For the next set of exercises, you'll need a microphone with a preamplifier plugged in to one of your audio interface inputs. Many audio interfaces have mic preamps built into them. If yours doesn't, you can connect an external preamp to one of your interface's line inputs.
It is possible to do this exercise with any device that sends out a line-level signal. Instead of singing along (as indicated in the exercise), just play a note for each word.
In the last section you had to deal with a lot of general settings. Fortunately, those are primarily set-and-forget kinds of options that you will not need to change during the course of your song. The following settings, however, may need to be changed each time you record a track.
Creating a Track for Recording
Audio track channels are used for recording audio. Consequently, you need to ensure there is an audio track available. Let's create one now.
Choosing Mono or Stereo
As you know by now, Logic can work with either mono or stereo audio tracks. Before recording, select whichever option is appropriate for what you are trying to record. Because you are about to record your very own golden voice, you only need a mono track, so let's ensure that the new track's Stereo/Mono status is properly configured.
Setting an Input
Now you will need to assign the audio track's input. The Input setting is located just below the Sends area, and it should correspond to the physical input that you have your microphone hooked up to. Many audio interfaces (including the stock audio inputs of your computer) only have stereo inputs labeled L (left) and R (right). In this case Input 1 in Logic represents the left input of your audio interface, and Input 2 represents the right input.
From the Input setting, select the input appropriate for your studio.
In this case, Input 1 is being selected.
Preparing a Track for Recording
Audio tracks need to be record-enabled before you can record onto them. Once a track is record-enabled, you can see and hear the signal going through the track without actually recording.
For this exercise you will be recording only one track at a time, but it is possible to record to more than one track at a time by simply clicking the Record Enable buttons on the tracks. You might do this to record a drum kit for which you need to record kick, snare, overhead, and tom tracks simultaneously.
To avoid feedback, make sure your speakers aren't turned up loud and your microphone isn't pointed directly at themor use headphones instead of speakers. If you are using a PowerBook or iBook, the internal mic is very close to the speaker. Be sure to disable software monitoring, or else you will experience a feedback loop that can be very loud.
Many people feel more comfortable singing in the shower than singing in the streets. Besides the obvious privacy aspect, an enclosed shower has a natural reverb that makes you sound great. Get the same effect by inserting a reverb directly on the record track before you record. The effect will not be recorded onto the audio file that's created.