4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2013 2:46 PM by animist08
jjdejong0 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hey ive recently starting learning logic and its all a bit overwhelming but its good, i like being challenged. I usually google or youtube any things i dont know or am stuck with but i couldnt find an answer to my problem so thought id ask here. When i open a new project and make some tracks i see that each track has 4 insert slots. Now im pretty sure you can have more inserts on a channel right? How do i get this done?


Secondly, say i have a bunch of audio tracks and ive made a drum beat but ive decided i want my kick to be a mono channel. Is there any ways you can quickly convert the channel to a mono channel or will i have to make the track again but as a mono? Like for example in ableton all you had to do was drop the utility plugin on the track you wanted to mono and set the width to 0.0%


Finally, say i want to make a lead synth sound or big bass sound whatever and i want to layer the sounds with different synths, one playing high effected in a certain way, one playing the lows effected in a certain way etc etc. How do i group a bunch of tracks, and once its grouped will i be able to effect the whole group with inserts etc?


Please bear in mind im very new to logic, so dont expect me to know too much and all help is greatly appreciated.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: New to Logic, few questions..
    chorleyman Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)

    You don't need to do anything to create more insert slots since more are created automatically as you use them (avoids cluttering up the channel strip unnecessarily).


    There's a little track format button at the bottom of the channel strip - two interlocking circles denote stereo - if you click and hold on it you will see the options available (sorry I don't usually do screen shots because I use my PC laptop for internet stuff).


    If you click/hold on one of the Send buttons of the channel strip, you can send to a bus (an auxiliary will be created for you if one doesn't already exist) so you can send different tracks via the same bus and then insert effects on the aux to affect them all - if it sounds complicated, it isn't at all - best to read up about it in the Manual under 'Adding and Routing Effects in the Mixer'.


    Hope you're enjoying using Logic and I'm sure you'll figure this stuff out easily, its all pretty straightforward (but I do, of course, remember that any complex software can be a bit daunting at first).

  • 2. Re: New to Logic, few questions..
    jjdejong0 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanx for the help mate! I think the things im struggling with is just that im soooooooo used to Ableton, i mean i have been using it for years so its a bit confusing using a different Daw. I think the big thing for me now is just getting used to how everything works and how i go about doing things a certain way in ableton and then doing it in logic. For the most part though im really enjoying it, this is also the first DAW since Ableton that ive actually wanted to sit down with and learn.


    Like for example i thought id start off with a simple remix, so i downloaded some midi files and loaded them into logic. But midi files have a lot more information in them than just the notes and my Sylenth1 kept being reset to a certain volume and preset. So it took me ages to try and find out that i had to use the events thing to find all the different program changes and stuff and then delete them, but you have to be careful because you cant delete the entire list or it will delete all the notes as well. But slowly and surely i managed to get everything done. But im going to continue messing about and trying out the different things, i really want to get into the audio features and all the different stuff you can do with an audio file like warping acapellas and such.

  • 3. Re: New to Logic, few questions..
    chorleyman Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)

    It is tricky getting used to new ways of working - I came to Logic from Cubase myself, which I don't think is as different as Ableton. It sounds like you're going the right way about it anyway - go ahead and do stuff and solve the problems as they arise.


    There are a lot of online resources - this forum and the LogicProHelp one are informative and there are many tutorials on YouTube (varying in quality) - the manual is actually pretty good. although if it were to cover every detail I suppose it would end up like some vast encyclopaedia !

  • 4. Re: New to Logic, few questions..
    animist08 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Hey jjdejong0


    I read your post about being new to Logic and the fact your'e using Sylenth1. I was having a problem with saving Sylenth1 presets and after 1-2 hours (cant believe it took me that long, sleep deprived) I finally figured it out.


    If you make the mistake of saving a Sylenth1 preset by using the Logic plug-in pop up menu Window that accompanies all Logic plug-ins that can be hidden or unhidden (by clicking the tiny, black, unlabelled buton on Sylenth's top right hand corner) your preset will be saved as a Logic preset with the file extension .aupreset.


    That's perfectly ok, it'll still work.


    But if you try to load that .aupreset extension file by using the MENU in Sylenth's LCD screen it will not be read by Sylenth as it only recognises .fxp extensions for presets and .fxb for preset banks.


    So. Just be sure to Save and Load your presets with the Sylenth LCD Menu command.


    If you do stuff up and save presets with the Logic pop up menu window as a Logic preset load it back to Sylenth by using the same Logic menu pop up window and then save it as a Sylenth preset by using the Sylenth LCD Menu.


    From what I see in various forums is that I'm not the only one to make this error.


    I'm also on a steep learning curve but Ive learned a heap in the last few weeks so if you need help dont be shy.


    The Apple Pro Training series of books are great, there's one for Logic Pro 9 and maybe earlier versions. They come with a lesson CD that you use to load in basic samples as you work through the lessons.


    macprovideo, groove3 and musiccoursesonline are also excellent video tutorials worth checking out