This Logic Pro tutorial course takes a hands-on approach to how to use Logic Pro in house music production, so you’ll be working through the project files and videos. It’s divided into 3 chapters that methodically introduce the steps I use to create dance floor ready house track. Each video is designed to support the concepts learned in the preceding lesson, and newcomers to audio production should go through start to finish.
This Logic Pro tutorial is perfect for Logic Pro beginners, but even if you have been making music for some time, you will benefit from learning professional techniques from an experienced producer.
The course is designed to guide you through how to use Logic Pro to create a house music track from scratch in 16 videos. Each video you will be introduced to a new concept and workflow in Logic.
Before using Logic 9, you should have a working knowledge of your Macintosh and the Mac OS X operating system. Make sure that you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands, and also how to open, save, and close files.
This Logic Pro tutorial require that you install Logic Studio 9 along with the default content pre-selected in the installer. You can buy and download Logic Pro for $199 from the App store.
1 USB musical keyboard (or suitable MIDI keyboard and interface) to play software instruments.
2 Low-latency multi-I/O audio interface highly recommended for audio recording
Download the final project and audio files.
All audio samples in this course are located in /project files/audio files
In this lecture I discuss the fundamentals of all dance music, the drums. I'll show you how to:
In lecture 2, I'll show you how to add percussion loops to add vibe and character to your drums. I'll demonstrate:
After working with the drums, it's best to start working on musical elements and the melodies in to our arrangement. I'll explain:
In this quick video, I'll show you how to create a simple bass patch using analog synthesis
Using ES1's big brother, the ES2, we'll create simple arpeggiated synth line
After preparing our sounds, I'll show you how to gradually structure your arrangement by moving regions around. Starting with 8 - 16 bar intervals.
Adding vocals gives your tracks feeling and purpose. Even if they are small vocal bits. In this video I'll show you how to use a boring vocal sample and transform it to an exciting riff.
Where would house music be with out those lush analog strings? Strings gives a chorus section life and emphasis. I'll demonstrate how to:
House music is all about creative arrangement. In this lecture I'll explain how to create verses and choruses.
Programming build ups and drops is all about automation. In this video i'll show you how to:
The buildup of any dance track has to be RIGHT! Here i'll discuss automating more parameters and removing elements to create space.
In this video, I'll demonstrate a trick that's always used in house music. A filter sweep which thins out the track towards the drop.
After automating all these parameters, lets take a break!
Now let's finish completing the tracks and add a few more bars for the outro.
Here's the fun part - Mixing. I'll discuss how to:
Preparing your track for the clubs takes final touches. I suggest taking your track to a professional mastering house. If you don't know anyone, this lecture will explain how to "soft" master your track
The final step in the production process is The Bounce. We'll export our master track to an MP3 file.
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