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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.
Designing your own amp is cool. But many guitar players like to augment their tones even more with stomp-box pedals. Logic 9 contains a massive set of pedals to put in line between your guitar input and the amp. Let's check some of these out. You'll notice in the top track, in the channel strip, Pedalboard is loaded in there but it's currently inactive since it's not lit up blue. You can activate a plug-in any time in the channel strip by Option+Clicking it. Now that it's blue, it's active. Let's open the Pedalboard by double-clicking on it. This is Logic's Pedalboard.
Currently this track contains 1 pedal, Hi-Drive Treble Boost. The list of all the other pedals that you can use is on the right. There are a lot of them in there. Let's listen to what this pedal sounds like. (Music playing.) At any time you can turn on and off the pedal by clicking on the big button at the bottom. This is equivalent of stepping on the pedal in real life. If the light on the top is on, the pedal's active. If it's off, it's inactive or bypassed. (Music playing.) We can also adjust the tone of the pedal on real time.
This pedal has one control, Level. (Music playing.) To adjust the dial, click on it. Drag up to go right, drag down to go left. Let's close this window and we'll go over to the Country Twang track. We'll double-click on Pedalboard to open up the Pedalboard for this track. In this track we've 2 pedals already being used, the Squash Compressor and the Blue Echo. Let's add another pedal to this. I like this one called Spin Box. It's a Leslie speaker cabinet emulator.
Click on it and drag it to your Pedalboard. At anytime if you want to remove a pedal from your Pedalboard, you can click on it and drag it back to the bin. Let's add this back. Let's click on the Fast button and hear what this one sounds like. First let me go to the Arrange window and move this window down, click on the region and hit equal on our keyboard to move our cycle locators to that region. (Music playing.) Cool! Another handy thing with the Pedalboard is utilitarian pedal called the Mixer.
Let's drag a Mixer out into the Pedalboard area. The Mixer pedal lets you blend between different pedals instead of having them go in line from one another. Let's pan side B to the left a little bit and pan side A to the right. Now, when I drag this fader up to B, we'll hear just the Squash Compressor and Blue Echo on the left. (Music playing.) On the right, we'll hear the Spin Box Pedal. (Music playing.) With this Mixer pedal, we can blend between the two in a stereophonic fashion.
Let's close this window and let's go down to the Glam Rock track. We'll click on the region, and again hit equal to move our cycle locators to that spot. Let's open the Pedalboard from the Glam Rock track. Like the first track, this one contains one pedal, the Hi-Drive Treble Boost. Let's drag a Wah pedal out from the Pedalboard bin. Some pedals like Wah have a moving control. To move the control, click on the Wah and drag the mouse up and down while it's playing. (Music playing.) In the video on automation, you'll learn how to quickly assign a MIDI keyboard controller to this type of control.
As you're working with pedals, if you come up with a combination you like, you can always save them. Go up to the top of the plug-in window and open the plug-in settings pulldown menu. Here we can go to Save Settings As and we can save it as my pedal combo. Now if we go back in, we'll see that my pedal combo will be available to all of our Logic projects going forward. Playing guitar in Logic is a blast. You can get the tone of your dreams with these tools. Don't forget that you can save your settings if you come across a combination that's really good.
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