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We are lucky to live during one of the most exciting periods in the music production industry. Just a few short years ago, you would need a studio filled with synthesizers, hardware effects processors, mixing consoles, and expensive multi-track tape machines to accomplish what you now can do in a small, project-based environment with a computer, an audio interface, and the right software. It's a good time to be a musician.

Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Logic Pro 7 is intended to show experienced composers, arrangers, and producers how to expand and enhance their skills by working with real projects in real-world scenarios. You'll learn how to increase the efficiency of your production workflow, accelerate editing tasks, and create and manage multiple takes effectively. You'll work on refining your mixing techniques, manipulating tempo and pitch, creating notated parts and scores, and scoring for video and film. You'll discover powerful techniques for multi-track recording and explore the limitless potential of Logic's audio instruments.

Whether you're tweaking a song structure, applying effects processing, or editing audio and MIDI tracks, this book will give you the insider tips that will make your time with Logic Pro 7 more productive and more creative.

The Methodology

This book is written for those who already have a working knowledge of Logic Pro. (Beginning or less-experienced Logic users should read Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 7 and Express 7.) Composers, audio engineers, and music producers currently working with Logic Pro will have the most to gain from reading this book.

The book is divided into five sections:

  1. Lessons 1 and 2 lay the foundation by helping you customize your Logic workflow and I/O setup. You'll create an environment that will increase your efficiency when going through the exercises in the book, as well as on your own projects.

  2. Lessons 3 through 5 are designed to teach you how make the most of your production time. You'll start by creating and organizing audio and MIDI tracks for a multitrack song project. Then you'll use Logic's pitch and tempo correction to fix problems in the recordings, and you'll create Apple Loops for integration into your arrangement. Finally, you'll discover how audio instruments bring a wealth of musical resources to your sessions.

  3. In Lessons 6 through 8 you'll learn how to shape your tracks into an arrangement. With Logic's MIDI and audio editing tools you can refine the sound and structure of your composition, correcting production problems and making the most of your best takes.

  4. A composition is only as good as it sounds, which makes mixing and mastering your arrangement an essential part of the creative process. Lessons 9 through 11 guide you in taking your composition to the final level, using Logic Pro's mixer, automation, and effects processing to bring the highest degree of production quality to your creative output.

  5. For many projects, Logic Pro will be an all-inclusive working environment that takes a composer and producer from musical idea to final recording. But there are times when you need to get your ideas on paper or when you're using your musical skills to serve a visual image. Lesson 12 shows you how to use Logic Pro's extensive notation capabilities to create musical parts and scores. In Lesson 13 you'll delve into Logic Pro's power as a scoring tool for film and video.

This Book Stays Current: Online Updates

Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Logic Pro 7 has a companion web site: www.peachpit.com/apts.adv_logic. As Logic Pro 7 is updated, please check the web site for online updates, revised lessons, errata notices, and additional information.

About the Apple Pro Training Series

Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Logic Pro 7 is part of the official training series for Apple Pro applications developed by experts in the field. The lessons are designed to let you learn at your own pace. You'll find that this book teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using the latest version of Logic.

Although each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific project, there's room for exploration and experimentation. It is recommended that you follow the book from start to finish or at least complete the lessons in each part of the book in order. Each lesson concludes with a review section summarizing what you've covered.

System Requirements

Before beginning to use Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Logic Pro 7, you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure that you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands and also how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the printed or online documentation included with your system.

These are the basic system requirements for Logic 7:

  • Macintosh computer with PowerPC G4 or faster processor (G5 or dual G4 processors recommended)

  • Mac OS X 10.3 or later

  • 512 MB of RAM

  • DVD drive for software installation

  • Low-latency multi-I/O audio hardware and MIDI interface recommended

  • MIDI keyboard

  • 5400 rpm hard drive (7200 rpm recommended) with 4 GB of available hard-disk space

Copying the Logic Lesson Files

The Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Logic Pro 7 DVD-ROM includes folders containing the lesson files used in this course. Each lesson has its own folder containing the files used in the lessons. You must also have a standard installation of Logic Pro 7 on your hard disk to perform the exercises in this book.

To install the Logic project files

1.
Insert the APTS_Advanced Logic 7 DVD-ROM into your DVD drive.

2.
Double-click the APTS_Advanced Logic 7 DVD-ROM to view its contents.

3.
Drag the Advanced Logic 7_Song Files folder from the DVD into the Music folder on your hard disk.

Resources

Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Logic Pro 7 is not intended as a comprehensive reference manual, nor does it replace the documentation that comes with the Logic application. For comprehensive information about program features, refer to the reference manuals. Accessed through the Logic Help menu, the Logic Pro 7 Reference Manual and Logic Pro 7 Plug-In Reference Manual contain complete descriptions of all features.

Apple Pro Certification Program

The Apple Pro Training and Certification Programs are designed to keep you at the forefront of Apple's digital media technology while giving you a competitive edge in today's ever-changing job market. Whether you're an editor, graphic designer, sound designer, special effects artist, or teacher, these training tools are meant to help you expand your skills.

Upon completing the course material in this book, you can become an Apple Pro by taking the certification exam at an Apple Authorized Training Center. Certification is offered in Final Cut Pro HD, DVD Studio Pro 3, Shake 3.5, and Logic 7. Successful certification as an Apple Pro gives you official recognition of your knowledge of Apple's professional applications while enabling you to market yourself to employers and clients as a skilled, pro-level user of Apple products.

To find an Authorized Training Center near you, go to www.apple.com/software/pro/training.

For those who prefer to learn in an instructor-led setting, Apple also offers training courses at Apple Authorized Training Centers worldwide. These courses, which use the Apple Pro Training Series books as their curriculum, are taught by Apple Certified Trainers and balance concepts and lectures with hands-on labs and exercises. Apple Authorized Training Centers for Pro products have been carefully selected and have met Apple's highest standards in all areas, including facilities, instructors, course delivery, and infrastructure. The goal of the program is to offer Apple customers, from beginners to the most seasoned professionals, the highest-quality training.

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