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I just bought a new iMac with the gynormous screen and loaded with 12 GB RAM. I also installed Logic Pro 9 because a lot of friends said this was the best tool available these days -although I know zip about it!

I'm now approaching the learning curve of this puppy as a total newbie and can use ALL the help and suggestions I can get as to approach using this tool.

I'm so new I dont even know what to ask. So far, thru blind trial and error, I've manage to open a file, select a couple instruments, and record a few bars of a simple vamp. ( I also accidentally stumbled over the quantization feature ) Beyond that, I'm a total dildo!

 

help!! 

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I used to use DP and earler on, Atari SMPTETrack ( 20 years ago ) ..but this program is totally ..uh ..unlogical  :)

You can find a lot of info on youtube, just search for things like ' logic tips' or 'how to .....' (whatever you want to know).

Also, Apple's own site should have various training videos and it's worth joining forums like Logicprohelp. 

Most importantly read the manual, boring but essential and make notes that you can keep by your side to refer to.

Logic is a very large program and there are many ways of working but it is not always very intuitive and you will save yourself hours of frustration if you swat up on areas such as key commands.

As for the score section, it may just drive you insane, it has me!! Don't go there if you have an alternative!!

 

It is also very very important to be methodical with organising your files and projects and as soon as you start making stuff that you don't want to lose you must hit that save key every few minutes [COMMAND]+[S] .

Lastly, there are a few third party training manuals that are worth getting as they are usually clearer than Logic's own.

 

Good luck

 

I



Michael Tauben said:

You can find a lot of info on youtube, just search for things like ' logic tips' or 'how to .....' (whatever you want to know).

Also, Apple's own site should have various training videos and it's worth joining forums like Logicprohelp. 

Most importantly read the manual, boring but essential and make notes that you can keep by your side to refer to.

Logic is a very large program and there are many ways of working but it is not always very intuitive and you will save yourself hours of frustration if you swat up on areas such as key commands.

As for the score section, it may just drive you insane, it has me!! Don't go there if you have an alternative!!

 

It is also very very important to be methodical with organising your files and projects and as soon as you start making stuff that you don't want to lose you must hit that save key every few minutes [COMMAND]+[S] .

Lastly, there are a few third party training manuals that are worth getting as they are usually clearer than Logic's own.

 

Good luck

 

IThanks for the start Michael:  I'll definitely check out the you tube resources. can you give me any names of good clear books - written in American English?

The only ones I have were for Logic 7 so you're better off just searching Amazon or google for the latest versions.

I too started on the Atari, running C-Lab Creator ( which eventually morphed into Logic) Ah the good old days when things were simple!!

Actually although I use Logic every day as my profession, I sometimes wish the damn DAW had never been invented. 

A composer has to be programmer, engineer and all round techie these days. 



phil Kelly said:



Michael Tauben said:

You can find a lot of info on youtube, just search for things like ' logic tips' or 'how to .....' (whatever you want to know).

Also, Apple's own site should have various training videos and it's worth joining forums like Logicprohelp. 

Most importantly read the manual, boring but essential and make notes that you can keep by your side to refer to.

Logic is a very large program and there are many ways of working but it is not always very intuitive and you will save yourself hours of frustration if you swat up on areas such as key commands.

As for the score section, it may just drive you insane, it has me!! Don't go there if you have an alternative!!

 

It is also very very important to be methodical with organising your files and projects and as soon as you start making stuff that you don't want to lose you must hit that save key every few minutes [COMMAND]+[S] .

Lastly, there are a few third party training manuals that are worth getting as they are usually clearer than Logic's own.

 

Good luck

 

IThanks for the start Michael:  I'll definitely check out the you tube resources. can you give me any names of good clear books - written in American English?



Michael Tauben said:

The only ones I have were for Logic 7 so you're better off just searching Amazon or google for the latest versions.

I too started on the Atari, running C-Lab Creator ( which eventually morphed into Logic) Ah the good old days when things were simple!!

Actually although I use Logic every day as my profession, I sometimes wish the damn DAW had never been invented. 

