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The cool new thing about Logic 8 is that when it's time to do a project, you go to File and New and you have some choices. These choices didn't use to be there. You used to open Logic into a blank page basically and create all your instruments from there. Unless you took the time to set up an environment that you wanted to work in with different synths and different sounds and maybe an electric piano with a flanger and some delay on it, but now all that is really built for you. So we have already taken a look at this collection called Explore, where you get basically an empty project and some guitar stuff and some instruments.
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  1. 14m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 45s
    2. Understanding Logic Pro
      1m 35s
    3. Using this title
      1m 49s
    4. Using the software's Keyboard
      2m 30s
    5. An important note for laptop users
      48s
    6. Using the exercise files
      1m 52s
    7. Troubleshooting the exercise files
      4m 6s
  2. 16m 45s
    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 9s
    6. Verifying MIDI input
      1m 18s
    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
      5m 59s
    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 1s
    7. Customizing the Arrange window
      6m 21s
    8. Exploring Meter options
      3m 23s
    9. Exploring Key Signature options
      4m 32s
    10. Exploring Tempo options
      3m 23s
    11. Using the Metronome feature
      4m 8s
    12. Using Channel Strips
      6m 30s
    13. Using Tracks
      3m 44s
    14. Using Regions
      4m 16s
    15. Merging Regions
      3m 18s
    16. Demixing
      1m 50s
    17. Naming Regions
      1m 44s
    18. Coloring Regions
      2m 38s
  4. 30m 9s
    1. Using the Window Media Browser
      2m 15s
    2. Sorting Loops
      3m 52s
    3. Auditioning Loops
      7m 53s
    4. Favoriting Loops
      1m 51s
    5. Using loops to build a groove
      6m 37s
    6. Editing MIDI Loops
      7m 41s
  5. 1h 13m
    1. Creating a live tracking session
      56s
    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 27s
    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 41s
    12. Bouncing the song
      3m 40s
  6. 45m 33s
    1. Understanding virtual instruments
      2m 14s
    2. Sequencing with Ultrabeat
      11m 23s
    3. Using the EXS24 MkII
      8m 7s
    4. Sound sculpting in Sculpture
      7m 5s
    5. Using the EVP88 Vintage Piano Synth
      5m 19s
    6. Using the EVB3 Vintage Organ Synth
      4m 27s
    7. Using the EVD6 Vintage Clavinet Synth
      6m 7s
    8. Exploring other virtual synths
      51s
  7. 50m 24s
    1. Using Logic with video
      2m 38s
    2. Importing a movie into Logic
      4m 47s
    3. Creating timeline markers
      3m 38s
    4. Understanding bars, beats, and timecode
      3m 50s
    5. Adjusting tempo and song structure
      2m 5s
    6. Scoring a movie
      14m 39s
    7. Adding sound effects to your movie
      4m 29s
    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 36s
    5. Adding the instrumental solos
      10m 42s
    6. Editing and adding vocal effects
      6m 20s
    7. Final touch-ups
      8m 2s
    8. Bouncing the mix
      7m 53s
  9. 57m 4s
    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 47s
    5. Setting up busses for reverb and delay
      6m 23s
    6. Using the Space Designer
      3m 19s
    7. Using the Delay Designer
      4m 0s
    8. Freezing your tracks
      2m 44s
    9. Naming your Input and Output labels
      2m 7s
    10. Learning how to "Surroundify" your mix
      1m 46s
    11. Bouncing stems
      4m 29s
  10. 29m 18s
    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 26s
    6. Using the Camera tool for snapshots
      1m 17s
    7. Logic's Chord Analysis tool
      3m 51s
    8. Understanding what the parts tell you
      2m 41s
  11. 10m 23s
    1. Saving custom settings and templates
      3m 54s
    2. Archiving your project
      5m 14s
    3. Backing up custom settings to a network
      1m 15s
  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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8h 13m Beginner Jan 11, 2008

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From simple audio production to multi-take recording, professional composer and musician Joe Godfrey shows how to record, mix, and remix professional audio in Logic Pro 8 Essential Training. Starting with basic customization and recording techniques, Joe goes on to explain Logic's library of sound loops, methods for recording analog and digital instruments and MIDI synths, how to add a soundtrack to a movie, and the process of mixing tracks for fuller sound. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Creating and customizing screensets
  • Using channel strips
  • Working with loops
  • Creating a live tracking session
  • Exploring the potential of sound sculpting
  • Creating audio for video
  • Editing, mixing, and remixing
  • Prepping and printing scores
  • Burning discs with WaveBurner
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Logic Pro
Author:
Joe Godfrey

Understanding types of projects and which to use

The cool new thing about Logic 8 is that when it's time to do a project, you go to File and New and you have some choices. These choices didn't use to be there. You used to open Logic into a blank page basically and create all your instruments from there. Unless you took the time to set up an environment that you wanted to work in with different synths and different sounds and maybe an electric piano with a flanger and some delay on it, but now all that is really built for you. So we have already taken a look at this collection called Explore, where you get basically an empty project and some guitar stuff and some instruments.

Now we want to look at what's inside the Compose collection and we will start with this Electronic template. When I choose this, Logic loads some sounds so that I have some electronic instruments to work with. So I am at the Save page. I don't need to save this. I will just cancel out, just so we can take a look behind that window, and I am all set now with some cool drum kits to play with, some cool basses to play with, and some cool synth patches for the kind of project that I am going to do. Now I can change all this later, but the cool thing is I have a good place to start and explore ideas.

All right let's leave that one up there. We will go to the File menu and we will look at New. Whenever you move from project to project, Logic will ask you do you want to close this current project and if I say Don't Close, it will leave it back there and I can just come back to it later. It's up to you whether you want to leave different projects open at the same time. Some times I have been working on a project and then a client or a friend will call and say "Hey, can I hear where you are with the other thing?" and you want to jump into that other project, you can do that. So it's up to you whether you want to leave multiple projects open at the same time.

So we are going to go to Compose and we have looked at Electronic. Let's slide down and look at the Song Writer template and again it's going to load the sounds that it needs to give me this template. Again I will cancel out of the Save, and now I have a whole bunch of different stuff, places to record vocals, places to record basses, drum kits and everything in the Electronic template was sounds coming out of the Macintosh. This template has sounds going into the Macintosh. This is expecting to see a guitar sound and some of these are instruments, so we are going to explore where the different sounds come from in later chapters here.

But the cool thing about the template is it gives you a place to put the sounds. Another choice we have from the File menu > New, Don't Close, is to slide down to Produce. There is a whole collection of templates now that involve things that are sort of greater than just song writing and just audio production. We can work in Surround, this is from mastering or working with high-end TDM audio and one of those choices is Music for Picture. Let's take a look at that template.

Again, I will cancel out of the Save window. Now we have a place to drop video and a bunch of audio tracks. We could be recording maybe Foley for our movie, maybe music for our movie so this is an ideal template if your project involves video. You are scoring to a picture. You want to hit certain cuts with audio or music or you are editing music to picture, so the great thing about Logic 8 is that you can start with a template that's close to what you want. You don't have to spend the first half of the project just setting up your gear.

You can start creating pretty much right away with these templates, and if you don't like the template idea, start with a blank slate. You get that option too.

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