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Music Recording and Production with Logic Pro

A guide to creating professional quality recordings
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Last updated 11/2014
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What Will I Learn?
Record, arrange, edit, mix, and create a professionally quality recording of their music.
Understand the concepts of a Project Studio.
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Requirements
  • The basics of music theory. Basic scales and chords are needed to know when using MIDI and creating music.
  • How to compose any style, genre of music. Music can be simple as a folk song or as complex as desired. The course or the software is a learning tool for musical composition. Basic understanding of musical composition is helpful, but not required.
Description

The course will cover all the main features of Logic Pro X, Apple Loops, Audio Recording, and MIDI Recording. These are the main functions to creating a professional quality recording with Logic Pro X. The course will give step by step screen tutorials of the basic functions of how to put these together to arrange a song. The course will also cover elements of a Project studio, such as the audio interface, microphones, and MIDI Controllers. By the end the course students will have learned how to create their songs and have a final mix down to share to friends, family, and the general public.

This is an excellent course for those who want to learn to produce their own music in their home Project Studio. Unlike most Digital Audio Workstations,Logic Pro X is user friendly and not as technical as Pro Tools and other similar software. Because of this user friendly environment it is also focused towards the music hobbyist, so therefore non-professionals who would like to record their music with high details and quality will benefit from this course.

The course is structured in a progressive manner with 6 major sections. The first section the student will learn the different windows and sections of Logic Pro X and also how to use Apple Loops in their arrangements. The second section covers the elements of recording audio tracks, including vocals, guitars, bass, and other musical instruments. Lectures involve in how to record, edit and add effects to the tracks. The third section covers the MIDI instrument elements. This is a powerful feature of Logic Pro X as it's MIDI capabilities goes beyond any other DAWs in the market. Students will learn the different methods of inputting MIDI data and how to create musical phrases and compositions with MIDI. The next section of the course students will learn the drummer, ultra beat and arpeggiator features of Logic Pro. The final part of the course covers the elements of mixing a song and creating a final file for sharing. Each section, students will have an assignment to create and produce a song with the new features they learn. By the end of the course with the progressive learning, students will have become a master of their own music production with Logic Pro X.

Who is the target audience?
  • Independent musical artists who want to record their own music.
  • Composers and songwriters who want a DAW that is the best software focused on composition and arranging.
  • Music Hobbyists who wish to understand and learn to use Logic Pro X in recording music.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to Logic Pro
9 Lectures 01:11:05
This is the introduction to the course. In this video, students will learn about the Project Studio and what is Logic Pro X and what they will be learning in this course.
Preview 09:19

The objective of this lecture is for students to have the overall picture and understanding of the different parts of Logic Pro. Students will have an understanding on how to navigate through each of the parts and what they do and how they are used.

Preview 07:43

The objective of this lecture is to get a new Logic Pro X project started and running. Step by step instructions on creating the project, tracks and saving into either a package or folder.

Starting a new Project
09:47

The main objective of this lecture is to understand the editor tools and how to use them.
Editor Tools
03:24

Setting up the main perimeters of a project is vital for the entire session. In this lecture students will learn how to set up the tempo, the key and time signatures and how to change them during a song.

The Global Track: Adding in the Tempo, Key and Time Signatures
12:29

The Cycle mode is an important tool in creating and editing music. This quick lecture shows how to open it and how it's used.

The Cycle Mode
02:34

Apple Loops is a powerful tool of Logic Pro. The objective of this lecture is for students to have the total understanding of what they are and how to use them in a session. A discussion of both Audio and MIDI loops will be covered and how search and find the correct types of loops for a project.

Apple Loops- What they are and how do they work
05:04

The objective of this lecture is simple. Audio files can be imported into Logic Pro. They can be used with Apple Loops and MIDI instruments.

Importing external audio files
05:10

This lecture describes the first arranging assignment for students. The first assignment is to take a given audio file and arrange Apple Loops with it to produce a simple song.
Simple Arrangements with Apple Loops
15:35

The Basics
7 questions
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Recording with Logic Pro X
9 Lectures 01:26:57

In this lecture students will learn about Audio Interfaces; what they are and how they are used. Students will learn about the different types available and which is best for them in their budget and for their use. In the course of this lecture, students will learn how to set up Logic Pro X to the audio interface and how to use it in recordings.

The Audio Interface and how to set it up with Logic Pro
12:13

The objective of this lecture is to learn about the different types of microphones used in recording and the directional responses of microphones.
Microphones
12:57

The lecture gives the general overview of how to recording any audio into Logic Pro with a microphone. The discussion will include on multiple takes of each track and how to recorded with multiple tracks at the same time.

Recording audio in Logic Pro
15:15

A powerful part of Logic Pro is the extenuative library of sounds that are created with pre-existing settings of plug-ins. Students can learn to explore this library and how they can use this as a foundation to change the parameters of each plug-in from the pre-sets.

Pre-set plug-ins Library for audio
09:21

Multiple takes in a track can be editing into one single file. This lecture will explain how to do this or as it is called "comping" the takes.

Editing Audio: Comping Audio Takes
08:23

Electric and electronic instruments do not have the need to record with a microphone. With the Audio Interface these instruments can be directly recorded into Logic Pro. The objective of this lesson is to explain how this is done.

Recording Guitars, Bass and other electronic instruments
04:17

Amp Designer is a plug-in that can create a virtual amplifier for the guitar and bass. The pedalboard plug-in is a part of this suit. This objective of this lecture is to learn how to use them in recordings for an electric guitar and bass.
Amp Designer
12:57

Recording drums can be tricky. The objective of this lecture is to give examples of how to record live drum into Logic Pro by using a different track and microphone for each drum.

