Film Scoring in Logic Pro X: The Complete Guide
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Film Scoring in Logic Pro X: The Complete Guide

The Complete Starter Guide to Film Music Production & Composition: Create A Film Score Using Logic Pro X
4.4 (30 ratings)
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225 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2020
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to setup Logic Pro X for Film Scoring
  • The equipment you'll need to compose music for moving image
  • Creating melody and harmony
  • Recording & producing instruments
  • Mixing & mastering audio
  • Exporting & syncing music to picture
  • A working copy of Logic Pro X

This course will show you how to compose music and produce music for moving image using Logic Pro X.

This course is designed to show you the entire process of music composition for film: from opening and setting up Logic Pro X for the first time, right through to syncing your finished composition to your movie.

Learn Both The Technical AND Creative Sides of Composing Music for Film

My mission when it comes to teaching you film scoring is to get you creating as quickly and easily as possible. We’re not studying notation, we’re not dwelling on theory, we’re just learning how to get your ideas out of your head and onto the screen!

The course is aimed towards beginners, so if you’re new to Logic Pro X or have never used it for film scoring before, there’s plenty for you to get stuck into. As well as technical things such as how to actually import your movie into the software, we also cover the creative aspects of film music composition too: from coming up with your initial idea, creating melodies, harmonising those melodies, and bringing your composition to life!

What will you learn:

  • How to setup Logic Pro X for Film Scoring

  • The equipment you'll need to compose music for moving image

  • Creating melody and harmony

  • Recording & producing instruments

  • Mixing & mastering audio

  • Exporting & syncing music to picture

What I cover:

  • Film scoring equipment

  • Setting up Logic Pro X

  • Making musical decisions

  • Coming up with a concept

  • Choosing and editing instruments

  • Creating melodies and harmony

  • The full process of composing

  • Developing your composition

  • Adding synthesisers & sound design

  • Recording instruments

  • Improving MIDI samples

  • Mixing your audio

  • Mastering your track

  • Syncing your music to the visuals

Add Magic to a Movie by Creating Your Very Own Film Score

Regardless of your musical background, this course will show you how to improve your melody writing, develop more interesting harmony, and how to give your music compositions the extra details making them perfect for the silver screen.

Not only will you learn the creative process of film scoring, but also the technical aspects. From setting up Logic Pro X, through recording and producing instrument parts, right to mixing, mastering, and syncing your final piece.

Unlike traditional music composition courses, I focus on getting your ideas developed and recorded without the restrictions of traditional music theory.

Contents and Overview

As a beginner’s course, we start at the beginning: how to setup Logic Pro X including downloading the additional content, storing your samples securely, and activating advanced tools.

We then explore the creative side of film scoring: coming up with a concept, setting the various tempos and time signatures required of a project, creating melodies, harmonising those melodies, and then developing your ideas into a full composition. I also show you how to use synthesisers and creative audio processing to take your pieces to a new level.

The next section is all about producing your track: recording live instruments, improving your MIDI samples, making each instrument sound amazing before giving your piece its final polish in the mastering stage.

Finally, I show you how to actually sync your music with the movie, creating a final movie file ready to present to your friends, family, and the world!

By the end of the course you’ll be able to confidently compose original music for moving image.

What equipment do I need?

The only “essential” equipment is Logic Pro X (unless you’re only interested in the actual process/composition aspect). That said, you’ll find it much easier to compose if you also have a MIDI keyboard.

Who’s my teacher?

I’ve worked professionally as a film composer for over 10 years and previously taught film music production and composition at University level. My music has won international awards, and films that I’ve worked have had red carpet premieres in London and Hollywood, LA.

Nowadays I devote my life to helping people get into composing for media through my website, courses, and podcast under the brand:

I’m always here to answer any questions and to help you in your journey to becoming a better composer!

As always, I offer a 30-day money back guarantee, so if, for whatever reason, the course is not the right fit for you then you’ll get your money back - no questions asked!

See you in the course!

Enrol now, and start creating something amazing!

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners who want to learn how to score music for films
  • Musicians hoping to learn how to use Logic Pro X for film scoring
  • Amateurs or hobbyists that want to create music for their own movies
  • Anyone who wants to add a new level of beauty to their home movies
Course content
Expand all 36 lectures 05:32:14
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:04

Welcome to the course! We'll start by getting the "housekeeping" out of the way - how to navigate the course, what to expect, and some information on Udemy's review system.

