Remix Tutorial: How to Remix in Logic Pro X

Learn the theory and practice of top remixers so that you can start remixing songs today!
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  • Lectures 40
  • Length 5.5 hours
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About This Course

Published 4/2013 English

Course Description

Here's what some of my students are saying about this course:

"This course has been very helpful. I previously had no clue what you needed to remix a song, but within minutes I had a good understanding of how to get started. Dylan Bowes is an excellent teacher, and I cannot wait to complete this course." - JT B.

"This course is fantastic - the lectures are set out extremely well and Dylan presents the material in simple terms. Great for beginners and experienced users of Logic Pro." -P Dwyer

"This course was great. The instructor was knowledgeable and helpful and the video lectures taught me a lot. Would definitely recommend!" - Susana M.

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This course is a comprehensive guide to creating remixes using Logic Pro. After taking this course, you'll have everything you need to know to get started making remixes!

We'll walk through finding remixes opportunities, setting up remix stems in your project, changing stem tempos, creating instrument tracks, using insert effects, midi sequencing, mixing and mastering your track, and everything else in between.

Using 100% high definition video lectures, you'll watch as I remix a pop tune from start to finish.

I'll provide all of the midi and audio files I use to remix the song for your reference. I'll also provide the Logic project file at the outset so that you can follow along with my work.

This course is perfect for anyone who wants to get started making remixes.

If you've never opened up Logic before, we will make you feel right at home and show you the basics of working with Logic. Or, if you have some experience remixing but want to improve your skills, we'll give you some new tips and tricks to make the most out of your experience with Logic Pro.

What are the requirements?

  • Logic Pro X Digital Audio Workstation

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Find Remix Opportunities and Submit to Remix Contests
  • Download and Import Remix Stems
  • Work with Themes, Lyrics, and Feel to Create Awesome Remixes
  • Record and Edit Midi
  • Understand Synthesis and Sampling
  • Understand Composition, Songwriting, and Song Structure
  • Use Advanced Audio Editing Techniques
  • Work with Audio and Midi FX plugins
  • Mix Your Track
  • Master Your Track
  • Become a Power User of Logic Pro X

What is the target audience?

  • Remix Artists
  • Beginning and Intermediate Producers
  • Musicians
  • Songwriters

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: GETTING STARTED
04:45

In this lecture, I provide a brief introduction to the course style, structure and approach.

A few things to remember:

  1. Feel free to post any questions, comments, or concerns in the discussion area for each lecture. I try to answer all questions within 1-2 days.
  2. Once you've gotten a feel for the course, please take a minute to rate and/or review the course. This helps prospective students know what they're getting into!
  3. Don't skip the quizzes at the end of each section. They take just a few minutes and it's really good to reinforce what you've just learned.
  4. Have fun, learn, and grow. We're all here to learn together so have fun and work hard!

Oh, and you can find out a bit more about me in the external resources below. Stay in touch!

ALSO, YOU CAN FIND THE LOGIC PROJECT FILES IN THE "DOWNLOADABLE MATERIALS" BELOW.

04:37

In this lecture I give a brief explanation of the three reasons for remixing. These are 1) Promotion 2) Education and 3) Inspiration.

05:22
In this lecture, we'll cover finding remix opportunities online. We'll explore a few options including:

CC Mixter 

INDABA 

Remix Comps 

Beatport 

03:07

In this lecture we'll explain quickly how to download wav files from remix opportunities, and then import them into your Logic project quickly and efficiently.

10:23

In this lecture we'll accomplish three things. First, we'll set up the tempo and make sure it lines up with the remix stems. Then we'll set up the key signature and time signature.

12:25

In this lecture I'll show you how to change the tempo and key of the original audio stems using the time and pitch engine in Logic Pro.

04:16

In this lecture I'll show you how to set up markers for your project. This allows you to clearly see the structure of your song and makes your workflow much more efficient.

08:38

In this lecture, we'll discuss working with lyrics and themes. We'll go through the lyrics of the original song to determine the spirit and meaning of the song. We'll look at ways to reinterpret the meaning for our remix. We'll also look at the musical content of the original song and consider ways to reinterpret the emotion of the music.

Section 2: MAKING SOME NOISE
09:09

In this lecture, I'll show you how to create a new chord progression from your remix. This helps to create an alternate emotional character to your remix while remaining true to the original feel of the song.

07:20

In this lecture, I'll show you how to craft a lead hook that will form the basis of your remix. We'll use the ES2 synth to program in a unique lead line according to our new chord progression.

09:46

In this lecture, I'll show you how to craft a lead hook that will form the basis of your remix. We'll use the ES2 synth to program in a unique lead line according to our new chord progression.

07:26

In this lecture we'll add a bassline to the chorus. We'll discuss browsing instruments using the library and also how to make your bassline complement your lead line so that they do not conflict with one another.

12:28

In this lecture, we'll add some drums to the chorus. We'll use Logic's Drum Machine Designer and we'll edit some of the drum samples to our liking.

10:38

In this lecture, we'll add some percussion using the Apple Loops library. I'll show you how to browse the apple loops to find appropriate percussion elements. We'll also learn how to loop audio regions and mix our percussion to sit nicely with the drums.

10:18

In this lecture, we will add onto the lead hook with another synth instrument. This technique adds emphasis to the polyrhythm elements of the hook. We'll also introduce adding audio FX plugins using the bitcrush distortion plugin.

