Course Outline | Logic Pro 101 — Introduction


Logic Pro puts a complete recording studio on your Mac, with everything a pro musician needs to write, record, edit and mix like never before. This three-day hands-on course introduces students to the primary features and basic user interface of Logic Pro. Students learn how to generate a customized audio and midi configuration that will seamlessly integrate with their own personal production studio. Students also create their own song using Logic Pro’s comprehensive array of software instruments, Apple Loops and DSP effects. In-depth lessons will cover MIDI and audio recording, streamlined editing and arrangement techniques, user defined key commands, automation, scoring to picture and surround mixing.

Who Should AttendThis class is designed for those who want to learn music production and composition using Logic Pro or Logic Express.

What You Will Learn

  • Working with Plug-ins
  • Using Audio Instruments
  • Understanding Workflow Techniques
  • Editing Audio Regions
  • Using the Sample Editor
  • Working with Apple Loops

PrerequisitesStudents should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course:

  • Basic knowledge of Mac OS X
  • Basic knowledge of audio terminology is recommended

Course Outline – Day 1

Making Music with Logic

  • Creating a Logic Pro X Project
  • Exploring the interface
  • Navigating the Prlject
  • Build Up the Arrangement
  • Mixing the Song
  • Mixing Down to a Stereo File

Recording Audio

  • Setting Up Digital Audio Recording
  • Recording a Single Track
  • Recording Additional Takes
  • Punching In and Out
  • Changing Recording Settings
  • Deleting Unused Audio Files
  • Lesson Review

Editing Audio

  • Assigning Mouse Tools
  • Editing Regions in the Workspace
  • Comping Takes
  • Adding Fades and Crossfades
  • Editing Regions in the Audio Track Editor
  • Editing Files in the Audio File Editor
  • Aligning Audio
  • Lesson Review
  • Working with Virtual Instruments

Produce a Virtual Drum Track

  • Creating a Drummer Track
  • Arranging the Drum Track
  • Customizing the Drum Kit

Course Outline – Day 2

Recording MIDI and Using Controllers

  • Using a Patch from the Library
  • Recording MIDI
  • Correcting the Timing of a MIDI Recording
  • Joining Recordings into a MIDI Region
  • Recording MIDI Takes
  • Punching In and Out
  • Creating a Layered Sound Patch
  • Creating a Split Keyboard Patch
  • Mapping Smart Controls to Patch Parameters
  • Controlling Logic from an iPad Using Logic Remote
  • Using Step Input Recording
  • Processing MIDI Notes with MIDI Plug-Ins

Creating and Editing MIDI

  • Creating MIDI Notes in the Piano Roll Editor
  • Creating MIDI Notes in the Score Editor
  • Importing a MIDI File
  • Editing MIDI Data in the Event List
  • Creating and Editing MIDI Continuous Controllers

Editing Pitch and Time

  • Setting a Project Tempo by Detecting the Tempo of a Recording
  • Using and Creating Apple Loops
  • Creating Tempo Changes and Tempo Curves
  • Adding a Turntable or Tape Slow-Down Effect
  • Making One Track Follow the Groove of Another Track
  • Change the Playback Pitch and Speed with Varispeed
  • Editing the Timing of an Audio Region
  • Tuning Vocal Recordings

Editing an Arrangement

  • Previewing the Song
  • Copying Material to Fill in Parts
  • Rendering Multiple Regions
  • Adding and Deleting Sections
  • Cutting Regions to Remove Silence or Noise
  • Mixing and Automating a Song

Course Outline – Day 3


  • Organizing Windows and Tracks
  • Using the Amp Designer
  • Adjusting Levels and Pan
  • Submixing Tracks and Processing the Submix
  • Using an EQ Plug-In
  • Using Delay and Reverberation
  • Using Dynamic Processing Plug-ins
  • Using a Few Tips and Tricks

Automating the Mix

  • Creating and Editing Offline Automation
  • Recording Live Automation
  • Using MIDI Controllers
  • Bouncing the Mix

Certification Exam (Optional)

The end exam is administered online

  • Exam Review
  • Evaluation and Wrap Up

Course Outline | Logic Pro 301 — Advanced


This three-day course takes you through Logic’s powerful advanced features, covering everything from production, editing, and mixing, to notation and scoring to picture. Throughout the class professional secrets are revealed regarding how to streamline production workflow, accelerate editing tasks, effectively manage takes, and construct a mix that will meet the most exacting standards. You’ll discover powerful techniques for multi-track recording and explore the limitless potential of Logic’s audio instruments, including the revolutionary Sculpture.

