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Logic Pro 9 Users Group

A group for any users of Logic Pro 9...or any other versions of Logic and GarageBand!

Members: 26
Latest Activity: Mar 7

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Recording at home...using available spaces! 3 Replies

Learn Recording | Rock the HouseAug 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Gino Robair YOU MIGHT BE READING THIS IN THE PERFECT ECHO CHAMBER…Continue

Started by Edward Sparks. Last reply by Yuri Polchenko Oct 14, 2012.

Anyone know GarageBand well? 5 Replies

I've been using GB for quite a while for simple tweaking of songs I record. Nothing heavy handed just a little reverb, etc.Yesterday I brought a song from my Zoom H2 into GB, started playing it back…Continue

Tags: GarageBand

Started by Terry Angelli. Last reply by Edward Sparks Dec 30, 2011.

Pro Tools to Logic Pro 9 5 Replies

I need to get two songs from a pro tools enviroment to my Logic Pro 9. Can anyone tell me what the easiest way to do this is? All I realy want is the individual tracks, not effects. I want them to be…Continue

Started by Rick Lally. Last reply by Alex Commins Sep 1, 2011.

Your Studio...show us a picture! 7 Replies

Show us a picture of your setup!  mine is in my old 12' by 12' Guestroom (thanks to my wife Teri).  I just released my first CD recorded there and called it, what else, "Music From the Guestroom!"  …Continue

Started by Edward Sparks. Last reply by Edward Sparks Jul 14, 2011.

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Comment by Edward Sparks on October 15, 2012 at 6:31am

No don't ask at the Apple store!  They will surely set you up with speakers and they will cost a bundle and not be really designed for music recording!  Recording speakers differ greatly from regular monitor or stereo speakers in that they do not color the sound, meaning sound bassy or fancy treble, they are what is called "flat" response...that way what you record is what you hear back.  Also, regular stereophile speakers are not built to handle bass transients...loud sudden frequencies from the bass end of the business!  Using your PA amp/speakers would be a good temporary remedy to monitors, but they will most likely not be "flat"...the bigger the bass woofer in your cabinets the more bass heavy the sound will be.  BUT, in the meantime that is a great solution. 

What you would do is listen to your favorite CD on your home stereo system and then stick it into your computer hooked to the MAC and play it through your PA speakers...adjust the tone controls on your amp to get it to sound as close to the great sound you got from your stereo.  Now, when you are recording and mixing your own stuff, you will shoot for the same basic "sound" tone-wise as you got with your favorite recording...again, it's not the best solution, but it is readily accessible!  At least until your poor wife gets through the latest crisis!!! Let us help you along here as you work on your set up!     

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on October 14, 2012 at 6:21pm

I knew you would know. I keep forgetting that you can learn about everything on You Tube.

As soon as I get my wife past this latest crisis I will check all that out. One thing: By powered speakers do you mean the kind that computers use? I have a set just sitting around. It would be nicer to hook up to my PA. Maybe I should take a trip to the Apple store and ask...

Thanks - m

Comment by Edward Sparks on October 14, 2012 at 5:32pm

MJ, Yes, there are books out there for both I am sure and for Logic...the one I bought, and read, was about 700 pages!  But now I use it for a reference...like if I need to do something and have forgotten how, I look it up!  BUT, and this is a big but, I found a wealth, and I mean a wealth of free instruction on YouTube!  There are hundreds of people out there using these programs and fancy themselves teachers and post videos taking you from the first step to more complicated processes!  Garage Band is an incredible program ) Logic is basically GarageBand on steroids!) but there is a learning curve.  Don't be in a hurry...just begin!  

As to your second question, you need an interface to get mics and guitar cords plugged into the computer and the same interface receives the audio signals out of the computer and into your amp to the speakers.  I have powered speakers (speakers with an internal amp).  The jacks on the interface are what you are used to, 1/4" for guitars and keyboards, and 3 pin XLR for mics.

Fortunately for you (and us) we live in a time where the info is as close as the Google search box and YouTube!  

Here is a link to a YouTube video on getting started with GarageBand!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYsvEGVZv14

Here is one on how to set up and record with an audio interface:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D18DiypgYuo

Here is one comparing interfaces:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRxYtvN4TO4

There are lots of interfaces out there and some are $100 and some are $1000 but they all have the same basic components and hookup...we would be glad here in this group to help you with questions you may have...from buying an interface to recording.  I am not as familiar with GarageBand as others here, but I am sure we can help you!   

Hey, we have all been there, and are here to help!  

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on October 14, 2012 at 4:35pm

Edward - I don't know why I even subscribe to this group. I have Garage Band and Logic Express but have never been able to figure out either of them. Do you know of a book for dummies that can help?

Also, have you hooked up say, a Mac, to an amplifire, PA, or other sound system? What do you need to do that?

Thanks -m

Comment by Edward Sparks on October 14, 2012 at 12:53pm

Hey Yuri Polchenko,

Welcome to the group...please introduce yourself and tell us about you experience with GB or Logic!  Edward 

Comment by Edward Sparks on August 2, 2012 at 8:29am

Interesting...

Virtual Miking With Guitar

Most engineers use two mics with guitar to get a good stereo image, but this can lead to phase issues, make setup more challenging, and of course, double the preamp noise.

 

So try this alternative: Mike the guitar with a single mic, and use “virtual miking” to create the stereo image. This eliminates all phase issues, keeps noise down, and means you can spend your money on one really great mic instead of two “okay” mics.

 

Position the mic carefully for the most balanced tone, and record into your DAW. Make three copies of the track. Pan one copy left and run it through a lowpass filter so you hear the “boom” of the body. Pan the second copy right and run it through a highpass filter to accent the finger squeaks and fretting/picking. Pan the third track to center, and roll off some lows and highs to compensate for the increased lows and highs in the left and and right channels.

 

 The end result sounds like the guitarist is right in front of you, with the panned channels positioning the guitar in the stereo field. And with no phase issues, the guitar will have a strength and presence that’s difficult to achieve with two mics. —Craig Anderton

Comment by Edward Sparks on June 19, 2012 at 10:30am

Comment by Edward Sparks on March 28, 2012 at 8:03am

OMG!  I went to a free Guitar Center demo of vitural instruments and in the course of showing midi tracks of the instruments he was adding, the guy accidentally hit the "Score" button and I saw the notes on the staff!  I jumped and said "What's that!" and he said oops and I said no go back and then I went home and spent four days literally emersed in mdid and scoring my music...made my first lead sheet with guitar chords, etc.!  This is something I had been wanting to do for a long time and shied away from it because, being a snobby acoustic musician I saw no merit in midi at all, and as a result I didn't know the  Score area even existed!  Has anyone else had experience with the Score editor...thanks, Edward  

Comment by Edward Sparks on March 1, 2012 at 7:22am

This is pretty handy...

I actually got my hearing checked and then compared the results with this chart to help me to be sure I was hearing what I thought I was hearing for the instruments I am recording...fortunately for me, my hearing remains great even at 56 years old and the instruments I am recording are well within my normal ranges! 

Comment by Edward Sparks on March 1, 2012 at 6:07am

Yeah, I guess asking questions is the best part...I have only sat in on one and it was a basic one, but the guy really seemed to know his "stuff" so being able to ask him something outside the subject for that day, maybe afterwards, seems like a good thing...Thanks, Edward

 

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