August 20, 2003
The Question List
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Here are some specific questions I want to answer. Some are probably really easy, others are a little harder, or at least ambiguous. I’ll continue to update this page as I find answers, and come up with new questions.
Posted by Joe
All the kids are into loop stations. Is it possible to use Logic Express to do a similar style of recording and/or performance?
When programming MIDI drums, is it better to record one track per piece of the kit (like in recording real drums), or to record everything in one track? Or something else entirely? Answered. [Short answer: separate tracks is probably better]
Regarding effects, what does Send mean versus Insert? Answered.
How do I get the knobs on my keyboard to control stuff in Logic? Answered. Sort of.
How do I change tempo, time signature, key, and other parameters in the middle of a song?
How do I setup Rewire correctly? Answered.
I might want to combine looped elements and non-looped elements in a song. It seems like I should be able to tell one track to loop for X number of bars while the other tracks around it play on, then continue. Is this possible? Answered (Yes, it is.).
Can Logic do real percussion notation (i.e. one instrument per line and so forth)? Answered (Yes!).
Is there any real difference between the NN-XT in Reason, and Logic’s EXS24? As it turns out, this is not very important to me. I’m finding that the EXSP24, that comes with the Big Box, covers all of my sampling needs so far. I may revisit this later, but for now I’m not going to bother with it.
How can I get the effects to play live on the audio channel inserts on Logic platimum?
Does anyone know how to create Apple Loop files? Not the blue ones that are just audio files that can stretch in real time (which is great) but the green ones, which are like Recycle's Rex files. Is there maybe a way of saving Recycle files as Apple Loops files? Third party software?? Any thoughts anyone??
You need Logic 7.1 (Express or Pro) to create the green flavor of Apple Loops. I don't know why it took until then, but that's the deal.
Chris (right, like you're going to see this after more than a year, but...),
It sounds like you might want to use Logic as a souped-up effects box. I haven't tried to do this myself, but you can do some searching on the web to find some things if you phrase it that way. What I've read in the past indicates that you want to set your effects up on aux tracks, and send your inputs to those aux tracks instead of to regular audio objects.
I'm pretty sure you need to be in record, or at least playback, mode, to get effects to work on live inputs if you're using regular audio objects. Aux objects don't have this restriction. One of the reasons I don't know too much about this is that Logic Express can use its aux objects in this way.
I'm not sure where to post this question since you don't seem to have a specific thread dealing with this issue. I've tried to find other sources of help online but they are all a bit too technical for someone like me who is very new to recording.
I am very frustrated with the amount of "hiss" or "background noise" on my digital audio recording, and was curious if there is a way to reduce this. I am using a Martin acoustic-electric with Fishman electronics, plugged into a Tascam US-122 controller. The TASCAM is connected to my iMac via a USB cable. There is so much "hiss" on the recording that it pretty much means I can't record this way, and have to use a microphone instead (which poses it's own problems in a house filled with kids under 5). I have tried adjusting the "threshold" level on the gain, which takes does seem to change the character of the "hiss" into something more tolerable.
Do you have any advice on this? Is my equipment the problem, or is there some setting or audio effect I can apply in logic to fix the problem? Since I am new to recording, I do not necessarily know the function of generally famililar recording terms (such as decay, attatck, etc.). Thanks!
I don't have a specific place for readers to ask questions (other than the contact form), but this is fine.
Hiss could be coming from a lot of places. I have a Tascam US-122 also, but I've never used with with a guitar cable, only with microphones. But for hiss, the first thing I'd check is your cable, especially if a mic cable sounds clean. Try a different (preferably new) guitar cable and see if that stops the hiss. Also make sure that the switch on the input you're using on the US-122 is switched to Guitar, not Mic/Line. Also try both channels on the US-122 and see if they exhibit the same behavior.
If that doesn't do it, record a sample of the audio and post it somewhere online so I can hear it, then email me (using the Feedback Loopback link under About). I'll listen to it and see if it sounds like anything in particular.
You can, of course, clean up hiss is audio using various software. I don't know what version of Logic you're using, so I don't know if there's something built in that will help or not. Soundtrack Pro, which comes with Logic Studio, can do this, for example.
Thanks for the speedy reply. I will buy a new cable (the one I am using is an ancient hand-me-down from my father-in-law), so hopefully that will fix the problem. For what it's worth, I tried to record using a borrowed electric guitar instead of my acoustic-electric, and the hiss was exponentially worse. Although there is the expected background noise when using a microphone with the US-122, there definitely isn't the same kind of hiss. I'll let you know the results of the new cable. Thanks again.