Join Dot Bustelo for an in-depth discussion in this video Packing drum loops into a take folder, part of Logic Production Techniques: Making Beats.
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The idea of comping--compiling a master track from the best parts of different live performances--is familiar to any recording engineer; what may not be so familiar is applying this technique to beats. A Take folder is automatically created in Logic when you record over an existing audio track. Multiple takes get combined into the composite track, so you can select the best parts from all the takes. So, if the multiple performances are recorded, but not into a Take folder, you can pack them afterwards. And when this gets creative is that we can pack drum loops into a Take folder and cut between them for a cool break-beat effect.
Here are a few drum loops. They are a little busy playing back all at the same time. Let's hear them quickly. (music playing) So, let's pack them up. I'll highlight all of them and from the Region menu, I will scroll down to Folder--but this isn't a regular folder we're making. We are packing a Take folder. Let's clean up our Arrange window and I'll just delete those extra tracks we don't need anymore. And now from this disclosure triangle in the upper left, I'm going to open up, and now we see our view of the different individual loops packed into a Take folder.
(music playing) I'm going to color them so it'll be easier to see what's going on. This is the other loop, and then here's the next loop and that loop. So we had four loops. The top track is going to be our composite track. Watch it update as I swipe between the different takes. Here we go. (music playing) It's just really endless variations. A great trick is to click into the take above or below a selection and you can quickly replace that part of the composite.
So, when I click right below, it keeps that area and selects from another take. (music playing) And that's just about all you need to know about it. One more detail: extend a take region selection by dragging the start point to the left or the end point to the right, just like this.
Just dragging on, and you can see, as I drag out on this particular take, it shortens the take above. Let's meet our work here, and I'm going to collapse the folder. What I have muted here, I was playing with the same loops before, and this is what I ended up with. (music playing) When the Take folder is closed--let me zoom in a little bit for you--you can actually still be selecting between the different takes by Ctrl+Clicking, just like that.
Let's see what I just did. (music playing) So next time you want to make a break beat, try packing up a bunch of drum loops and comping between them.
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