Create an energetic House Track with Logic Pro
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Create an energetic House Track with Logic Pro

Learn how to use Logic Pro to create, mix and master your own house track with this Logic Pro tutorial.
3.8 (25 ratings)
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Created by Mohamed Kamal
Published 8/2012
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Produce a complete house music track using Logic Pro
Requirements
  • Logic Pro 9
  • USB MIDI Keyboard
  • Audio interface or your computer soundcard
Description

The Methodology

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.

Course Structure

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.

System requirements

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.

Installing Logic

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.

Other requirements

USB musical keyboard (or suitable MIDI keyboard and interface) to play software instruments.

Low-latency multi-I/O audio interface highly recommended for audio recording

Who this course is for:
  • Electronic Dance Music Enthusiasts
  • DJs
  • Beginner producers
  • Logic Pro users
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 02:36:11
+ 1 - Building Your Sounds
9 lectures 01:16:20

Download the final project and audio files.

All audio samples in this course are located in /project files/audio files

Download exercise files
36.2 MB

In this lecture I discuss the fundamentals of all dance music, the drums. I'll show you how to:

  1. Build a drum kit in the Ultrabeat
  2. Program an groovy pattern
  3. Export the pattern for more editing
  4. Getting a rough mix for the drums
Preview 12:04

In lecture 2, I'll show you how to add percussion loops to add vibe and character to your drums. I'll demonstrate:

  1. How to import audio files in to our project
  2. EQ'ing and compressing drum sounds
  3. Creating sub mix groups for your sounds

Building Drums Part 2
16:35

After working with the drums, it's best to start working on musical elements and the melodies in to our arrangement. I'll explain:

  1. How to create a simple melody from a sample
  2. Using Logic's sample EXS24 to pitch and manipulate the sample
  3. Programming a simple melody in the Piano Roll
  4. Using the delay, reverb and exciter to add character to the melody

Adding Chord Hits
09:21

In this quick video, I'll show you how to create a simple bass patch using analog synthesis

  1. Using ES1 to create a deep bass sound
  2. Programming a simple bassline
Adding bass using ES1
03:12

Using ES1's big brother, the ES2, we'll create simple arpeggiated synth line

  1. Creating an arpeggiator in Logics environment
  2. Configuring the ES2 
  3. Adding width to the synth line
  4. How to push the sound back using reverb
Adding Synth Using ES2
05:59

After preparing our sounds, I'll show you how to gradually structure your arrangement by moving regions around. Starting with 8 - 16 bar intervals.

  1. Creating a Intro for the drums
  2. Introducing bass lines and other elements
  3. Adding more percussion to add excitement to the song
Arrangement Part 1
08:44

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.

  1. Adding vocal samples to EXS24
  2. Recording a simple vocal riff
  3. Group the vocal samples in to a sub mix and add processing

Adding Vocals
11:07

Where would house music be with out those lush analog strings? Strings gives a chorus section life and emphasis. I'll demonstrate how to:

  1. Select a strings preset from EXS24 library
  2. Recording automation to create movement in the strings
  3. Arranging the piano melody to create a chorus section

Adding Strings
09:18
+ 2 - Arranging Your Sounds
5 lectures 49:35

House music is all about creative arrangement. In this lecture I'll explain how to create verses and choruses. 

Arrangement Part 2
14:31

Programming build ups and drops is all about automation. In this video i'll show you how to:

  1. Add FX sounds and noise washes
  2. Automate reverb and delays for build downs
  3. How to edit drum patterns to decrease energy
Arrangement Part 3 - The Drop
13:15

The buildup of any dance track has to be RIGHT! Here i'll discuss automating more parameters and removing elements to create space.

Arrangement Part 4 - Build up
08:49

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.

  1. Adding the master output to the arrange window
  2. Adding and automating the filter
  3. Automating the melody hits and effects for more drama

Arrangement Part 5 - Adding Effects
08:52

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.

Finalizing The Arrangement
04:08
+ 3 - Mixing and Mastering
3 lectures 29:27

Here's the fun part - Mixing. I'll discuss how to:

  1. Level balance
  2. EQ
  3. Apply compression
  4. Side chaining
  5. Add stereo width 
Mixing
12:31

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

Mastering
12:12

The final step in the production process is The Bounce. We'll export our master track to an MP3 file. 

Exporting Your Song
04:44