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Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board

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Video: Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board

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.

Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board

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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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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