As the saying goes, “audio is 50% of your movie” and the music is a big part of your movie’s audio. Except that, as independent moviemakers doing it with low to no budgets and small to one-person crews, there is a well-established tendency to rely on royalty-free music or do without music altogether.
But what if you could create your own musical score instead?
GarageBand, the music creation studio software that has come free with every Mac for years now, is a deceptively powerful tool for doing more than editing recorded audio or arranging loops from the vast collection supplied free on your computer.
The audio engine that drives GarageBand is essentially the same as the one that forms the basis of Apple’s other music creation application, Logic Pro X, which adds a huge collection of finest quality software musical instruments including Alchemy, “the ultimate sample-manipulation synthesiser”.
“Alchemy”, Apple tells us, “transforms everything” and is “one monster of a synth” with its “virtually limitless sound shaping”. Alchemy and Logic Pro X may well transform you too by adding a whole new skill to your existing moviemaking set.
Alchemy is just one of Logic Pro X’s “massive collection of instruments and effect plug-ins” and, compared to Logic’s purchase price before Apple acquired it from German developer Emagic, its current price of USD $199.00 at the App Store is a steal.
There is a learning curve, though, and that is where Music Scoring for Video in Logic Pro X by Ripple Training comes in. This new training release follows on from Ripple Training’s introductory title, Getting Started in Logic Pro X, to teach you how to create sound you can use in your own movie productions.
You may not reach the stratospheric heights of professional movie score composers such as Bear McCreary, John Williams or Cliff Martinez, but you may well come near or match the standards of director/composers like Tom Tykwer, Clint Eastwood or Mike Figgis. And you might have fun trying.Learn how to create original music for your movies with Ripple Training & Logic Pro X. Click To Tweet
Music Scoring for Video in Logic Pro X
Via Ripple Training:
If you’re a filmmaker or video producer, you may have thought that creating an original score is beyond your budget or you don’t possess the requisite musical talent in order to create a professional-sounding score. Music Scoring for Video in Logic Pro X is a 3-hour tutorial that was designed to address both of those concerns, by showing you what’s possible using Logic’s powerful Synth and Percussion instruments and its built-in MIDI keyboard.
You’ll begin by learning how to setup your project for music scoring using Global Tracks, then save your project as a Template that can be recalled anytime you need to work with movies in the future. Once the movie has been opened in Logic Pro, you’ll learn how navigate your movie, work with Markers to create music cues, and add a background ambience track.
To create the movie score, you’ll dive into Alchemy, the world’s most powerful synth, and be guided you through its secrets for creating incredible soundscapes and multi-layered music. You’ll record an evocative Synth track to picture, then transform it further by using Alchemy’s Smart Controls to find the right emotional tone and balance for the movie. Jumping into the Software Instrument Editor, you’ll then refine the music timing and learn Mary’s recipe for creating seamless music loops.
Percussion is the heartbeat of music, and you’ll give an orchestral score some needed punch by recording and finessing a Timpani drum track. Percussion tracks are also the driving force behind most fast-cutting montages and action scenes and you’ll learn how to use Logic Pro’s powerful Drum Machine Designer to create your own custom beats, then work with virtual Drummers to shape your drum track into something that sounds like it was performed by a live session drummer.
If you’ve ever had to cut an action montage with a deadline you know that finding the right music to cut to can be daunting. Instead of searching through endless music libraries, you’ll learn step-by-step how to create a percussive temp track then bounce it out to your editing software of choice. Rounding out the training, you’ll discover how to use Logic Pro’s automation features for creating fades, surround sound and binaural panning to your mixes.
After going through this tutorial, you’ll be able to transform your videos and films with original music that will emotionally impact your audience and your clients.
Who this Tutorial is for:
This tutorial was designed for video editors, producers and filmmakers who want to create original music for their movies. This tutorial assumes basic familiarity with Logic Pro X. We recommend watching Getting Started in Logic Pro X before going through this tutorial.
Software Version #s:
10.2 or later
3 Hours, 16 minutes (03:16:00)
Project Media Included:
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