A composer has to be programmer, engineer and all round techie these days. 



phil Kelly said:

 

You're talking to a guy who spent 95% of his career writing for humans ( thank god ) and got dragged kicking and screaming into the DAW era. My basic computer tool these days is still Finale ( writing for humans still )

but I took on the Logic thing as a "self improvement " project at the behest of my LA and Nashville studio rat buddies. I may regret it!   :)



Michael Tauben said:

You can find a lot of info on youtube, just search for things like ' logic tips' or 'how to .....' (whatever you want to know).

Also, Apple's own site should have various training videos and it's worth joining forums like Logicprohelp. 

Most importantly read the manual, boring but essential and make notes that you can keep by your side to refer to.

Logic is a very large program and there are many ways of working but it is not always very intuitive and you will save yourself hours of frustration if you swat up on areas such as key commands.

As for the score section, it may just drive you insane, it has me!! Don't go there if you have an alternative!!

 

It is also very very important to be methodical with organising your files and projects and as soon as you start making stuff that you don't want to lose you must hit that save key every few minutes [COMMAND]+[S] .

Lastly, there are a few third party training manuals that are worth getting as they are usually clearer than Logic's own.

 

Good luck

 

IThanks for the start Michael:  I'll definitely check out the you tube resources. can you give me any names of good clear books - written in American English?

If you go to Logic Pro Help and click on the Logic Pro User Manual, that's where you can learn a whole lot of things. When I first got Logic, starting from scratch, I learned so much just from reading the manual. If you're using samples and doing sequencing, Logic is the best software for it, hands down. Digital Performer used to have an edge on it, but that was years ago and Logic has since left DP in the dust. Read the manual, and take advantage of all the great features of this incredible software!

 

And if you ever want to learn the key command for any function, "option-k" gives you the list of key commands. You can also set your own key commands from within that menu by using either "learn by key label" or "learn by key position," I forget which one.

 

Good luck!

John



John Hoge said:

If you go to Logic Pro Help and click on the Logic Pro User Manual, that's where you can learn a whole lot of things. When I first got Logic, starting from scratch, I learned so much just from reading the manual. If you're using samples and doing sequencing, Logic is the best software for it, hands down. Digital Performer used to have an edge on it, but that was years ago and Logic has since left DP in the dust. Read the manual, and take advantage of all the great features of this incredible software!

 

And if you ever want to learn the key command for any function, "option-k" gives you the list of key commands. You can also set your own key commands from within that menu by using either "learn by key label" or "learn by key position," I forget which one.

 

Good luck!

John

 

Thanks John - I'll check it out -I've also found a slew of help by checking out the You tube sources. I plan on this whole basic process to take a good deal of time.

BTW: I used DP back in the 90s and didnt like it as well as my Atari SMPTETrack!

I used to run Cubase on a Mac G3 and then G4 and I was getting along just fine when Apple went and bought Logic.

Uh oh, I thought to myself, decision time, I don't want to change computer platforms and move to a PC (yuck) but the writing may be on the wall for Apple and Steinberg working harmoniously together so, since my sequencer needed an upgrade anyway, I moved over to Logic7 and Mac Pro.

Well it was a mixed blessing. Logic has some great features and a great suite of processing plug-ins and sounds blah blah. But sometimes it is an inspiration killer. With Cubase you could get your ideas down so fast wham bam thank you mam! Logic...aargh, by the time I've faffed around changing sounds, locators, merging regions etc, the idea has all but evaporated!

Maybe I haven't tweaked the settings to the optimum for my preferred modus operandi ( it refuses to allow me to do somethings still) and sometimes I still dream of those heady Cubase days.

Don't let me put you off though as Logic 9 is fairly cool and I hope 10 will turn out to be a real musicians tool as sometimes it seems to have been designed more by and for techie programmer types.

Hi Michael:

Logic is really primarily a learning experience for me because when and if I get it happening, it's basically for experimental

use only. Being a COF ( certified old fart ), my basic way of working has always been pencil and score pad ( now supplanted by Finale since 2003 ) and if I need to get something down fast, I can get it down on Finale pretty quickly

( sometimes still with a pencil ! ) If I happen to need electronic realization aand or efx on an acoustic score, I hire specialists to do that stuff on my behalf . ( recently a full sampled orchestra with the Forums own Chris Alpiar )

 

for me. ( the last such project being with

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