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Sequencing with Ultrabeat

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Video: Sequencing with Ultrabeat

When you want to create a groove in Logic, you have a lot of choices. You can use an audio loop. You can use a MIDI loop and there's a powerful plug-in called Ultrabeat that lets you program your own beats. So I've set up a session here that uses the Ultrabeat plug-in. If you want to create this session on your own, go to File > New > Explore > Instruments and then delete all the tracks except Studio Tight Kit. That's how I got to where I am. Then change your master tempo to 100 beats a minute.

Sequencing with Ultrabeat

When you want to create a groove in Logic, you have a lot of choices. You can use an audio loop. You can use a MIDI loop and there's a powerful plug-in called Ultrabeat that lets you program your own beats. So I've set up a session here that uses the Ultrabeat plug-in. If you want to create this session on your own, go to File > New > Explore > Instruments and then delete all the tracks except Studio Tight Kit. That's how I got to where I am. Then change your master tempo to 100 beats a minute.

All right, so if we double-click on the word Ultrabeat over here in the Inspector, we launch the plug-in. Now, if your plug-in opened up to a bunch of knobs and buttons, just click on full view in the lower right-hand corner because that's the part we want to look at now. Well, there is some math involved here. What it has done is it's broken down a two- bar phrase into 32 separate little slices. That's the X coordinate. The Y coordinate is each individual piece of a drum kit.

So using this X/Y grid, you can tell if the tom is playing anything. It turns out that these toms aren't playing anything in this whole pattern. This closed hat is playing on the 4th, the 5th, the 9th, the 11th. It tells you which beats are playing. So blue lights means it's on, gray means it's off. So the kick is happening on 1 and 9, 15, 17 and 25. I think it would be clearer if I play this little groove and show you how it counts.

So, I'm going to hit the Spacebar and start the beat. (Drums playing) (Drums playing) Kick, kick, kick, kick, kick. Let's look at this closed hi-hat. (Drums playing) Here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here. Here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here.

If we want to add some snares, let's take them out. So let's put a crash cymbal in on the downbeat of the first bar and the downbeat of the second bar. That's number 1 and number 17. Let's listen. (Drums playing) All right, let's take the 17 out, just use the downbeat of one. (Drums playing) Let's put some tom toms in here at the end. [00:02:51.00 (Drums playing.) Now, I'm feeling like the toms are a little loud, so I'm going to click on Hi Tom 2 and use my mouse scroll wheel to lower the volume of Hi Tom 2.

Click on Hi Tom 1. Use my mouse scroll wheel to lower the volume of Hi Tom 1. Now we'll take a listen. (Drums playing) So they are not sticking out quite so much anymore. Let's do the same thing with Crash Cymbal 1, click on it, use my mouse scroll wheel to lower its volume, listening from the top. (Drums playing) Still a bit loud, click, scroll wheel, volume. (Drums playing) Let's take a look at another feature, the Swing parameter.

Now it's kind of subtle on this beat. So let's take a look at one of the other kits in Ultrabeat. Logic has broken them down by the musical style. So let's take a look at this Classic Techno Kit. We'll hit full view, so that we can look at where the beats occur and hit Spacebar to play it. Well, I'm hitting the Spacebar to play, but I'm not hearing sound. The power switch for the Ultrabeat sequencer isn't on. So once that's on, and I hit the Play button. (Drums playing) Let's put some tambourine in this part.

If I just click and I drag all the way across, I add notes on every single beat of it. (Drums playing) Now, let's adjust the Swing parameter. (Drums playing) I think you can hear the vertical nature of this one and then changing the Swing parameter back.

(Drums playing) So in this groove, you can really hear the difference in the Swing parameter. I can choose different patterns inside this Classic Techno Kit. I do that down here in the lower left-hand corner. I'm going to choose a different sequence for this pattern. (Drums playing) And I'll scroll through the next one.

(Drums playing) Now, let me put my tambourine back in here. Aha! Well, you see the problem with writing music with a mouse. Because I'm using my mouse to scroll, I've accidentally gone to the row below that. So I'll just click on a note and it disappears. If I keep holding down my mouse button and drag over the other already placed notes, they disappear.

