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Logic Pro X Tutorial

Logic Pro X Tips & Tricks

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Workflow

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    Tutorial 1

    Customizing Defaults

    7:47

    Learn how to manage channel strip behavior, customize instrument and audio track settings when new tracks are created, and create custom plug-in defaults when new plug-ins are instantiated.

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    Tutorial 2

    Multi MIDI Channel + Output Hybrid

    7:22

    Discover a workflow that reduces clutter in the Tracks Area by combining each multi timbral and multi output part into one track.

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    Tutorial 3

    Hybrid Multi Stacks

    6:39

    See how to save these hybrid multi timbral/output setups, both with and without sounds pre-loaded, as summing stack patches that can be easily accessed within any project.

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    Tutorial 4

    Stacks and Stems

    8:30

    See how to set up summing stacks as stems. Subgrouping tracks in this way not only allows for easy re-routing out of physical hardware outputs for re-recording into other systems, but also maintains flexibility within Logic for easy re-routing to and from various stems as you build your arrangement.

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    Tutorial 5

    Re-Recording Stack Stems

    6:35

    Learn how to re-route the output of summing stacks so that they can be recorded back into Logic, creating stem or subgroup mixes.

Drummer

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    Tutorial 6

    Stupid Drummer Tricks

    5:37

    Waste five and a half valuable minutes sneaking in the back door and looking at un-saveable ways of editing the contents of otherwise un-editable Drummer regions.

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    Tutorial 7

    Substitute Drummers

    7:06

    Explore ways of controlling the Drummer presets and kits as the drummers are changed, and the advantages of using alias' to play Drummer regions from a regular instrument track.

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    Tutorial 8

    Drummer Layering

    6:04

    See how to layer specific Drummer kit piece elements using third party instruments, while leaving the Drummer regions in their original format.

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    Tutorial 9

    Drummer Kit Piece Replacement

    7:14

    Watch as Drummer regions are converted to MIDI, and learn an efficient workflow to extract individual kit piece parts for replacement on instrument tracks using third party plug-ins.

Production Ideas

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    Tutorial 10

    Smart Strings

    8:33

    Learn how articulations are used to switch between various articulations grouped within individual EXS 24 orchestral instruments, and how to set up Smart Controls for real time switching as parts are being recorded.

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    Tutorial 11

    Exploring Articulation IDs

    8:12

    Watch as articulation IDs are used during real time recording, and then edited afterwards.

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    Tutorial 12

    Faking A Drum Room

    9:20

    Great sounding drum rooms are not always available. See how some third party Impulse Responses and Space Designer can do the job for you; and explore some creative side chain compression to alter the "rooms" response to the kik drum.

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    Tutorial 13

    Snare GateVerb

    7:40

    Watch as the snare signal is routed for separate processing and used to trigger the side chain first of a compressor in order to duck the reverb, and then of a noise gate for the opposite effect; to let the reverb through.

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    Tutorial 14

    SubKik Effects

    7:44

    Explore one conventional and one unconventional way of using the Test Oscillator and Noise gate plug-ins to enhance a kik drum.

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    Tutorial 15

    Vocal Processing

    9:40

    Explore some creative routing and processing and hear how it is used to thicken up a lead vocal.

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    Tutorial 16

    Mix Imagination

    10:31

    A potpourri of production ideas including combining frequency splitting with short modulated panned delays, sine wave doubling of bass parts with processing, and sidechain compression for rhythmic pumping of sustained chords.

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    Tutorial 17

    Flexible Pitch

    11:03

    See how Flex Pitch is used to thicken vocals and create harmony parts; and how to split the frequencies and stereo image of a stereo synth bass.

Mid/Side Processing

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    Tutorial 18

    MS Encoding

    10:30

    Learn two ways to encode stereo files for mid/side processing directly within Logic. First by creating a matrix of busses and aux sends; and then with the free MSED Plug-In from Voxengo.

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    Tutorial 19

    MS Processing

    9:59

    Explore some creative uses of equalizing and compressing various areas of the side signal in order to either reduce the width of the low end and/or increase the width of the midrange and highs.

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    Tutorial 20

    Decoding MS Back To Stereo

    6:46

    Learn to convert mid and side channels back to left and right stereo channels by means of additional aux/bus routing and inverting the polarity of a duplicated instance of the side channel.

Working With Video

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    Tutorial 21

    Video Import and Setup

    10:21

    Learn how to import a video, customize the necessary settings, and sync up the movie start time and first on screen image with Logic's ruler.

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    Tutorial 22

    Creating Sound Effects

    14:26

    Learn how to create and lock smpte based markers, assign useful key commands specific to working with video, layer and blend sounds together to create a custom sound effect, position files at specific smpte locations based on anchor position rather than region start time, and edit an audio files anchor placement.

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    Tutorial 23

    Tempo Operations

    11:09

    Learn how to use the Tempo Operations Window to calculate a preceding tempo so that a specific SMPTE hit point can be made to fall on an exact bar and beat location.

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    Tutorial 24

    Multi Tempo Count In

    5:18

    Learn how to create a count in for a new tempo and have it play at the new speed before the tempo change occurs.

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    Tutorial 25

    Export Audio To Movie and More

    9:35

    Discover some useful navigation and screen set ideas, how to work with audio imbedded in your movie without bringing it into your project, and how to export your finished mix to the movie.

Apple Logic Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg is back with another grand slam Logic Pro X series, this time featuring his favorite tips and tricks! Get tons of useful tips, techniques and ideas when working with Apple's powerhouse DAW Logic Pro X.

Eli begins with workflow videos covering topics such as Customizing Default Channel Strip behavior, instrument and audio track settings, Multi MIDI Channels, Stacks and Stems and much more. Next, Eli calls up his favorite Drummer, and shows you cool tricks, substitute drummers, layering, and kit piece replacement to name just a few.

Production Ideas are then demonstrated including Smart Strings using Articulations, Creating Drum Room sounds, Gated Snare Verbs, Sub Kick Effects, Vocal Processing, Mix Tricks and other cool things. Mid/Side Processing is then explained, and Eli gives you 3 videos covering different aspects of this useful, but sometimes overlooked technique.

Eli finishes up the series with an in-depth selection of tutorials covering working with video in Logic Pro X. See how to import and setup video, create and lock sound effects to video, Tempo Operations to calculate hit points, Export Audio to Movie and a lot more.

If you're ready to get deeper into the bottomless ocean that is Logic Pro X, here's the perfect spot to dive in... Watch "Logic Pro X Tips & Tricks" today.

Reviews

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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