Who Should Attend

This class is designed for those who want to learn music production and composition using Logic Pro or Logic Express. The course is best suited for those who prefer hands-on and interactive instruction to explore the full functionality of Logic Pro.

What You Will Learn

  • Customizing the Interface and using Key Commands
  • Managing I/O Setups and creating and Managing Takes
  • Working with Software Instruments
  • Creating and Using Markers
  • Scoring to Picture
  • Working with Notation


Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course:

  • Basic knowledge of Mac OS X
  • Level One Logic Pro End User certification is required
  • Ideally, students will have attended a Logic 101 course

Course Outline – Day 1

Speeding Up Workflow

  • Using Project Templates
  • Creating Your Own Template
  • Customizing the Interface
  • Using Key Commands
  • Accessing the Tool Menu
  • Saving a project template
  • Opening and Creating Projects Automatically
  • Backing Up and Transporting Your Projects

Managing Projects and Takes

  • Using Project Folders
  • Working with Assets
  • Quickly Accessing Additional Tracks
  • Recording Multiple Tracks Simultaneously
  • Deleting Unused Tracks

Matching Tempo and Pitch

  • Working with Apple Loops
  • Using the Time and Pitch Machine
  • Performing Time Stretching and Compression in the Arrange Area
  • Working with Rubato Passages

Working with Software Instruments

  • Getting Familiar with the Instruments
  • Understanding the User Interface
  • Using Ultrabeat
  • Using the EXS24 mkII Software Sampler
  • Using the EVP88 Vintage Electric Piano
  • Using the EVD6 Vintage Clavinet
  • Using the EFM 1 FM Synthesizer
  • Using the ES1 Virtual Anaolog Synthesizer
  • Using the ES2 Synthesizer
  • Using Global Tracks to Create a Quick Arrangement
  • Sound Design with Sculpture
  • Treating Your MIDI Hardware as Software

Course Outline – Day 2

Working with the Arrangement

  • Creating and Using Markers
  • Navigating the Arrangement
  • Navigating with Markers
  • Isolating Material with Cycle Mode
  • Using Zooming
  • Editing the Arrangement

Advanced Audio Editing

  • Using Edits to Create Parts
  • Comping Tracks
  • Fixing Problems Using the Sample Editor

Advanced Midi Editing

  • Using Loops, Copies and Aliases
  • Demixing MIDI Regions
  • Working with Region Parameters
  • Working with MIDI Note Events
  • Using Transform Functions

Working with Mixer Channels

  • Using the Mixer
  • Using Insert Effects
  • Using Send Effects
  • Panning Stereo Tracks
  • Switching the Contents of the Plug-in Window
  • Changing Plug-in Locations
  • Using Channel Strip Settings

Controlling Signal Flow

  • Using Aux Channels as Submixes
  • Applying Send Effects to Submixes
  • Using Mixer Groups
  • Incorporating External Effects Processors

Course Outline – Day 3

Automating the Mix

  • Automating the Mix Working with Offline Automation
  • Performing Real-Time Automation

MIDI Processing in the Environment

  • Navigating Within the Environment
  • Creating Environment Objects
  • Creating Signal Chains
  • Using Touch Tracks Objects

Working with Notation

  • Creating Notation
  • Entering Notes Using Graphic Input
  • Entering Notes Using Step Input
  • Using Staff Styles
  • Working with Text
  • Transcribing a Performance
  • Working with Drum Notation
  • Creating Scores and Parts

Working with Surround

  • Configuring Logic for Surround
  • Mixing in Surround
  • Using Surround Effects
  • Checking the Surround Mix
  • Down Mixing
  • Encoding Surround Projects

Scoring to Picture

  • Setting Up Synchronization
  • Importing Media
  • Spotting the Movie
  • Positioning Events in the Timeline

Certification Exam

The end user exam is administered online

  • Exam review
  • Evaluations and wrap up