Jumpstart Logic Pro X 10.5

Book description

A practical guide that takes you from understanding the fundamentals of Logic Pro X to discovering professional music creation techniques with an easy-to-follow approach

Key Features

  • Explore the world of music production by getting up to speed with Logic Pro X
  • Understand the fundamentals of music production such as recording, editing, and adding effects to music
  • Learn to produce virtual sounds and music effects to enhance your music and create a final master from a raw music file

Book Description

Logic Pro X is Apple’s flagship application for music creation, found in many professional music studios across the globe. It is a powerful digital audio workstation that comes with all the software tools that you need to create music that sounds great. In the latest version, Logic Pro X 10.5, Apple has added impressive features to what was already a full package of tools, loops, FX plug-ins, and software instruments.

Providing a comprehensive introduction if you’re new to Mac computer music creation, this practical guide will show you how to use Logic Pro X and have you up to speed in no time.

You’ll not only understand what Apple’s Logic Pro X software can do but also get hands-on with using it to accomplish various musical tasks. The book starts by getting you up and running with the basic terminologies. As you progress, you’ll explore how to create audio and MIDI musical parts. To build on your knowledge further, the book will guide you through developing an automated mix. In addition to this, you’ll learn how to bounce mixes and audio files for distribution.

By the end of this book, you’ll be well-versed with Logic Pro X and have the skills you need to create professional-quality music.

What you will learn

  • Get to grips with Audio and MIDI and how they are different, along with covering Apple Loops
  • Record and edit audio, such as your voice or guitar
  • Create and edit MIDI parts, using Logic Pro X’s software instruments
  • Develop realistic drums and electronic drums with Logic Pro X 10.5’s amazing Drummer
  • Explore the new Step Sequencer, Live Loops, and Quick Sampler that are now included with version 10.5
  • Edit your arrangement and prepare the parts for mixing
  • Discover the principles of good mixing, including automation, pre-mastering, and final bouncing

Who this book is for

This book is for musicians, songwriters, and music producers who want to learn Logic Pro X from scratch with the help of expert guidance. A basic understanding of music theories such as chords and notes is highly recommended before you get started. This Logic Pro X book also assumes that you’ll be working on a Mac.