I can also click where I have to, to get rid of any stray notes. Now, I'll just add the notes that I'm missing. Now I've got a complete line, from top to bottom. If you happen to stray down into a line below and erase what you meant to keep, or add what you meant not to keep, just do your editing with your mouse. Let's take a listen of what we have now. (Drums playing) Now, if you haven't done a lot of beat programming, thinking of music as 32 independent slices is probably not the most intuitive thing for you, but really, when you start working with this program, you start thinking of 1 as a downbeat, 9 as a downbeat, 17 as a downbeat, 25 as a downbeat, so that will start to become more intuitive the more you do it.

The open hat is really driving this and let's pull that down just so that you can hear that. So click on this and-- (Drums playing) And almost make it go away, just scrolling my mouse wheel. (Drums playing.) It seems like a good level. So not only can we change which notes play when, we can change the sounds too.

Let's stick with our open hat and we'll go down to the lower right-hand corner and change this full view to look at some filters that are available. So I'm adjusting the filters for the Open Hat here and let's just play the groove. (Drums playing) I'm just adding a little brightness to that Open Hat. (Drums playing) Or taking it away. (Drums playing) I sort of like it being brighter and you can apply these to any-- there's the Shaker.

You can adjust the Shaker. Now, we don't have any Shaker in this groove. We do have our tambourine. Let's see what we can do to that. (Drums playing) We'll just solo the tambourine. (Tambourine playing) Our sequence stopped.

Let's play it again. (Tambourine playing) So that gets a little brittle up there. That's just about right. Let's un-solo it, hear it in the groove. (Drums playing) Now that I changed the shape of the sound, of the open hat, it's poking out a little too much from the groove for me, so I'm going to use my mouse wheel, scroll it down, scroll its volume down just a little bit. Listen some more.

(Drums playing) Okay, I'm liking this. Now, I'm going to switch back to this groove, the basic groove. (Drums playing) I want to put some kick in here. (Drums playing) How about 1 and 9? Boom, boom-boom.

(Drums playing) So when you've got your grooves set, you're ready to bring it into your session. I'm going to move the Ultrabeat plug-in out of the way just a little bit. I want this to show up at beat 1 in my sequence. So I will hit 0 to take my playhead back to the beginning. There is a little grid right here next to the word Pattern, right next to the Sequence menu. Pick that up and drag it to your session. There is your MIDI for Ultrabeat.

Now, we can push this out of the way and take a look at the notes inside here. Actually, let's just play it and we can see the notes. (Drums playing) And then we can edit the MIDI, the duration of these notes, and the velocity of these notes like we can any other MIDI data. Ultrabeat's a great drum and percussion sequencer inside of Logic. Use it to make really cool grooves and really great music.

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Logic Pro 8 Essential Training

