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Bad Cat Pack – Review

bad cat samples review

The Bad Cat Pack is a collection of samples (6 Sample Packs Bundled Together £42 – 33% Discount) put together with loving care and attention to detail by Marcus Huyskens of the Bad Cat Media Group. What makes these instruments of particular interest is that they not only sound great and feel great to play, but are also created with sound design in mind. The interface and controls provided are set up to allow simple and intuitive shaping of the sound with extremely imaginative and pleasing results. They are all beautifully recorded with great mics and preamps, and are set up with plenty of velocity layers and round robin samples. I’ll describe each briefly, and then show you them in action.

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Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack – Review

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You are probably thinking – do we need yet more emulations of hardware processing at this point? If you aren’t, you probably should be, because it is a perfectly valid question. Steven Slate and Fabrice Gabriel have added new Neve EQ, SSL EQ, 1176 compressor, and VCA compressor emulations to the party with the release of Virtual Mix Rack. The answer of course isn’t a simple yes or no. It depends on what you may already have in your plug-in collection, and what your needs are aesthetically.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – O is for Opening Corrupt Logic Pro Projects

o is for opening corrupt logic pro projects

Overcoming obstacles that block our workflow is an important part of being a DAW user. One of the biggest obstacles is dealing with crashes. Fortunately there are many safeguards built in to Logic Pro to avoid losing your work; some obvious, some not so much. Here I’ll show an emergency hidden last resort workflow for recovering from a corrupt Logic Pro project that won’t open. This comes by way of my good friend L. Leon Pendarvis (aka Pen), one of the musical directors of Saturday Night Live, who unfortunately had to stare this situation down the hard way with his colleagues in preparation for a recent show.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – N is for New

logic pro from a to z N

Nearly every creative step in any DAW requires the creation of something new. A track, a plug-in, a send routing, a preset change, etc. And Logic Pro of course has myriads of functions for creating new things. Projects, tracks, regions, templates, controller assignments, groups, zones, screensets – to name just a few! In this post I’m going to share one of my favourite workflow routines to force Logic Pro to create new channel strips the way I want them.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – M is for MIDI

logic pro x audio to midi main

Many of you might be thinking, MIDI? Really? It’s been around for over thirty years. What more is there to say about it? Well, the fact is that almost all modern DAWs, Logic Pro X included, deliberately blur the lines between the previously separate realms of audio and MIDI. Now more than ever. MIDI grooves, timing, and note events are easily extracted from audio these days. So, the new thing about MIDI is that it is less separate from audio than it ever has been since it was invented. Here I’ll look at converting audio to MIDI note data in Logic Pro X.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – L is for Locators

logic pro x using locators

Logic Pro’s locators are something we usually think about when we need to loop a certain section of music, either for recording or playback. Set the locators to establish the loop range, and hit C for Cycle. But there are a myriad of other features in Logic Pro that utilize the locator settings as reference points in executing their functions. Here I’ll list 10 things you can use Locators for, other than creating loopable areas in the timeline.

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Logic Pro from A to Z – K is for Kool Key Commands

mac keyboard backlit K

Knowing which key commands to use and when is what separates Logic Pro power users from the mere mortals. We all have out favourites that we use every day; we all ignore some we shouldn’t, we all have some we can never remember, and some we can never forget – even when Apple decides we should!

Key commands have been the topic of many forum threads and blog posts over the years. I’ve asked my fellow LPE-ers Danski and Doug to kollaborate with me on this post, so that we can share some of our favourites with you.

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Logic Pro From A to Z – J is for Junction Tool

Logic Pro Junction Tool

Joining up region boundaries is a relatively routine task. And Logic Pro has plenty of nice functions to help with this. The shuffle left and right modes are a great feature to quickly snap start and end boundaries of different regions together. The fade tool and fade parameters in the Inspector help smooth out any rough transitions. But hidden away in Logic Pro’s arsenal of features is the Junction Tool.

