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Logic Pro 9: Audio and Music Production Paperback – Mar 5 2010
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"One thing that set's this book aside from the many others on offer is the layout. Cousins and Hepworth-Sawyer have taken a process-driven approach with each section loosely following the structure and order of the writing, production and mastering of a track.. Its in the closing chapters that things get especially interesting, with useful details on how to set up Logic's Environment. As a bonus there's an accompanying website with useful links and nearly 190MB of free loops. Well laid-out and packing plenty of tips and tricks for beginner and intermediate Logic users. 8 of 10 stars."--MusicTech Magazine
"Logic Pro 9 Audio and Music Production is a complete tutorial that will update existing users of the man new features, additional content (samples) and instruments now integrated into this program.. Essentially a guided tour with many full-color screen shots that (if you want) hold your hand through learning Logic or teach you new tricks if you're an old hand."--Music Connection
From the Back Cover
From initial track laying through to mixing, sound design, and mastering Mark Cousins and Russ Hepworth- Sawyer bring you Logic Pro 9. By Highlighting the relevant parts of each application they take you through every step of the music creation and production process giving you all the tips, tutorials and tricks that pros use to create perfect recordings.
The book has full color screen shots illustrating the tools, functions and the new look of Logic Pro 9, and the companion website has audio samples and loops.
Logic Pro 9 covers more than just the software it will help you make the most out of every recording session, and will Illuminate and inspire you creative and sonic endeavors!See all Product Description
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LOGIC PRO 9: AUDIO AND MUSIC PRODUCTION, A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE, is a just that: an exhaustive, 400-page, subject-based explanation of one of the leading audio and music production softwares available. This is an upgrade from a guide produced by the same authors for Logic Pro 8.
** What are your needs? Audio (voice recording)? Music production? Both?
*** To buy or not to buy?
* The book is broken down into 11 chapters and multiple subchapters that revolve around basically a few chapters that focus on:
+ The history of the program (from eMagic to Apple);
+ An overview of the program, tools, add on's & extensions;
+ Hardware (computer and peripherals)--creating a DAW or Digital Audio Workstation;
+ Recording voice ("audio");
+ Recording music.
+ Plus there's a reference to a dedicated website, an addendum to the written material.
** I've worked in the music industry for several years in my late teens and early 20's, this was long before audio production went digital and have only kept an incremental interest in it as my production company demands that I have significantly more than a fundamental understanding of how to use audio (more specifically) than actual music production.
Having said that, one of my first stops in considering what software should be at the top of my list, I sent audio engineer par excellent, Jay Rose Producing Great Sound for Film and Video and ...Read more ›
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The authors give a pretty good 5000' view of the product, and I've learned about a number of things in Logic. I'll make some changes in my workflow as a result. As indicated by the title, the primary focus is audio and music production. As a result, discussions of features like low-level audio editing are a little cursory. The description of the many built-in synthesizers is very good, and I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves with some of them. After all the synthesis and mixing, there's an overview of the mysteries of mastering and working with video.
I have some general criticisms, along with a couple of specific complaints. In the discussion of mastering, there are many suggestions to listen to commercial releases. No mention of jazz, classical, spoken-word, etc. Most mixers and many mastering engineers absolutely despise the way many commercial releases are mastered. Following this bad practice is hardly to be recommended. There is also a brief description of mixing in surround. There is no discussion of the role of bass-management and the appropriate way to use the LFE channel. First-time surround mixers almost inevitably misunderstand this, and usually have to do their mixes over. This book could help and it doesn't
More generally, I think the organization could be improved. I'd prefer to see a complete description of the framework of a feature (mixing architecture, for example), followed by extensions such as plugins. It's a little more mixed-up in this book. But most importantly, I'd like to see a reference section--a menu-by-menu, feature-by-feature appendix. With a book like this, I can remember seeing a description of something--but I can't remember where it was. A reference section would be most appreciated.
But all in all it's a helpful book and provides a good view into a very powerful chunk of software.
a) The book seems to assume quite a bit of domain knowledge (that you're already familiar with Logic or other similar tools)
b) It mostly operates at the theoretical level, rather than delving down into actual projects and step-by-step descriptions. The book tells you about the existance of lots of tools and features, without really telling you how to use them.
c) very poor use of diagrams. Although the book is filled with nice looking color diagrams, I've found that over and over I'll be reading along, it will be talking about something in Logic's interface, and I'll have to flip through pages forward and backward from where I'm reading to try to find a relevant picture. In that way it's very poorly organized.
I consider the Apple Pro Training series book to be much more useful for beginners learning Logic. When it describes features it gives you step by step how to use it, and sample projects you can follow along with.
There are also some really good video training packages out there for Logic, like the one from "Lynda". Use this book only as a last resort.
This book is great for the independent-minded user in that, unlike David Nahmani's official Apple guide, you can jump in anywhere and get info about using a given Logic function without being dragged through a step-by-step tutorial using presupplied sample files. My mind gravitates to this type of learning, so, although I wound up with both books on hand, I have spent all my time in this volume.
