Producing Music with Logic

Authors: Jeff Baust, David Doms   •   Course Code: OMPRD-273

Apple's Logic Pro is one of the most powerful music production platforms available. Producing Music with Logic explores this complex software, taking you through exercises and projects designed to strengthen your technical understanding of Logic Pro as well as heighten your overall creative abilities in music production. The course begins with an overview of the software, including its windows and editors, navigation, key commands, screensets, and workflow. You'll then dive into MIDI editing, MIDI real-time control, audio recording and editing, and working with QuickTime video. The course explores the power behind Logic's software instruments, including the ES2, EXS-24, Sculpture, UltraBeat, and several other subtractive synthesizers and vintage instruments.

You'll study the elements of production design, such as creative considerations in composition and song form, and the arrangement tools in Logic that allow you to build and shape a song. You'll also study Logic's mixing tools and advanced mixing techniques, such as setting up software instruments with multiple outputs, sidechaining, and mix automation. This course provides many critical listening examples, interactive activities, and "power user" tips and tricks for using Logic Pro, which illustrate the extensive capabilities of this dynamic music production software.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Work extensively with Logic Pro
  • Record and edit both MIDI and audio data
  • Use and understand the various software instruments in Logic Pro
  • Work with sound design plug-ins in Logic Pro
  • Effectively mix a music project in Logic Pro
  • Produce two substantial music productions

Lesson 1: Introduction to Logic Pro

  • Logic Pro's Interface
  • Key Commands = Power!
  • Navigation in Logic
  • MIDI Recording
  • Intro to Logic Pro's Software Instruments

Lesson 2: MIDI Recording and Editing

  • The MIDI Spec—Channel Voice Messages
  • MIDI and the Power of Editing
  • Editing in the Arrange Window
  • MIDI Editing in the Event List Editor
  • MIDI Editing in the Piano Roll Window
  • MIDI Editing in the Hyper Edit Window
  • MIDI Editing in the Score Window
  • Screensets and Workflow

Lesson 3: Introduction to Software Instruments in Logic

  • Subtractive Synthesis
  • The Logic Pro Subtractive Synthesis Instruments
  • The ES2: The Full Power of a Subtractive Synthesizer
  • The EXS24 MkII
  • Logic Pro's Vintage Instruments

Lesson 4: MIDI Real-Time Control

  • MIDI Sequencing and Musical Expression
  • The MIDI Spec and MIDI Control Change (Continuous Controller) Messages
  • MIDI Controller Implementations and Assignments
  • Hardware MIDI Controllers and Logic Pro
  • Drawing and Editing MIDI Controllers in Hyper Draw and Hyper Edit

Lesson 5: Production Design (Planning a Project) 

  • Creative Considerations in Music Composition
  • Musical Form and Musical Variation
  • The Big Picture
  • Working with Arrangement and Form in Logic Pro

Lesson 6: Introduction to Mixing

  • Intro to Mixing and Mixing Concepts
  • EQ in Mixing
  • Dynamics Processors in Mixing
  • Reverb in Mixing
  • Delays in Mixing
  • Mix Automation

Lesson 7: Working with Grooves

  • Groove
  • Editing MIDI Grooves by Hand
  • MIDI Quantization
  • Working with Apple Loops
  • Using Groove Templates in Logic Pro
  • UltraBeat

Lesson 8: Going Deeper into Logic Pro's Software Instruments

  • The ES2 in More Detail
  • Classic Synthesis Techniques with the ES2
  • FM Synthesis and the EFM1
  • Sculpture
  • MIDI Editing: The Transform Window

Lesson 9: Audio Recording in Logic Pro

  • The Ins and Outs of Audio Interfaces
  • Audio Recording in Logic Pro
  • Overdubbing Recording
  • Audio Editing in Logic Pro
  • The Sample Editor and Logic Pro's Digital Factories

Lesson 10: Sound Design Plug-ins in Logic Pro

  • Channel Vocoders and the EVOC20
  • Ring Modulation and Ringshifter
  • Delay Designer—Beyond Simple Delay Effects
  • Other Sound Design Plugins in Logic Pro
  • Bouncing Audio in a Logic Pro Project

