Logic Pro X 10.4 - Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Music Production

Book description

Record, arrange, mix, produce, and polish your audio files with this best-selling, Apple-certified guide to Logic Pro X 10.4. Veteran producer and composer David Nahmani uses step-bystep, project-based instructions and straightforward explanations to teach everything from basic music creation to sophisticated production techniques..


Using the book's downloadable lesson files and Logic Pro X, you'll begin making music in the first lesson. From there, learn to record audio and MIDI data, create and edit sequences, and master mixing and automation techniques such as submixing with track stacks. Create both acoustic and electronic virtual drum performances using Drummer tracks with Drum Kit Designer and Drum Machine Designer. Use Logic Pro X MIDI FX and Smart Controls to control software synthesizers from a MIDI controller or an iPad.


Harness the power of Smart Tempo to make sure all recordings, imported audio files, and samples play in time. Flex Time allows you to precisely edit the timing of notes inside an audio recording, and you'll explore Flex Pitch to correct the pitch of a vocal recording. Finally, you mix, automate, and master the song, using plug-ins to process only selected sections or entire tracks, giving your audio creations the final polish needed to achieve a professional sound.


  • Downloadable lesson and media files allow you to perform the hands-on exercises.
  • Focused lessons take you step by step through practical, real-world tasks.
  • Accessible writing style puts an expert instructor at your side
  • Ample illustrations help you master techniques fast.
  • Lesson goals and time estimates help you plan your time.
  • Chapter review questions summarize what you've learned and help you prepare for the Apple certification exam.

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents at a Glance
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Getting Started
    1. The Methodology
    2. System Requirements
    3. Preparing Your Logic Workstation
    4. About the Apple Pro Training Series
    5. Apple Pro Certification Program
    6. Resources
  8. Exploring the Interface and Working with Real Instruments
    1. Lesson 1 Make Music with Logic Now!
      1. Creating a Logic Pro X Project
      2. Exploring the Interface
      3. Adding Apple Loops
      4. Navigating the Project
      5. Build Up the Arrangement
      6. Mixing the Song
      7. Mixing Down to a Stereo File
      8. Lesson Review
    2. Lesson 2 Recording Audio
      1. Setting Up Digital Audio Recording
      2. Recording a Single Track
      3. Recording Additional Takes
      4. Punching In and Out
      5. Recording Without a Metronome
      6. Changing Recording Settings
      7. Deleting Unused Audio Files
      8. Lesson Review
    3. Lesson 3 Editing Audio
      1. Assigning Mouse Tools
      2. Editing Regions in the Workspace
      3. Comping Takes
      4. Adding Fades and Crossfades
      5. Editing Regions in the Audio Track Editor
      6. Aligning Audio
      7. Lesson Review
  9. Working with Virtual Instruments
    1. Lesson 4 Producing a Virtual Drum Track
      1. Creating a Drummer Track
      2. Arranging the Drum Track
      3. Customizing the Drum Kit
      4. Working with an Electronic Drummer
      5. Lesson Review
    2. Lesson 5 Using Patches and Recording MIDI
      1. Using a Patch from the Library
      2. Creating a Layered Sound Patch
      3. Mapping Controller Knobs to Plug-in Parameters
      4. Using the Arpeggiator MIDI Plug-In
      5. Recording MIDI
      6. Correcting the Timing of a MIDI Recording
      7. Merging Recordings into a MIDI Region
      8. Recording MIDI Takes
      9. Lesson Review
    3. Lesson 6 Creating and Editing MIDI
      1. Creating MIDI Notes in the Piano Roll Editor
      2. Importing a MIDI File
      3. Editing MIDI Data in the Event List
      4. Creating and Editing MIDI Continuous Controllers
      5. Lesson Review
  10. Building a Song
    1. Lesson 7 Editing Pitch and Time
      1. Setting a Project Tempo by Detecting the Tempo of a Recording
      2. Using and Creating Apple Loops
      3. Matching an Audio File to the Project Key and Tempo
      4. Adding a Turntable or Tape Slow-Down Effect
      5. Creating Tempo Changes and Tempo Curves
      6. Making One Track Follow the Groove of Another Track
      7. Change the Playback Pitch and Speed with Varispeed
      8. Editing the Timing of an Audio Region
      9. Tuning Vocal Recordings
      10. Lesson Review
    2. Lesson 8 Editing an Arrangement
      1. Previewing the Song
      2. Copying Material to Fill In Parts
      3. Rendering Multiple Regions
      4. Adding and Deleting Sections
      5. Cutting Regions to Remove Silence or Noise
      6. Lesson Review
  11. Mixing and Automating a Song
    1. Lesson 9 Mixing
      1. Organizing Windows and Tracks
      2. Using the Amp Designer
      3. Adjusting Levels and Pan
      4. Submixing Tracks and Processing the Submix
      5. Applying an Effect to a Section of a Track
      6. Using an EQ Plug-in
      7. Using Delay and Reverberation
      8. Using Dynamic Processing Plug-ins
      9. Using a Few Tips and Tricks
      10. Lesson Review
    2. Lesson 10 Automating the Mix
      1. Creating and Editing Offline Automation
      2. Recording Live Automation
      3. Using MIDI Controllers
      4. Bouncing the Mix
      5. Lesson Review
  12. Appendix A Controlling Logic with an iPad Using Logic Remote
  13. Appendix B Keyboard Shortcuts (Default for U.S. Keyboard)
    1. Panes and Windows
    2. Navigation and Playback
    3. Zooming
    4. Channel Strip, Track, and Region Operations
    5. Project Audio Browser
    6. Piano Roll Editor
    7. Finder
  14. Index

Product information

  • Title: Logic Pro X 10.4 - Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Music Production
  • Author(s): David Nahmani
  • Release date: June 2018
  • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
  • ISBN: 9780135245699