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Getting Started

Getting Started

Computerized music production has undergone a revolution in the past several years. Where once you needed a studio filled with synthesizers and rackmount systems, mixing consoles, microphones, and of course, the high-priced talent that could afford all those expensive toys, now all it takes is a laptop and Logic 7.

Logic 7 is a true studio in a box. For less than half the price of a good hardware synthesizer, Logic 7 comes with everything you need to make professional music. There's a sampler, 33 software instruments, and 70 high-quality DSP effects (in Logic Pro). Everything you need to make awesome sound comes tightly wrapped and integrated into this one package. And with its updated interface and support for Apple Loops, Logic 7 is now easier to use (and more musical) than ever before. It has truly grown into a “killer app.”

Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 7 and Logic Express 7 is based on the premise that a technical book should be more than a tour of menus, commands, and windows—it should show you how to actually use the application. In this book, you will learn how to use Logic 7 by building a complete song from the ground up. If you've never used Logic before, you can follow the lessons to see how a song is made: importing audio, arranging audio and MIDI to create a composition, mixing volume levels and pan positions, and adding DSP effects that turn a good mix into a song that really shines. If you're an experienced audio professional, you'll appreciate the many tips and suggestions that will help you streamline your workflow in Logic and get the most out of the application.

The Methodology

This book is designed to be an introduction to Logic and is not meant for those who have a lot of experience using this program (experienced Logic users should read Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Logic Pro 7). Video editors, audio hobbyists, and music producers switching to Logic from other sequencing programs will have the most to gain from reading this book.

This doesn't mean that the book's lessons are basic in nature. Logic is sophisticated software, and the lessons cover all its aspects. A lot goes into making a good song, so to cover it all the book is divided into four sections:

Logic Overview

  • Lessons 1, 2, and 3 lay the groundwork by introducing you to Logic, its editing windows, and some basic functions such as setting up screensets, using the Transport to play and navigate through a song, and creating personalized key commands—skills you'll use throughout the book.

Creating a Song

  • Lessons 4 through 10 build an actual song from the ground up. You start by importing MIDI and audio files, and then use Logic's editing windows to modify those imported files into an arrangement. Finally, you mix the song, add DSP effects to sweeten the sound, and also explore Logic's excellent automation features to breathe life into your songs by programming evolving ambiences through plug-in manipulation.

Customizing Your Setup

  • Logic's Environment window is perhaps the single most intimidating window in the program, and it is arguably the one reason why some new users find the program difficult to learn. But this doesn't have to be the case. Lessons 11 and 12 break down these barriers by walking you through the process of customizing Logic to make it work in your studio. In the course of these two lessons you'll learn how to select synthesizers and use audio channels to get sound into and out of Logic. By the end of Lesson 12 you'll have created your own personalized Autoload Song that opens every time you launch Logic, and this Autoload Song will be perfectly configured to interact with your studio's MIDI devices.

Logic for Video Editors

  • With the popularity of products like Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro, there can be no doubt that video is an important part of Apple's Pro application line, and these days 5.1 surround sound is the hot-ticket item. If you're a video editor looking to add polish to your creations, Lesson 13 shows you how to score video in Logic 7, while Lesson 14 walks you through the intricacies of setting Logic up for 5.1 surround mixing that will help you create those immersive soundscapes you've been dreaming of.

About the Apple Pro Training Series

Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 7 and Logic Express 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. If you're new to Logic, you'll learn the fundamental concepts and features you'll need to master the program. If you've been using Logic for a while, 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 first five chapters before skipping around. Each lesson concludes with a review section summarizing what you've covered.

System Requirements

Before beginning to use Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 7 and Logic Express 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.

Basic system requirements for Logic 7 include:

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

  • PowerPC G5 and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for Logic Node applications

  • 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

  • 4 GB of available hard-disk space

Installing Logic

The DVD-ROM that accompanies this book includes a full 30-day license of Logic Express 7, and no hardware key is necessary. To install your copy of the Logic Express 7 trial software, please follow the instructions listed in the Read Me document on the DVD-ROM.

Copying the Logic Lesson Files

The Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 7 and Logic Express 7 DVD-ROM includes folders containing the lesson files used in this course. Each lesson has its own folder, and you should copy these folders to your hard disk to use the files for the lessons. The companion disc also contains a folder called Song Files. Inside this folder you will find all the source audio and MIDI files used in the lessons.

To install the Logic Project Files

Insert the APTS_Logic_7 DVD-ROM into your DVD drive.

Create a folder on your hard disk and name it APTS_Logic_7.

Drag the Song Files folder from the DVD into the APTS_Logic_7 folder on your hard disk. You'll find the Project Files for each lesson within that Song Files folder.


Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 7 and Logic Express 7 is not intended as a comprehensive reference manual, nor does it replace the documentation that comes with the Logic application. For more information about Logic's features, refer to these resources:

  • The Reference Manual. Accessed through the Logic Help menu, the Reference Manual contains a complete description of all features.

  • www.macProVideo.com. Watch online videos that walk you through all aspects of using Logic.

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, DVD Studio Pro, Shake, and Logic. 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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