How to record music using the Piano Roll feature

Joseph Evans Jr
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Beat Making In Logic Pro X - The Basics of Music Production

Learn how to make your own beats start to finish in Logic Pro X

02:37:25 of on-demand video • Updated April 2021

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English [Auto] In this lecture we're going to cover maybe recording using the piano row. And I really just wanted to show you some editing tips and then also how to create your own melodies and your own patterns using a piano roll feature in this. I should so let's go ahead and jump into it. First thing you want to do is make sure you create a track for for this purpose we're going to go ahead and work with the track we already use and show you some editing techniques so let us select this track by clicking on it. And then push the letter P on your keyboard as a quick key to pull up the piano roll. All right. So let's take a listen here to the first one to make sure she has selected here is this button right here this is your catch. Play it and it's going to make sure that wherever this play is going it's going to stay in the screen. OK. So this helps in the creative process so I'm going to go ahead and push play by pushing the spacebar. Now that sounds great but say if I wanted to move some of these notes around all you have to do here you can zoom in like this if you need to. Move in left or right is swiping on your Apple mouse or using two fingers or a swipe on your keypad here. But if I wanted to change this last part. I can move these notes. OK and so this is all based on your creativity based on the music that you hear in your head. You can kind of sound it out however you want to. And as you can see this is your grade. Here everything is based on equal measurements of time. So you have different notes here. I'm going to show you how to create a note. First off you push command. All right hold down command. You see the pencil click anywhere on the grid and you create a note. All right. Based on how long is long a short note is is going to have a different note lefse like for instance this is one measure from one to two. So that would be a whole note is what they call a music. If you broke that in half as a half note broke down and have a quarter note eighth No. No. And it can keep on going shorter and shorter and shorter. So depending on the type of instrument you use Also depending on the type of drums you might use or whatever. Like hi hats are not normally going to be about one sixteenth you know or six tief notes. OK. So that's what's going on with that. So I could I could technically come over here and do a totally different melody using 165 notes. So I'm going to show you how to do that here. We're going to close this by pushing P double this track and this out. So now when I click on this and push again back to the piano row. So recording all you've got to do is hold down the command key on your keyboard and go anywhere on as great as you want here. You can test which which notes is push in right here on the piano. If you want to push this note which is a F C D E F OK you just coordinated by in right here on a grid. You say if you want to go play what we just play so you know the next note is this one. So now you play put a spacebar OK so you get the point here and again I want you to keep in mind this is the tip of highlighting the note and pushing down option. You can now drag it and pull it and create a new note instead of having to push down option in place. There's two different ways to do it. All right now you have this dope pattern right here. Now say if you wanted to copy and paste this. You could do that too. Just go ahead and push command a to highlight everything or you of course you can click right here and agree highlighted there like this and pushed down command C to copy it and then where will you place this play ahead. This pattern is going to be copied. So I'm applying it right here and I'm push command VI the pasted. So now we have a whole nother pattern right here. So do us check it out. That's the basic idea of MIDI recording using the piano row. Please let me know if you have any questions. And thanks for watching.