Music Production Software

Logic Pro 10 is available for a staggeringly low price of only $199. There is no upgrade pricing for existing users though – so think of this version as a new era for Logic Pro users.

So far, the feedback has been positive. Logic Pro is now not only more affordable at just $199 USD but is an incredibly powerful music production suite. Although, perhaps not as yet widely used, amongst the Industry studio masters, as is Pro Tools, but Logic Pro has evolved from strength to strength, just ask any experienced music producer to name their 3 favoured Music Production software and you’d probably get a resounding (not necessarily in this order) 1. ProTools, 2.LogicPro and 3 Cubase.

 

My personal experience with LogicPro 7, with it’s XS Key used to be somewhat a pain, especially if you lose the key or whilst on your travels you discover you’ve forgotten it in your desk draw !

Logic Music Production Software

 

Admittedly I have not used the application in a while and seeing that I am currently 2 complete upgrades behind, I can’t really comment on what has transpired since version 7.2.3. But, I do hear that XS Key was dropped during the launch of Logic version 8. So, version 10 makes for a clean start at a greatly advanced level, allowing almost anyone with an inkling for making beats to compose an intelligible tune or two.

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So, what’s cool about Logic Pro X ?

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Remote Control

Well for starters, iPad owners can enjoy the benefits of using Logic Remote. Logic Remote, if you haven’t heard, is a free app companion for Logic Pro X . It allows Multi-Touch capabilities that turns your iPad into a drum pad, keyboard, guitar fretboard, mixing board and other virtual devices…which also means you can continue working whilst making a cup of tea!

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Logic Remote (Free Download)

Compatible with iPad 2 or later and iPad mini. Requires iOS 6 or later and Logic Pro X.

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Virtual Drummer

Drummer is a realistic sounding virtual session player that can detect the varying frequencies of your selected tracks in order to generate a complimentary groove – it’s like having a real session drummer playing along with your tune.

You have full control of the style of sound you want, using the custom kit feature and the capability of other usual tweaks.

 

 

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Flex Pitch

Although the purist amongst us may frown at the misuse or overuse of this tool, it does however provide a great degree of ease and control. From adjusting the pitch of individual notes, ‘snap’ defining the key and scale, to increasing the richness of vocals… READ MORE

 

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This highly entertaining book is packed with insights from the most successful music producers and full of revealing anecdotes about the business and the stars. now in its third edition and used as a teaching tool in major colleges, it has become the definitive guide to the art - and the business - of music and record production.


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Audio Engineering 101 is a real world guide for starting out in the recording industry. If you have the dream, the ideas, the music and the creativity but don't know where to start, then this book is for you!
Filled with practical advice on how to navigate the recording world, from an author with first-hand, real-life experience, Audio Engineering 101 will help you succeed in the exciting, but tough and confusing, music industry.
Covering all you need to know about the recording process, from the characteristics of sound to a guide to microphones to analog versus digital recording. Dittmar covers all the basics- equipment, studio acoustics, the principals of EQ/ compression, music examples to work from and when and how to use compression. FAQ's from professionals give you real insight into the reality of life on the industry.


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The guidance of a skilled music producer will always be a key factor in producing a great recording. In that sense, as Michael Zager points out in his second edition of Music Production: For Producers, Composer, Arrangers, and Students, the job of a music producer is analogous to that of a film director, polishing work product to its finest sheen. And this is no small matter in an age when the recording industry is undergoing its most radical change in over half a century.

Although innate talent and experience are key elements in the success of any music producer, Music Production serves as a roadmap for navigating the continuous changes in the music industry and music production technologies. From dissecting compositions to understanding studio technologies, from coaching vocalists to arranging and orchestration, from musicianship to marketing, advertising to promotion, Music Production takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the world of music production, letting readers keep pace with this rapidly changing profession.

The focus of the second edition is on such topics as the expanded role of music supervisors, the introduction of new production techniques, and the inclusion of new terms in music industry contracts. Including new interviews with eminent industry professionals, Music Production is the ideal handbook for the aspiring music production student and music professional.


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In his first book, The Daily Adventures of Mixerman, the author detailed the frustrating and often hilarious goings on during the process of recording a major-label band. Musicians, engineers, and producers laughed and cried at the crazy goings-on they'd never imagined - or recognized all too well. Now Mixerman turns his razor-sharp gaze to the art of mixing and gives followers and the uninitiated reason to hope - if not for logic and civility in the recording studio then at least for a good sounding record. With a firm commitment to art over technology and to maintaining a grasp of each, Mixerman outlines his own approach to recording success, based on his years mixing records in all genres of music for all kinds of artists, often under trying circumstances. As he states in his introduction to the new volume, "Even if you're not a professional mixer, even if you're a musician trying to mix your own work or a studio owner in a smaller market, you have your own set of pressures to deal with while you're mixing. Regardless of what those pressures are, it's important to identify and recognize them, if for no other reason than so you can learn to completely ignore them." But how? "That's where the Zen comes in."


