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Using Apple Loops

From: Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

Video: Using Apple Loops

For those of you who may not be familiar with Apple Loops, let's spend a few minutes examining how they work and gain an understanding of how important they can be to the remixing process. I hit the B key, that opens up the Audio Bin, and you'll see that there are three other menu tabs, Loops, Library and Browser. I click on the Loops tab and basically this is where the Apple Loops live. All I need to do is choose the characteristics of the loops that I am looking for. This is the filter section of the Apple Loops search area.

Using Apple Loops

For those of you who may not be familiar with Apple Loops, let's spend a few minutes examining how they work and gain an understanding of how important they can be to the remixing process. I hit the B key, that opens up the Audio Bin, and you'll see that there are three other menu tabs, Loops, Library and Browser. I click on the Loops tab and basically this is where the Apple Loops live. All I need to do is choose the characteristics of the loops that I am looking for. This is the filter section of the Apple Loops search area.

I'm looking for Beats and up pops a huge list of drum loops. I'll sort them from highest BPM to lowest. And you can see just how much content comes with Logic right out of the box. These are all drum loops, and I will explain the difference between the blue and the green loops in a moment, all the way down to 80 BPM all the way up to 160. Over here in the Beats column, 16 beats basically means it's four measures. There is four beats per measure, times 4 measures is 16.

The Blue Apple Loops are audio files, and you can hear as I audition one and I'll audition one whose original BPM is not the same BPM as our remix. (Music playing) As you can hear, that's not 110 beats per minute, it's quite a bit faster. It's actually 125 BPM, the BPM of our remix. So all of the Apple Loops automatically sync to the BPM of your session, which is a wonderful, wonderful feature.

Think of it like the lead vocal that we time stretched in Flex mode. It's a very instantaneous process. You can audition these loops at any BPM and unless you are doing something very extreme like 40 or 50 BPM difference between the source tempo and the destination tempo, generally things sound really good. All I have to do is simply drag a beat out on to the Arrange window and there it is. And I'll close the Bin for a moment, and as we expand the waveform we see the one bar loop.

And this little icon right up here shows us that it's an Apple Loop. It has different characteristics than an audio file, which I'll get to in a moment. I am going to mute out the other tracks just so we can listen to the Apple loop. (Music playing) And if I wanted to loop that I would simply hit L and boom, there is an Apple Loop. We can even listen to it against the lead vocal. (Music playing) There it is.

Everything is locked to the grid. So, I'll mute this Apple loop out and let's go back to the Loops tab and I will pull out a Green Apple Loop which is basically a MIDI file. I drag it onto the Instrument window, close the Bin. I expand it and you can see the MIDI data right here. I'm going to highlight two bars because that's the length of this loop. Let's zoom in on the Piano Roll and we can take a look at the MIDI notes. (Music playing) Let's close the Piano Roll for a moment and take a look at our Drum Kits and see what it shows: Hip Hop Drum Kit.

Let's say I'm not crazy about that Hip Hop Drum Kit and I'd like to find another Drum Kit. Well, all I have to do is go down here and choose a different Drum Kit. I will choose Rock Drum Kit. You may occasionally run into a window such as this, that's just letting you know there are multiple locations of the samples that you've chosen. I've chosen Rock Kit and it's pathing to the Cavern Kit samples, so I will click OK and click OK again and we have changed Drum Kits. So let's take a listen.

(Music playing) Close this window, open up the MIDI files and we can lasso the MIDI data. (Music playing) And move the notes around. (Music playing) So as you can see, this gives you unlimited options for editing MIDI data.

choosing drum sounds, reassigning samples and so on and so forth. So let's close the Piano Roll and go back here to the Apple Loops Library, and I'm going to take it off Beats and actually we are going to do the same process with a Bass line. Now I don't use this generally because I'm a keyboard player, so I almost always play my own parts in. But it's kind of cool sometimes, if you know your song is the Key of B.

(Music playing) I have dragged that onto the window and I will just play this Bass line along with the drums that I have chosen. Now I will mute out the MIDI drums and go back to the Drum Loop. (Music playing) So you can see that not only we have options with drum sounds but we also have them with musical loops as well.

And over here in this Key column, are the keys that these loops belong to. For example, this is in the Key of B, this in the Key of E and again, four bars, two bars, one bar, remember there are four beats to a measure. So I hope this helps give you an overview of how Apple Loops work, and you can see how important they will become as we start to build our musical track.

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Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

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  1. 16m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using Logic Pro as a remixing environment
      4m 45s
    3. Optimizing Logic's performance and monitoring system usage
      4m 29s
    4. Working with software synths
      3m 15s
    5. Using the exercise files
      58s
    6. Relinking audio files
      1m 39s
  2. 22m 51s
    1. Setting up your session
      2m 34s
    2. Determining and verifying source BPM
      1m 30s
    3. Lining up vocals over a kick drum
      5m 36s
    4. Choosing destination BPM and time-stretching in Flex mode
      4m 30s
    5. Exporting time-stretched vocals and importing into a session
      4m 23s
    6. Thinking about your direction
      4m 18s
  3. 22m 50s
    1. Using Apple Loops
      6m 8s
    2. Auditioning drum loops
      5m 46s
    3. Layering drum loops
      4m 45s
    4. Drum loops and drum programming
      6m 11s
  4. 19m 56s
    1. Chord changes and harmonic structure
      4m 18s
    2. Getting bass sounds and programming bass lines
      8m 50s
    3. Layering bass sounds and side chaining
      6m 48s
  5. 34m 20s
    1. Choosing foundational synth parts and sounds
      11m 46s
    2. Layering synth parts
      10m 21s
    3. Lead line hooks
      5m 37s
    4. Synth candy
      6m 36s
  6. 12m 19s
    1. The importance of arranging
      2m 26s
    2. Arranging your track
      9m 53s
  7. 23m 3s
    1. Creating vocal samples and transitional sounds
      11m 57s
    2. Advanced vocal editing techniques
      5m 44s
    3. Filling holes in the arrangement
      5m 22s
  8. 47m 30s
    1. Mixing philosophies
      6m 30s
    2. Mixing drums and bass
      5m 40s
    3. Mixing synths and transitional sounds
      12m 14s
    4. Mixing vocals
      10m 36s
    5. Final touches, referencing, and mastering your final mix
      5m 17s
    6. Listening to the final mix
      7m 13s
  9. 47s
    1. Final thoughts
      47s

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