Logic Pro X is one of the premiere audio processing applications and sequencers. In this class we will learn how to get started quickly using this powerful application.
For years I’ve been teaching Music Production in the college classroom. These classes I’m making for Udemy use the same syllabus I’ve used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Music Production – and cost shouldn’t be a barrier.
In this class we will focus on the newest Logic Pro X software. Some people like to think of this as “Garage Band Pro”, and it many ways it is. But there is a lot more to it than that. Logic Pro X is a full-featured program, but it isn’t without it’s limitations. I’ll walk you though what those are, some ways you can deal with them, and how to use the program to produce and/or record your music.
What will I learn in this Course?
- Differences between Logic Pro X versions
- Purchasing Logic Pro X – The Cheap way!
- Installing and Setting up Logic Pro X
- Creating a Project
- The Arrange Area
- The Editing Area
- The Transport Bar
- The Inspector Area
- Media and Event Lists
- The Mixer
- Using Apple Loops
- Beat Sync with Apple Loops
- Adding a Bass Line
- Adding Synth Tracks
- Preparing for Mixing
- Audio Effects
- Built-in EQ
- Audio Recording Settup
- Recording Instruments
- MIDI Recording Setup
- Recording MIDI Tracks
- SoundCloud and uploading elsewhere
- …and much, much more!
About the Instructor
J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater.
He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.
Praise for classes by J. Anthony Allen
“Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!”
“Amazing – Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I’m so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!”
“I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”
“I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!”
“I’ve watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!”
“Clear and Informative – Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!”
“Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of.”
“The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don’t want to know.”
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Welcome to Logic Pro X!
What Separates Logic from Pro Tools, Ableton, FL Studio, and more?
There are a lot of professional audio tools – what makes Logic different?
Getting Logic for Cheaper than Retail
There are a number of (legal) ways to get Logic Pro X, and a few that will save you some cash. Here is how to get it as cheap as possible.
The Logic Interface
The Arrange Area
The Arrange Area is where we will be putting the majority of our audio and MIDI content.
There are a few tricks to the Logic toolbar, so let’s take a minute to see how we can use it for maximum efficiency.
The Transport Bar
Every audio program has a transport, but knowing the ins and outs of Logic’s will be important.
Media and Event Lists
This is a feature that I love in Logic – lists of all your media, and all your MIDI events.
Exploring Logic and Apple Loops
Beat Sync and Apple Loops
One of the great features of Apple Loops is the ability to sync to the beat with nearly no effort.
Adding a Bass Line
Now that we have a track started, let’s add a bass line using one of Logic’s synths.
Adding a Synth and Finishing the Arrangement
Let’s add a synth, some percussion elements, and finish up the arrangement of our track.
Navigation in Logic
Navigation Key Commands
I’m not a fan of memorizing a ton of key commands, but these few are essential to working quickly in Logic.
More Tools and the Toolbar
Now, I would like to move back to the toolbar, and look a little deeper at some of the customizations we can make to it.
We shouldn’t forget the most basic editing tools that we need – cut, copy, and paste.
Mixing and Effects
This is something I always try to do in other programs, and never works as well as it does it Logic.
Audio Recording Settings & Hardware
If we are going to do any recording, we need to make sure we are all setup correctly before we start.
This is an often overlooked component of recording, and not setting it right can lead to terrible feedback.
MIDI Recording Settings & Hardware
Recording MIDI requires some different setup work than Audio. So let’s look at that.
What is Exporting (or Bouncing)?
If we want to get our track out of Logic, and into SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, an email, or anywhere else, we need to Export it.
Export Options and Settings
There are good and bad ways to do this. Let’s make sure you do it a good way.
One last aspect to exporting in Logic is the ability to Normalize. You might want to do this (you probably do), but you should know what it’s doing to your track.