Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording, part of Logic Pro 9 Essential Training.
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So you want to record a band. Multi-track live recording is simple with Logic Pro. In this lesson, we'll go over everything we need to know to set up a multi-track recording session. We're going to record a four-piece band, drummer, bass, guitarist and singer. To get the best recording possible, we use will a few mikes on the drums, a couple on the guitar and a couple of lines from the bass. This will give us the most separation as we record. We're going to need 8 inputs. So let's make 8 mono audio tracks. Go up to the Track menu, click New to make new tracks, and we'll type in 8 for Number, we're going to make Audio tracks, Format will be Mono and here's a cool trick that Logic lets you do. You can click the Ascending button where it says Input and I'm going to order the inputs from 1 to 8.
You'll see what I mean when you click Create. Here we have 8 audio tracks. Let's click on Audio 1 and open the Inspector. Notice this track has Input 1. If I go to Audio 2, it's set to Input 2. Audio 3 is Input 3 and so on. By clicking the Ascending button it automatically ordered our inputs for all 8 tracks 1 to 8. Let's close the Inspector button by typing I on our keyboard. Now, we want to make sure we are organized to name our tracks. That way audio regions and files recorded on them will share the track names.
I like to use the first 2 initials of the song followed by the instrument on the track. The reason for this is that otherwise I'd have hundreds of files on my hard drive named kick, snare or guitar, but no idea what song they belong to. This way each file written to my hard drive has an ID for the description of what it is. This song is named Cannonball. So let's name the tracks CB_ and then the instrument that's going to be on the track. For instance, Audio 1's going to be our kick drum microphone.
So let's double click on it. Type in CB_Kick. Number 2 is going to be our snare drum. Let's type in CB_Snare. Number 3 will be the mike on our hi-hat, CB_Hat. 4 is going to be our bass guitar and we have 2 lines for our bass. One is going to be a DI or direct insert. That means we're taking the line directly from the guitar. We'll call that one CB_Bass_DI. The next one is the microphone on the amp itself.
So let's type in CB_Bass_amp. We have 2 mikes on our guitar amp. One is going to be a ribbon microphone and one the dynamic microphone. This gets us 2 different sounds for the same guitar. Audio 6 we'll type in CB_Guit for guitar, _ribbon for the ribbon microphone. The next one is going to be the dynamic microphone, CB_Guit for guitar and dyn for dynamic.
The last is our vocal microphone. Let's go CB_Vocal for vocal. Now that we have all the tracks named, we're ready to roll. Let's make sure all tracks are selected and we'll record enable them. A quick way to do this is to go over to the Mix window, Command+2, select all the tracks by dragging a selection around all of them, and clicking the R button to record enable them. This way you can record enable them all at one time. Okay. Let's close the Mix window and we're one step away. We can use the R button on our keyboard to pop right into recording.
Is the band ready? I think they're ready. Here we go. (Music playing.) (Man singing: The only thing I have is information.) (Man singing: The only thing I have I did not own.) No matter how small your band or recording setup is, there'll be a time when you'll need to setup a multi-track recording session. Now, you are armed with the know-how to use Logic Pro to record any size band, from a duo to an orchestra, using multi-input recording.
- Navigating the Logic Pro interface
- Setting up for recording
- Enabling multiple inputs for a live performance
- Exploring Logic's arsenal of virtual instruments
- Working with powerful MIDI editors and sequencers
- Beatmapping, varispeed, and tempo adjustment in the timeline
- Creating and re-using Apple loops
- Editing music: Moving and snapping regions, cutting and looping
- Transcribing a score and creating lead sheets in the Score Editor
- Syncing with video
- Mixing audio and creating dynamic mixes
- Understanding surround sound requirements
- Exporting a song from Logic Pro