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The Music Producer's Handbook (another book in Bobby Owsinski's successful Handbook series) describes in detail the duties and responsibilities of a music producer. In his thoughtful, down-to-earth, and savvy style, Bobby O. brings his wealth of experience to bear in answering the questions faced by all budding music producers: How do I become a producer? How do I get the best out of the musicians or vocalist? How do I get a great mix? How much money can I make? Covering the entire range of producer concerns, from organizing each phase of the production to mastering the final mix, The Music Producer's Handbook takes a sometimes intimidating and mystifying process and breaks it down to an entertaining tutorial that will fatten the toolkits of professionals as well as novices. As with all the books in the Handbook series, a third of the book is dedicated to exclusive interviews with name producers who share their techniques and stories with the reader. An accompanying DVD takes the viewer through each phase of the production process.


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In the 1960s, rock and pop music recording questioned the convention that recordings should recreate the illusion of a concert hall setting. The Wall of Sound that Phil Spector built behind various artists and the intricate eclecticism of George Martin's recordings of the Beatles did not resemble live performances -- in the Albert Hall or elsewhere -- but instead created a new sonic world. The role of the record producer, writes Virgil Moorefield in The Producer as Composer, was evolving from that of organizer to auteur; band members became actors in what Frank Zappa called a "movie for your ears." In rock and pop, in the absence of a notated score, the recorded version of a song -- created by the producer in collaboration with the musicians -- became the definitive version. Moorefield, a musician and producer himself, traces this evolution with detailed discussions of works by producers and producer-musicians including Spector and Martin, Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, Trent Reznor, Quincy Jones, and the Chemical Brothers. Underlying the transformation, Moorefield writes, is technological development: new techniques -- tape editing, overdubbing, compression -- and, in the last ten years, inexpensive digital recording equipment that allows artists to become their own producers. What began when rock and pop producers reinvented themselves in the 1960s has continued; Moorefield describes the importance of disco, hip-hop, remixing, and other forms of electronic music production in shaping the sound of contemporary pop. He discusses the making of Pet Sounds and the production of tracks by Public Enemy with equal discernment, drawing on his own years of studio experience. Much has been written about rock and pop in the last 35 years, but hardly any of it deals with what is actually heard in a given pop song. The Producer as Composer tries to unravel the mystery of good pop: why does it sound the way it does?


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Prepare yourself to be a great producer when using Pro Tools in your studio. Pro Tools 9 for Music Production is the definitive guide to the software for new and professional users, providing you with all the vital skills you need to know. Covering both the Pro Tools HD and LE this book is extensively illustrated in color and packed with time saving hints and tips, it is a great reference to keep on hand as a constant source of information.

Detailed chapters on the user interface, the MIDI and scoring features, recording, editing, signal processing and mixing blend essential knowledge with tutorials and practical examples from actual recordings.
New and updated materials include:

*Pro Tools 9 software described in detail
*Details of the new functions and features of PT9
*Full color screen shots and equipment photos
Pro Tools 9 for Music Production is a vital source of reference, for the working professional or serious hobbyist looking for professional results.


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In this companion book to Zen and the Art of Mixing--Mixerman discusses with us the art of producing records. Mixerman lays out the many organizational and creative roles of an effective producer as budget manager, time manager, personnel manager, product manager, arranger, visionary and leader, and without ever foregoing the politics involved in the process. As Mixerman points out, "Producing is an art in which reading and understanding people nearly always trumps any theoretical knowledge - whether musical or technical in nature." Whether you're currently positioned as musician, engineer, songwriter, DJ, studio owner, or just avid music fan, Mixerman delivers a seemingly one-on-one, personal lesson on effective producing.


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(Book). Now there's an easy way to learn how to record tracks on your home computer, create MIDI files, and master your own CDs. This book demystifies the recording process. It provides simple, easy-to-follow instructions on: choosing and setting up computer and audio equipment, MIDI recording and editing, selecting and using microphones, audio recording and editing, effects, EQ, working with virtual instrument and beat-slicing software, mastering, CD production and much more! The book contains 88 diagrams, tables, photos, and screenshots.


 

 

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