Join Joe Godfrey for an in-depth discussion in this video Sorting Loops, part of Logic Pro 8 Essential Training.
Now, let's take a look at some of the options for searching and sorting through these loops. We will start at the top of the View menu. The default is to Show All, but you can actually sift through the sound track loops or anyone of these Jam Packs that you installed when you installed Logic. The next menu gives you a choice of time signatures. If you know that the loop you want is in 4/4, that's the default, just leave this there. If you know that the loop that you want needs to be in 5, or 7, or maybe it's 3/4 time like a waltz or maybe you just want any loop and not refine the search to 4/4, this is where you pick the time signature of the loops you are browsing.
As far as descriptions there are a couple of choices here. The default is this nice grid where you can look at All Drums and then refine your search by Electronic Drums and then refine your search by Beats and then refine your search by Intense and each time the number of items gets smaller. Now, let's look at Distorted. Now we are down to 43 and we have some choices in here too. Let's look at Distorted and Processed. Now, we are down to 39. So, clicking on these adjectives refines your search.
If you want to back out through your search, just reset all the parameters and now you are back to the entire Library. I like searching this way, but there is another option for searching. If you click on this sort of Explorer type layout, now you can Search All and refine your search to let's say Bagpipes, and then Bagpipes, and you have 12 choices of bagpipes to pick from. Banjos, Banjos, 167 different kinds of banjos. When you want to audition them... (Music plays.) Let's take a look at some of these guitars.
(Music plays.) There are a couple of more things to show you about this Search window. Up here is a way that you can sort by scale. Let's go back to the grid for our search, let's do Guitars, and Processed, and I have 539 Processed Guitars here. If I restrict the search to things that are in minor keys, I knocked down about well maybe half of those.
If I go to major keys, I get probably the other half of that search. But then there are some that are neither major nor minor and some that are good for both. So, that's a really cool way to sift through the sounds. If you know that the song you are writing is in a major key then search for majors and eliminate all the minors. It's one more thing about this window I want to show you. Over here there is a double arrow that tells you that there are more adjectives and when you click on that a list pops up and shows you that there are more choices to make. Or if you want to see those choices, you can slide this down and get everything that's available to you.
That's true in either layout that you choose. Now, you notice that some of these are grayed out. For instance, let's switch to Music and let's switch to 5/4 and a lot of the choices go away, get grayed out. There are no jingles for instance or textures that are in 5/4 and Good for Both. So, let's go 5/4 and Any, and now some choices become available. So, those are some options for searching and sorting this massive loop library that you installed when you installed Logic.
Now, there are some options for auditioning the loops that are different for the ones from searching and sorting and that's what we look at next.
- Creating and customizing screensets
- Using channel strips
- Working with loops
- Creating a live tracking session
- Exploring the potential of sound sculpting
- Creating audio for video
- Editing, mixing, and remixing
- Prepping and printing scores
- Burning discs with WaveBurner
Skill Level Beginner
Creative Inspirations: Jason Bentley, Radio DJ and Musicianwith Jason Bentley1h 18m Appropriate for all
1. Setting Up Logic
2. Exploring Your Workspace
3. Working with Loops
4. Tracking and Mixing a Live Performance
5. Tracking and Mixing Virtual Instruments
6. Creating Audio for Video
9. Prepping and Printing Scores
10. Using Project Manager
Archiving your project5m 14s
11. Using Waveburner
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