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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.
In addition to the world-class synths and samplers you get with Logic, they also have included three modeled keyboard instruments. You get the EVB3, a classic Hammond B3 with Leslie speaker emulator, the EVD6, an emulation of the Hohner D6 Clavinet, and EVP88, an electric piano emulation. Let's check these out. A real Hammond B3 organ is quite a machine. Between the drawbars, the foot pedals, and the rotating speaker cabinet, there is a lot going on. Logic has faithfully emulated a version of this venerable instrument and at 0 pounds 0 ounces, it weighs in a little lighter.
When you open the EVB3 by double- clicking it in the channel strip, the first thing that catches your eye are the drawbars. Just like a real Hammond organ there are upper and lower drawbars used to generate different tonal combinations. Let's play this MIDI region back and try moving the tone bars to create different sounds. (Music playing.) There are also drawbar presets that you can click on.
That's what these are down here. (Music playing.) Another feature of the EVB3 is the Chorus knob over here. This turns on the vibrato and tremolo of the organ in different styles and strengths. Let's hear it. (Music playing.) You can change the rate or even deactivate it by clicking on the Upper button.
Don't confuse this control with the spinning Leslie effect, which we will get to in a second. Across the bottom here, we have simple EQ controls. Low, Mid, and High. The controls for the Leslie speaker cabinet are on the bottom right. Down here we have Chorale, which means slow spin, Brake, which means stop spinning, and Tremolo, which means spin fast. Let's hear what these do. (Music playing.) Let me turn off the chorus, so we can hear it just by itself.
I'll click on the Upper button to do that. (Music playing.) As you can tell, you can actually hear the speed of the speaker spinning up and down. You can also change the type of cabinet. Where it says Cabinet, if you click in there, you get a pulldown menu. Here we can choose Wood, Proline, Single. These are all different types of Leslie cabinets that are out there in the world. The ones with IR after them are the most realistic.
IR stands for Impulse Response. That means these are acoustically modeled sounds. If you chose the Split option, that means the low and high speakers from the original Leslie cabinet are split to your left and right speakers for a wider stereo image. (Music playing.) As you can see, the EVB3 has many more controls that allow you to dial in the Hammond sound of your dreams. Let's go on to the next instrument, the EVP88.
The EVP88 gives us the Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos in all of their various shapes and sizes. You can either change the presets from the Preset menu in the standard place that it is in all plug-in windows, or from the dial up top. Just click on the middle of the dial and turn right or left and change presets. Let's hear some of these presets. (Music playing.) As you can see below, there are some parameters that allow you to change the tonality of the instrument.
It's a very realistic instrument. The velocity and pressure from the MIDI events actually put more gain on the output just like a real electric piano. You can get everything from the clean bell sound of Herbie Hancock's Rhodes Mark I, to the phasey Steely Dan dream sound of the suitcase piano, to the thick trem of Neil Young's Wurlitzer 200A. On the last track we have an EVD6. The D6 uses Logic's breakthrough string modeling to emulate a classic Hohner clavinet. You have heard this on such hits as Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and The Door's "Love Me Two Times." The controls at the bottom let you choose it from right to left, Brilliant, Treble, Medium, Soft, as Filter options.
You also can choose different pickups. That's right, real clavinets actually have strings inside them and guitar like pickups. You can also change the stereo spread, how wide across the stereo field the sound is. Let's hear some of the presets. Let's try out Wah Clav > 70s Funk Clav. (Music playing.) You can also check out Distorted Clav. (Music playing.) These instruments can employ groundbreaking technologies that give you very close emulations to some real instruments and unlike the actual instruments they don't break down, go out of tune, or take up tons of room.
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