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Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro X 10.1: Professional Music Production

Book Description

Please note: Updates for Logic Pro v10.2 can be found at on the Updates tab.

Completely revised and updated for Logic Pro v10.1, this Apple-certified guide shows you how to record, produce, and make music files that stand out with the Apple professional audio software. Veteran music producer David Nahmani’s step-by-step instructions teach you everything from basic music creation to professional production techniques using Logic’s software synthesizers, samplers, and digital signal processors. You’ll learn about all of the key features in Logic Pro v10.1 and use the book’s online files to begin making music from the very 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.

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
      1. Lessons 1–3: Exploring the Interface and Working with Real Instruments
      2. Lessons 4–6: Working with Virtual Instruments
      3. Lessons 7–8: Building a Song
      4. Lessons 9–10: Mixing and Automating a Song
    2. System Requirements
    3. Preparing Your Logic Workstation
      1. Downloading and Using the Logic Lesson Files
      2. Using Default Preferences and Selecting the Advanced Tools
      3. Using the U.S. Key Command Preset
      4. Screen Resolution
    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
        1. Adding Apple Loops
        2. Browsing and Previewing Loops
      3. Navigating the Project
        1. Using Transport Buttons and Key Commands
        2. Continuously Repeating a Section
        3. Building Up the Rhythm Section
        4. Zooming In to Edit the Intro
      4. Build Up the Arrangement
        1. Adding Lead Synths
        2. Creating a Break
      5. Mixing the Song
        1. Choosing Names and Icons for Tracks and Channel Strips
        2. Adjusting Volume and Stereo Position
        3. Processing Instruments with Plug-Ins
      6. Mixing Down to a Stereo File
      7. Lesson Review
        1. Answers
    2. Lesson 2. Recording Audio
      1. Setting Up Digital Audio Recording
        1. Setting the Sample Rate
        2. Choosing the Bit Depth
      2. Recording a Single Track
        1. Preparing a Track for Recording
        2. Monitoring Effects During Recording
        3. Adjusting the Recording Level
        4. Tuning the Instrument
        5. Checking the Balance
        6. Recording Audio
      3. Recording Additional Takes
        1. Recording Takes in Cycle Mode
        2. Recording Multiple Tracks
      4. Punching In and Out
        1. Assigning Key Commands
        2. Punching on the Fly
        3. Punching Automatically
      5. Changing Recording Settings
        1. Setting the Count-In
        2. Setting the Metronome
        3. Choosing the I/O Buffer Size
        4. Choosing the Recording File Type
      6. Deleting Unused Audio Files
      7. Lesson Review
        1. Answers
    3. Lesson 3. Editing Audio
      1. Assigning Mouse Tools
        1. Previewing and Naming Regions
      2. Editing Regions in the Workspace
      3. Comping Takes
        1. Previewing the Takes
        2. Comping the Takes
      4. Adding Fades and Crossfades
        1. Adding a Fade-Out
        2. Adding Fades to Remove Clicks
      5. Editing Regions in the Audio Track Editor
        1. Importing Audio Files Using the All Files Browser
        2. Using the Audio Track Editor
      6. Editing Files in the Audio File Editor
        1. Playing an Audio Region Backward
      7. Aligning Audio
        1. Using the Anchor
        2. Using the Flex Tool
      8. Lesson Review
        1. Answers
  8. Working with Virtual Instruments
    1. Lesson 4. Produce a Virtual Drum Track
      1. Creating a Drummer Track
        1. Choosing a Drummer and a Style
        2. Editing the Drum Performance
      2. Arranging the Drum Track
        1. Using Markers in the Arrangement Track
        2. Editing the Intro Drum Performance
        3. Editing the Bridge Drum Performance
        4. Editing the Chorus and Outro Sections
      3. Customizing the Drum Kit
        1. Adjusting the Drum Levels Using Smart Controls
        2. Customizing the Kit with Drum Kit Designer
      4. Working with an Electronic Drummer
        1. Creating Hip Hop Beats
        2. Creating an Electro-House Track
        3. Customizing the Drum Machine Sounds
      5. Lesson Review
        1. Answers
    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
        1. Quantizing MIDI Regions
        2. Choosing Default Quantization Settings
      4. Joining Recordings into a MIDI Region
        1. Recording into a Selected MIDI Region
