
      3m 18s
    4. Making beats with the different flex modes
      6m 54s
  7. 25m 59s
    1. Making groove templates
      4m 24s
    2. Advanced quantizing
      4m 2s
    3. Beatmapping a live performance
      4m 49s
    4. Experimenting with your tempo using Varispeed
      3m 31s
    5. Fattening your sound with drum replacement/doubling
      3m 22s
    6. Using the Transform window for a human drummer feel
      5m 51s
  8. 20m 13s
    1. Warping your beat with Space Designer
      3m 57s
    2. Creating turntable and tape-machine-style speed fades
      3m 41s
    3. Packing drum loops into a take folder
      4m 10s
    4. Sidechaining the compressor with your kick
      4m 0s
    5. Vocoding in Logic
      4m 25s
  9. 45s
    1. What's next?
      45s

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Watch the Online Video Course Logic Production Techniques: Making Beats
2h 58m Intermediate Mar 28, 2013

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Let internationally recognized music producer and Logic Pro presenter Dot Bustelo guide you through the process of creating professional beats for hip-hop, electronic dance, or other commercial music genres in Logic Pro. It all starts with choosing the right drum kit for your song, after which Dot covers recording, quantizing, and arranging your tracks of drums, bass, and synth lines. She then introduces the built-in drum machine Ultrabeat, showing how to step sequence, design your own custom sounds, and create glitchy effects. Next, discover some creative uses for Apple Loops, to adapt completely to the pitch and feel of your song. Then dive deeper into the unique tools for making beats and learn how to time-stretch, quantize, and regroove with Flex Audio, as well as add the most advanced, subtle swing to your beats and broaden your sounds with drum replacement. The final chapter focuses on techniques specific to electronic music, including warping a beat with Space Designer, side-chaining, and making DJ and turntable speed fades.

Topics include:
  • Rehearsing the beat
  • Recording kick and snare drums
  • Understanding Logic Pro regions and quantizing effectively
  • Sound designing your kits
  • Step sequencing
  • Making stutter vocal effects
  • Customizing Apple Loops to lock in pitch and feel
  • Finding your tempo and changing the tempo of audio
  • Slicing your samples by transient and by beat
  • Flexing like a pro
  • Making groove templates and other advanced quantizing techniques
  • Making retro Logic groove techniques with the Transform Editor
  • Vocoding and side-chaining in Logic Pro
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Logic Pro
Author:
Dot Bustelo

Packing drum loops into a take folder

The idea of comping--compiling a master track from the best parts of different live performances--is familiar to any recording engineer; what may not be so familiar is applying this technique to beats. A Take folder is automatically created in Logic when you record over an existing audio track. Multiple takes get combined into the composite track, so you can select the best parts from all the takes. So, if the multiple performances are recorded, but not into a Take folder, you can pack them afterwards. And when this gets creative is that we can pack drum loops into a Take folder and cut between them for a cool break-beat effect.

Here are a few drum loops. They are a little busy playing back all at the same time. Let's hear them quickly. (music playing) So, let's pack them up. I'll highlight all of them and from the Region menu, I will scroll down to Folder--but this isn't a regular folder we're making. We are packing a Take folder. Let's clean up our Arrange window and I'll just delete those extra tracks we don't need anymore. And now from this disclosure triangle in the upper left, I'm going to open up, and now we see our view of the different individual loops packed into a Take folder.

(music playing) I'm going to color them so it'll be easier to see what's going on. This is the other loop, and then here's the next loop and that loop. So we had four loops. The top track is going to be our composite track. Watch it update as I swipe between the different takes. Here we go. (music playing) It's just really endless variations. A great trick is to click into the take above or below a selection and you can quickly replace that part of the composite.

So, when I click right below, it keeps that area and selects from another take. (music playing) And that's just about all you need to know about it. One more detail: extend a take region selection by dragging the start point to the left or the end point to the right, just like this.

Just dragging on, and you can see, as I drag out on this particular take, it shortens the take above. Let's meet our work here, and I'm going to collapse the folder. What I have muted here, I was playing with the same loops before, and this is what I ended up with. (music playing) When the Take folder is closed--let me zoom in a little bit for you--you can actually still be selecting between the different takes by Ctrl+Clicking, just like that.

Let's see what I just did. (music playing) So next time you want to make a break beat, try packing up a bunch of drum loops and comping between them.

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