Drum Tracks: How to record them
01:39

This lecture's objective is to describe how to produce the second assignment. The assignment is to record an audio track and add Apple Loops as an accompaniment to the audio files.
Recording A song: Adding Audio Track with Apple Loops
09:54

Audio Interface and Recording
7 questions
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MIDI with Logic Pro
7 Lectures 01:00:00

MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It is a digital communication language created and introduced in 1983. The objective of this lecture is for students to get a broad understanding of what MIDI is and how it functions in a musical setting.

What is MIDI: The Protocol language
06:32

MIDI is controlled by an external device. The objective of this lesson is to have an understanding of the different types of controllers available and which is the best suited for the individual and their project studio.

MIDI Controllers: Different types and which is best to use with production
09:20

This lesson explores on the recording of MIDI messages in real time, much like recording a live instrument into a microphone. Multiple takes can be done in two different ways, which will be explained during the lecture.

Recording MIDI Tracks in real time
16:44

Step record and pencil tool is a method of programming MIDI events into Logic Pro. This lecture will explain how this is done with the Piano Roll editing window.

Recording MIDI events in step record and pencil tool
07:45

MIDI data can be altered and edited in Piano Roll. This is a powerful element of MIDI and will be explained in the lecture. Students will learn to edit their MIDI recordings to their liking.

Editing MIDI Tracks in Piano Roll
08:49

The purpose of this lecture is for students to learn how to use MIDI recording, real time, step input, and pencil tools. They will learn by using a song they will enter the MIDI date to Logic Pro and create an arrangements with only MIDI Instrument tracks.
Creating a Song with MIDI: A Practice with MIDI Recording & Arranging
02:03

The objective of this lecture is to record a song using all methods learned thus far. Recording an audio track, adding Apple Loops,and MIDI Instruments. Students can use either previous song Danny Boy or a song of their own. The main goal is to produce a song using all the main tools of Logic Pro.
Recording a Song II: with Audio & MIDI Tracks and Apple Loops
08:46

The MIDI Protocol
7 questions
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Drums and Arpeggios
3 Lectures 38:26

Ultrabeat is a powerful digital drum machine. At the end of this lecture, students will have the ability to create their own custom beats which they can edit and alter in MIDI data.

Ultrabeat: The drum machine of Logic Pro
16:23

The Drummer track is a new element to Logic Pro X. Students will learn and have the ability to create drums that sound like a real drummer. The plug-in has the ability to alter and edit how the drums are played and controlled for the performance. The tool also has the ability to change the type of drum set that will suit the genre and style of the song.

Drummer Track: Adding a drummer to your arrangement
11:17

Arpeggio is a musical technique of making use of broken chords to make harp like sounds from a musical instrument. Students will learn to create their own custom arpeggios which they can add to an arrangement by use of MIDI instruments. Students will learn to add depth to their arrangements with patterns that will always sound musical.

Arpeggiator: Adding in custom arpeggios to your arrangement
10:46

Section 4 Quiz
3 questions
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Mixing and creating a final mix down
8 Lectures 01:03:59
The lecture overs the basic mixing techniques of the use of Volume and Pan. Students well learn the beginning of creating a good balance for their songs.
Volume, Pan, Solo and Mute
12:54

Audio and MIDI regions can be edited, cut, pasted and switched around. This lecture will show the basic tools for this purpose. These editing tools are the most used in order to create an arrangement with already recorded and composed music.
Marquee, Scissor, and fader tools
08:14

It is at times important to group tracks of similar genres of instruments. This lecture will show the beginning stages of grouping these tracks in order to mix or edit these tracks together at the same time.
Grouping Tracks
07:50

Packing folders is a unique function of Logic Pro. It is a way of organizing and cleaning up the arrange area. The objective of this lecture is to learn how to create those folders and how to use them.
Creating Folders
07:23

Automation is a powerful tool of Digital Audio Recording. This lecture will give students the knowledge of how to create automation for pan and volume settings.
Automation
13:47

Smart Controls is a new feature of Logic Pro. This tool is a quick way of editing perimeters in plug-ins and mixing. The lecture will explore and show students how to use this tool when mixing their songs.
Smart Controls- a quick way of making changes to any perimeters
06:13

There are many different digital file formats, and it is important to understand the difference between them. The goal of this lecture is for students to have a basic understanding of compressed and uncompressed audio files.
Digital files: Which are best to use
03:00

This lecture shows step by step instructions on creating the final mix and file for sharing.
Bouncing the final mix to disk: The Final product
04:38

Mixing Quiz
7 questions
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Conclusion
3 Lectures 13:47
The lecture's goal is a discussion on the steps and plans in the recording process of producing a song or musical composition. This is only a guide as all projects are different, therefore the lecture talks about how this is a springboard for students' to create their own plans (blueprint) for their production process.
The Process of Recording and Producing a song
07:08

The modern digital world has changed the market of where music is shared. There are many places that a musician can share their music. The lecture will discuss the most popular places that they can share their musical compositions, ranging from artist's webpages to burning on CD.
Where you can share/ market your song
03:55

Final Quiz
4 questions

The last words of the course.
Final Words
02:44
About the Instructor
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Composer/ College Professor- Doctor of Musical Arts

Alfred Surenyan is a composer, ethnomusicologist and educator. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University and has been teaching music for 15 years.

Dr. Surenyan has taught both in the classroom and privately in various topics including music theory, music history, music technology and piano. He currently is teaching at the Art Institute of CA- Inland Empire and continues to have private students in piano, music theory and music technology.

Dr. Surenyan works as a professional composer and currently has several projects and commissions for chamber music, and electronic music with both Logic Pro and the Theremin.

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