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Using the Toolbox


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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

with Scott Hirsch

Video: Using the Toolbox

You may have noticed that our cursor changes its shape depending on where it is physically located in Logic's windows. In this lesson, we'll explore the toolbox and learn how to quickly select the right tool for the job. The default Pointer tool is a multifunctional tool. This means it can change its function depending on where it is relative to a region in the Arrange window. On the bottom right-hand side of our region it turn into a trimmer. On the top, right-hand side it turns into a loop. In the middle it turns into a pointer which you can use to select or move a region. The Pointer is cool but there are other tools we will need.
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  1. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 17m 39s
    1. Installing the software
      3m 19s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time, using the templates
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding audio interfaces
      3m 35s
    4. Understanding MIDI interfaces
      5m 30s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. Getting to know the Arrange window
      5m 15s
    2. Using the many windows of Logic
      4m 13s
    3. Creating your own screensets
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Transport window and controlling playback
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Toolbox
      2m 37s
    6. Naming tracks and regions
      3m 27s
    7. Learning useful and custom key commands
      5m 18s
    8. Saving and going mobile with your project
      4m 8s
  4. 41m 41s
    1. Setting up for recording
      5m 43s
    2. Understanding Metronome settings or the click track
      4m 7s
    3. Understanding tempo
      4m 37s
    4. Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording
      3m 56s
    5. Playing with guitar madness: Amp design
      5m 13s
    6. Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board
      4m 5s
    7. Working with takes recording and comping
      4m 51s
    8. Punching in to replace bad audio
      4m 51s
    9. Using Varispeed to create an old tape machine sound
      4m 18s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding MIDI
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Logic synth instruments
      7m 4s
    3. Working with the emulator instruments
      5m 23s
    4. Using the EXS24 sampler
      3m 7s
    5. Building tracks with Ultrabeat
      5m 31s
    6. Using channel strips to select a virtual sound
      5m 29s
    7. Understanding the basics of MIDI recording
      4m 38s
    8. Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record
      4m 9s
    9. Using Logic's step input
      4m 3s
    10. Mastering quantization
      6m 18s
    11. Working in the Piano Scroll window
      5m 33s
    12. Editing controller messages with Hyper View
      4m 8s
    13. Working with the Hyper Editor
      5m 29s
    14. Working with the Events List
      3m 20s
  6. 29m 49s
    1. Importing prerecorded audio into Logic
      4m 5s
    2. Exploring Apple Loops
      4m 40s
    3. Creating your own Apple Loop
      4m 21s
    4. Conforming tempo, region to session, or session to region
      3m 51s
    5. Using the new Flex Time feature
      5m 17s
    6. Beat mapping your project
      4m 41s
    7. Importing elements from project to project
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 15s
    1. Understanding the basic editing techniques in the Arrange window
      7m 5s
    2. Tips for editing and arranging
      3m 21s
    3. Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window
      3m 45s
    4. Mastering fades for audio region arranging
      4m 58s
    5. Fixing and morphing sound with the Sample Editor
      5m 6s
  8. 11m 12s
    1. Working with notes and composing in the Score Editor
      4m 26s
    2. Editing notes, keys, and time signatures
      3m 35s
    3. Creating scores and lead sheets for musicians
      3m 11s
  9. 9m 8s
    1. Setting up for a sync video project
      4m 50s
    2. Scoring music to video
      4m 18s
  10. 56m 32s
    1. Mixing philosophies and five tools for mixing
      3m 37s
    2. Setting up for a mix
      5m 11s
    3. Directing audio traffic with fader levels
      5m 7s
    4. Exploring Logic's panning features
      4m 37s
    5. Exploring inserts: Using EQ as a mix tool
      6m 51s
    6. Exploring inserts: Using compression as a mix tool
      5m 38s
    7. Using advanced signal flow with aux and send tracks
      3m 12s
    8. Using advanced signal flow with time-based FX to create space in your mix
      3m 44s
    9. Using automation to create dynamic mixes
      6m 22s
    10. Giving your mix life with automation
      2m 45s
    11. Optimizing performance with freeze tracks
      4m 42s
    12. Using channel strips for audio processing
      4m 46s
  11. 16m 7s
    1. Understanding surround hardware requirements
      4m 5s
    2. Building surround mixing workflows
      6m 17s
    3. Using the surround panner
      5m 45s
  12. 15m 48s
    1. Bouncing down your song
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding why alt mixes are a good idea
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring Logic's export options
      3m 37s
    4. Mastering your own Logic project
      4m 18s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training
5h 25m Beginner Mar 09, 2010

