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Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro X: Professional Music Production

Book Description

Completely revised and updated for Logic Pro X, this Apple-certified guide shows you how to record, produce, and polish music files with Apple’s professional audio software. Veteran music producer David Nahmani’s step-by-step, instructions teach you everything from basic music creation to advanced production techniques using Logic’s software synthesizers, samplers, and digital signal processors. Learn about all of the key features in Logic Pro X including Flex Pitch, Drummer, Drum Kit Designer, Track Stacks, MIDI Effects, and more. Using the book’s online files and Logic Pro X, you’ll begin making music in the first lesson. Whether you’re looking to use your computer as a digital recording studio, create musical compositions, or transfer that song in your head into music you can share, this comprehensive book will show you how.

  •  Lesson and media files available online

  •  Focused lessons take you step-by-step through professional, real-world projects

  •  Accessible writing style puts an expert instructor at your side

  •  Ample illustrations and keyboard shortcuts help you master techniques fast

  •  Lesson goals and time estimates help you plan your time

  •  Chapter review questions summarize what you’ve learned and prepare you for the Apple Certifi ed Pro Exam

  • Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Acknowledgments
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Table of Contents
    6. Getting Started
      1. The Methodology
      2. System Requirements
      3. Preparing Your Logic Workstation
      4. About the Apple Pro Training Series
      5. Apple Pro Certification Program
      6. Resources
    7. Exploring the Interface and Working with Real Instruments
      1. Lesson 1. Make Music with Logic Now!
        1. Creating a Logic Pro X Project
        2. Exploring the Interface
        3. Navigating the Project
        4. Build Up the Arrangement
        5. Mixing the Song
        6. Mixing Down to a Stereo File
        7. Lesson Review
      2. Lesson 2. Recording Audio
        1. Setting Up Digital Audio Recording
        2. Recording a Single Track
        3. Recording Additional Takes
        4. Punching In and Out
        5. Changing Recording Settings
        6. Deleting Unused Audio Files
        7. Lesson Review
      3. Lesson 3. Editing Audio
        1. Assigning Mouse Tools
        2. Editing Regions in the Workspace
        3. Comping Takes
        4. Adding Fades and Crossfades
        5. Editing Regions in the Audio Track Editor
        6. Editing Files in the Audio File Editor
        7. Aligning Audio
        8. Lesson Review
    8. Working with Virtual Instruments
      1. Lesson 4. Produce a Virtual Drum Track
        1. Creating a Drummer Track
        2. Arranging the Drum Track
        3. Customizing the Drum Kit
        4. Lesson Review
      2. Lesson 5. Recording MIDI and Using Controllers
        1. Using a Patch from the Library
        2. Recording MIDI
        3. Correcting the Timing of a MIDI Recording
        4. Joining Recordings into a MIDI Region
        5. Recording MIDI Takes
        6. Punching In and Out
        7. Creating a Layered Sound Patch
        8. Creating a Split Keyboard Patch
        9. Mapping Smart Controls to Patch Parameters
        10. Controlling Logic from an iPad Using Logic Remote
        11. Using Step Input Recording
        12. Processing MIDI Notes with MIDI Plug-Ins
        13. Lesson Review
      3. Lesson 6. Creating and Editing MIDI
        1. Creating MIDI Notes in the Piano Roll Editor
        2. Creating MIDI Notes in the Score Editor
        3. Importing a MIDI File
        4. Editing MIDI Data in the Event List
        5. Creating and Editing MIDI Continuous Controllers
        6. Lesson Review
    9. Building a Song
      1. Lesson 7. Editing Pitch and Time
        1. Setting a Project Tempo by Detecting the Tempo of a Recording
        2. Using and Creating Apple Loops
        3. Creating Tempo Changes and Tempo Curves
        4. Adding a Turntable or Tape Slow-Down Effect
        5. Making One Track Follow the Groove of Another Track
        6. Change the Playback Pitch and Speed with Varispeed
        7. Editing the Timing of an Audio Region
        8. Tuning Vocal Recordings
        9. Lesson Review
      2. Lesson 8. Editing an Arrangement
        1. Previewing the Song
        2. Copying Material to Fill in Parts
        3. Rendering Multiple Regions
        4. Adding and Deleting Sections
        5. Cutting Regions to Remove Silence or Noise
        6. Lesson Review
    10. Mixing and Automating a Song
      1. Lesson 9. Mixing
        1. Organizing Windows and Tracks
        2. Using the Amp Designer
        3. Adjusting Levels and Pan
        4. Submixing Tracks and Processing the Submix
        5. Using an EQ Plug-In
        6. Using Delay and Reverberation
        7. Using Dynamic Processing Plug-ins
        8. Using a Few Tips and Tricks
        9. Lesson Review
      2. Lesson 10. Automating the Mix
        1. Creating and Editing Offline Automation
        2. Recording Live Automation
        3. Using MIDI Controllers
        4. Bouncing the Mix
        5. Lesson Review
    11. Appendix A. Using External MIDI Devices
      1. Using the External Instrument Plug-in
      2. Configuring MIDI Hardware
    12. Appendix B. Keyboard Shortcuts (Default for U.S. Keyboard)
      1. Panes and Windows
      2. Navigation and Playback
      3. Zooming
      4. Channel Strip, Track, and Region Operations
      5. Project Audio Browser
      6. Piano Roll Editor
      7. Finder
    13. Glossary
    14. Index
    15. Where are the Lesson Files?