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In this course, author Josh Harris demonstrates constructing a remix using only a pre-existing vocal track as a starting point. The course shows how to time-stretch vocals, offers suggestions for establishing a musical direction, and explains how to audition and layer Apple loops. The course also covers programming beats using synths, generating vocal samples, arranging the remix, and creating master-quality final mixes.
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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