Join Dot Bustelo for an in-depth discussion in this video Packing drum loops into a take folder, part of Making Beats in Logic Pro X.
The idea of comping, compiling a master track from the best parts of different live performances, is familiar to any professional engineer. What may not be so familiar, is applying this technique to making beats. All I was just doing was just swiping and selecting between different takes in a take folder, that's filled with beats. A take folder is automatically created when you record over an existing audio track.
Then multiple takes are combined into the composite track, this one on top, allowing you to easily select the best parts from all the takes. If multiple performances are recorded, but not into a take folder, maybe not even into Logic, you can pack them after the fact, into a Logic take folder. That's the conventional use of the Pack Take Folder feature, in the Functions menu, right here. Not Pack folder, but Pack Take folder. Or you can Ctrl+Click on a region to get to that same menu.
When this gets creative, is that you can pack drum loops into a take folder and cut between them for a cool break beat effect like I was just doing. Here is a few drum loops. They're actually Apple Loops. They're a little busy playing back all at the same time. Let's hear it quickly. So let's pack them up and swipe between them. I'll just highlight them all, go to that Functions menu >Folder >Pack >Take Folder. When I reveal the contents of the take folder, the display almost looks like a track stack, with the shaded area in the track list, but the takes are not individual audio tracks anymore.
The first take on top, this one right here, is automatically highlighted, indicated in blue. You can see that its waveform matches, the comp, the track on top. As I select a different track, you see the waveform on top, the composite updates, and matches. So now we can start swiping between sections of the different takes. Before I do that, let's color a few of these so it will be easier to follow along and see which portions are coming from which take. Option+C opens the color palette.
I'll click right on the Region header to select that region and make my color change. And now, I'll start swiping between them. Again, the track on top is our comp track. They will update as I swipe over an area of a take. You can click into the take above or below to replace that section in time. Extend a take region section by dragging the start point or the end point, just like this. Same with the other side of the take, just drag the start point to the left.
When the take folder is closed, you can still select between various takes by Ctrl+Clicking on a take region. And you notice that a pop-up menu with the various takes was visible where you can highlight a take to select it. And that's how to make a break beat by packing beats into a take folder, and using Logic's quick swipe comping technique.
- Choosing the drum kit
- Making beats with Drummer and Ultrabeat
- Sound designing your kits
- Making stutter vocal effects
- Rocking out with Apple Loops
- Time-stretching, slicing, and sampling audio
- Making groove templates
- Warping your beat with Space Designer
- Sidechaining the compressor with your kick