How to Make a Drum Beat in Logic

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Making a drum beat in Logic is actually one of the more basic aspects of the program in question. Make a drum beat in Logic with help from an experienced audio engineer in this free video clip.

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What's going on, guys? My name is Joey Biagas and I'm an audio engineer and musician of about seven years now. Today, I'm going to show you how to make a drum beat within Logic. It's pretty easy. So let's get to it. Alright, so let's go ahead and make a drum beat inside of Logic Pro. Now it's pretty simple, it's pretty easy. I love Logic for producing and making beats and all that good stuff but let's go ahead and create something really simple, really quick, just so we can get up and running now. Okay so to make a drum beat obviously you're going to need software instruments so we're going to need to create a new track. I do have a couple acoustic tracks here open but that was just some extra tracks that I needed open or for just in case, but anyway let's go ahead and add some new tracks. Cruise up to the top there's a little plus sign, that's the new tracks, click on that and make sure you are selecting software instrument not audio or external MIDI, I mean you could use external MIDI but for this tutorial we're going to definitely use software instrument. Alright, and then just go ahead and hit create and that's going to make by default the EVP. Alright, so what I'm going to use is I love using the ultra beat so we're going to cruise over to the right hand side here under the media tab and we're going to select software instrument. So under the drums and percussion let's cruise over to ultra beat, okay? And I don't know I just love the ultra beat selection. They have a lot. Obviously we have the options for acoustic drums, electronic drum kits and so on but I love the ultra beat selection and let's just, let's do something kind of fun, electronic dub, that sounds like fun. Alright so all you have to do is select that. You can close this or leave it open, it's really up to you. I sometimes just leave it open, just if I want to quickly just pick something else but let's play around with this and I'm going to use my MIDI keyboard. I know you can't see it but I have a MIDI controller. It's physically outside of the computer of course. Now I'm using an M Audio Axiom Midi Controller and it's got some pads on it and I love using the pads when I'm making like a drum beat or something and I can use the keys too and as well as I can even draw on just the program and use the pencil tool and map in a beat but I do feel like it's easiest just to kind of just use the pads on the controller so that's what I'm going to do and once you have your tempo selected, which is down here in the lower portion of Logic Pro you can select your tempo and mine is at 110 right here. You can double click and type in your tempo or you can click and drag up and down but that's not what I want to do because I want it at 110. Alright so once you have your tempo selected, you want to make sure that your metronome is going that way. You can hear what, you can hear the tempo and how fast you need the beat to be because you want to obviously play along with the tempo. Okay so you want to make sure this is highlighted, this is blue, this is the metronome. This is the click track. So one thing that you can do is right click on it and go to metronome settings and it's going to pop open the window for the metronome and sometimes you know, I'll raise up the volume for right now I have it raised up all the way and sometimes I change the tonality and I'll raise it up just a little bit, but just something to play around with if you want to slightly customize your metronome. Alright, so let's close this out and let's hit play, oh you know what, we didn't highlight it, there we go, let's hit play. Now we hear it, now we hear it, okay. So let's just play along and kind of get a groove going first before we actually track the MIDI information onto Logic okay? Okay I think that's what I'm going to do. So I'm going to go ahead and hit record now and I'm just going to press R on my keyboard. Okay that should be enough for right now. You really only need like a couple loops going and then you can extend it and loop it and do a bunch of crazy other stuff but we're just getting a basic idea down and so we can get us up and running and going within Logic so we can start producing and creating and adding other instruments in and recording other stuff, you know, you get the idea but let's go ahead and I'm going to double click on this, well it's already open but that will open up my bottom portion right here which is my editor and I'm going to cruise over and slide this guy along and then zoom out a little bit so we can see more of this whole thing, nice, a lot better. Okay, and I'm just going to click and drag, whoops, let's undo that, I forgot I had my pencil tool selected. I'm going to select my pointer tool and I'm going to click and drag. I'm going to make sure I have all of them selected and it looks like I do, okay and now I'm going to quantize them so they fit tightly on the grid on the tempo map. As you can see we have the lines, each one of these lines represents a beat in our tempo and obviously I'm human and I'm not a machine. So sometimes I'm a little bit ahead and sometimes I might be a little bit behind but we want to tighten this up and quantize it to the grid so it's nice and perfect for our beat. So we can do this by hitting the cue but first we want to tell Logic what tempo or what note these notes should be closest to and usually for an upbeat like this, you know, somewhere around like eight notes, maybe a quarter note but a quarter note would probably be too big so we're going to go with let's try an eighth note first and just cruise up to here and find the eighth note, perfect, boom. And now you automatically saw everything kind of shift over just slightly and now it's perfectly aligned with our grid and now we want to double check that though because sometimes they snap to the wrong tempo. So let's back it up, click on this and take a listen. Okay so as you hear it, this one is incorrect. This should be slightly back just a little bit and this one kind of did the same thing as well. So let's take a listen now. Now you can even have fun with it. I mean you can start moving these over and just kind of playing around with them, that's what I was, I think that's what I was playing originally but again if you want to change your mind you can play around with that. Also what you can do is in case you don't have a MIDI keyboard, you can also use Logic's built-in software MIDI controller if you will. It's basically using your keyboard, yes your very own keyboard as a MIDI controller. All I have to do is press cap locks, so once I press cap locks, boom, this little guy comes up and that's basically turning on your keyboard as a MIDI controller and the A and S is the lower end so that will represent the kick and the snare, so. Kind of fun right? So you can mess around with that, also you can draw in if you'd like, if you can draw in by using the pencil tool which was what I was on earlier and you can map this out and draw in your beat if you'd like, like so. I feel like that would take a lot longer versus using like a MIDI keyboard so that's why I would highly suggest using one. But there you guys go, that's basically it. I mean that kind of gets you up and running and gives you an idea of how software instruments work and this is the same basic principle, basic concept used inside of Logic Pro for all of the software instruments, not just the beats but pianos, guitars, saxophones, whatever Logic has, it's the same basic concept alright guys? So that's pretty much it. Now you know how to make your very own drum beat within Logic Pro. If you do have any other questions, please let us know. Thanks for watching.


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