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Playing with guitar madness: Amp design

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Some of the coolest new features in Logic 9 are dedicated to the electric guitar. In order to give you every imaginable guitar tone available, plus ones not even discovered yet, Logic provides you with two awesome tools, Amp Designer and Pedalboard. Let's check out Amp Designer. The first thing you should understand about Logic's guitar features is that they allow you to plug your guitar in directly to your audio interface. As long as your interface can accept an instrument level signal, you're good to go. This means you can get heavy-duty sounds all without an amplifier.

Playing with guitar madness: Amp design

Some of the coolest new features in Logic 9 are dedicated to the electric guitar. In order to give you every imaginable guitar tone available, plus ones not even discovered yet, Logic provides you with two awesome tools, Amp Designer and Pedalboard. Let's check out Amp Designer. The first thing you should understand about Logic's guitar features is that they allow you to plug your guitar in directly to your audio interface. As long as your interface can accept an instrument level signal, you're good to go. This means you can get heavy-duty sounds all without an amplifier.

You can record screaming guitar all night long with headphones and your neighbors won't even know. The sound on this first track is what my guitar sounded like direct into Logic. I'm going to enter Cycle Mode by hitting C and let's listen. (Music playing.) As you can tell, it sounds kind of weak. That's what a DI guitar sounds like. Let's dial-up the sound using the channel strip settings. This is in our channel strip at the top.

As you can see our button is slightly hidden, but you can also get to the channel strip settings through the Mixer at the very top of the channel. Click in Settings, go to Electric Guitar > Guitar Tone Sampler, and let's use British Invasion. As you can see this loads up our channel strip with a bunch of plug-ins including Amp Designer. Let's hear what it sounds like now. (Music playing.) Cool! It's got a nice Beatles-y tone to it. The rest of the tracks in this project were made up from presets all from that same folder.

Each of them are recorded direct just like the first track and they all contain different combination of plug-ins inserted in their channel strips. One thing they all have in common though is that they all contain an instance of Amp Designer. Let's listen to them. I'm going to deselect Cycle Mode, start at the beginning and hit Play. (Music playing.) So we start out with the British Invasion sound that we already dialed up. (Music playing.) The next track, we hear a Country Twang sound. (Music playing.) Then we've got a Black Sabbath seventies metal type tone.

(Music playing.) Next, we have a U2-ish clean echo sound. (Music playing.) Here we have a Dick Dale surf sound. (Music playing.) Next, we have a rock and roll, glam rock type tone. (Music playing.) Here's some heavy metal riffery.

(Music playing.) We dialed up some smooth jazz in this one. (Music playing.) And finally, we've got a Jimmy Page like stadium rock sound. (Music playing.) Again, all of these tracks used Amp Designer in their channel strip. Let's go into Amp Designer and check it out. We'll go back to the first track and we'll double-click on Amp Designer to open the plug-in window.

This is what the Amp Designer plug-in window looks like. Amp Designer allows you separate control over four elements: the amplifier head with Tone, Reverb and Tremolo controls. The amplifier cabinet, which allows you control over the speaker size and the cabinet enclosure. The style of the microphone you are using to record the amplifier cabinet, and the position of the microphone relative to the cabinet. If you want presets of these elements, you can go to the plug-in settings menu. This is at the top of the plug-in window. Here different tones are broken into categories like Pure Amps, which are classic combinations, Hybrid Amps, which mix and match different heads and different cabinets, or you can browse by tone.

You can choose between Clean, Crunch, Distorted, etcetera. You can also mix and match yourself at anytime from the pulldown menus at the bottom of the window. For instance, if you wanted to hear this sound through a Blackface head, you can go up to Large Blackface Amp to give us kind of an old school Fender tone. And then if you wanted to hear that head through a single 1x12 tweed cabinet, you can dialup Brownface 1x12. We can also change the microphone. We have 3 options. Ribbon for a large deep tone, Condenser for a bright detailed tone, and Dynamic for a crunchy or more brittle tone.

Also, you can move the position of the mic relative to the speaker. To do this, just hover over where the microphone is and you get this pop-up window. As in real life, if you move the mic towards this middle of the speaker cone, it'll generally yield a brighter tone, and towards the outside edge, you'll get a darker tone. Feel free to mix and match at will between your amplifier head, cabinet and microphone to create a combination that perhaps was never made before in real life. Being able to design your own amp from a long list of classic components used to be a freedom reserved only for the lucky few.

Now, with Logic 9 anyone can design and enjoy combinations of their dreams.

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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

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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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