Lesson 5. Working with Apple Loops
Media Time Goals
Apple Loops made their first appearance with a helper application called Soundtrack, which comes with Final Cut Pro. (Soundtrack can also be purchased as a stand-alone application.) Though Apple Loops began life as a loop format to make audio editing easy for video editors, Apple Loops have been warmly received by audio editors as well. The reason is simple: Apple Loops contain information used to automatically time-stretch and transpose the audio file, so it not only plays at the correct tempo but also plays at the correct pitch for the song you are working on. It can otherwise take hours to time-stretch and pitch-convert regular audio files so that they fit into a song. But with Apple Loops all the magic takes place under the hood, leaving you free to concentrate on the important part of audio productionmaking music!
Apple Loops tend to be complete musical phrases that lend themselves particularly well to looping (hence the name), and they really shine in audio phrases that use recurring rhythmic musical elements or other elements suitable for repetition. Additionally, Apple Loops typically contain tags that enable you to quickly locate files by instrument, genre, or mood. This feature, coupled with the Apple Loop Browser that comes with Logic, means that finding the right loop for your particular purpose is simple and easy.