        2. Joining Recordings in Cycle Mode
      5. Recording MIDI Takes
      6. Repeating and Erasing Notes on the Fly
      7. Creating a Layered Sound Patch
      8. Creating a Split Keyboard Patch
      9. Mapping Smart Controls to Patch Parameters
        1. Opening the Plug-Ins for Mapping
        2. Mapping Screen Controls to Parameters
        3. Assigning MIDI Controller Knobs to Screen Controls
      10. Using Step Input Recording
      11. Processing MIDI Notes with MIDI Plug-Ins
      12. Controlling Logic with an iPad Using Logic Remote
      13. Lesson Review
        1. Answers
    3. Lesson 6. Creating and Editing MIDI
      1. Creating MIDI Notes in the Piano Roll Editor
        1. Creating and Resizing Notes
        2. Defining Note Length with Existing Notes
        3. Editing Note Pitch Using Key Commands
        4. Editing Note Velocity
        5. Creating and Drawing Note Patterns
        6. Defining and Painting Custom Note Patterns
      2. Importing a MIDI File
      3. Editing MIDI Data in the Event List
        1. Quantizing Pitches, Scales, and Timings of MIDI Notes
        2. Creating a Crescendo Using Note Velocity
      4. Creating and Editing MIDI Continuous Controllers
        1. Automating Pitch Bend Data in MIDI Draw
        2. Copying MIDI Control Data in MIDI Draw
        3. Automating Modulation Data in MIDI Draw
      5. Lesson Review
        1. Answers
  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
        1. Using the Loop Browser
        2. Setting a Project’s Key Signature
        3. Creating Apple Loops
      3. Creating Tempo Changes and Tempo Curves
        1. Creating and Naming Tempo Sets
        2. 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
        1. Time Stretching the Waveform Between Transient Markers
        2. Moving Waveform Sections Without Time-Stretching
        3. Time Stretching a Single Note
      8. Tuning Vocal Recordings
        1. Editing Note Pitches in the Workspace
        2. Editing Note Pitches in the Audio Track Editor
      9. Lesson Review
        1. Answers
    2. Lesson 8. Editing an Arrangement
      1. Previewing the Song
      2. Copying Material to Fill In Parts
        1. Looping Regions with the Loop Tool
        2. Using Folders to Control the Length of a Loop
        3. Cloning Audio Regions
        4. Adding Batch Fades
      3. Rendering Multiple Regions
      4. Adding and Deleting Sections
        1. Saving an Alternative Arrangement
        2. Adding a Section
        3. Cutting a Section
      5. Cutting Regions to Remove Silence or Noise
        1. Muting or Deleting Marquee Selections
        2. Dividing Regions by Removing Silence
        3. Arranging the Resulting Regions
      6. Lesson Review
        1. Answers
  10. Mixing and Automating a Song
    1. Lesson 9. Mixing
      1. Organizing Windows and Tracks
        1. Using Track Stacks to Streamline the Workspace
        2. Using Screensets to Switch Between the Tracks Area and the Mixer
        3. Customizing a Locked Screenset
      2. Using the Amp Designer
        1. Inserting a Plug-in at a Specific Point in the Signal Flow
        2. Customizing an Amp Model
      3. Adjusting Levels and Pan
      4. Submixing Tracks and Processing the Submix
        1. Submixing with a Summing Stack
        2. Processing the Guitars with a Tremolo Plug-in
      5. Using an EQ Plug-in
      6. Using Delay and Reverberation
        1. Adding Delay to the Vocals
        2. Adding Reverb Using Aux Sends
      7. Using Dynamic Processing Plug-ins
        1. Using the Compressor
        2. Compressing and Limiting the Mix
      8. Using a Few Tips and Tricks
        1. Take a Break
        2. Listen to Your Mix Outside the Studio
        3. Compare Your Mix with Commercial Mixes
      9. Lesson Review
        1. Answers
    2. Lesson 10. Automating the Mix
      1. Creating and Editing Offline Automation
        1. Creating Track Volume Automation
        2. Creating Region Pan Automation
        3. Creating and Snapping Mute Automation
      2. Recording Live Automation
        1. Recording Automation in Touch Mode
        2. Recording Automation in Latch Mode
        3. Recording Plug-in Bypass Automation
      3. Using MIDI Controllers
        1. Using Automation Quick Access
      4. Bouncing the Mix
      5. Lesson Review
        1. Answers
  11. Appendices
    1. Appendix A. Using External MIDI Devices
      1. Configuring MIDI Hardware
      2. Using the External Instrument Plug-in
      3. Routing External MIDI Tracks
        1. Choosing a Program Remotely
    2. 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
  12. Glossary
  13. Index
  14. Where are the Lesson Files?