107 video lessons · 15908 viewers

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  1. 14m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Understanding Logic Pro
      1m 36s
    3. Using this title
      1m 49s
    4. Using the software's Keyboard
      2m 30s
    5. An important note for laptop users
      49s
    6. Using the exercise files
      1m 54s
    7. Troubleshooting the exercise files
      4m 6s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Installing the program
      47s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time
      2m 48s
    3. Setting up audio interfaces
      4m 33s
    4. Understanding WordClock
      1m 23s
    5. Setting up MIDI interfaces
      1m 10s
    6. Verifying MIDI input
      1m 19s
    7. Connecting outboard MIDI gear
      2m 7s
    8. Importing an existing environment
      1m 35s
    9. Selecting an outboard synth
      1m 5s
  3. 1h 18m
    1. Understanding types of projects and which to use
      3m 39s
    2. Completely customizable keystrokes
      6m 0s
    3. Understanding Logic's window structure
      12m 32s
    4. Creating and customizing screensets
      2m 16s
    5. Understanding the importance of saving iterations
      2m 12s
    6. Customizing the Transport window
      6m 2s
    7. Customizing the Arrange window
      6m 22s
    8. Exploring Meter options
      3m 23s
    9. Exploring Key Signature options
      4m 32s
    10. Exploring Tempo options
      3m 24s
    11. Using the Metronome feature
      4m 8s
    12. Using Channel Strips
      6m 30s
    13. Using Tracks
      3m 45s
    14. Using Regions
      4m 17s
    15. Merging Regions
      3m 19s
    16. Demixing
      2m 2s
    17. Naming Regions
      1m 44s
    18. Coloring Regions
      2m 38s
  4. 30m 12s
    1. Using the Window Media Browser
      2m 16s
    2. Sorting Loops
      3m 53s
    3. Auditioning Loops
      7m 53s
    4. Favoriting Loops
      1m 51s
    5. Using loops to build a groove
      6m 37s
    6. Editing MIDI Loops
      7m 42s
  5. 1h 13m
    1. Creating a live tracking session
      57s
    2. Building your groove
      9m 35s
    3. Tracking a virtual bass
      10m 51s
    4. Setting up a cue
      3m 35s
    5. Recording the vocal
      6m 56s
    6. Comping the vocal
      9m 28s
    7. Tracking a live instrument
      5m 45s
    8. Arranging the song
      7m 32s
    9. Understanding the Mix window
      3m 7s
    10. Mixing the song
      7m 20s
    11. Recording vocal automation
      4m 42s
    12. Bouncing the song
      3m 40s
  6. 45m 37s
    1. Understanding virtual instruments
      2m 15s
    2. Sequencing with Ultrabeat
      11m 23s
    3. Using the EXS24 MkII
      8m 8s
    4. Sound sculpting in Sculpture
      7m 5s
    5. Using the EVP88 Vintage Piano Synth
      5m 19s
    6. Using the EVB3 Vintage Organ Synth
      4m 28s
    7. Using the EVD6 Vintage Clavinet Synth
      6m 7s
    8. Exploring other virtual synths
      52s
  7. 50m 29s
    1. Using Logic with video
      2m 39s
    2. Importing a movie into Logic
      4m 48s
    3. Creating timeline markers
      3m 38s
    4. Understanding bars, beats, and timecode
      3m 51s
    5. Adjusting tempo and song structure
      2m 6s
    6. Scoring a movie
      14m 39s
    7. Adding sound effects to your movie
      4m 30s
    8. Exporting OMF and XML files from Final Cut Pro into Logic
      10m 15s
    9. Exporting XML files from Logic back into Final Cut Pro
      4m 3s
  8. 1h 5m
    1. Beginning the remixing process from a vocal track
      6m 36s
    2. Building the rhythm track using Logic's library
      13m 10s
    3. Editing the parts of the rhythm
      8m 0s
    4. Adding guitar strums using Delay Designer
      4m 37s
    5. Adding the instrumental solos
      10m 42s
    6. Editing and adding vocal effects
      6m 21s
    7. Final touch-ups
      8m 3s
    8. Bouncing the mix
      7m 53s
  9. 57m 9s
    1. The mixer interface
      7m 38s
    2. Learning the sounds using EQ Sweep
      7m 52s
    3. Mixing using MIDI velocity
      2m 59s
    4. Writing and editing volume automation
      13m 48s
    5. Setting up busses for reverb and delay
      6m 24s
    6. Using the Space Designer
      3m 20s
    7. Using the Delay Designer
      4m 0s
    8. Freezing your tracks
      2m 44s
    9. Naming your Input and Output labels
      2m 8s
    10. Learning how to "Surroundify" your mix
      1m 46s
    11. Bouncing stems
      4m 30s
  10. 29m 16s
    1. Introducing Printing
      2m 24s
    2. Editing in Score layout
      5m 29s
    3. Working with key signatures and transposition
      5m 53s
    4. Printing an orchestral score
      5m 17s
    5. Printing individual parts
      2m 23s
    6. Using the Camera tool for snapshots
      1m 17s
    7. Logic's Chord Analysis tool
      3m 52s
    8. Understanding what the parts tell you
      2m 41s
  11. 10m 24s
    1. Saving custom settings and templates
      3m 54s
    2. Archiving your project
      5m 14s
    3. Backing up custom settings to a network
      1m 16s
  12. 20m 12s
    1. Burning discs with Waveburner
      4m 35s
    2. Timing your tracks
      2m 33s
    3. Adding track markers and index points
      5m 48s
    4. Processing the audio
      3m 24s
    5. Normalizing the audio
      1m 49s
    6. Deciding whether to burn, bounce, or save
      2m 3s
  13. 1m 37s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 3s
    2. Goodbye
      34s

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