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Logic 8 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Introduction to Logic 8

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    What is Logic 8?

    Discover what Logic 8 can do and how it can be used, and learn how to create a basic Project Folder.

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    Audio Files & Regions

    Understanding the basic building blocks used inside of Logic 8 – Regions. Learn the relationship between Audio Files and Audio Regions, as well as the concept of non-destructive editing.

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    MIDI Regions

    Introducing MIDI Regions. See how they are different from Audio Regions, and how they are used and edited inside of Logic 8.

Chapter 2 : Logic 8 Basics

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    Arrange Window Overview

    Learn about the three main sections of the Arrange Window as well as the Transport Bar and Shortcuts menu.

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    Key Commands

    See how to set up and assign customized key commands in Logic 8 to greatly increase and simplify your workflow.

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    Audio Bin Overview

    Discover the features and functions of Logic 8’s Audio Bin as it appears in the Media section of the Arrange Window.

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    Loop Browser Overview

    Get a detailed look at the Loop Browser’s features and functions along with all of its main parameters.

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    The Library Tab

    Take a deep look at the new Library feature in the Logic 8 Arrange Window and the different types of data it can display.

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    The Browswer Tab

    Discover the new Browser Tab in the Logic 8 Arrange Window, its search functions, and a review of all the media tabs covered previously.

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    The Event List Tab

    Get a detailed overview of the Event List Tab in the Arrange Window, including how it displays and filters different information.

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    Other List Tabs

    Explore the remaining List Editors in the Arrange Window, and their basic functions.

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    Pop-Up Editors

    Learn about the five pop-up menus available from the bottom of the Arrange Window, and each of their basic uses.

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    Global Track Overview

    See how the Global Tracks work and learn how the common window features that appear in the different windows within Logic 8.

Chapter 3 : Getting To Work

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    Make Music!

    See how to make some music using the basic Arrange Window features and functions you've learned about so far!

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    Working with Windows

    Discover how to open, close, resize, and move between multiple open windows quickly and easily.

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    Hierarchy, Link, & Catch Buttons

    See how to move and navigate between different hierarchies, how to show contents of selected regions in editor windows, and how the Catch Button works.

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    Screen Sets

    Learn how to view and work with data in different ways by setting up and using customized and optimized screen sets.

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    Transport Bar Basics

    Learn all about the different transport button functions and associated key commands as well as Play Head positioning using the position display fields.

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    Cycle & Locators

    Discover the various uses for Cycle and Skip Modes, as well as the different ways of setting and adjusting the Left and Right Locators.

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    Basic Setup

    Learn about Audio and MIDI signal flow from the physical world, through third party audio and MIDI interfaces, to Logic 8, and back out.

Chapter 4 : Working with Tracks

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    Tracks & Channel Strips

    Explore the relationship and routing between Tracks and Channel Strips.

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    Creating Tracks

    Learn how to quickly and easily create multiple audio, software instrument, MIDI tracks, and their associated Channel Strips directly from the Arrange Window.

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    Creating Additional Tracks

    Learn new track creation variations to quickly add tracks and Channel Strips as necessary for different situations.

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    Managing Your Tracks

    See the many ways to duplicate, delete, and delete unused tracks, as well as reorder, sort, and reassign them and their associated keyboard shortcuts.

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    Naming Tracks & Channel Strips

    Discover the numerous ways to name and rename tracks and channel strips and their relationship to each other as well as Logic 8’s Auto-Name features and functions.

Chapter 5 : Plug-Ins and Channel Strips

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    Channel Strip Primer

    Get to know the anatomy of Audio Track and Software Instrument Channel Strips, and how to set and use all the various buttons, knobs, faders, and fields.

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    Setting Channel Parameters

    Learn how to use the Channel Parameters in the Inspector for Software Instruments and Audio Tracks.

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    MIDI Instrument Channel Strips

    Discover the unique Channel Parameter and Mixer Strip elements that pertain to external MIDI devices.

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    Working with Plug-Ins

    Learn how to call up effects plug-ins and software instruments in mono, stereo, or multiple output formats.

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    Channel Strip Settings

    Discover how to use Channel Strip Settings, save them as Performances, and reorder Plug-Ins.

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    The Plug-In Interface

    Learn how to work with open Plug-In windows - adjusting the parameters, managing settings, and controlling the display.

Chapter 6 : Tools and Zooming

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    Tools Overview

    Explore and understand some of the more common tools and their functions and actions in the Arrange Window and Piano Roll Editor.

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    Working with Tools

    See the various methods for assigning and calling up tools with left and right mouse buttons, as well as the Command Key.

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    Get the basics of horizontal and vertical zooming of window contents as well as audio waveforms, and key commands for storing and recalling three preset zoom levels.

Chapter 7 : Recording and Editing

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    Basic Recording

    Watch and learn all the steps necessary to prepare for your first audio recording!

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    Editing Your Arrangement

    Learn how the Grid works in Logic 8’s Arrange Window, as well as some basic cutting and copying techniques.

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    MIDI Editing

    Learn to do basic MIDI editing in the Arrange Window, as well as with the Event List and Piano Roll Editors.

Chapter 8 : FX, Mix and Automate

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    Plug-Ins & Sends

    See how to set up and use sends and work with effect plug-ins on both channel inserts and buses.

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    Using Automation

    Discover how to assign parameters for automating, and draw and manage automation nodes with the mouse in the Arrange Window.

Chapter 9 : Bouncing a Mix and Templates

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    Bouncing to Disk

    Learn how to set up and execute a final mix down in order to create a finished mix ready for burning to CD or for use in iTunes.

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    Creating Templates

    See how to create, save, manage, and use custom Templates as starting points for your own new projects in Logic 8. Basic View

Product Overview

Presented by Apple Logic Certified instructor Eli KRantzberg, this in-depth collection of no-nonsense video tutorials about Apple Logic 8 is all you need to get up and running with Apple's DAW powerhouse.

Running over 5 hours in length, the collection shows you step by step how to create a new song, setup your hardware, create and manage tracks, the various windows and editors, how to record and edit audio and MIDI, loop browsing and usage, channel strip usage, key commands, automation, creating files for CD and iPod and so much more.

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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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