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Logic Pro 9: Audio and Music Production [Paperback]

Mark Cousins , Russ Hepworth-Sawyer
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March 5, 2010 0240521935 978-0240521930 1

From initial track laying through to mixing, sound design, and mastering Mark Cousins and Russ Hepworth- Sawyer bring you Logic Pro 9. By Highlighting the relevant parts of each application they take you through every step of the music creation and production process giving you all the tips, tutorials and tricks that pros use to create perfect recordings.

The book has full color screen shots illustrating the tools, functions and the new look of Logic Pro 9, and the companion website has audio samples and loops.

Logic Pro 9 covers more than just the software it will help you make the most out of every recording session, and will Illuminate and inspire you creative and sonic endeavors!


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"One thing that set's this book aside from the many others on offer is the layout. Cousins and Hepworth-Sawyer have taken a process-driven approach with each section loosely following the structure and order of the writing, production and mastering of a track.. Its in the closing chapters that things get especially interesting, with useful details on how to set up Logic's Environment. As a bonus there's an accompanying website with useful links and nearly 190MB of free loops. Well laid-out and packing plenty of tips and tricks for beginner and intermediate Logic users. 8 of 10 stars."--MusicTech Magazine

"Logic Pro 9 Audio and Music Production is a complete tutorial that will update existing users of the man new features, additional content (samples) and instruments now integrated into this program..  Essentially a guided tour with many full-color screen shots that (if you want) hold your hand through learning Logic or teach you new tricks if you're an old hand."--Music Connection

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From initial track laying through to mixing, sound design, and mastering Mark Cousins and Russ Hepworth- Sawyer bring you Logic Pro 9. By Highlighting the relevant parts of each application they take you through every step of the music creation and production process giving you all the tips, tutorials and tricks that pros use to create perfect recordings.

The book has full color screen shots illustrating the tools, functions and the new look of Logic Pro 9, and the companion website has audio samples and loops.

Logic Pro 9 covers more than just the software it will help you make the most out of every recording session, and will Illuminate and inspire you creative and sonic endeavors!


Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (March 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521930
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but with a point of view May 7, 2010
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Most of us who use DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) programs have a standard program that we've used for years. On occasion, we face a project which uses another program--one that's unfamiliar. Typically it's a rush, so we bash our way through, learning just enough to get the job done. That was my initial experience with Logic. With any program there are many other things that we don't know about, or that we don't know how to find. Once upon a time, you received a hard-copy manual that could be browsed. Now, as with many other programs, there's only an online manual. It's not conducive to browsing, and it can't be dog-eared and marked up. That's where a book like this comes in.

The authors give a pretty good 5000' view of the product, and I've learned about a number of things in Logic. I'll make some changes in my workflow as a result. As indicated by the title, the primary focus is audio and music production. As a result, discussions of features like low-level audio editing are a little cursory. The description of the many built-in synthesizers is very good, and I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves with some of them. After all the synthesis and mixing, there's an overview of the mysteries of mastering and working with video.

I have some general criticisms, along with a couple of specific complaints. In the discussion of mastering, there are many suggestions to listen to commercial releases. No mention of jazz, classical, spoken-word, etc. Most mixers and many mastering engineers absolutely despise the way many commercial releases are mastered. Following this bad practice is hardly to be recommended. There is also a brief description of mixing in surround.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good learning tool June 27, 2010
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I think I've given this book a fair chance, but I just haven't found it very useful as a learning tool. For me there are a number of problems with it:

a) The book seems to assume quite a bit of domain knowledge (that you're already familiar with Logic or other similar tools)

b) It mostly operates at the theoretical level, rather than delving down into actual projects and step-by-step descriptions. The book tells you about the existance of lots of tools and features, without really telling you how to use them.

c) very poor use of diagrams. Although the book is filled with nice looking color diagrams, I've found that over and over I'll be reading along, it will be talking about something in Logic's interface, and I'll have to flip through pages forward and backward from where I'm reading to try to find a relevant picture. In that way it's very poorly organized.

I consider the Apple Pro Training series book to be much more useful for beginners learning Logic. When it describes features it gives you step by step how to use it, and sample projects you can follow along with.

