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Using channel strips to select a virtual sound

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Video: Using channel strips to select a virtual sound

Once you start composing with MIDI in Logic, you might start to feel that the sound possibilities and options are endless. For some, this can be overwhelming. To help with this, Logic has come up with a really easy way to get the right sound for your track without futzing with controls and plug-ins for hours and hours. These are called channel strip settings and you can use them to work with awesome pre-made sounds or to store and recall the ones that you've carefully created yourself. In this project, we have a track called Fisa. It has some MIDI information in it but there is no sound on the input of the channel strip.

Using channel strips to select a virtual sound

Once you start composing with MIDI in Logic, you might start to feel that the sound possibilities and options are endless. For some, this can be overwhelming. To help with this, Logic has come up with a really easy way to get the right sound for your track without futzing with controls and plug-ins for hours and hours. These are called channel strip settings and you can use them to work with awesome pre-made sounds or to store and recall the ones that you've carefully created yourself. In this project, we have a track called Fisa. It has some MIDI information in it but there is no sound on the input of the channel strip.

You can see that here. Let's use channel strip settings to dial in a sound. Go up to the Setting button at the top of the channel strip, and let's click and hold it, we'll go into Keyboards, Warped Organs, and Old Box Organ. As you can see it just loaded up the channel strip with the bunch of plug-ins and an instrument, the EVB3, on the input of the channel strip. Let's just know what this sound is like. I will solo the track and hit Play.

(Music playing.) This is kind of a droning track and I like this sound of that but I want it to sound more like a classic Farfisa organ instead. I'm going to go into the EVB3 instrument by double-clicking on it and I'm going to go up to the presets of this plug-in. I'm going to change the sound of this organ a little bit. I'm going to go to Other Simulations > Cheesy Organs. That's kind of like the idea of what a Farfisa is. Cool. All the settings changed. I'll close this and let's listen to it again.

(Music playing.) Perfect, that's the sound I want. Now that I've altered this channel strip a little by changing the settings of the plug-in, I can save it and I can use it in later songs. I always like to use sound of a Farfisa in my work. So I'd like to save this so that I can use it later. To do this, go back up to the top of the channel strip where you originally put the settings in place. Go to Save Channel Strip Setting as. We'll call this my farfisa. Hit Save.

Now at any time, I can go into channel strip settings and my farfisa will show up as an option and I can load this sound that I've just created. Channel strip settings aren't just for software instrument tracks. You can also dial them in from regular audio tracks too. Let's go to the wah1 track. This contains the sound of the wah guitar. And unsolo of the Farfisa track and let's listen to the wah1 track. (Music playing.) Okay, it's just some simple guitar chops, but I'd like to enhance the sound a little bit.

I'm going to go over to its channel strip on my left-hand side here, go into Setting, Electric Guitar > Clean > Clean Reverb and I like the Boutique Retro Clean Verb for this. It's going to load up channel strip with guitar sounds including Amp Designer. Let's hear what it sounds like now. (Music playing.) Cool. I like that sound. Notice there is also another wah track. I'd like to copy and paste these settings onto that track.

To do this, let's go to the Mix window. Here we have wah1 and we want to copy these settings to wah2. This is easy. Just go into your channel strip settings. Click Copy Channel Strip Setting. Now I'll go into the wah2 track, into its settings, and paste that channel strip setting. All the settings are now pasted into wah2. Now we can hear them both together. (Music playing.) Cool, now they both have that same channel strip sound.

Let's close the Mix window. Now we're going to use channel strip settings to add drums to our song. Let's unsolo these tracks and let's click down on the bottom track and make a new stereo instrument track. By clicking on the bottom track, the new track will appear below this track. Go to Track > New. Now let's make one software instrument. A new software instrument track is created. Of course, it's not loaded with any sounds yet. This time we're going to call up our channel strip setting not from the Setting menu in the Channels Strip, but rather from the Library on the right-hand side of our Arrange window.

Let's go into the Drums and Percussions folder, we'll go into the Ultrabeat Drum Kits, and let's choose something called Funk Boogie Kit. As soon as I clicked on that, the channel strip was loaded up with those sounds. This is an alternate way to load channel strip settings into your channel strip. Now I am going to go Browser pane and here I have a MIDI file called drumbeat.mid. I'm going to drag that drumbeat into the track I just made. Let's solo this up and here how it sounds through this new channel strip setting we've just made.

(Music playing.) It sounds good. Let's hear it with the song. (Music playing.) Once you've used channel strips to get a sound for starters, you can always tweak later and re-save them as new channel strips. One more thing. Pay attention to the settings in channel strips. They can be a great way to learn how to create instruments and process tracks like a pro.

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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

74 video lessons · 28581 viewers

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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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