08:09

In this lecture, we'll move to the verses, incorporating some of the elements from our chorus. I'll show you how to create continuity between the choruses and verses, while making them slightly different to enhance the impact of the chorus.

08:59

In this lecture, we'll add some strings to the verses, including a cello to emphasize the bassline and a quarter note string ensemble melody to move the rhythm along.

11:39

In this lecture we'll lay down a simple piano part for the prechorus. Then I'll show you how to convert that piano part into a sampler track with which we'll record a new piano part using our piano chords as samples. I'll introduce the technique of using audio regions as samples for the EXS24 Sampler in Logic Pro.

07:38

In this lecture we'll move to the reintro. The reintro is typically the section between the chorus and the verse. We'll use our piano samples again here, and we'll also introduce some further advanced audio editing techniques.

13:19

In this lecture we'll move onto the bridge. We'll use some of the elements we've already created and record in some new melodies and rhythms to create a new feel for the bridge.

10:56

In this lecture we'll work on the breakdown, which is the section that occurs between the bridge and the final choruses. I'll show you how to insert silence into the project which allows us to double the length of the breakdown. I'll also introduce some new concepts such as chopping up a drum audio region and time stretching.

07:31

In this lecture we'll work on the breakdown, which is the section that occurs between the bridge and the final choruses. I'll show you how to insert silence into the project which allows us to double the length of the breakdown. I'll also introduce some new concepts such as chopping up a drum audio region and time stretching.

Section 3: ALL IN THE DETAILS
06:45

In this lecture I'll show you how to create a swelling choir effect. We'll record a choir chord, bounce it to an audio region, and then use a fade to swell it in. This introduces further advanced audio editing techniques including a brief description of some of the alternate pointer tools to enhance your workflow.

13:50

In this lecture we'll move on to the intro. I'll show you how to create a vibey, distorted piano swell to introduce the emotional tone of the song. We'll also automate the mix and feedback parameters of the delay plugins inside the pedalboard.

04:44

In this lecture I'll introduce the Arpeggiator, which is one of the Midi FX plugins in Logic Pro X. We'll use the Sculpture modeling synth as our instrument and we'll create an arpeggiator to move the rhythm along nicely in the choruses.

03:37

In this lecture, I'll show you how to synthesize a subbass drop using Logic's ES2 synthesizer. We'll build the sound from scratch, using an envelope to drop the pitch of a sine wave oscillator. This introduces the concept of synthesis at a very basic level.

09:08

In this lecture, I'll show you how to set up sidechain compression. Sidechain compression is the technique of using a compressor on an instrument with another audio input triggering the gain reduction. We'll use a kick drum pattern from Ultrabeat as the sidechain input and place some compression on the bass track and the lead track.

03:27

In this lecture, we'll grab a small section of the guitar stem and move it around inside our remix.

04:45

In this lecture, I'll show you how to add a vocoder synth to the prechorus. We'll use the lead vocals as the sidechain input and we'll create an alternate vocoder melody to play during the prechorus.

06:31

In this lecture, we'll create a new sampler track from the lead vocals in the bridge. We'll play a new vocal chopping melody during the bridge and pitch it down an octave for the breakdown.

06:30

In this lecture we'll do a little technique I like to use sometimes. We'll bounce all tracks down to one audio file and chop it up to create an extreme emphasis to a drum fill between the third and fourth choruses.

Section 4: MIXING
09:15

In this lecture, we'll discuss how to set up a mix by organizing your tracks by type, naming and coloring the tracks for easier view, and creating a new mixdown project.

04:40

In this lecture I demonstrate the mixing technique known as submix routing. I'll show you how to send each group of instruments to a separate submix for easier mixing and balancing.

07:54

In this lecture, I'll show you how to get a static mix. A static mix is simply a good working blend of the levels of all your instruments.

09:02

In this lecture, I'll show you how to mix with sends. This maintains continuity in your project since you'll be utilizing the same FX plugins for multiple tracks, keeps your project from crashing due to CPU usage, and keeps your mix clean and efficient.

14:10

In this lecture I'll show you how to use equalization to ensure that all your elements sit nicely with one another in the mix. We'll learn how to listen to the harmonic content of each element and adjust the Channel EQ filters to make all tracks play nicely. I'll also explain why panning is an important part of mixing and how to spread out your tracks across the stereo field.

05:19

In this lecture I'll describe the process of automating your faders to create a dynamic mix. This creates more dramatic impact between the different sections of your remix.

Section 5: MASTERING
02:50

In this lecture I'll show you how to export your mixdown and prepare it for mastering. I'll show you which sample rate and audio file format to use for best results.

19:15

In this lecture I'll show you how to master your track using the mastering plugins inside Logic Pro X. I'll teach you how to use EQ and the Multipressor to glue your master together. I'll also show you how to use the adaptive limiter plugin to increase the loudness of your master.

Section 6: THE END
01:42

In this lecture, I say "Thank You!" Please take a moment to rate the course and, as always, feel free to post any questions, comments, or concerns in the discussion areas of each lecture, or send me a personal message on Udemy. I hope you enjoyed the course and I hope to see you in some of my other courses soon!

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Instructor Biography

Dylan Bowes, Producer & Sound Designer

Dylan is a producer & sound designer in Los Angeles. He has taught music production and mixing techniques for more than four years.

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