Logic 101 - Introduction to Logic Pro

3 days
Please contact FMC to schedule.

Certified Apple Logic Pro Authorized Training at FMC

Course Description

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 Attend?

This 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


Students 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

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Day 1

Lesson 1: Make Music with Logic

Launching Logic, Exploring the interface, Navigating the Song, Zooming, Previewing and using Loops, Building an arrangement, Mixing, and Exporting the mix

Lesson 2: Recording Audio

Digital Audio Recording Settings, Recording a Single Instrument, Recording Additional Takes, Recording Takes in Cycle Mode, Recording Multiple Tracks, Recording Additional Takes on Multiple Tracks, Punching in and out (Auto and On the Fly), Adjusting Recording settings and Adjusting Metronome Settings

Lesson 3: Editing Audio

Deleting Unused Audio Files, Importing Audio Files with the Browser, Comping Takes, Flatten Take Folder, Using Fades and Crossfades, Resizing an Audio Region, Moving an Edit Point, Cleaning a Noisy take, and Using the Sample Editor

Lesson 4: Recording MIDI

Using Software Instruments, Quantizing a Recording, Using External MIDI Hardware, Merging New Recordings, Recording Additional Takes, Layering Instruments, and Splitting a Keyboard to Control Two Instruments

Lesson 5: Editing and Programming MIDI

Importing MIDI Files, Editing in the Piano Roll Editor, Editing in the Score Editor, Editing in the Hyper Editor, Editing MIDI Continuous Controller Events, and Cleaning a MIDI Recording

Day 2

Lesson 6: Programming Drums

Programming a Drum Beat, Editing Velocity and Accents, Humanizing a Pattern and Creating a Snare Roll

Lesson 7: Manipulating Tempo and Time Stretching

Adjusting a Song's Tempo to a Loop, Adjusting a Loop's Tempo to a Song, Tempo Changes and Curves, Time-stretching Audio, Time-stretching MIDI, Using Apple Loops, Creating Blue and Green Apple Loops, Adding Apple Loops to a Lop Browser and Using the Follow Tempo Function

Lesson 8: Arranging the Song

Using the Grid, Inserting Time Signature Changes, Using the Catch Function, Using the Skip Cycle Mode, Cutting Regions, Repeating Sections, and Using Aliases to Build an Arrangement

Lesson 9: Mixing

Preparing for Mixing, Using the Mixer, Individual Channel Strips for Ultrabeat, Using the Library, Using Plug-ins, Using Buses, Reading the Meters, Exporting your Mix, Burning a CD and Exporting Individual Tracks

Day 3

Lesson 10: Automating the Mix and Using Control Surfaces

Region- vs. Track-based Automation, Writing and Editing Offline Automation, Recording Online Automation, and Using External Controllers

Lesson 11: Scoring Movies

Basic Settings, Importing a Movie File, Detecting Scene Cuts, Manipulating the Grid, and Exporting your Movie Soundtrack

Lesson 12: Troubleshooting and Optimization

Getting Sound Out and In, Getting MIDI Out and In, Recovering Deleted Audio or MIDI Regions, Reading the System Performance Meter, Basic Computer Maintenance Steps, and Adding Third Party Plug-ins