There are also some really good video training packages out there for Logic, like the one from "Lynda". Use this book only as a last resort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All A Matter Of Logic! December 28, 2011
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Logic Pro 9 is a must have if you produce music with Logic Studio. This book shows you everything there is to know about Logic. It has full color illustrations as examples that are so detailed you would have to be an idiot not to understand. And it's not just a how-to book. It also explains what you are doing, and how the application will affect your project. That's a major help when you wanna know exactly what the piano roll, or hyper editor does to speed up or slow down your workflow. Everything was thought out with you in mind as a Logic user. This book is like having an expert right there. I love everything this book has to offer. Before, I just knew the basics of Logic. With this I can really push the envelop on my projects. I can even get into the mastering process now without being confused on what I'm actually doing. This book is the ultimate explanation of Logic and all of its wonderful features. For this price you can't go wrong. Logic Studio is the best music software program in my opinion and I'm sure many would agree. But what good is it if you don't know how to use it to its fullest potential? This book will make sure that never happens. This is your Logic bible! Follow it, and you will be guided to musical bliss! Trust me! I'm there every time I use Logic Studio now. No joke! Its so much more fun when you know what's up!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems to be a great way to learn Logic Pro April 19, 2010
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I'm writing this from the perspective of a decades-long audio production career, making the jump to my first DAW after years with 2" tape, later adats, later RADAR24. I took a few years off and then decided to purchase Logic Pro 9 for my personal music use.

PROS:
This book is great for the independent-minded user in that, unlike David Nahmani's official Apple guide, you can jump in anywhere and get info about using a given Logic function without being dragged through a step-by-step tutorial using presupplied sample files. My mind gravitates to this type of learning, so, although I wound up with both books on hand, I have spent all my time in this volume.

The writing is pleasant: informal without being chatty or stupid. Most of the functions that Logic supports seem to get at least a discussion. Most, not all; for example I found no reference to the "Shuffle L, Shuffle R" way of editing. For that kind of thing, there's Logic help, plus the 1300+-page manual which ships with Logic Pro 9.

CONS:
The book reeks of having originally been written for the WINDOWS version and updated for subsequent releases. This shows up most noticeably in the keystoke shortcut descriptions: everything which would use the OPTION key on a Mac is written as if the user was in Windows, being told to use the ALT key instead. A simple search-replace of the book's text several revisions ago would have been at the very least polite.

Also, the book regularly sends the reader to other sections for amplification on a given topic, but has no callouts for sections (say: "7.15") in the margins. This makes for more searching around than would otherwise be the case.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Above-average, comprehensive book on Logic
I'm not a professional user of Logic, though I have lofty goals of doing something. Time and time again, I've been told that Logic is the way to go. Read more
Published on May 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but falls into the classic text book trap
After referencing this book for the past 3+ years, I can safely say this has become a nice guide to have around. Read more
Published on April 8, 2013 by Marblehead
4.0 out of 5 stars great for visual learners
This is a good book for beginners. Not a great deal of depth, but the great quantity of photos is a boon visual learners new to Logic Pro 9. Read more
Published on March 26, 2013 by Just Me
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Logic Pro Book Ever
If you're looking for a good book to help you learn how to use Logic Pro 9, keep looking! These authors throw a lot of facts at you, but never actually show you how to do... Read more
Published on February 4, 2013 by P. J. Bloozmaniac
4.0 out of 5 stars Wortwhile guide, even for users of other DAWs
I am a Pro Tools and PC user, but I wanted to check out what Logic had to offer. Did this book make me think it would be worth making the switch? No -- at least not yet. Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Jason Seagraves
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential first start
This is the ideal first resource for anyone starting off with Logic Pro 9. While experienced Logic users, especially those who have moved up to 9 from version 8, Logic Studio,... Read more
Published on October 1, 2011 by gtra1n
3.0 out of 5 stars This may work for you,
Overall, I find that books like this teach best by example. Let's start a project and show me how everything works as we work to its completion. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by A. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book For Logic Pro Users
I have Logic Pro 9 and use it on my Mac Pro. This book provides fine information for those of intermediate to advanced editing experience. Read more
Published on December 14, 2010 by J. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for teaching fundamentals of recording vs Apple Logic Pro Books
I gifted a relative who writes and records his own music and this is what he had to say: I have both of the Logic Pro books in the Apple training series. Read more
Published on December 10, 2010 by cocopupu
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Book
I'm not an expert and just wanted to give myself and overview to decide if I wanted to take the plunge and invest time into learning Logic Pro. Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by Amy Senk
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