New YouTube Channel: “Music Tech Explained – The Visual Approach”

Edgar Rothermich, author of the best-selling book series “Graphically Enhanced Manuals” – heavily promoted right here on Logic Pro Expert for good reason – has launched his new YouTube Channel “Music Tech Explained – the visual approach” with free high-quality instructional videos for Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and general music production workflows.


High-Production Videos Concept

With this new YouTube Channel, I wanted to create in-depth instructional videos, based on a similar concept as my Graphically Enhanced Manuals series. Although videos already have that visual component, I wanted to add more diagrams, illustrations, and visual elements that you often not find in YouTube videos.

That means I had to raise the bar on the production value, using motion-graphics and various video editing techniques. In addition, I produce all my videos in 4K UHD resolution to provide the best picture quality. Please note that you need to use the Chrome Browser to view the videos in 4K.

All these production tools serve only one purpose, make the video easy to follow for the viewer and fun to watch, while still providing in-depth information, and as you will see, I pack a lot of information in these videos. Even if you are an advanced Apple Logic Pro X user, you will encounter plenty of revelations about Logic Pro that you did not know.

Video Content

I started this video channel already with three videos in addition to the introduction video. A two-part video about Logic Pro’s Library Window (40min) and a video about using the trackpad in Logic Pro X (25min).

Although I focus on Logic Pro X in these first videos, I also plan to cover topics about Pro Tools and general music production workflows for upcoming videos.

I’m not sure yet about the frequency of the video releases. After watching them, you will realize that it is quite time-consuming to produce those videos and it also depends on the outcome and support based on the new business model I’m using. See below.

Video: “Library Window”

The first two videos are about the Library Window. This does not seem to be such a sexy topic, but from my experience, when spending time on various Logic forums and teaching Logic, there is a big gap between the complexity and depth of the window compared to what Logic users know about it.

What started to be a 15 minutes video, turned out to be 40 minutes video to cover all the functionality built into the Library Window. Unfortunately, Logic users are just missing out a lot on those valuable features and the proper understanding what the Library Window actually is (or is not). You will see.

Video: “Trackpad”

There are always discussions going on about what input device is the best, which mouse, or trackball, or trackpad. I know it has a lot to do with personal preferences, but I’m always surprised how many Logic users and computer users, in general, don’t know the big advantages of the Trackpad.

Whenever I tried to explain those advantage in various threads on forums over the years, I found it difficult to show how I actually use the Trackpad and how much it speeds up the workflow, providing functionality that is just not possible with a mouse or a trackball.

Finally, I took the time in this video with a picture-in-picture setup and plenty of motion-graphics to demonstrate all that. I always follow the motto, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. In this video, you can see that a “moving” picture multiplies that statement.

In the video, I also provide some examples of how to use the BetterTouchTool utility to create some custom Gestures to enhance your Logic Pro and Pro Tools workflow.

A Different Business Model

Creating these videos as an independent producer gives me the freedom (like with my books as a self-published author) to produce them the way I think is necessary to get the message across. I decide what is the best way possible the user can understand what I’m trying to explain to easily follow my demonstration.

Signing up with a commercial video publishing company would restrict me to follow their guidelines. On the flip side, however, I don’t get paid for producing those elaborate videos when I make them available for free on YouTube.

And that is where the value-for-value business model comes in in the form of, which is like a subscription-based Kickstarter model that some of you might be familiar with already.

Basically, the end user supports an artist or creator by subscribing to his or her product, no matter whether it is music, comic books, podcasts, or whatever creative output an artist finds an audience for. That audience, so-called “Patron”, can choose to support a product with any monthly payment starting from $1 to whatever he or she thinks is worth paying for or he or she can afford to pay.

Please check out my Patrion page where you can find more details about how the system works and maybe decide that my free videos are worth supporting (and at the same time increase your personal Karma).

Enjoy and Subscribe

Enough of the talk. Please head over to the YouTube page and see for yourself.

I hope you enjoy my videos and learn a lot of new things about using Logic Pro X and other topics. And please, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay informed about my upcoming video releases.

Thanks for your time,

Edgar Rothermich.

Edgar Rothermich

Edgar Rothermich

Edgar Rothermich is a composer, producer, educator and author of the best-selling book series “Graphically Enhanced Manuals (GEM)” He is a graduate of the prestigious Tonmeister program at the University of Arts in Berlin where he also was teaching for five years. His musical work in a wide variety of styles includes numerous scores for films and TV shows plus compositions for ballet and sacred music. His recent re-recording of the Blade Runner soundtrack (done exclusively in Logic Pro!) achieved critical acclaim from critics and fans alike. Follow him on Twitter @EdgarRothermich
Edgar Rothermich

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