What is the course about?
Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of Logic. We cover recording, arranging and editing both audio and MIDI. Using Logic's own 'software instruments', and 'plug-in' effects, and an introduction to mixing and bouncing a final mix. Have fun, get creative and harness the power of this amazing music program.
What will we cover?
- Setting up Logic along with the necessary hardware and software requirements
- Recording and editing audio
- Recording and editing MIDI 'regions' using 'software instruments'
- Using the Logic tools and keyboard shortcuts to produce complex arrangements
- Using 'plug-ins' and effects
- Basic mixing and automation
- Bounce - creating a final mix to create an mp3, or version suitable for burning to CD
- Saving, organising and backing up your projects.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Set up Logic with a range of basic equipment typical of a project studio
- Record and edit audio
- Record and edit MIDI 'regions' using 'software instruments'
- Use the Logic tools to extend and create sophisticated multi-track arrangements
- Make efficient use of 'plug-ins' and effects.
- Perform basic mixing and automation
- Perform a bounce to produce a final mix for mp3 and CD
- Save, organise and back up your projects efficiently.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to learn how to put this exciting technology to creative use.
It is ideal for beginners, although some familiarity with computers is necessary.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will generally begin with a demonstration and discussion followed by practical work.
You will work on your own workstation to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.
You will present your work in progress regularly to the group and receive feedback, support and encouragement from your tutor throughout the course. You are encouraged to work on your projects between sessions to get the most from the course.
This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Mac Desktop / laptop or iPad running Logic X, and preferably a small MIDI keyboard that can connect to your device. As of April 2020, a free 90-day trial is available. For details, see here.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to move on to:
- develop your skills in Mixing, music production and mastering further
- get into live electronics through Ableton Live, Sonic Arts, Max/MSP or Arduino workshops
- develop specialist skills through courses such as Vocal Recording Techniques, Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
- learn how to market your music through Music business skills, Promoting your music online, or Make a website: WordPress for musicians.
Go to the Music Technology and Digital Audio Production page to see the full range of courses. For advice email the music office
The Music department also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble and musicianship courses.