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Table of contents

  1. Create professional music with Apple's flagship digital audio workstation app
    1. Why subscribe?
  2. Contributors
    1. About the author
    2. About the reviewer
  3. Preface
    1. Who this book is for
    2. What this book covers
    3. To get the most out of this book
    4. Download the Logic project and media files
    5. Conventions used
    6. Get in touch
    7. Reviews
  4. Chapter 1: Beginning with Logic Pro 10.6
    1. Important information for beginning with Logic Pro
    2. What are Audio and MIDI?
    3. Selecting essential hardware for Logic Pro 10.6
      1. An audio interface
      2. A MIDI controller
      3. Monitor speakers
      4. Monitor headphones
    4. Preferences versus Project Settings
      1. Opening Logic Pro for the very first time!
      2. Changing Logic Pro default opening behavior
    5. Summary
  5. Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Logic Pro Interface
    1. Logic Pro windows, menus, and terminology
      1. The Main Window
      2. Tracks versus Channel Strips
    2. The Logic Pro Library
      1. The Toolbar
      2. Customizing the Control bar and Toolbar
      3. Logic Pro's included content
    3. Exploring the Browser
      1. The Project Browser
      2. The Media Browser
      3. The All Files Browser
    4. Apple Loops and the Loop Browser
      1. Saving your project
      2. The Left-click and Command-click tools
        1. Snap
      3. Changing the key and transposing regions
    5. Summary
  6. Chapter 3: Recording Audio
    1. The Project Templates
    2. Setting Preferences
      1. Audio Preferences
      2. Recording Preferences
      3. Display Preferences
    3. Project Settings
      1. Setting levels
    4. Recording with a Cycle
      1. Cycle recording with Take Folders
      2. Quick Swipe Comping
      3. Project Alternatives
      4. Region Gain
      5. Other Cycle audio recording options
    5. Recording without a Cycle
    6. Tape recorder style punching in/out
    7. Recording without a click with Smart Tempo
    8. Saving a template
    9. Summary
  7. Chapter 4: Editing Audio
    1. Soloing and muting tracks and regions
      1. Mute/solo buttons on the Track Header
      2. Mute/solo buttons on the channel strip in the Mixer
      3. Region solo button in the Control Bar
    2. Renaming and colorizing tracks and regions
    3. Zooming in and out on regions
    4. Copying and repeating regions
      1. Copying by holding Option + dragging
      2. Copying parts of regions with the Marquee tool
      3. Editing with Shuffle Mode
      4. Repeat Regions
      5. Looping regions
    5. Working with an imported audio file in the Audio Track Editor
      1. Audio Track Editor
      2. Audio File Editor
    6. Summary
  8. Chapter 5: Recording MIDI
    1. Logic Pro's Software Instruments
      1. Logic Pro's built-in help
      2. GarageBand versus Logic Pro instruments
    2. Viewing a MIDI region in the Logic Pro MIDI editors
      1. MIDI continuous controllers
    3. Recording MIDI with Merge
      1. Let's get started!
      2. Advanced Quantize parameters
      3. Setting a default quantization setting
    4. Other techniques for recording MIDI
      1. Recording MIDI with Replace
      2. Recording MIDI with Cycle and Merge
      3. Recording MIDI with Cycle and Create Tracks
      4. Recording MIDI with Cycle and Create Track Alternatives
      5. Recording MIDI with Cycle and Take Folders
      6. Recording MIDI with CCs
    5. The Arpeggiator MIDI FX plugin
    6. Creating patches
      1. Creating a layered patch with Summing Stacks
      2. Creating a split layered patch with Summing Stacks
    7. Groove Tracks
    8. Summary
  9. Chapter 6: Step Entering and Editing MIDI
    1. Step entering in the Piano Roll Editor
      1. The Velocity slider
      2. The Velocity Tool
      3. Scale Quantize
      4. Time Quantize
    2. Using the Step Input Keyboard
      1. MIDI Transform
      2. Time Handles
    3. Entering MIDI controller steps in the Piano Roll Editor
      1. Creating a crescendo by MIDI velocity
      2. Creating vibrato with modulation
    4. A brief look at the Step Editor
    5. Summary
  10. Chapter 7: Logic Pro's Drummer
    1. Getting familiar with Drummer and the Library
    2. Arrangement Global Track
      1. Converting a Drummer region into a MIDI region
    3. Customizing a Drum Kit Designer drum kit
      1. Producer Kits
      2. Adding a percussionist
    4. Drum Machine Designer
      1. Drum Machine Designer editor
    5. Drum Synth
    6. Drummer Loops
    7. Summary
  11. Chapter 8: Logic Pro's Step Sequencer
    1. Getting familiar with the Step Sequencer
      1. Pattern Regions
      2. Creating Steps in the Pattern Region
      3. Editing rows and sounds
      4. The Step Sequencer Local Inspector
    2. The Pattern Browser
    3. Pattern Loops
    4. Summary
  12. Chapter 9: Working with Sampler, Quick Sampler, and Auto Sampler
    1. Loading instruments into Sampler
    2. Working with Quick Sampler
      1. Loading Apple Loops to Quick Sampler
      2. Importing existing audio files into Quick Sampler
      3. Recording into Quick Sampler
      4. Exporting drum slices to create a Drum Machine Designer track
    3. Getting familiar with Auto Sampler
    4. Summary
  13. Chapter 10: Working with Live Loops
    1. Understanding Cells and Scenes with a Starter grid
    2. Editing cells
    3. Creating scenes from cells
    4. Recording into cells
    5. Recording a performance to the Tracks area
      1. Logic Remote
      2. Novation Launchpad and Launchkey MIDI controllers
    6. Remix FX
      1. Overview
      2. Capturing Remix FX with Automation
    7. Summary
  14. Chapter 11: Working with Audio Files, Tempo, and Pitch
    1. Adjusting a project's tempo with an imported audio file using Smart Tempo
    2. Fixing the timing of audio files with Flex Time
    3. Fixing the pitch of a vocal with Flex Pitch
    4. Varispeed
    5. Summary
  15. Chapter 12: Getting the Arrangement Right
    1. What really matters in your arrangement?
      1. Know your genre
      2. Know your strengths and weaknesses
    2. Creating a Project Alternative
    3. Adding a section to your arrangement
      1. Insert Silence at Locators
      2. Repeat Section Between Locators
    4. Deleting a section of your arrangement
      1. Cut Section Between Locators
    5. Consolidating regions and converting MIDI to audio files
      1. Bounce Track In Place
      2. Bounce Regions In Place
      3. Bounce and Replace All Tracks
      4. Export Tracks and Regions
      5. Freeze tracks
    6. Summary
  16. Chapter 13: Organizing for the Mix
    1. Getting familiar with Folder Stacks
      1. Creating Folder Stacks
      2. Folder Stacks and the Mixer
    2. Mixer views
      1. Tracks view
      2. Single view
      3. All view
        1. The Environment – a brief overview
    3. Creating customized Screensets
      1. Creating a locked custom Screenset
      2. Duplicating a custom Screenset to create another
    4. Creating Markers
      1. Creating markers in the Marker track
      2. Navigating your project with Marker key commands
      3. Creating a Cycle from a Marker
      4. Editing Markers in the Marker List
    5. Giant Beats and Giant Time display
    6. Summary
  17. Chapter 14: Mixing Your Project in Logic Pro
    1. The goals of a mix
      1. Volume
      2. Panning
      3. Balance versus panning
    2. Working with FX plugins
      1. Plugin categories
      2. Managing FX plugins
      3. Problem-solving with EQs
        1. The Channel EQ
      4. Controlling dynamics
        1. Compressors
        2. Limiters
        3. Noise Gates
      5. Modulation plugins
      6. Delays
      7. Reverbs
    3. Mixing as you go versus starting from scratch
    4. Other considerations
    5. Summary
  18. Chapter 15: Automating Your Mix
    1. A brief history of automation
    2. Offline Region automation
      1. Region panning automation
      2. Plug-in bypass automation in a region
    3. Live Track automation
      1. Automation modes
      2. Volume automation with Touch mode
      3. Volume automation with Latch mode
      4. Automatic lane creation with either Latch or Touch mode
    4. Trimming automation
      1. Real-time Trim
    5. Copying automation
      1. Copying automation within a track
      2. Copying automation between tracks
    6. The track automation Event List
    7. Deleting automation
    8. Customizing MIDI controllers for automation
    9. Summary
  19. Chapter 16: Delivering Your Music for Distribution
    1. Bouncing a stereo mix
      1. Opening the Bounce window
      2. PCM file formats
      3. MP3s and M4As
      4. Realtime versus offline
    2. Exporting tracks to send to a mix engineer
    3. Mastering your mix
      1. The changed role of the mastering engineer
      2. Can you master your own tracks in Logic Pro?
    4. Summary
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Product information

  • Title: Jumpstart Logic Pro X 10.5
  • Author(s): Jay Asher
  • Release date: October 2020
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781800562776