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by MikeRobinson
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Cheapest machine that can run Logic Pro X in 2021
Replies: 78
Views: 2016

Re: Cheapest machine that can run Logic Pro X in 2021

Another thing worth re-mentioning here is: "freeze and bounce." These are procedures which pre-calculate portions of your project to create audio-only tracks to stand-in for them. Logic's designers have poured a lot of effort into both facilities to make them very easy to use. (You might n...
by MikeRobinson
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Cheapest machine that can run Logic Pro X in 2021
Replies: 78
Views: 2016

Re: Cheapest machine that can run Logic Pro X in 2021

I know too many folks who have encountered heat problems with the "Air" models. If all you're ever doing is surfing the net, you're never going to tax any of the silicon enough to cause it to heat-up, but if you're rendering things (be it music or video or CG or any of the above), you defi...
by MikeRobinson
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: apple loops vs splice & loopmaster?
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: apple loops vs splice & loopmaster?

Apple Loops are also readily available stand-ins which you can drop into a song while you're working it out ... especially if your MIDI/performance skills are nothing like the loop's. ( MIDI loops are also nice because – just like library patches – you can tear into them and see just how they were m...
by MikeRobinson
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: "Relocate sound library" failed ... now remains(!) grayed-out
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: "Relocate sound library" failed ... now remains(!) grayed-out

Also ... as I now pursue this, "gifted as I am with my blah-blah operating system knowledge," I'm rather wondering if I am very soon going to be faced with an "operating-system permissions issue" that I really should not have to encounter. "Yes, I happen to know enough about...
by MikeRobinson
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: Logic samples in Professional Music
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: Logic samples in Professional Music

Rihanna's "Umbrella" drums are an Apple Loop https://medium.com/micro-chop/rihannas-grammy-award-winning-umbrella-is-a-garageband-loop-3e1430446363 "But, to be utterly fair, they added a tremendous amount of additional video and audio effort into it." The final commercial presen...
by MikeRobinson
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: Logic samples in Professional Music
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: Logic samples in Professional Music

"Cool! Sounds great!" Glad she didn't have to pay for them!" :D
by MikeRobinson
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: "Relocate sound library" failed ... now remains(!) grayed-out
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: "Relocate sound library" failed ... now remains(!) grayed-out

"Well, now, how very interesting!" Once other Internet threads taught me to hover over(!) this menu item in search of further explanation, I was told that "this option is not available because the current user is not an Administrator!" First (!) of all, of course, I have never t...
by MikeRobinson
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: "Relocate sound library" failed ... now remains(!) grayed-out
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: "Relocate sound library" failed ... now remains(!) grayed-out

Well, I'd do that as long as I can now specify where to put it. That "OSError" error-message looked like it didn't come from Logic because it wasn't graceful (and I didn't catch the code, which, had I done so, I could have interpreted). Guessing "some kind of permissions issue." ...
by MikeRobinson
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: Logic samples in Professional Music
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: Logic samples in Professional Music

"Hey ... 'third party stuffs' have their proper place, too!" :D Today – let's face it – "we musicians are faced with an embarrassment of riches." We have very-excellent stuff, including very-excellent stuff that is open source, which our musical predecessors ... (koff, koff, &quo...
by MikeRobinson
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: The Lounge (Anything Else)
Topic: can anyone guess where i'm from judging by my username?
Replies: 7
Views: 188

Re: can anyone guess where i'm from judging by my username?

Guess China. But could easily be any one of a number of countries in that part of the world, all of which I am quite anxious to visit. Welcome!
by MikeRobinson
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Composition and Creativity
Topic: how do you create drum/percussion sounds?
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: how do you create drum/percussion sounds?

Echoing some of Trigue's thoughts: (maybe?) To me, the hardest thing to do is to get a decent-sounding drum performance, since I am not a drummer and (usually ...) I don't want my track to sound like a "drum machine." Fortunately, there are a lot of both audio and MIDI loops that were prep...
by MikeRobinson
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: How to reduce CPU load within Logic and CPU threads allocation
Replies: 12
Views: 284

Re: How to reduce CPU load within Logic and CPU threads allocation

If the CPU has to decide between redrawing a screen graphic or producing sound, it's going to penalize the screen-draw. I still recommend that you explore freeze/bounce. You probably focus your attention on one area of the project at a time. Well, when you think you've finished that part (at least f...
by MikeRobinson
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Change Session from 44.1 k to 48 k Topic is solved
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Change Session from 44.1 k to 48 k Topic is solved

Here's a question for David ... I know that in digital- image and video work a rule of thumb is: "always sample down." So, would it make an audible difference if the new material were sampled down to 44.1K, completing the project consistently at 44.1K, instead of sampling the old material ...
by MikeRobinson
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: Two issues when recording vocals - are these normal?
Replies: 17
Views: 635

Re: Two issues when recording vocals - are these normal?

And, try this: Use a multi-step workflow. Bounce or freeze the project into an audio file that will be played through the singer's phones. Turn everything else off. This generates an audio file, and the computer doesn't have to do that "in real time." The immediate project now consists of ...
by MikeRobinson
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: How to reduce CPU load within Logic and CPU threads allocation
Replies: 12
Views: 284

Re: How to reduce CPU load within Logic and CPU threads allocation

A few things: Logic appears to dedicate at least one thread to "audio output," using other threads to calculate information that can be done in parallel. It knows how the computational workload has to flow, and it knows how to apportion all of the available threads properly. How you set up...
by MikeRobinson
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Logic Pro
Topic: "Relocate sound library" failed ... now remains(!) grayed-out
Replies: 7
Views: 199

"Relocate sound library" failed ... now remains(!) grayed-out

(LogicPro latest, OS/X latest, etc ...) So, I tried to move my sound library to an external drive. Well, here's what happened: • I plugged in the new drive, started Logic, and asked to move the sound library. I selected the external drive. • The process unexpectedly failed with an "OSError -XX...
by MikeRobinson
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: The Lounge (Anything Else)
Topic: Music Licensing Distribution Royalties Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2059

Re: Music Licensing Distribution Royalties Suggestions

Only "copyright.gov" knows the answer. Still just a cost of doing business as far as I'm concerned ... and, probably your smallest expense of all, for being by far the most important. "Mind your P's and Q's!"
by MikeRobinson
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Music Production Techniques and Gear
Topic: Logic samples in Professional Music
Replies: 8
Views: 963

Re: Logic samples in Professional Music

The more you listen for the samples that come with Logic, ProTools, and so-on, the more you hear them. Not as quite as obvious as the drum-machines of the 80's but damned near as prevalent. Many songs are fashioned entirely in systems like Logic using software instruments ... and they sound very good!
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