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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.
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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