The writing is pleasant: informal without being chatty or stupid. Most of the functions that Logic supports seem to get at least a discussion. Most, not all; for example I found no reference to the "Shuffle L, Shuffle R" way of editing. For that kind of thing, there's Logic help, plus the 1300+-page manual which ships with Logic Pro 9.
The book reeks of having originally been written for the WINDOWS version and updated for subsequent releases. This shows up most noticeably in the keystoke shortcut descriptions: everything which would use the OPTION key on a Mac is written as if the user was in Windows, being told to use the ALT key instead. A simple search-replace of the book's text several revisions ago would have been at the very least polite.
Also, the book regularly sends the reader to other sections for amplification on a given topic, but has no callouts for sections (say: "7.15") in the margins. This makes for more searching around than would otherwise be the case. The top margin is used intead to display the book's title for 405 consecutive pages.
Finally: I just found the book's associated website today, 2 weeks after purchase. The link is not given prominent notice, but can be found at the bottom of the back cover blurb.
But these are inconveniences, not major drawbacks. I've found Logic Pro 9: Audio and Music Production to be just the book I was looking for.
Chapter 1, entitled "The Logic Concept" gives a brief history about Logic and details the softwares advantages over other Digital Audio Workstations (DAW's). Chapter 2, entitled "Logic's Interface" entails just that, with sub-sections included on the capabilities of the software, specific windows including `the arranger window,' `editor areas,' and `media and lists areas' among other topics. Chapter 2 provides an overview, in essence.
Chapter 3, entitled "Getting Connected" details how to connect other devices to the computer so that they work with the Logic software. This chapter discusses USB devices(audio interfaces, controller keyboards), firewire devices, and monitors among other things. Also discussed is audio preferences (i.e. each connected external audio device appears once Logic opens), hard drives, control surfaces, hardware integration (latency is discussed here), and midi. The chapter proves very informative and covers all bases on proper connection with external devices. Chapter 4, entitled "Starting a Project," deals with beginning a project on the software. "Assets" are defined in this chapter as `the collection of separate files and data that a song can be composed of'; a "Knowledgebase" section also details the role of `assets` in Logic. Other important sections of the chapter discuss working with tracks, the audio mixer, using transport (dealing with using the metronome, auto punch recording, etc.), overdubbing, audio importation, using Apple loops, mixing, and monitoring. This chapter details the `meat' of beginning a song and gives the basics of how to go about doing so.
Chapter 5, entitled "Audio Regions and Editing" deals with specific ways of editing recorded audio. The chapter spans an incredible fifty-nine pages offering valuable information on using `the inspector', the powerhouse of editing various parameters, etc. After an initial introduction to the `inspector', the authors branch off into the specific applications of `the Inspector' delving into numerous, specific topics including resizing/cutting audio clips, fading and crossfading, quantization, insertion and deletion of sections of songs, tempo, among a plethora of other helpful topics. Chapter 5 is quite the accurate and specific reference. Where Chapter 5 dealt with audio editing, Chapter 6, "MIDI Sequencing and Instrument Plug-Ins" deals with synthetic instruments and editing of those instruments. Another lengthy chapter (54 pages), numerous topics are covered here including basic MIDI concepts, creating instrument tracks, editing/arranging midi, quantization, the piano roll, sequencing (specifically `Step-Time Sequencing'), among other things. This chapter is a must read for all Logic users as MIDI is a huge part of recording with any DAW.
Chapter 7 seems to be one of the first chapters that extends beyond the basic ideas of Logic Pro 9. The chapter, entitled "Creative Sound Design," deals with `aspects of designing and modifying sound'. The focus here includes synthesizers (within the program, use of oscillation, modulators, and `Sculpture', a mathematically-driven modeling component of Logic. The chapter is complex but extremely informative. Chapter 8, "Mixing in Logic" deals with mixing and deals with the numerous things that can be done to make your Logic project captivating. This includes sub-sections detailing how to mix, send effects, automation/automation modes, compression, vocal processing, and delay among other things. Chapter 9, hence is unsurprisingly "Mastering in Logic," detailing the unique issues that always befall mastering (bouncing, exportation/burning, dithering, etc.). Interesting about chapter 9 is the fact that the authors explain the objectives of mastering, which is a superb touch.
Chapter 10, "Logic and Multimedia Production," deals with `multimedia' possibilities, namely movies, which addresses a whole new set of issues with scene changes, score editing, and surround sound, among other things. The final chapter, Chapter 11, "Optimizing Logic," deals with using Logic to its fullest to work best for its individual user. Dealt with here are templates, windows, key commands, input/output labels, and nodes and distributed audio processing among other things.
Essentially, Logic Pro 9: Audio and Music Production, offers a very concise, healthy reference filled with all one needs to understand and use Apple Logic successfully. Even for those who do not use Logic Pro per say, this reference offers nice helpful tips in recording, mixing, and mastering.
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