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Logic Pro 9: Audio & Music Production
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2012
This book is excellent for anyone either wanting the basics of using Logic Pro, or for the more advanced user. There is a wealth of advice, tips and images to make the process of using Logic (which can be daunting) MUCH clearer and easier, as well as taking you right up to the point of mastering to a professional standard. I feel I will be dipping into this book for many years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was fed up with Cubase and windows crashing that I migrated to a Mac and wanted the right software that someone who is not 'in the music business' could use easily without fear of yet more crashes and freezes. After using Garageband I realised that perhaps Logic Pro was the way to go. About the time I made up my mind to buy Logic Pro, Apple in their wisdom, decided to reduce the price for the download. Was this a sign, I asked myself?

Logic pro is not difficult to use, but some elements can be a bit more complex than I would like. Along comes Logic Pro 9 : Audio & Music Production to show the way. What a marvellous book this is. Starting at the beginning and taking your time, it takes you through the setting up process and takes you step by step into the recording and mixing procedures in such a way as to make you proficient in a very short time. Don't get me wrong, Logic pro isn't some neat little music production package for beginners, it is HUGE. In fact the best compliment I could give to this software is to simply say, the only restrictions come from your own imagination. The book leads you into how to use the software, but it is your imagination that makes your music a masterpiece.

The book itself is easy to read, takes you through all the 'logical' steps in order to record, mix, edit and master your music.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Logic Pro 9: Audio and Music Production, A Comprehensive Guide. A Critical Review.

LOGIC PRO 9: AUDIO AND MUSIC PRODUCTION, A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE, is a just that: an exhaustive, 400-page, subject-based explanation of one of the leading audio and music production softwares available. This is an upgrade from a guide produced by the same authors for Logic Pro 8.

*Overview
** What are your needs? Audio (voice recording)? Music production? Both?
*** To buy or not to buy?
**** Conclusion

* The book is broken down into 11 chapters and multiple subchapters that revolve around basically a few chapters that focus on:

+ The history of the program (from eMagic to Apple);
+ An overview of the program, tools, add on's & extensions;
+ Hardware (computer and peripherals)--creating a DAW or Digital Audio Workstation;
+ Recording voice ("audio");
+ Recording music.

+ Plus there's a reference to a dedicated website, an addendum to the written material.

** I've worked in the music industry for several years in my late teens and early 20's, this was long before audio production went digital and have only kept an incremental interest in it as my production company demands that I have significantly more than a fundamental understanding of how to use audio (more specifically) than actual music production.

Having said that, one of my first stops in considering what software should be at the top of my list, I sent audio engineer par excellent, Jay Rose Producing Great Sound for Film and Video (DV Expert Series), and Audio Postproduction for Film and Video: After-the-Shoot solutions, Professional Techniques,and Cookbook Recipes to Make Your Project Sound Better (DV Expert Series) an email for his recommendation. He told me, when asked about ProTools, that such software was "bloatware" and that both he and his son, an audio engineer for a television station, agree. He upgraded his own DAW with Digital Performer and uses it on an Avid System, but stated that both Logic and Steinberg were also very good choices.

*** This book makes a very strong case for Logic because it (as a part of the Apple suite) integrates nicely with Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express. It also allows you to save and open files from other audio programs from DigiDesign and Bias.

One of the things I really like about Focal Press publishing is that the majority of their releases includes a cd-rom of additional material. The authors chose instead to create a website to have a central location for addition material for current and previous versions of this book. In a way, after visiting the site, I think it's a good idea. What you'll find on the site is the following:

+ Authors' bio
+ Logic Pro 9, book breakdown and a downloadable pdf of Ch. 4, "Starting A Project."
+ Free drum loops, free ambient loops and 150+ individual, downloadable sound files on zip.
+ Logic Pro 8, book breakdown and a downloadable pdf of Ch. 9, "Mastering Logic."

**** All in all, there's no flaw to this book. If you're looking for a comprehensive manual that you can grow with should you decide to take the plunge and buy either Logic Pro 9 or Logic Express 9, then this book should be a strong consideration.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2013
haven't used too much yet, but it seems to be generally a very well-written guide - I do wish it had some more detail in some areas though
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2013
This book is really good and explains everything you need to know in bite sized chunks and is easy to read.

Brilliant!!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2015
good reference book for beginners lots of helpful tips
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2015
Not brilliant. Not comprehensive enough for the money
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2015
Extremely informative
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2014
very pleased
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2015
Informative
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