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Core Logic

Logic 101

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Watch as Martin Sitter shows you how to build a song from the ground-up using Logic. This tutorial is produced by Apple's Original Logic Courseware designer!

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1 Intro To This 101 01:17
2 Opening Logic 02:13
3 Working With Tracks 02:31

Course Outline

  1. Section 1: Exploring Sampling Rates

    1. 01 Intro To This 101
      01:17
    2. 02 Opening Logic
      02:13
    3. 03 Working With Tracks
      02:31
    4. 04 Audio Vs. Instrument Tracks
      01:50
    5. 05 Object Oriented Audio
      02:19
    6. 06 Tracks Point To Objects
      01:40
    7. 07 Setting A Sampling Rate
      02:16
    8. 08 Getting Deeper Into Waves
      01:00
    9. 09 Using The Zoom Tool
      01:13
    10. 10 Scroller Zooming
      01:20
    11. 11 Zoom Key Commands
      00:28
    12. 12 Auto Track Zoom
      01:33
    13. 13 Waveform Zoom Tool
      01:49
    14. 14 Looking At Samples
      03:06
    15. 15 Which Sample Rate is Best?
      03:14
    16. 16 Deleting Files
      00:53
    17. 17 Creating A Custom Template
      01:49
    18. 18 Setting A Startup Action
      00:45
  2. Section 2: Looking At Amplitude

    1. 19 Where's The Sound?
      00:59
    2. 20 The Tools menu
      01:05
    3. 21 Floating Tool Palette
      01:57
    4. 22 Saving A Project
      02:34
    5. 23 Amplitude & Speakers
      02:16
    6. 24 Editing Waveforms
      02:44
    7. 25 Search Zero Crossings
      03:30
    8. 26 What Are Regions?
      02:34
    9. 27 About Destructive Editing
      01:53
    10. 28 Sample Editor Undo
      01:53
    11. 29 Normal Undo
      01:56
    12. 30 Doubling Waveforms
      03:52
    13. 31 Delays & Phase
      02:26
    14. 32 The Summing Effect
      02:42
  3. Section 3: Looking At Frequency

    1. 33 Looking At Frequency
      01:31
    2. 34 Sending To Soundtrack Pro
      01:13
    3. 35 Frequency Specturm View
      01:56
    4. 36 Generating Test Tones
      02:58
    5. 37 Frequency Fundamentals
      01:28
    6. 38 Making Waves
      01:30
    7. 39 Working With Frequency
      01:51
    8. 40 Finishing Frequency
      01:27
    9. 41 Chapter 1 Summary
      00:39
  4. Section 4: Tempo & Timestretching

    1. 42 Getting Inspiration
      01:53
    2. 43 Setting The Tempo
      02:29
    3. 44 The Click Track
      01:40
    4. 45 Tip - Sampling Rate
      01:23
    5. 46 About Cycle Regions
      02:17
    6. 47 Song to Region Length
      03:32
    7. 48 Region to Song Tempo
      02:52
    8. 49 Time Machine Algorithm
      01:16
    9. 50 Flex Time Editing
      02:27
    10. 51 Using Flex Markers
      02:36
    11. 52 Tip - Selecting Sounds
      01:36
  5. Section 5: Adding Apple Loops

    1. 53 Finding Apple Loops
      01:26
    2. 54 Loops Tab Vs Browser
      01:25
    3. 55 Choosing Loop Collections
      01:10
    4. 56 Sorting Search Results
      01:31
    5. 57 Auditioning Loops
      01:01
    6. 58 Song & Loop Grooves
      01:28
    7. 59 Using the Search Area
      01:13
    8. 60 Blue Vs Green Loops
      03:08
    9. 61 Green Loops Rock!
      02:23
  6. Section 6: Looping & Repeating

    1. 62 Looping Regions
      03:22
    2. 63 The Musical Phrase
      02:12
    3. 64 Working With Fills
      04:01
    4. 65 Choosing Track Icons
      02:06
    5. 66 Custom Track Icons
      02:31
    6. 67 Icons In The Package
      03:04
    7. 68 Icon Order
      01:04
    8. 69 Customizing Colors
      02:15
  7. Section 7: Indexing Apple Loops

    1. 70 About AudioBase.com
      01:45
    2. 71 Indexing Apple Loops
      02:25
  8. Section 8: Creating Apple Loops

    1. 72 The Apple Loops Utility
      00:47
    2. 73 Property Tags
      02:37
    3. 74 Search Tags & Descriptors
      02:00
    4. 75 Configuring Search Buttons
      00:57
    5. 76 Adjusting Transients
      02:41
    6. 77 Saving Apple Loops
      01:11
    7. 78 Using Follow Tempo
      00:46
  9. Section 9: The Piano Roll Editor

    1. 79 Audio Instruments
      01:30
    2. 80 Creating MIDI Regions
      01:32
    3. 81 Piano Roll Editor
      02:25
    4. 82 Creating Midi Notes
      04:40
    5. 83 Editing Midi Notes
      03:34
    6. 84 Step Recording
      03:41
    7. 85 Step Input Got'cha
      00:49
    8. 86 Moving Notes With MIDI
      00:57
  10. Section 10: Quantizing Notes

