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Music for Film in Logic Pro February 23, 2010

Posted by PJ in : Composing, Digital home recording studios, Logic Studio 8, Projects , 6comments

Hello everyone!!

In this article I will cover how to use Logic Pro to compose music for film. I’ve been using Logic for over 2 years now and recently I was asked to help write music for a short film.  Naturally my program of choice was Logic (I’m still on version 8 but this article should apply to 9 as well).  So here I would like to share my experience and provide an intro tutorial for working with video in Logic.

First, we need to get the video into Logic. This can be done easily by navigating to Options – Movie – Open Movie.

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Macworld 2009 next week, new GarageBand coming? January 3, 2009

Posted by PJ in : Apple, Chit Chat, GarageBand, Logic Studio 8 , add a comment

So I may have jumped the gun back in August, speculating the announcement of iLife or GarageBand ’09 during the October Macbook event.  But with Macworld 2009 only days away, GarageBand ’09 may soon become a reality.

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Logic Video Tutorial: Using and Recording the Vocoder Synth in Logic Pro September 11, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios, Logic Studio 8, Videos , 3comments

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Logic Update 8.0.2 Now Available May 20, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios, General Announcements, Logic Studio 8 , 4comments

Apple has released a 135MB update to Logic Pro 8 today, bumping it to version 8.0.2. Here are the details:

This Logic Pro 8.0.2 update addresses specific customer and compatibility issues of Logic Pro 8.0 and WaveBurner 1.5. This update is recommended for all Logic Studio users. For more information about this release, please go to: Late Breaking News as well as Logic 8.0.2 Details.

The second link in the quote above has a full list of fixes for this update. Just glancing over the list I’m happy to see a number of Ultrabeat bugs I’ve been running into are now fixed. Here’s to improved software!

-PJ

Video: Automating tempo changes in Logic Pro April 24, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Logic Studio 8, Studio Setup, Videos , add a comment

This is just like the Pro Tools video on automating tempo tracks, except now I show you how to make tempo changes in Logic Pro. (more…)

Video: Bouncing to Disk in Logic Studio Pro April 1, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Apple, Logic Studio 8, Videos , 1 comment so far

This video will be just like the Pro Tools bouncing to disk video, only now I am in Logic. I show the same basic process and menu selection options. (more…)

Video: Introduction to Instrument Tracks in Logic Studio Pro March 28, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Logic Studio 8, Videos, Virtual Instruments , 1 comment so far

This video will show you how to create, setup, and use instrument tracks in Logic Pro. First, I show you how to pick instruments from the library browser. Then, I show you two different ways to create instruments in the Mixer window (first with manually inserting instruments, and then by using the channel strip settings). (more…)

Video: Setting up Aux Effects Sends in Logic Pro March 18, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Logic Studio 8, plugins (plug-ins), Videos , 3comments

This video will show you how to setup effects sends using aux tracks and buses. I use a sample of my voice and apply reverb and delay using two different busses and aux effects tracks.

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Video: Importing and Exporting OMF, AAF files from Logic Pro March 14, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Logic Studio 8, Videos , 9comments

If you are looking for information on how to transfer between DAWs without OMF/AAF (which if you are using Pro Tools LE, this is for you), click this link to go to the correct article.

This video will show you how to export an OMF interchange (and an AAF) in Logic Pro. Before I get to OMF/AAF, I show you how to export all tracks as audio files. This is a great function to use if you need to transfer from Logic to Pro Tools (since you can’t import an OMF with Pro Tools until you buy the DV Toolkit). Finally, I show you how to import an OMF in Logic (which is basically the same process as importing an AAF). (more…)

Video: Drum Editing in Logic March 11, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Editing, Logic Studio 8, Videos , 5comments

Now that you learned how to group your tracks together in Logic Pro (by watching the video posted right below this one) you are ready to edit drums. I cover two types of drum editing. First, I show you how to edit multitrack drums (with a group) to fix timing issues/errors. Then, I show you how to disable the group to edit individual tracks to remove pops, clicks, false hits… etc.

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Video: Track Groups in Logic March 11, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Editing, Logic Studio 8, Videos , add a comment

This video shows the process of grouping tracks in Logic Studio Pro. Specifically, I show you how to group your drum tracks together to prepare them for editing. The next video in this series will show you how to edit drums once you group them. Later today, I am going to post that video, so be sure to check back.

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Logic for Pro Tools users Part 6: Creating and Using Virtual Instruments March 10, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Logic Studio 8, Pro Tools, Virtual Instruments , 3comments

Virtual instruments are awesome in Logic Studio 8.

Logic comes with a TON of instruments and sounds. Plus, it is very easy to get started making music with the media/loop browsers. Whether you are new to virtual instruments altogether and need a tutorial, or are switching to Logic from another DAW (like Pro Tools), this article should help you become fluent in setting up and making great sounds with Logic’s virtual instruments. (more…)

Logic for Pro Tools users Part 5: Aux tracks and busses March 5, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Logic Studio 8, Pro Tools , 8comments

If you are looking to learn how to setup aux effect sends in Pro Tools, click this link to go to the video.

One aspect of digital audio that Logic Pro handles differently than any other DAW is routing tracks through busses and aux tracks. In most other DAWs (including Pro Tools LE), busses exist separate from auxilliary (or Aux) tracks. Also, in other DAWs, a “bus” is typically mono (so “Bus 1” is mono, and if you wanted stereo, you’d select “Bus 1-2”. In Logic Studio, these things are handled a little bit differently. Remember though, no matter what DAW you are in, a “bus” and an “aux” are two very different things. I like to think of a bus as an imaginary placeholder, where you can send audio. An Aux track is a special track made to access and affect the audio assigned to those buses. Aux tracks have many other uses besides bus routing. For example, if you want to record a track with a digital effect printed on it, you can use an Aux track as your input (with the plug-in effect active) and then route the audio from the Aux track to its audio track (through the use of a bus). Anyway, back to explaining these concepts in Logic:

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Logic for Pro Tools users Part 4: Automation and Grouping February 22, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Leopard, Logic Studio 8, Pro Tools , 1 comment so far

Let’s get into automation and track groups in Logic Studio. I know, these are some really sacred and revered features of Pro Tools, but Logic’s grouping and automation are actually fairly close to Pro Tools, so you should feel right at home. As in Pro Tools, you can automate pretty much anything in Logic Studio. As far as track groups go, you can have up to 32 different groups, each with assignable parameters (edit, mix, automation, sends, etc…) (more…)

Logic Studio and Leopard 10.5.1 and 10.5.2 February 22, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digidesign, Leopard, Logic Studio 8 , 7comments

This is for people using Logic Studio with an Apple computer running Leopard. It also applies to people trying to run Digidesign hardware (or even Pro Tools) with Logic Studio.

Even for people not running Digidesign hardware, a lot of problems seem to be emerging when Logic Studio users upgrade to 10.5.2. Most notably, MainStage is completely unusable by some in 10.5.2 (although many people also report slight problems with 10.5.1 as well). Also, Logic Studio seems to not use resources properly, with constant spikes and errors. This is not true for all people, but many are running into these problems.

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