What Ultrabeat does and the different ways you can work with it
- [Voiceover] In Logic Pro there are several tools you can use to add great sounding drum tracks to your music. Those include Drum Designer, Drum Machine Designer, working within adding your own samples in the arrangement window, or ESX24 sampler, working with Apple factory content, working with a drummer track, which is great for live music styles, and a plugin that comes with Logic called Ultrabeat. For right now, we're gonna focus on using Ultrabeat. Ultrabeat is a powerful drum synthesizer and sample player that's included with Logic Pro. You can use Ultrabeat to easily create drum patterns with its powerful step sequencer, which you can drag right into a mini track in Logic.
You can also hit record and trigger drums via midi, live by playing on your QWERTY keyboard, or favorite midi controller. Ultrabeat also includes lots of drum kits that are optimized for a variety of genres and styles. Let's take a look at an overview of some of Ultrabeat's powerful features. I'm not going to show you all of them, but instead will focus on essential features that you'll probably be using most often. One of the reason's we're gonna focus on Ultrabeat is that many genres in electronic music have originated from analog drum machines that feature a step sequencer. Take, for example, the classic Roland TR-808 or 909.
All of these vintage drum machines have something in common and that is the step sequencer. The step sequencer allows you to program drum patterns and drum loops and then create subtle variations in those drum loops or patterns by chaining them together. Ultrabeat has similar features in the DAW and that's why it's really great for working in a variety of genres, especially dance music.
He starts with building the foundation of the track—the drums. He shows how to program beats in Ultrabeat, utilize your own samples, and create drumbeats for a variety of genres. He then moves into creating basslines for house, trap, dubstep, and other genres, and getting a great deep sub-bass sound. He next moves into creating lead synth sounds, starting with Logic Pro's built-in Alchemy and Retro synths. He also goes into using samples, adding sound effects, and utilizing Apple's factory content. Then he pulls it all together and demonstrates ways to arrange the tracks, use creative effects, mix the tracks together, and use automation to finalize the mix. Chapter 6 covers sending your MIDI note and clock data to external synths from Logic Pro X—a fun way to experiment with analog sounds.
- Configuring Logic preferences for electronic music
- Working with a MIDI controller
- Understanding concepts unique to electronic music production
- Drum programming, step sequencing, and sound design in Ultrabeat
- Working with Drum Machine Designer
- Creating a bassline
- Recording filter automation with Retro
- Working on sound design with Alchemy
- Working with Apple's Loop Browser
- Applying MIDI and automation effects
- Using sidechain compression
- Setting up analog gear
- Syncing Logic Pro X with an external clock