    1. 87 Quantization Overview
      02:25
    2. 88 Quantization Tool
      00:25
    3. 89 Arrange Window Quantization
      01:32
  11. Section 11: Bins & Anchors

    1. 90 Reversing Audio Files
      03:52
    2. 91 Merging Audio Regions
      02:44
    3. 92 The Audio Bin
      01:33
    4. 93 Region Anchors
      02:20
    5. 94 Sample Editor Anchor
      02:10
    6. 95 Tempo & Anchors
      01:48
    7. 96 Repeating Regions
      01:07
    8. 97 How Anchors Work
      02:03
  12. Section 12: Packing Folders

    1. 98 Packing A Folder
      01:33
    2. 99 Folder Hierarchies
      01:02
    3. 100 Unpacking Folders
      01:24
    4. 101 Looping Folders
      00:32
  13. Section 13: Importing & Bouncing

    1. 102 Ripping CD-Audio
      01:05
    2. 103 Importing Audio Files
      05:24
    3. 104 Ripping Tracks
      02:52
    4. 105 Setting Up to Bounce
      02:14
    5. 106 PCM Bounce Options
      02:30
    6. 107 MP3 Bounce Options
      04:56
    7. 108 Offline Bounces
      03:22
  14. Section 14: Using Key Commands

    1. 109 About Key Commands
      01:28
    2. 110 The Key Commands Window
      01:06
    3. 111 Initializing Key Commands
      00:58
    4. 112 Searching For Commands
      01:13
    5. 113 Assigning key Commands
      01:10
  15. Section 15: More About Bouncing

    1. 114 Batch Exporting MP3s
      02:06
    2. 115 Realtime Fun
      06:40
  16. Section 16: Setting Up To Record

    1. 116 Record Ready - MIDI
      02:20
    2. 117 Record Ready - Audio
      02:58
    3. 118 Mono Vs Stereo Recording
      01:16
    4. 119 Setting A Record Level
      03:26
    5. 120 My First Recording
      00:47
    6. 121 Sampling Rate & Bit-Depth
      03:38
    7. 122 Choosing a File Type
      00:54
    8. 123 Max Recording Time
      02:05
    9. 124 Deleting Files
      00:57
    10. 125 Using A Count-In
      02:39
    11. 126 Using A Pre-Roll
      01:24
    12. 127 Software Monitoring
      03:41
    13. 128 Quick Software Monitoring
      01:05
  17. Section 17: Cycle Recording

    1. 129 Cycle Recording
      02:27
    2. 130 Selecting & Deleting Takes
      01:54
    3. 131 Quick Swipe Comping
      02:19
    4. 132 Working With Comps
      01:13
    5. 133 Comp Crossfades & Flex Time
      02:07
  18. Section 18: Punch Recording

    1. 134 Punch Recording
      03:08
    2. 135 Auto Punch
      04:29
    3. 136 Replace Mode
      01:51
  19. Section 19: Recording MIDI

    1. 137 MIDI Recording Setup
      03:12
    2. 138 Recording MIDI
      01:41
    3. 139 Capture As Recording
      02:14
    4. 140 Using MIDI Through
      02:26
  20. Section 20: Using Screensets

    1. 141 Layering MIDI Regions
      01:19
    2. 142 Screensets Intro
      01:23
    3. 143 Creating A Screenset
      00:46
    4. 144 locking Screensets
      01:16
    5. 145 Duplicating Screensets
      01:26
    6. 146 Screensets 10 Plus
      03:16
    7. 147 Screensets Vs Spaces
      01:16
  21. Section 21: Exploring The Environment

    1. 148 Frameless Floating Window
      01:23
    2. 149 Naming Objects
      02:06
    3. 150 Auto Track Management
      01:41
    4. 151 Channel Strip Objects
      01:52
    5. 152 Layers Overview
      01:31
    6. 153 Creating & Deleting Layers
      00:37
    7. 154 Moving Objects
      01:41
    8. 155 Layering Channel Strips
      04:01
    9. 156 The Instrument Object
      03:21
    10. 157 Objects To Tracks
      01:15
  22. Section 22: Finishing The Arrangement

    1. 158 Final Arrangement
      03:28
    2. 159 Gating Audio Files
      03:16
    3. 160 Strip Silence
      04:35
    4. 161 Copying Objects
      02:12
    5. 162 Using Aliases
      04:26
    6. 163 Alias To Real Object
      00:58
    7. 164 Find Alias Original
      01:01
    8. 165 Quick Aliases
      00:38
  23. Section 23: The Mixer Window

    1. 166 The Ingredients
      06:46
    2. 167 The Mixer Window
      01:23
    3. 168 Mixer Screenset
      00:51
    4. 169 Working With Channels
      01:52
    5. 170 Mixer Display Options
      04:13
    6. 171 Using Mix Groups
      02:52
    7. 172 Toggle Group Clutch
      03:01
    8. 173 Working With DSP Effects
      01:23
    9. 174 Multichannel Setup
      01:50
    10. 175 Multichannel Ultrabeat
      03:22
    11. 176 Mixer Key Command.mov
      01:17
  24. Section 24: Using DSP Effects

