This week’s post is for the producers out there.
You know what’s awesome about writing music in Logic? 2 things immediately come to mind:
- The huge array of instruments included in LPX, and
- How fast and easy it is to lay ideas down that sound great
But before I really grew to appreciate the songwriting tools in Logic, I was a band guy. Played guitar and bass forever. When I first heard about synths and MIDI, I really didn’t know what to make of it.
(If we’re being honest though, the idea of writing music with MIDI and virtual instruments intimidated the heck out of me.)
The idea of writing entirely on my Macbook seemed a bit crazy to me. Writing music… with only a computer?
For a while I overlooked the amazing array of production tools in Logic. But now I can say I see the light!
Between Alchemy, Drum Machine Designer, and all the other instruments in Logic, it’s hard to not create something out of thin air.
With so many great sounds, it really just boils down to catching that lightening as fast as you can while you hear it.
The worst thing that can happen while you’re writing is slowing down. Slowing down to:
…tighten up your performances…
…lay down that 32nd note fill for the 50th time…
…editing velocities and timing for a more natural feel…
These things matter. But they put the brakes on creativity. They hijack your producer spirit and put you back into “engineer” mode.
So today I’d like to show you 4 Logic features that can streamline your creative flow.
These 4 features in Logic can dramatically speed up your workflow. Instead of clicking and fixing, you can keep your ears focused on the goal – catching that lightening.
- Have Logic quantize your performances automatically as you record them
- Record multiple MIDI takes to the same MIDI region
- Lay down perfectly repeated notes easily using Note Repeat
- Add humanity and vibe to your instrument tracks using Logic’s Humanize feature
- Tighten your performances without quantizing them to death by using Smart Quantize