Preview 02:04
+ Getting Setup & Started
8 lectures 01:00:55
Section Introduction

I take you through the all the equipment you'll need to get yourself setup as a film composer. My main aim is to SAVE YOU MONEY, not to encourage you to buy a load of gear!

Recommended Equipment

How to download and install Logic Pro X's "Additional Content" so that you have access to as many sounds as possible.

Preview 02:30

Logic Pro X's sample library can take up a lot of space on your computer. Here's how to safely move it to an external drive. This can also help to save your computer's processing power.

Storing Logic Pro X's Sample Library on an External Drive

Here's how to check your movie's settings and get it imported it into Logic Pro X

Importing Your Movie

Markers are super useful when it comes to seeing the overview of your composition at a glance. Here's how to set them, including how to automatically set them from your movie.

Setting Your Markers

Global Tracks are a great way to see important project information at a glance. This lecture is a walkthrough of those tracks, and how to show/hide the ones you need.

Preview 06:55

We'll look at the two main methods of choosing your tempo and time signature, and how to set those in Logic Pro X using the List Editor

Choosing and Setting Tempo and Time Signatures
+ Join the Facebook Community!
1 lecture 00:30

I encourage you to join my Facebook community to help with your learning. It's a safe place to ask any questions you have, get feedback, and to share your progress with your peers.

The Music for Moving Image Facebook Community
+ Composition
13 lectures 02:09:02
Section Introduction

One of the most important parts of the composing process is to decide on what you want to achieve with your music.

The Concept

Some tips on choosing your instruments, plus the best way to order them in Logic Pro X. We also look at how to colour and change the pictures of instruments.

Preview 07:53

How to edit the sound of your instrument in order to get the best possible result

Controlling Instrument Parameters

We explore the five things that will make your melodies amazing!

Composing a Great Melody

I take you through how to decide on your key, and how to add chords to a melody - the fun way!

Harmonising Your Composition

There are a few methods of inputting your composition into Logic Pro X. I'll take you through the various methods, whether or not you have a MIDI keyboard.

Inputting Notes Into Logic Pro X

In this lecture, I create a full composition from scratch so that you can see the full process (don't worry, I cut out the boring bits!)

Creating a Composition: Part 1

Part 2 of creating a full piece from scratch

Creating a Composition: Part 2

I show you how to take your basic melody and harmony and expand it into a fully developed piece

Arrangement & Orchestration : Part 1

Part 2 of our developmental stage

Arrangement & Orchestration : Part 2

Synthesisers are an amazing way to add depth and weight to your compositions. In this lecture we'll explore the basic settings of a synthesiser so that you can begin creating your own sounds, or at least edit the presets!

Using Synthesisers

Audio plugins aren't JUST for mixing! We can also use them creatively to make incredible sounds to work alongside our compositions. Here are some fun ones to start with!

Creative Audio Effects
+ Production
7 lectures 01:39:26
Section Introduction

We'll talk about the benefits of recording live instruments onto your track, and equipment you'll need to do it. I'll also take you through some ways of making sure you get the best possible sound from your recording.

Preview 08:54

I show you the various recording methods in Logic Pro X to help improve your workflow

Recording in Logic Pro X

MIDI sounds terrible, but it doesn't have to! Here are some tricks to make Logic Pro X's sample library really come to life!

Preview 23:53

In the first part of our mixing session I show you the basic effects to improve the sound of your instruments, and how to use "bus" groups.

Mixing: Part 1

In the second half of our mix, I show how to set your levels and balance your instruments using automation.

Mixing: Part 2

Here's how to add some extra volume, depth, and width to your piece with mastering

+ Exporting
4 lectures 09:43
Section Introduction

The quickest and easiest way to export your music to the movie is by using Logic Pro X's built in export options.

Exporting in Logic Pro X

Fixing the "Sync Mode" Problem in LPX

"Sync Mode" Issue

DaVinci Resolve is an awesome bit of FREE software that gives you a bit more control when it comes to syncing your audio to the movie

Preview 04:53
+ Finding Custom Scoring Projects
1 lecture 30:02
Finding Custom Scoring Projects
+ BONUS! Download "The Media Scoring Guide"
1 lecture 00:32
BONUS! Download "The Media Scoring Guide"