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Logic 9 Explained

Presented by Apple Logic Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg, this series is the best way to go if you want to know the vast Apple Logic 9 inside and out. These videos aren't a rehashed Logic 8 offering, they're completely new videos shot entirely in the new Logic 9. There is not a more thorough single offering for Logic 9.

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Creating a Project 5m:40s

Learn how to create a new project and choose which assets to include or exclude from the project folder.


Basic Hardware Setup 5m:12s

Discover how to set and configure your audio and MIDI hardware and drivers in the Audio MIDI Setup Utility, and within Logic 9.


Understanding Files & Regions 3m:06s

Explore the differences between audio files and MIDI files, as well as audio files and audio regions.


Arrange Window Overview 6m:24s

Learn about the main elements of the Arrange Window.


Exploring the Loop Browser 7m:45s

Discover how to view, search, sort, and audition Apple Loops in the loop browser, as well as how to set the pre-listen track's playback level.


Basic Transport Commands 7m:40s

See how to bring Apple Loops into a session, and use some basic transport commands for controlling playback.


Basic Navigation Functions 6m:44s

Learn some different ways to navigate your arrangement and control playback independently of the play head position.


Tracks & Channel Strips 7m:54s

Explore the anatomy of a channel strip and how they relate to the tracks in the Arrange Window.


Exploring the Library 8m:08s

Discover how the Library can be used to apply different plug-in processing chains on existing audio and instrument tracks.


Exploring the Audio Bin 9m:03s

Learn how to import, audition, rename, and manage audio files and regions from the Audio Bin.


Working with Tools 5m:46s

Explore the different ways for accessing tools through menus, key commands, and preference settings.


Arrange Window Tool Functions 9m:46s

Discover how each of the Arrange Window tools can be used as well as some useful key commands for equivalent functions.


Setting the Project Tempo 5m:25s

Learn how to use the Transport Bar, Tempo List, and Global Tracks to set and work with the tempo of your projects.


Tempo Based on Audio Files 5m:03s

See some ways to set the project tempo based on preexisting audio files.


Creating Tracks 7m:55s

Explore the different ways new tracks and channel strips can be generated and created based on various criteria including channel strip settings, MIDI channels, and region placement.


Configuring the Track Header 7m:39s

Learn how to customize the viewable elements in the track list and see how the relationship between channel strip names and track names work.


MIDI Record Setup 7m:25s

See how to set up and customize the metronome settings, click sound and how to set the count-in options.


Overdubbing MIDI 7m:02s

Explore two different ways to record MIDI overdubs. First, when data is "merged in" automatically after recording, and second, when separate tracks are created. Also see how quantizing can be used to tighten up a sloppy performance.


MIDI Cycle & Take Folder Record 7m:39s

Learn how to record MIDI in cycle mode either with or without creating take folders.


Record Modes & Punching-In 8m:46s

Explore how the different record modes can speed up your workflow, and how to correct mistakes using Auto-Punch and Replace modes.


Layering & Intro to MIDI Editor 7m:02s

See how to simply layer two MIDI sounds together, and how to access the different MIDI editors either as pop-up or stand-alone windows.


Piano Roll Editor Pt. 1 8m:24s

Discover how to create and edit notes in the Piano Roll Editor, and how to work with the different grid based snap values.


Piano Roll Editor Pt. 2 7m:34s

Learn how to mute, quantize, and edit velocities, for either individual or multiple MIDI notes.


The Hyper Editor 7m:25s

See how to enter a simple drum groove using the Hyper Editor.


Audio Recording Setup 7m:18s

Learn how to configure the various audio preferences and project settings for audio recording.


I/O Labels & Send Effects 9m:15s

Explore how to customize the way the names of the ins and outs of your audio hardware and bus sends are displayed in Logic. Also see how to set up a bus send for reverb.


Setting Up a Headphone Mix 5m:45s

Learn how to set up a mix for the headphones that is independent of the main monitor mix.


Recording a Vocalist Live 5m:38s

See how to set preamp levels and use input monitoring to get set up for a live recording.


Auto-Punch & Take Folder Recording 3m:34s

Discover how to quickly and easily set the auto-punch zone with the marquee tool, and how to record audio into take folders.


Loop Recording Audio 4m:53s

Learn how to loop record audio over a repeated section, and how to set Logic to auto-colorize the different takes as they are created.


Quick Swipe Comping 9m:39s

Explore how to work with take folders, and how to use Quick Swipe comping to create a composite track containing the best bits from each take.


Take Folder Editing 6m:03s

See how to edit within take folders and export comps to new tracks.


Basic Audio Editing 7m:18s

Learn how to quickly and efficiently execute basic audio editing tasks directly in the Arrange Window.


The Flex Tool 6m:52s

Discover how the Flex Tool can be used to easily alter the position, length and timing of specific selected areas of an audio region.


Flex View Slicing Mode 7m:54s

Explore how to enable flex view and conform an imported drum loop to the project tempo using slicing mode, and how to create and manipulate multiple flex markers.


Easy Stutter Effects 10m:16s

See how to use the 'convert to sample track' and 'bounce in place' features as a means of easily generating creative stutter effects.


Working with Plug-Ins 10m:45s

Learn how to work with and manage plug-ins and their settings. Also see how Amp Designer and PedalBoard can be used for guitar processing.


Working with Key Commands 7m:41s

Discover how to browse, search, assign, delete, export, import, print, and initialize key commands.


Working with Track Automation 11m:07s

See some of the different ways to automate and edit available parameters using Logic 9's powerful track automation features.


Bounce to Disc 11m:30s

Learn how to render your arrangement down to a final two track stereo mix, and see how speed and tempo can still be manipulated even in this final stage of your project.

Eli Krantzberg

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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