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Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording

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So you want to record a band. Multi-track live recording is simple with Logic Pro. In this lesson, we'll go over everything we need to know to set up a multi-track recording session. We're going to record a four-piece band, drummer, bass, guitarist and singer. To get the best recording possible, we use will a few mikes on the drums, a couple on the guitar and a couple of lines from the bass. This will give us the most separation as we record. We're going to need 8 inputs. So let's make 8 mono audio tracks. Go up to the Track menu, click New to make new tracks, and we'll type in 8 for Number, we're going to make Audio tracks, Format will be Mono and here's a cool trick that Logic lets you do. You can click the Ascending button where it says Input and I'm going to order the inputs from 1 to 8.

Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording

So you want to record a band. Multi-track live recording is simple with Logic Pro. In this lesson, we'll go over everything we need to know to set up a multi-track recording session. We're going to record a four-piece band, drummer, bass, guitarist and singer. To get the best recording possible, we use will a few mikes on the drums, a couple on the guitar and a couple of lines from the bass. This will give us the most separation as we record. We're going to need 8 inputs. So let's make 8 mono audio tracks. Go up to the Track menu, click New to make new tracks, and we'll type in 8 for Number, we're going to make Audio tracks, Format will be Mono and here's a cool trick that Logic lets you do. You can click the Ascending button where it says Input and I'm going to order the inputs from 1 to 8.

You'll see what I mean when you click Create. Here we have 8 audio tracks. Let's click on Audio 1 and open the Inspector. Notice this track has Input 1. If I go to Audio 2, it's set to Input 2. Audio 3 is Input 3 and so on. By clicking the Ascending button it automatically ordered our inputs for all 8 tracks 1 to 8. Let's close the Inspector button by typing I on our keyboard. Now, we want to make sure we are organized to name our tracks. That way audio regions and files recorded on them will share the track names.

I like to use the first 2 initials of the song followed by the instrument on the track. The reason for this is that otherwise I'd have hundreds of files on my hard drive named kick, snare or guitar, but no idea what song they belong to. This way each file written to my hard drive has an ID for the description of what it is. This song is named Cannonball. So let's name the tracks CB_ and then the instrument that's going to be on the track. For instance, Audio 1's going to be our kick drum microphone.

So let's double click on it. Type in CB_Kick. Number 2 is going to be our snare drum. Let's type in CB_Snare. Number 3 will be the mike on our hi-hat, CB_Hat. 4 is going to be our bass guitar and we have 2 lines for our bass. One is going to be a DI or direct insert. That means we're taking the line directly from the guitar. We'll call that one CB_Bass_DI. The next one is the microphone on the amp itself.

So let's type in CB_Bass_amp. We have 2 mikes on our guitar amp. One is going to be a ribbon microphone and one the dynamic microphone. This gets us 2 different sounds for the same guitar. Audio 6 we'll type in CB_Guit for guitar, _ribbon for the ribbon microphone. The next one is going to be the dynamic microphone, CB_Guit for guitar and dyn for dynamic.

The last is our vocal microphone. Let's go CB_Vocal for vocal. Now that we have all the tracks named, we're ready to roll. Let's make sure all tracks are selected and we'll record enable them. A quick way to do this is to go over to the Mix window, Command+2, select all the tracks by dragging a selection around all of them, and clicking the R button to record enable them. This way you can record enable them all at one time. Okay. Let's close the Mix window and we're one step away. We can use the R button on our keyboard to pop right into recording.

Is the band ready? I think they're ready. Here we go. (Music playing.) (Man singing: The only thing I have is information.) (Man singing: The only thing I have I did not own.) No matter how small your band or recording setup is, there'll be a time when you'll need to setup a multi-track recording session. Now, you are armed with the know-how to use Logic Pro to record any size band, from a duo to an orchestra, using multi-input recording.

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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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