Lesson 11: Advanced Mixing Techniques in Logic Pro

  • Software Instruments—Multiple Outputs and Mixing Options
  • Advanced Dynamics Processing Techniques in Logic Pro
  • Space Designer and Convolution Reverb
  • Some Other Plugins in Logic Pro
  • Track Groups = Mix Control
  • More With Mix Automation: Sends and Plugin Automation

Lesson 12: Working with QuickTime Movies

  • Quicktime Movies and Logic Pro
  • Video and Frame Rates
  • Setting Up the Project
  • Creating Markers
  • Working With Tempo
  • Rendering the Music and Sound Effects to a QuickTime Movie

Jeff Baust

Author & Instructor

Jeff is a professor in Berklee's Synthesis and the Music Production and Engineering Departments. A composer, audio engineer, educator and multi-instrumentalist, he has created scores for the ESPN, New England Sports Network (including music for the Bruins and Red Sox), Avid, Sony, Polaroid, Sharp, Reebok, Lotus, and others. He works primarily in his own facility, Coral Sea Music. As an audio engineer, Jeff has worked on projects for such artists as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, NBC-TV, Andre Previn, Itzhak Perlman, Jessye Norman, and Dawn Upshaw, as well as labels such as EMI, Philips, Nonesuch, and many others. Specializing in digital audio production, Jeff works with technologies such as Sonic Solutions, high-resolution audio (96k/24bit), HDCD encoding, and mastering as well as forensic audio and restoration tools. Jeff holds a M. A. in Composition from University of California, Davis, and a D. M. A. at Boston University, where his primary area of concentration was electronic and electro-acoustic composition. He has been published in Berklee Today, Electronic Musician magazine, and various Internet e-zines.


David Doms

Author & Instructor

David Doms, Associate Professor in the Music Synthesis Department at Berklee College of Music, has a long history of teaching MIDI and music synthesis. At Berklee, he teaches "Advanced Digital Sampling," "Advanced MIDI Systems," and "MIDI systems," and before coming to Berklee, he spent ten years at the New England Institute of Art teaching music synthesis and MIDI.

He has composed and produced TV and radio commercials for regional and national broadcast, corporate video, and film, including music for NBC, Fox TV, Xerox, and Gillette. He is a published songwriter with Warner-Chappell and DSM. As a producer, musician, and songwriter, his work has appeared on numerous releases, including Down Avenue (RCA), Robin Lane, Charles Pettigrew (formerly of Charles and Eddie), Laurie Geltman, and Ivan DePrume. His current project, Dreamtime9, is a combination of fuel-injected jazz/blues-based songs, integrated with ambient laptop and spoken word. David holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University. He performs regularly in the Boston area and is working on a new release with Dreamtime9.


Ralph Kinscheck

Instructor

Ralph Kinscheck is a teacher, keyboardist, audio engineer, video producer, technician, and entrepreneur. As an Apple Certified Logic Master Trainer, he has taught classes up and down the East coast, given clinics, and worked with all types of clients from local studio owners to editors from NESN, Comcast, and Hasbro. He currently works in Berklee's Electronic Production and Design department, where he helps students and faculty use music technology hardware and software. He is also co-founder of the Boston Logic User's Group.

Kinscheck has been in the music industry for over 30 years, performing live and in the studio as a keyboardist. Since 1998, he has run the music production company, Kinscheck Productions (KiP). His latest project is a CD released on his own Jharck Records label entitled Grace with Jazz on Top. Kinscheck has run sound for events all over Boston, done sound design for various independent film releases, worked as a video editor and videographer, and served as a technician for various studios and independent producers.

For more information, visit

http://www.kiproductions.net

Prerequisites

Some prior experience with Logic is required, including recording MIDI and audio. Students should have a basic ability to create music productions, including a working knowledge of musical terms and concepts, such as basic chords and scales.


Required Textbook

Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro X 10.1 by David Nahmani, Peachpit Press


Software Requirements

  • Logic Pro X (Logic Express is not supported in this course)
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher (click here for system requirements)
  • Latest version of Google Chrome

Hardware Requirements

  • MIDI keyboard/interface
  • Audio interface with at least one mic input and stereo output
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 5 GB hard drive space
  • Additional 35GB to install all optional content (large content packages can be installed on separate disk)
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Webcam
  • Internet connection with at least 4 Mbps download speed (http://www.speedtest.net to verify or download the Speedtest by Ookla app from your mobile app store)

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