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Working with notes and composing in the Score Editor

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Well the Graphical MIDI data in Logic is clear and precise, some composers still prefer to write their music with good old-fashioned notation. Logic has a very sophisticated built-in notation system. It lives in the Score Editor. The Score Editor allows you to view any MIDI region's content, but also, you can compose in it and customize it's display and create all kinds of sheet music, from orchestral scores to lead sheets, to guitar tablature. Let's dive into the Score Editor and see what it's all about. Like the Piano Roll Editor, you can't do anything in the Score Editor until there is a MIDI region to work from.

Working with notes and composing in the Score Editor

Well the Graphical MIDI data in Logic is clear and precise, some composers still prefer to write their music with good old-fashioned notation. Logic has a very sophisticated built-in notation system. It lives in the Score Editor. The Score Editor allows you to view any MIDI region's content, but also, you can compose in it and customize it's display and create all kinds of sheet music, from orchestral scores to lead sheets, to guitar tablature. Let's dive into the Score Editor and see what it's all about. Like the Piano Roll Editor, you can't do anything in the Score Editor until there is a MIDI region to work from.

So let's draw a blank region into Steinway Piano Software Instrument track to get started. Next, we have our Pencil tool. Click once to make a new region, With that region selected, we'll go up to Window and choose Score. Also, Command+3 opens the Score Editor. So this is our default view of the Score Editor. Like other MIDI editors in Logic, there are local menus up top. There is a MIDI In and Out button and Parameter controls on the left. There are three areas in the left column to look at. On top is the Display Parameter box, where you can alter the overall look of your staff.

Below that is the Event Parameter box where any selected event, like a note, can be altered. Finally, on the bottom is the Parts Box, where you have access to the actual part elements of your score, things like notes, rests, text, ornaments etc. To get notes into the Score Editor, you can either record MIDI in real-time. Use Logic step input by playing one note at a time from your MIDI, or Caps Lock Keyboard, or the Step Input Keyboard. When you drag out a note from the Part Box to the main area, a pop-up window will open up under your mouse that's tells you what location and pitch you are at, as you drop the note. Let's try it.

(Piano playing.) You also hear the notes as you drag them in. Let's do one more. This time, we'll do a half note. (Piano playing.) and we'll finish out the bar with another quarter note. (Piano playing.) Once the notes are in there, you can edit pitch and position by clicking on them and dragging up and down. (Piano playing.) Again, the pop-up window will tell you what pitch you are at and location.

You can also change these parameters in the Event Parameter box, as long as you have a note selected, you can change it's Pitch, from here too. You also have access to the notes Velocity in the Event Parameter box. You can drag up and down on the numbers to change them or double-click and type them in manually. In the Part Box aside from notes, you can drag out other elements. The list of parts, will change depending on the style staff you have selected and the Part menu button you have selected. You can change the Part menu button by clicking on these different icons here, to give you different parts.

For example, you can pull out a guitar chord grid from the Part Box, if you click on the chord grid button. Let's try that. Pull out a chord grid and it opens up the Chord Grid Library. Here, you can audition different chords. Let's try C7. Click on it and hit Play. (Chord playing.) If that's the one we want, hit OK. It brings the C7 chord grid into our main area. As you can see, the view is a little cramped here. You can change it to, any time, to Page View by clicking on the Page button at the top of the window.

Here in Page View, we have a little more room to work. We can drag our chord grid up a little bit. You can even write lyrics in here. If you Click on the A button, that opens up our text possibilities. Take the Text icon and drag it right out into the main window. Now we can write in lyrics. To change the style of staff, you can go up to the main Parameters box. Right now, we are looking at Piano staff. We can change this to other instruments, if we want. For example, if we wanted to look at this in Guitar tablature, we can do that here. We can also look at other styles of Instruments, say, for example, Trumpet in Bb. Logic automatically changed the staff to the way a trumpet player would like to see it.

Let's go back to piano. It's important to know that besides notes and their durations and Velocity values, other ornamentation, like chord grids and lyrics, are strictly for viewing purposes only. They don't change the MIDI in any way. Now, let's close the Score Editor and let's open up this region in our Piano Roll Editor. As you can see, the three notes we made show up as regular MIDI events in the Piano Roll Editor, but the guitar grid and the lyrics don't show up here. Of course, this lesson is just a tip of the iceberg for the complex and multi- featured Score Editor, but it should be enough to get you going.

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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

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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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