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Better recording work flow

Creating an efficient and flexible workflow when recording in Logic Pro X will give your music the opportunity to shine. Mark Cousins gets tracking…

Technique Logic In Depth

Just like building a house, the foundation of any successful production begins at its most formative stage – the recording. The art of track laying has a unique set of skills and procedures: from the simple logistics of creating and managing different takes, through to your ability to create a comfortable and conducive atmosphere that lets musicians deliver their best performance. However, while you’ll find plenty of advice and guidance on a range of post-production tasks – like using a compressor, for example, or fine-tuning a reverb – there’s often a distinct lack of guidance when it comes to track laying in Logic.

In this workshop, we’re going to take a look at a range of features within Logic Pro X that can be used to manage a multitrack recording session. Although there’s a range of prescriptive features for single-track overdubs (like Quick Swipe recording a vocal, for example), what’s missing is a clear methodology in respect to recording a multitrack performance. The techniques explored have developed using Logic Pro X to record and mix a range of large instrument groups, although they can easily be adapted to a variety of recording tasks using Logic.

The latency issue

No exploration of recording in Logic (or any other DAW, for that matter) would be complete without a cursory mention of latency. Put simply, latency is the delay between signals arriving at the input of your audio interface and (via a trip through your computer’s CPU) the same signal leaving the output.

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