Logic Production Techniques: Making Beats
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Vocoding in Logic


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Logic Production Techniques: Making Beats

with Dot Bustelo

Video: Vocoding in Logic

Let me show you how to Side Chain in the Logic Evoc-20 Vocoder to reinforce the rhythm and pulse of your beat. There are two vocoders in Logic: the Evoc 20 Polysynth and the Evoc 20 Track Oscillator. Here's the plugin that you can insert on another synth track, the Evoc 20 Track Oscillator, and what I have muted for now is the Evoc Synthesizer.
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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      31s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 14s
  2. 28m 32s
    1. Choosing the drum kit
      5m 49s
    2. Rehearsing the beat, cycling in Logic, and recording the kick and snare
      3m 42s
    3. Understanding Logic regions and quantizing effectively
      10m 8s
    4. Fast, easy arranging tricks for drums
      8m 53s
  3. 29m 6s
    1. Learning the basics of the drum machine
      6m 29s
    2. Sound designing your kits
      4m 18s
    3. Old-school step sequencing
      7m 2s
    4. Making stutter vocal effects using the Step Grid in Ultrabeat
      6m 40s
    5. Making stutter vocal effects with a sidechain
      4m 37s
  4. 28m 5s
    1. Rocking out with Apple Loops
      7m 0s
    2. Changing the pitch of Apple Loops
      9m 32s
    3. Changing the feel of Apple Loops
      6m 20s
    4. Making, tagging, and indexing your own Apple Loops
      5m 13s
  5. 22m 41s
    1. Finding your tempo
      3m 21s
    2. Time stretching audio
      4m 53s
    3. Slicing up your samples
      8m 20s
    4. Building a useful EXS instrument from a drum loop
      6m 7s
  6. 20m 32s
    1. Flexing vocals
      5m 23s
    2. Quantizing audio
      4m 57s
    3. Flexing to change project tempo
      3m 18s
    4. Making beats with the different flex modes
      6m 54s
  7. 25m 59s
    1. Making groove templates
      4m 24s
    2. Advanced quantizing
      4m 2s
    3. Beatmapping a live performance
      4m 49s
    4. Experimenting with your tempo using Varispeed
      3m 31s
    5. Fattening your sound with drum replacement/doubling
      3m 22s
    6. Using the Transform window for a human drummer feel
      5m 51s
  8. 20m 13s
    1. Warping your beat with Space Designer
      3m 57s
    2. Creating turntable and tape-machine-style speed fades
      3m 41s
    3. Packing drum loops into a take folder
      4m 10s
    4. Sidechaining the compressor with your kick
      4m 0s
    5. Vocoding in Logic
      4m 25s
  9. 45s
    1. What's next?
      45s

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Watch the Online Video Course Logic Production Techniques: Making Beats
2h 58m Intermediate Mar 28, 2013

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Let internationally recognized music producer and Logic Pro presenter Dot Bustelo guide you through the process of creating professional beats for hip-hop, electronic dance, or other commercial music genres in Logic Pro. It all starts with choosing the right drum kit for your song, after which Dot covers recording, quantizing, and arranging your tracks of drums, bass, and synth lines. She then introduces the built-in drum machine Ultrabeat, showing how to step sequence, design your own custom sounds, and create glitchy effects. Next, discover some creative uses for Apple Loops, to adapt completely to the pitch and feel of your song. Then dive deeper into the unique tools for making beats and learn how to time-stretch, quantize, and regroove with Flex Audio, as well as add the most advanced, subtle swing to your beats and broaden your sounds with drum replacement. The final chapter focuses on techniques specific to electronic music, including warping a beat with Space Designer, side-chaining, and making DJ and turntable speed fades.

Topics include:
  • Rehearsing the beat
  • Recording kick and snare drums
  • Understanding Logic Pro regions and quantizing effectively
  • Sound designing your kits
  • Step sequencing
  • Making stutter vocal effects
  • Customizing Apple Loops to lock in pitch and feel
  • Finding your tempo and changing the tempo of audio
  • Slicing your samples by transient and by beat
  • Flexing like a pro
  • Making groove templates and other advanced quantizing techniques
  • Making retro Logic groove techniques with the Transform Editor
  • Vocoding and side-chaining in Logic Pro
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Logic Pro
Author:
Dot Bustelo

Vocoding in Logic

Let me show you how to Side Chain in the Logic Evoc-20 Vocoder to reinforce the rhythm and pulse of your beat. There are two vocoders in Logic: the Evoc 20 Polysynth and the Evoc 20 Track Oscillator. Here's the plugin that you can insert on another synth track, the Evoc 20 Track Oscillator, and what I have muted for now is the Evoc Synthesizer.

This is the Evoc 20 Polysynth. They have a very similar interface. The distinction is that the Evoc 20 Polysynth has oscillators to generate sound and the Evoc 20 Track oscillator is an effects plugin that you can insert on a software instrument. You'll hear that they have a very similar sonic quality. Let's use the Evoc 20 Track Oscillator first, this one that I have inserted on the EXS24 String Pad, and let's have a listen to the results.

(music playing) I'll bypass the vocoder and add it back in. (music playing) So here's what I have set up. On audio track 1, I have this beat. Solo it by hitting the S key. (music playing) On the track with the vocoder are EXS24 Strings, I have the Side Chain set to track 1.

So when I play it back, you're listening to the chords chopped and rhythmically playing exactly the same rhythm as the drumbeat. (music playing) I have a few other beats loaded on Audio 1, but muted. I'll mute this Trip Hop beat and bring up another one. (music playing) Here's that beat by itself. (music playing) And now you can hear it triggering the same rhythm on our pad.

(music playing) Let's hear it going through one more beat. I'll mute this one and bring up this jungle beat. (music playing) So let's experiment a little bit with some of these settings inside the vocoder. We'll go back to a simpler-sounding beat. And the ones that are most dramatic are the Formant Shift, the Formant Stretch, and extending out this bar, you can watch the display here. Let's have a listen.

(music playing) And of course, all of this could be automated. (music playing) And that's it. What I have muted here is the Evoc Synthesizer, so let's mute the strings coming out of the EXS24, and hear the same effect coming out of the Evoc PS Polysynth.

(music playing) Same thing, play with the Formant Stretch. (music playing) Again, the difference here is that we're using synth sounds generated by the internal oscillators of this synthesizer. (music playing) I'll switch the beat that's triggering it in the Side Chain. (music playing) And that's how the Logic Vocoder reinforces the pulse of a beat for a dance track, pop song, or maybe a movie soundtrack.

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