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Better workflow in Logic Pro

From setting up a great Template to easy arranging and mixing, there are plenty of short cuts in Logic Pro that will help speed up your workflow and music production. Here, then, is our all new guide to efficient music making in Logic…

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Level Beginner

Of course, we shouldn’t be encouraging anyone to rush music making. Production should be all about taking your time and tweaking every piece of the arrangement. Your mixes should be just right and you should spend time moulding them and perfecting each part. However, DAWs come packed with time saving features – indeed a DAW is the biggest time saving device that music makers have ever had! But we’re not saying that you should use all of these features to hurry through the whole project; just pick and choose the options within Logic that help you speed up certain parts of the process – setting up, arranging and so on. Then you can spend more time on the creative parts of making a tune like recording the vocal or creating the main melody.

So this tutorial is designed to do just that: to speed up the more mundane parts of the music making process, so you can spend more time on the fun bits. It is labelled ‘Beginner’ but that is only because you don’t need any specialist knowledge of music or technology to follow it. All levels of producer should be able to take something away from it, so sit back and save time!

The template

We’ll start right from the beginning, from the start of the production process when you load up a new project. We’ll cover the Template, a project that loads in whenever Logic boots up (or load it in later if you wish). Template projects are usually empty of any song data but come loaded with instruments, effects, audio, tracks and even track names. You can have more than one Template file so, for example, if you are involved in different styles of music making you could have one Template project saved for each. Have one packed with synths for electronic music making or maybe one packed with input channels set up with guitar effects if you often record guitars.

We’re not advocating rushing your music making but parts of your workflow can be speeded up so you can be more creative

FOCUS ON EFFECTS

Some people think that setting up Template projects is all about having instruments locked and loaded when you boot up Logic, but effects are just as important. Many top producers will have a compressor or EQ on each track within their Template project simply because every track can benefit from a little of each down the line when mixing. If you are doing a lot of recording in Logic having the input channel(s) of your Template project loaded up with effects is also a good idea. Many people like to record everything dry but there’s no harm in having a few choice effects at hand on that input channel, especially on guitars (as shown) so you can record with Logic’s powerful plug-ins.

MTF Step-by-Step 1. The band/songwriter template

01 We’re going to create the perfect Logic Template from scratch. So first start a new Logic project (File Menu, New or Shft>Cmd>N) and we’re ready to start saving time…
02 We’ll start with a typical Template for an all-round musician, band member or singer/songwriter. Create tracks for them, starting with software instrument tracks for guitar, drums, bass etc.
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