    1. 177 Tools Vs. Creative Effects
      02:24
    2. 178 Bus Overview
      01:47
    3. 179 Instantiating A Bus
      02:36
    4. 180 Wet Vs Dry & Auxes
      03:19
    5. 181 Pre Vs. Post Sends
      02:17
    6. 182 Busses In The Arrange
      01:38
  25. Section 25: Automation

    1. 183 Automation Setup
      02:04
    2. 184 Enabling Automation Lanes
      01:25
    3. 185 The Automation Menu
      01:20
    4. 186 Automation Modes
      03:38
    5. 187 Using Multiple Lanes
      01:30
    6. 188 Automation Display
      01:05
    7. 189 Touch Vs. Latch Mode
      01:47
    8. 190 Touch Ramp Time
      01:07
    9. 191 Read Vs. Off Mode
      00:42
    10. 192 Automation Quick Access
      03:01
    11. 193 Using Multiple Controllers
      03:43
    12. 194 Static Track Automation
      00:57
    13. 195 Creating & Deleting Nodes
      01:35
    14. 196 Working With Multiple Nodes
      01:22
    15. 197 Using Automation Curves
      02:57
    16. 198 Finding A Parameter
      02:13
    17. 199 Moving Automation Data
      02:03
    18. 200 Automation & Auto Zoom
      00:58
  26. Section 26: Bonus: Mix Tricks

    1. 201 Get Good Monitors
      01:33
    2. 202 EQ'ing A vocal
      05:33
    3. 203 Using A compressor
      05:04
    4. 204 The Gain Plugin
      02:31
    5. 205 Tip - Gain Plugin
      00:49
    6. 206 Using A Limiter
      02:42
    7. 207 Compressor Vs. Limiter
      04:26
    8. 208 EQ'ing Your Mix
      02:44
    9. 209 Saving The Finished Project
      02:22
    10. 210 The Song
      08:25

Course Overview

Martin Sitter

Martin Sitter

With its all-in-one interface, enhanced editing functions, and low price, Logic Pro (part of Logic Studio) is bound to make waves in the audio editing community. This tutorial program covers important Level 1 aspects of editing, recording, mixing, and outputting songs using this incredible application.

This tutorial is applicable to both Logic Pro and Logic Express. Through the course of this tutorial you will go through the process of building an actual song! You can even download the finished song files and deconstruct, analyze, or remix the final song for yourself.

Chapter 1 begins the exploration of Logic while examining how audio works, starting with the most basic waveform, a sine wave! Through the chapter, you will look closely at how amplitude and frequency combine to make sound. We even jump into Soundtrack Pro for a bit to do some deep analysis of frequency (hey, it's Logic Studio now, so why not?!).

In Chapter 2, you will explore song construction and phrasing by using Apple Loops to begin laying out your song. This chapter will demonstrate how to work with tempo and pitch while time-stretching audio files and apple loops to keep pace with your song. You'll also learn some interesting techniques for changing the look of your arrange window, including using custom colors for Tracks and Regions, as well as creating your own custom Track icons.

Chapters 3 and 4 get into the nitty-gritty of editing MIDI and Audio regions. While these chapters are designed to provide basic information you'll build upon later in the program, so advanced features (including Step Recording MIDI data and creating Folders to group regions) are covered in these chapters.

Chapter 5 takes a close look at the process of bouncing, creating MP3 files, and using key commands. Along the way, you'll learn how to choose bit depths for compressed files, and attach metadata such as band and track names that will show up when the listener opens your songs in iTunes.

In Chapter 6, you'll look closely at the process of recording in Logic. You'll learn how to set record levels, how to do basic, punch, and replace recordings, and even how to cycle record. I also cover multi-take recording and Logic's "Quick Swipe comping" ... some really great features of Logic! I had a lot of fun recording this section, particularly as I used my two star vocalists for certain parts of the tutorial (it's amazing how much vocals can add to a track!)??

Chapter 7 goes over using screensets, and layering instruments to make big, lush sounds for your mixes. In this section you'll take a good look at the Environment and explore how to manage layers and objects in the Environment, as well as how to cable objects together to route signal through different Environment objects. This "first look" at the Environment that is meant to provide a solid foundation you can use for further exploration into the Environment in tutorials such as the Logic 303: Logic TNT.

Chapter 8 begins our exploration of Mixing and DSP effects. This chapter includes tips for using Noise Gates and Logic's Strip Silence feature, and also discusses how to effectively use folders and aliases in your arrangements. You'll also be introduced to the Mixer window, and see how Mix groups and multiple output instruments like Ultrabeat can be used to full advantage in your projects. But that's not all ... the final half of this chapter concentrates on one of Logic's best features - automation! You'll learn how to use realtime and static automation, including automation curves, to create evolving ambiences in your music.

Chapter 9 is a bonus section covering mix tips. You'll see how EQs, compressors, and limiters combine to make your finished mix sparkle, every time.

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