Logic Pro 8: Tips and Tricks

Overview

Although Logic Pro 8 introduces many features which improve the program's accessibility and ease of use, it remains a powerful and complex piece of software.

Often, there are many ways of achieving the same ends, some more complex than others and some which are not obvious. This book contains hundreds of useful tips to help you obtain the results you desire. It describes how to perform standard studio techniques such as drum editing and ...

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Overview

Although Logic Pro 8 introduces many features which improve the program's accessibility and ease of use, it remains a powerful and complex piece of software.

Often, there are many ways of achieving the same ends, some more complex than others and some which are not obvious. This book contains hundreds of useful tips to help you obtain the results you desire. It describes how to perform standard studio techniques such as drum editing and replacement and parallel compression as well as tips to improve your workflow.

With the help of Logic Pro 8 Tips and Tricks, you'll soon be whizzing around the program and utilizing to the full the amazing potential of Logic Pro 8.

These tips and tricks are culled from the author's long familiarity with Logic in music production, multimedia work and audio restoration, from his columns for several music technology magazines and from the results of research arising from the many questions he receives from Logic users.

Logic Pro 8 Tips and Tricks will help you utilize the software to the max.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906005061
  • Publisher: PC Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Edition description: 2nd ed.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Bennett is a composer and post-production engineer who uses Logic every day. This is the book he wishes had been available when he first got to grips with the fascinating software that is Logic.

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Table of Contents

1 Setting up and optimization 1

Drivers 1

Keeping up to date 2

The 'other' book 3

Operating system optimization 4

Other hardware 8

2 Templates, Projects and back-ups 11

Templates 14

3 Getting around in Logic 15

Toolbox 15

Scrolling with the mouse 15

Links 15

Linking and the Environment 18

Key Commands 18

Importing Key Commands 19

Undo and Redo 19

Markers 19

Groups in the Media browser's bin 23

Creating Tracks and Objects 24

Snapping and Dragging 25

Screensets 26

Selecting things 28

Marquee tool 28

Selecting windows without bringing them to the front 29

Copying between songs 29

The Finder Dock and what to do with it 29

Play and Record Key Commands 30

Parameter boxes in the inspector 32

Region Parameter box 33

Track Parameter box 35

Audio Track types and Parameters 36

Channel strip presets 39

4 Recording 41

Audio recording 41

Low latency mode 42

Safety i/o buffer 43

CPU (Central Processing Unit) overload problems 43

Multiple processor CPU monitor and CoreAudio problems 44

Input/Output labels 44

'Printing' effects onto a recording 44

Quantizing audio and beat slicing (strip silence) 46

Creating and manipulating 'takes' and 'mute and cycle' recording 47

Drum editing using folders 52

MIDI recording 55

Extended Region parameters 55

MIDI (and Virtual instrument) multi-track recording 57

Using virtual instruments 57

Multi output (multi channel) virtual instruments 61

General recording tips 66

Monitoring 70

Tempo tips 73

5 Plug-ins 79

Logic Audio Units 79

Garageband instruments 82

Using VST plug-ins in Logic 83

Third-party plug-in in Logic 83

Effects plug-ins 84

6 Workflow97

Customising how Logic looks 97

Using colours 100

Window menu Transport bar 103

Scroll in play 104

Zooming in Logic 104

Automatic track zooming 104

Zooming individual Tracks 104

Zoom Key Commands 104

Zoom navigation history 105

Process buffers 105

SMPTE Time ruler 106

Using markers to display lyrics 106

Exporting tracks and Regions as audio files 107

Environment tips 108

Environment objects 109

Multi Instruments and MIDI patch names 111

Project information 114

MIDI reset 114

7 The Arrange page, Editor windows and more editing tips 115

General editing tips 115

The Hyper editor 119

Time stretching and tempo adjustment in the Arrange page 123

Arrange page tips 125

Piano Roll (Matrix) editor tips 126

Event List editor tips 126

Score editor tips 127

Sample editor tips 131

8 Apple loops and fluid audio 133

9 Mixing 137

Mixer 137

Bringing external hardware into Logic 142

Plug-in delay compensation (PDC) 148

Using hardware controllers in Logic 148

Automation quick access 148

Panning 149

Creating 'doubled' parts 149

Creating harmonies from a single recording 150

Automation 151

Inserting a reverb or delay plug-in on a bus - the wet/dry setting 157

Pre and post sends 157

Pre fader metering 158

MIDI mixing tips 158

Some mixing tips using Logic's plug-ins 159

Processing guitars 162

Keyboards 163

Processing vocals 163

Automation level adjustment versus compression 165

Using send effects on other tracks 166

10 Mastering 167

Introduction 167

Order of mastering plug-ins 172

Appendix 1 Glossary 175

Appendix 2 Logic and the internet 180

Index 181

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