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Creating and cleaning your own samples in Logic
So you're creating a sampled and layered instrument. Maybe it's a drumkit or a set of bells.
In my case I sat at my drumkit and recorded all microphones. I hit the snare from very soft to very loud. I then did the same for every other drum.
To make things easy, I mixed down all my mics to one track. You could mix subgroups or get very complicated depending on what your end goal is and what your sampler software is capable of - but I like to keep it simple. The downside to mixing all mics down this way is that you'll have 6 tracks of noise for every drum sound - so if you hit 4 cymbals you'll have 24 mics playing back. If you have noisy preamps this can be a problem. Back to the process!
I renamed the regions so they would make sense later. You can separate them to different tracks and then in the arrange window use Right-click>Name and Color>Name Regions by tracks.
In logic you can use the Audio>Strip Silence function to split an audio file at the transients - it will slice the file at each location where you hit a drum.
You'll be able to reduce that super long audio file down to many smaller audio files in no time.
There are some controls on the Strip Silence window that you will want to adjust.
You may need to adjust the Threshold. If the sound is very quiet - set it lower. If your recording is very noisy then you may need to set it higher so it doesn't create a new region in random spots.
You'll probably want a very small amount of Pre Attack-Time. This will let the strip silence function grab that very small amount of audio at the beginning of your drum hit that was below the threshold amount.
Post-Release time will preserve the tail of your audio. I like to crank this up to 10 seconds and run through all my samples with the same settings.
Now you have many audio regions that have been created out of your long recordings. You'll want to take advantage of another logic command - Convert Regions to New Audio Files.
Go to your keyboard shortcuts (alt-k) and search for the command. Map it to a key that you are not using.
Highlight your audio files and choose a folder for them. Logic will process the file and create new files using the names you provided.
Now you're ready to get started with the next task of getting them into your favorite sampler!
|De-essing your vocals||
Something I rarely do is de-ess vocals. It's always been something that didn't really bother me in the past. The other day I wrote a new song that included the lyrics: Floating through space, haven't seen a face in so long. You spin you go round the sun.
I played it on the home stereo and it was very apparent. The S sounds were nasty sounding. They didn't pop out on my studio speakers or headphones, but they really distracted on the consumer equipment for some reason.
|Control Logic using your iOS device - officially.||
Control Logic with your iOS device by buying TouchOSC, the extremely useful application for your iDevices. That's a new feature in the latest Logic update. The somewhat limited line item in the release notes doesn't explain much so I did a little bit of hunting about.
The creators of TouchOSC have a press blurb outlining the usage scenario:
"All one needs to do is to start up Logic Pro or Express, make sure the iDevice is connected to the same WiFi network as the music production computer, go to TouchOSC’s network configuration page and select the name of the machine running Logic. Voila! Everything should be set up and ready to go in perfect harmony. As usual firewalls might prevent this miracle from happening, so if you run into any trouble, try disabling your network security software temporarily and try again."
|Upgrading your music Mac to OS X Lion||
I did a silly thing the other day. I upgraded to Lion - the first release of an operating system update. I'm a user of Logic, Native Instruments, Aalto and a few other plugins. My brain said no, but my nerdy right hand said "yes, buy, OK, confirm, yes". Don't do it without a backup. You've been warned. Audio plugins and programs are notorious for breaking on x.0 revisions.
I did a bit of research on my most used plugins. These days I'm using the NI Komplete package for almost everything: complete it is. Logic and recorded audio round out the sound. I have an album 'In the works', but also a month old daughter, so I decided I didn't have any pressing projects to get done, so the upgrade would be a fun little after hours project. So I didn't have any pressing audio work to get done - nor should you if you'd like to upgrade to OS X Lion.