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Remixing a Song in Logic Pro
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Using Logic Pro as a remixing environment


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Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

with Josh Harris

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With all the digital audio workstations available to music makers today, why choose Logic Pro? Well for me first and foremost, I love the way it looks. I'm actually able to stare at this arrange window for hours and my eyes don't get tired. What we are looking at right now is a snap shot of the arrange window of our finished remix. I have been using Logic for over 13 years now and I find it to be a wonderful musical platform for capturing my ideas in an immediate manner. Just a quick tour of the arrange window. What we have up here on the left are audio files, you can see the blue audio files icon and I'll actually expand this by holding down Ctrl+Option and the Down Arrow that blows up the screen or shrinks the screen and Ctrl+Option Right and Left arrow expands and contracts.
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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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Remixing a Song in Logic Pro
3h 19m Intermediate Dec 01, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using Logic Pro as a remixing environment
  • Setting up a session
  • Lining up vocals over a kick drum
  • Analyzing chord changes and harmonic structure
  • Programming synth parts
  • Arranging a track
  • Demonstrating advanced vocal editing techniques
  • Mixing the drums, bass, synths, and vocals
  • Mastering the final mix
Subjects:
Audio + Music Audio Plug-Ins Music Composition Remixing
Software:
Logic Pro
Author:
Josh Harris

Using Logic Pro as a remixing environment

With all the digital audio workstations available to music makers today, why choose Logic Pro? Well for me first and foremost, I love the way it looks. I'm actually able to stare at this arrange window for hours and my eyes don't get tired. What we are looking at right now is a snap shot of the arrange window of our finished remix. I have been using Logic for over 13 years now and I find it to be a wonderful musical platform for capturing my ideas in an immediate manner. Just a quick tour of the arrange window. What we have up here on the left are audio files, you can see the blue audio files icon and I'll actually expand this by holding down Ctrl+Option and the Down Arrow that blows up the screen or shrinks the screen and Ctrl+Option Right and Left arrow expands and contracts.

So we can see as we expand here, this is an audio waveform and the green track here is MIDI data, we double-click on that, we see our Piano Roll, and there is our MIDI data right here. I click Piano Roll again, that closes the window, and I will shrink the arrange window back down. I spend most of my time in this window. Recording the MIDI data arranging the track. You can see that I've actually color coded some different tracks here. Visually color coding different sections of the arrangement helps me identify where I am in the track.

If I hit X, it pulls up the mixer window, and the mixer window has all of the tracks that are on the arrange window, set up in a mixing console fashion. I hit X again, and I can also get back to the mixer by hitting Command+2, which gives me a slightly different view. Here you can see your plug-ins, your Sends and Returns to your Reverbs and Delays and all these different effects, there are also Channel Strip settings. If I click and hold Setting, a menu pops down, giving me access to different presets for different effects.

I simply close the mixer window, by hitting Command+W, and as you dive deeper into working with Logic, you'll see that you're able to customize the program to fit the way your mind works. If you would like to import key commands or change key commands, you simply go to Preferences and you go to Key Commands here, and all these different functions in Logic are set up with certain key commands, which you are able to change them over here on the right side. Simply close this window to get back to the Arrange window. And I need to point out, when it comes to bouncing down your finished mixes, one of the huge pluses for me with Logic is the fact that it has the ability to do off-line bouncing, versus real time bouncing.

Real time bouncing means that you need to actually sit through listening to your track from start to finish in real time, and then when it's finished a stereo wave file of the finished mix is produced. Off-line bouncing, if I click the bounce window here, it bounces a file off-line, so I won't hear anything and you can see right here you can choose which mode, real time or off-line. As a remixer, doing tracks that are usually six, seven or eight minutes long, Not having to deal with real time bouncing has saved me hours upon hours over the last 10 years.

That's a huge plus for me. Also, with logic being an Apple product, the software maker is also the creator of the computer. So the stability for logic on a Mac is extremely high, I very rarely have encountered any problems with logic. Every piece of software may crash now and again, but I have had very few instances where logic has crashed on me. And you're able to put it on a laptop of any size, a desktop of any size whether it's an iMac, a MacBook, a MacBook Pro, and essentially you're able to set up with a pair of headphones, and you can start making music. And if you even don't have a MIDI controller, you can hit the Caps lock key and a little keyboard pops up.

And all you have to do is (Music playing) These keys correspond to different keys on the keyboard, I have actually programmed a baseline using this little keyboard by hitting Caps lock and this virtual keyboard comes up. Hit Caps lock again and it closes. These are just a few of the functions that I feel make Logic a standout program for remixing. Electronic music composition can be a very solitary pursuit, and for me Logic Pro really appeals to that side of my musicianship.

So much of the electronic music world is a mobile world, somebody might be at a DJ gig in Brussels, and then they're working on their remix that night on the plane home, that's how this works, that's that world, it's very much a boot up the computer and work on the track anywhere any time, and that's what Logic provides its users.

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