Lesson 4

Getting Started With Logic

I am assuming that you have Logic installed on your Mac and that you have your audio interface and MIDI keyboard set up and working correctly. If not, please refer to the Logic manual for more information on how to set up and configure your audio and MIDI keyboard.

Launching Logic

Go to the dock and launch Logic. Go to the File pull down menu and select New.

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You will now see the following window:

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Note: Yours may look a little different, but it is the same concept.

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After you have selected Empty Project, you will be presented with another window:

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This allows us to add new tracks to our empty project. You have three choices:


Software Instrument
(also knows as virtual instrument)

External MIDI (if you have any external MIDI devices connected to your Mac)

For now, we are going to select
1 Software Instrument. Also click on the Open Library box. Then click on Create. This will add a new software instrument track and open the library, which allows you to access all of the sounds that come with Logic.

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Logic's Arrange Window

If you look to the left, you will notice that each track you create in Logic comes with its own set of faders, located in a
Channel Strip. If you position your mouse over a fader, you can move it up and down to control the volume level of each track you create.

Logic's Sound Library

On the right-hand side of Logic's Arrange Window, you can view the Library and a list of folders. Notice the tabs across the top that allow you to select different views (we will address those later)

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Logic's Sound Library

We are going to click on the
02 Acoustic Pianos folder and select
Bosendorfer Piano Club.

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The instrument will load into Logic and appear in Logic's track list.

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You will also notice that some other items appear in the track list

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EXS24 is the software instrument that will be playing your piano sounds. If you double click on the EXS24 in the track, you will be viewing the software instrument.

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The EXS24 User Interface

This allows you to change any of the parameters for the
EXS24, but that is whole other topic. For now, close the window by clicking the x located in the upper left-hand side of the window.

Auditioning Sounds in Logic

Assuming that you have a MIDI keyboard hooked up and working on your Mac, we are now going to audition our selected sound.

To hear your software instrument, make sure that your
Bosendorfer track is record enabled. Do this by clicking on the record icon next to the track name.

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Record enabling the track.

Now play your MIDI keyboard. You should now be able to hear a nice grand piano sound!

Logic Project 2:

Experiment with Logic's Software Instruments (also known in the rest of the world as Virtual Instruments or VIs)

Saving Your Logic Project

Go to the File pull down menu in Logic and select Save

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I have titled mine Logic Lesson 1. Make sure that you save it to your Desktop for easy access.

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Saving to the Desktop

The logic project folder should now appear on your desktop

Adding New Tracks

There are a couple of different methods for adding tracks to your Logic Arrange Window.

1. Go to the Track pull down menu and select new…

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2. Click on the
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New track dialog box

Add a new track. You can see that you will have an empty
channel strip with nothing loaded into it.

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Here is another method of loading a software instrument into Logic:

Click and hold your mouse in the box located above your
Stereo Out in the I/O (Input/output) section of the track.

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You will now see a list of Software Instruments that are installed in Logic.

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Note, that if you have installed third party AU (Audio Unit) Virtual Instruments like Kontakt or Samplebase, for example. They will appear in the Au Instruments pull down menu.

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Let's select the first instrument in the list the
EFM1 stereo FM Synth.

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You will now see the following Window:

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EFM1 software instrument user interface

Click and hold your mouse on the
default pull down menu located at the top of the dialog box and you will see a pull down menu of sounds that this instrument produces.

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Sound Menu for the EFM1

FM Pads- Calming for your sound.

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Close the EFM1 sound dialog box by clicking on the upper left-hand corner of the box.

You will now see the software instrument appear in your
Channel Strip.

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Record-enable the track and audition the sound.

To view a brief tutorial on adding Tracks and Software Instruments click on the following link:

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Logic Project 3:

Experiment with all of Logic's Software Instruments and compile a list of sounds that you like and may use on future recording projects.

Chapter 4 Recap

You should now be more familiar with:

Creating a new Logic project
Adding software Instruments
Saving a Logic Project
Inserting a software instrument into a Channel Strip
Auditioning different sounds within Logic
Record-enabling an instrument track.

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