This book is designed to be an introduction to Logic and is not meant for those who have a lot of experience using this program (experienced Logic users should read Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Logic Pro 7). Video editors, audio hobbyists, and music producers switching to Logic from other sequencing programs will have the most to gain from reading this book.
This doesn't mean that the book's lessons are basic in nature. Logic is sophisticated software, and the lessons cover all its aspects. A lot goes into making a good song, so to cover it all the book is divided into four sections:
Lessons 1, 2, and 3 lay the groundwork by introducing you to Logic, its editing windows, and some basic functions such as setting up screensets, using the Transport to play and navigate through a song, and creating personalized key commandsskills you'll use throughout the book.
Creating a Song
Lessons 4 through 10 build an actual song from the ground up. You start by importing MIDI and audio files, and then use Logic's editing windows to modify those imported files into an arrangement. Finally, you mix the song, add DSP effects to sweeten the sound, and also explore Logic's excellent automation features to breathe life into your songs by programming evolving ambiences through plug-in manipulation.
Customizing Your Setup
Logic's Environment window is perhaps the single most intimidating window in the program, and it is arguably the one reason why some new users find the program difficult to learn. But this doesn't have to be the case. Lessons 11 and 12 break down these barriers by walking you through the process of customizing Logic to make it work in your studio. In the course of these two lessons you'll learn how to select synthesizers and use audio channels to get sound into and out of Logic. By the end of Lesson 12 you'll have created your own personalized Autoload Song that opens every time you launch Logic, and this Autoload Song will be perfectly configured to interact with your studio's MIDI devices.
Logic for Video Editors
With the popularity of products like Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro, there can be no doubt that video is an important part of Apple's Pro application line, and these days 5.1 surround sound is the hot-ticket item. If you're a video editor looking to add polish to your creations, Lesson 13 shows you how to score video in Logic 7, while Lesson 14 walks you through the intricacies of setting Logic up for 5.1 surround mixing that will help you create those immersive soundscapes you've been dreaming of.