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Need basic beginner help with output volume

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Kenneth Nielsen Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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Apr 2, 2013 12:31 PM

I know I am just getting my feet wet, having come across my first unsurmountable problem that is most likely a piece of cake to most who frequent here. I just downloaded a midi file with a few tracks in it, which opened in Logic Pro 9 with no problem, but when I hit play there is no sound, the meters indicate signal strength and all looks good but no sound. In searching these forums I see that setting the MIDI output volume and channel correctly is probably at the root of the problem. So now, before I pull what little hair I have out, I ask if someone here could help me with this basic question for which I find no answer to in help indexes or on any forum or YouTube. Two things: 1.) How do I set the output volume (need specific help as to which knob, where and a screen shot would help emmensely here) and, 2.) How do I set the correct channel if I need to with this problem.


It is strange to me that I cannot find the answer on the entire internet or in my exellent books I have or in the Logic Pro 9 Manual. I can only think that my question is so basic that no one thinks is is worth addressing. I have no experience with the mixer panel and I think that is probably where I could find the answer if I knew what I was doing. I don't want to go messing where I don't know what I am doing, so I come here first for help.







MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, 8G RAM
  • mdee Calculating status...
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    Apr 2, 2013 12:48 PM (in response to Kenneth Nielsen)

    Sounds to me like you may be working with GM (General Midi) Files?

    You can change midi channels in the Inspector window.

    Can you post a screenshot of your Arrange window?

  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,510 points)

    Where is Logic's audio output assigned?

    Have you setup Logic's (Audio) preferences?

    Logic does not automatically set things up for you.


    This is a professional program, I always wonder why people don't start with Garageband to get their feet wet and learn the basics.

  • mdee Level 2 Level 2 (220 points) ction=4%26tasks=true


    See if this will address your problem. Good link to have bookmarked.

  • chorleyman Calculating status...

    On a human level, that's a very gracious response, it suggests that you realise that there's a lot to learn, so you have to learn in a considered way as well - one thing at a time try putting everything together every so often, see how it works out ?


    I still do it like that, anyway, I suppose.

  • Eriksimon Level 6 Level 6 (10,460 points)

    Kenneth Nielsen wrote:


    One thing I like about Adobe software is they have a series called 'Classroom In A Book' where they make sure you are given a proper run-through to set your software up properly. Do you know of any such book for Logic Pro 9? I Hadn't found one yet...



    This book, though it goes beyond only setting up:



    and this website (owned by and actively run by the author of the above book):


    Your two questions can be answered by the manual (actually you set up the audio hardware in the preferences): tion=5%26hash=apple_ref:doc:uid:TempBookID-ReplacedWhenAssociatingWithMessierRev ision-43984SET_SC_1002-1016046


    After you've set up the hardware, Logics' mixer output channel strip(s) is where you can assign output(s). Though when you create a project from an empty template, the tracks you create in that project will automatically be routed to the main stereo output of the hardware you've set up in the prerferences.

  • mdee Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)

    Take Eriksimon's advice and buy David's book! It is an excellent resource. You can purchase it off the website Eriksimon mentioned or you will find it list on Amazon. Comes with a DVD containing tutorial material. The website has a great forum for Logic Pro users.

  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,510 points)

    Kenneth Nielsen wrote

    I knew I would irk someone, I do have Garageband and that could be where I should stay, but Logic Pro offers so much more.



    If I am irked, (not saying I was mind you) it's only because, you're trying to run before you can walk. As a result you made the wrong assumption as to where the problem lies. If you don't understand the basics of what you're trying to do, errors are compounded and you move further away from an answer rather than closer, and that goes for any kind of professional DAW program whether it be Logic, Cubase, Protools, Digital Performer...etc.


    Go here:



    And read, Configuring Your Audio Hardware.


    It's the first place to look when you're not getting sound.. usually a General MIDI file with imbedded program changes will cause Logic to load instruments it thinks will work or be close.. you're pick shows that some instruments have been loaded,

  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,510 points)
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    Apr 2, 2013 8:12 PM (in response to Pancenter)

    Kenneth Nielsen wrote

    but Logic Pro offers so much more.



    Only if you know how to use it... consider, a good engineer/musician can make a knock your socks off recording using a 4-track cassette recorder.

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