This three-day hands-on course introduces students to the primary features and basic user interface of Logic Pro. Students learn how to generate a customized audio and MIDI configuration that will seamlessly integrate with their own personal production studio. Students also create their own song using Logic Pro's comprehensive array of software instruments, Apple Loops and DSP effects. In-depth lessons will cover MIDI and audio recording, streamlined editing and arrangement techniques, user defined key commands, automation, scoring to picture and surround mixing. A special troubleshooting section helps students to set up and optimize a Logic system effectively.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive an official Apple Certificate of Achievement.
Who Should Attend This class is designed for those who want to learn music production and composition using Logic Pro and who prefer hands-on and interactive instruction to best explore its functionality.
Prerequisites Basic knowledge of the Macintosh OS. Basic knowledge of audio terminology is recommended.
Location Courses are held at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA. Parking is available on site and also easily accessible via public transportation.
Understanding Workflow Techniques
Recording and Editing Audio
Recording and Editing MIDI
Using Software Instruments
Working with Audio Effects
Mixing and Automation
Manipulating Pitch and Time
Course Outline – Day 1
Make Music with Logic
Opening Logic, Exploring the Interface, Starting a Project with Apple Loops, Navigating the Project, Building an Arrangement, Mixing the Song, and Exporting the Mix
Setting Up Digital Audio Recording Settings, Recording a Single Track, Recording Additional Takes, Recording Multiple Tracks, Punching In and Out (On the Fly and Automatic), Changing Recording and Metronome Settings
Comping Takes, Assigning Mouse Tools, Editing Audio Regions in the Arrange Area, Deleting Unused Audio Files, Manipulating the Waveform with the Flex Tool and Editing Audio Destructively in the Sample Editor
Course Outline – Day 2
Recording MIDI, Quantizing MIDI Recordings, Merging Recordings into a MIDI Region, Recording MIDI Takes, Using Punch Recording, Using Step Input Recording and Filtering Incoming MIDI Events
Programming and Editing MIDI
Programming in the Piano Roll Editor, Editing a MIDI Recording, Using the Score Editor, Editing Notes with a MIDI Keyboard, Editing Note Velocity Using Hyper Draw, Editing MIDI Continuous Controller Events and Editing in the Event List
Programming a Drum Pattern in Ultrabeat, Changing the Groove in the MIDI Editors, Creating a Snare Roll Using the Hyper Editor, Converting a MIDI Sequence into an Audio Region and Converting an Audio Region into a Sampler Instrument Track
Manipulating Tempo and Time Stretching
Matching the Project Tempo to an Audio Region's Tempo, Inserting Tempo Changes and Curves, Creating Apple Loops, Changing the Playback Pitch and Speed with Varispeed, Time Stretching and Tempo Matching with Flex Time Editing and Creating a Turntable or Tape Slowdown Effect
Arranging and Preparing for the Mix
Previewing the Song, Using Existing Material to Fill in Parts, Adding and Deleting Sections, Muting Elements and Cleaning Up Noisy Recordings
Course Outline – Day 3
Previewing the Final Mix, Using the Amp Designer, Using the Pedalboard, Adjusting Levels, Choosing Pan Positions, Choosing EQ Settings, Using Delay and Reverberation, Using Dynamic Processing Plug-ins and Tips and Tricks
Automating the Mix and Using Control Surface
Creating and Editing Offline Automation, Recording Live Automation, Using Control Surfaces and Exporting the Mix
Troubleshooting and Optimization
Making Backups, Solving Audio and MIDI Routing Problems, Optimizing Hardware Performance and Addressing Unexpected Behaviors
Students take an end user exam to earn Apple Certified Pro, Logic Pro 9 Level One status.
Chris is an educator, producer, engineer, composer, and electroacoustic musician whose research ranges from algorithmic composition, interactive machine learning, synthesis, music information retrieval, human-computer interaction, audio generated visualizations, alternative controllers, signal processing, physical computing, and interactive art.
For years, Chris had worked closely with Narada Michael Walden at Tarpan Studios. He is an Apple Certified Master Trainer, the Technical Reviewer of the Logic Pro textbook used in this class, and adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University. Chris is faculty at Ex’pression College where he has taught for over 10 years. He co-developed the Interactive Audio Program, is the Course Director of the Game Audio, Computer Music, and Interactive Audio Systems courses, and is the Program Director of Ex’pression Pro.