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Logic Pro From A to Z – I is for Input

I is for Input

I’m going to write about Inputs in this post. Inputs, you’re wondering? Either stick a mic in your audio interface, a MIDI cable into a MIDI interface, or a USB cable directly into the computer. We all already know that. Here I’ll share six tips with you as to how you can modify the input signal reaching Logic Pro before hitting the record button. Three dealing with Audio, and three with MIDI.

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Show Groups in Logic Pro X

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In a recent post I discussed some strategies for using groups in Logic Pro X as a means to hide multiple tracks simultaneously. After experimenting with it as a means of managing large projects, I found that what would be equally, if not more, valuable is a “show tracks” function rather than just the ability to hide tracks. In other words, the ability to view only select tracks while hiding all others rather than viewing all tracks while hiding a few. Here I’ll share a way of using the group function to do just that.

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Logic Pro From A to Z – F is for Flex

F is for Flex

Figuring out what to focus on for the letter F was difficult. Folders jumped out as the obvious choice, since there are now several different types of them. Finally though, I settled on Flex. It is one of the great under-hyped features in Logic Pro. And now with Logic Pro X, we have Flex Pitch as well as Flex Time. For this post, I used a couple of Apple Loops to demonstrate a few of my favourite Flex functions.

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Logic Pro From A to Z – E is for Synths

E Synths

Edgy, energetic, effervescent, enigmatic, are all eligible adjectives appropriate to describes Logic Pro’s many “E” named synths. Since its first software instrument, the ES1, Logic Pro has used the letter E to name all of its synth (except for Sculpture, Ultrabeat, and Retro Synth). Even the recently renamed keyboard instruments were originally named EVP88, EVB3 and EVD6. Exploring them all in a single post is impractical. Instead, I’ll take a factory patch that begins with the letter E from each of these synths, suggest a tweak or two, and then try to make some music with them.

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Logic Pro From A to Z – C is for Controlling Complexity

c is for controlling complexity

Creating carefully crafted arrangements is what Logic Pro is all about. Clearly it has a plethora of tools to help us with this process. One of the most fundamental aspects of computing, using the clipboard’s copy and paste functions, has myriads of uses and applications in Logic Pro. Regions in the main area, notes in the MIDI editors, presets, settings, markers, tempo, and signature events can all be copied using the key command C. Doing this places them in Logic Pro’s invisible clipboard, available for pasting at new locations or positions in the timeline.

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Logic Pro From A to Z – A is for Alias

A is for Alias

“All the Things You Are”. It’s a well-known tin pan alley song by Jerome Kern in the key of Ab. It’s also what I plan to write about concerning Logic Pro. All the things it is to me. “All the Things You Are” is also a phrase that begins with the letter A. And that is the format I will be using in an ongoing 26 part series with Logic Pro X tips. An alphabetarium. The letters of Logic Pro. Each post starting with and focusing on a different letter of the alphabet. I’ll try and include some features and/or tips with each post. But it will primarily be my ode to Logic Pro, one letter at a time. So let’s get started…

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Led Zeppelin Plagiarism – Copy, Right?

Led Zeppelin Plagiarism – Copy, Right?

Dennis, our Logic Pro Expert site editor, sent Doug and I an interesting article a couple of days ago. It concerns a pending copyright suit against Led Zeppelin that alleges the song “Stairway To Heaven” was stolen from the song “Taurus” by a band called Spirit, whom they were touring with at the time. We’ve been talking back and forth about it, and it not surprisingly lead us to a discussion on the larger question of what constitutes an original idea versus stealing. Following are some thoughts we’ve been bouncing around.

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Logic Pro X 10.0.7 – Snapshot Automation

logic pro x 10.0.7 snapshot automation

Logic Pro X 10.0.7 has so many great enhancements it’s easy to overlook the powerful addition of snapshot automation. They don’t label it as such, but it is present by way of four new, very useful, key commands. I’m dating myself here, but for those of us old enough to remember, the only way to accomplish snapshot style automation previously was by cabling up channel splitters, tracks, and ports in the Environment. It was so obtuse, it was rarely used.

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