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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.
Let's look at how to warp your beat and make a pulsing groove with cool rhythmic variations with the Warp settings in Space Designer. This track is using literally one drum loop that I copied and transformed with different factory presets in Space Designer. Let's hear that one loop right here. I'll solo the track on top. (music playing) That's the original beat. So I'll insert Space Designer from the Reverb folder.
And let's go into the Library, and I will scroll down to the bottom of the presets and go into this folder of warped effects, all extremely creative. One of the most instantly powerful is this folder on top, the Drone Tones. Let's keep soloing that one beat, and I'm just going to switch which presets we're listening to it through. (music playing) I will just bypass Space Designer to prove all of these musical pitched overtones that are coming out of Space Designer.
Right here in the plugin I'm bypassing it. Here is our beat. Take it out of Bypass. Absolutely amazing. Here's what's happening. The normal use of the convolution reverb like Space Designer is to provide a wide variety of reverbs from different room spaces-- outdoors, indoors, cathedrals, concert halls--by making a recording of a room space called an Impulse Response, then applying that to the track you want to alter.
Obviously, I'm simplifying the process a bit, but that's the general idea. What's happening with the Warp Settings is that they're using recordings from a synthesizer. Actual AIF files you can view and listen to from the Finder, or by opening up Space Designer and right here from this drop down window, Show in Finder. You can see the actual tones that are being used with these Warp settings.
So, what I did to create this track that we haven't heard yet-- let me take that first loop out of solo-- was again, I took that one drum loop and I copied it four or five times. And on each one of the copies, I added Space Designer and put it through a different one of those presets. So this is what happened to the track when I did that, and it helped build the foundation of a groove. Let's have a listen. (music playing) When we get to burrow five, and I introduce the same drum loop, but it's going through another drone tone inside of Space Designer. (music playing) We'll just play it through one more.
(music playing) Space Designer is way more than a reverb. These Warped plugin settings can create extremely musical variations of your beat that evolve and complete the arrangement of a dance track or maybe a suspenseful cinematic interlude.
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