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In Logic Pro 9 Essential Training, Scott Hirsch explains how to harness the power and flexibility of Logic Pro, Apple’s popular songwriting software, to record, edit, and mix music. The course includes instruction on how to compose in Logic Pro, and spend more time being creative and less time dealing with technical uncertainties. Scott focuses on setting up a workspace, recording with both live performers and digital instruments, editing and arranging, and mixing and mastering a composition. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Navigating the Logic Pro interface
  • Setting up for recording
  • Enabling multiple inputs for a live performance
  • Exploring Logic's arsenal of virtual instruments
  • Working with powerful MIDI editors and sequencers
  • Beatmapping, varispeed, and tempo adjustment in the timeline
  • Creating and re-using Apple loops
  • Editing music: Moving and snapping regions, cutting and looping
  • Transcribing a score and creating lead sheets in the Score Editor
  • Syncing with video
  • Mixing audio and creating dynamic mixes
  • Understanding surround sound requirements
  • Exporting a song from Logic Pro
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Logic Pro
Author:
Scott Hirsch

Using the Toolbox

You may have noticed that our cursor changes its shape depending on where it is physically located in Logic's windows. In this lesson, we'll explore the toolbox and learn how to quickly select the right tool for the job. The default Pointer tool is a multifunctional tool. This means it can change its function depending on where it is relative to a region in the Arrange window. On the bottom right-hand side of our region it turn into a trimmer. On the top, right-hand side it turns into a loop. In the middle it turns into a pointer which you can use to select or move a region. The Pointer is cool but there are other tools we will need.

You can choose them with the menu on the upper right of the Arrange window, here the list of all the tools we have at our disposal. If I choose the Eraser tool, my cursor is now the Eraser tool. I'll go back and choose the Pointer tool. The menu to the right is our alternate tool. That's a tool that'll show up whenever we hit Command in the Arrange window. Notice right now it's currently selected as the Marquee tool. When I hit Command in the Arrange window, my cursor turns automatically into the Marquee tool. So you can change either your primary tool or your alternate tool at any time, to give you access to two tools at once.

It is tiring and time-consuming to constantly go up to the top right to change your tools. If you're working intensely for hours on end, you have spent a large amount of time dragging the mouse up there. There is got to be a faster way. There is. It's the Escape key. Any time you hit the Escape key it pops up a toolbox wherever your mouse is and you get a list of your primary tools from there. So at any time I can hit Escape and choose for example the Eraser tool. Now that's my tool. Hit Escape again. Choose the Pointer tool. Even faster are the numbers we see next to the tools when we hit Escape.

Notice that every tool has a number associated with it. If I hit Escape and then the number 3, I automatically get the Eraser tool. Escape+1 takes me back to the Pointer tool. These are fast and useful ways to change your tools. One last point, be aware that the list changes slightly and the tools will do different things depending on what window we are in. If I select the Dark Pad ModW region and open the piano roll, I can see by the list of tools that they are different in this window. For example, I've a Finger tool, but I didn't have a Finger tool in the Arrange window. Also they do different things.

For example, the Pencil tool actually creates a MIDI event. (Music playing.) If I close this window and go back to the Arrange window, you'll see,by hitting Escape, and choosing the Pencil tool, that in this window it actually makes an empty region, something totally different. It may sound trivial and unnecessary to master quick selection of your tools, but you'll be astounded down the road how much difference it makes to quickly get the right tool when you need to perform a specific task in Logic. The faster you can make the move, the less likely that creative impulse you have will be forgotten.

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