Performing live is really frustrating because you have to get everything down in one take. This entire semester, I had the opportunity to just record my vocals in segments, so this is a HUUUUGGEE step up for me. Took a few tries, so shoutout to Ethan for handling my beats and being patient when I choked. Overall, I am satisfied with my performance and my confidence level has grown exponentially throughout this semester. You can book me through Yik Yak. Just kidding, have a great summer everyone!
I’ll be completely honest, it took me about ten years to even understand how to switch between arrangement view and session view. Eventually, youtube and google done saved my life and I started getting my ish together. This entire semester I have always wanted to make a fun beat to rap to, but have not quite gotten there through logic. Somehow, I was able to do something differently with Ableton Live and created a beat I was happy with. Looking back, i would say I have learned a lot about producing songs since the first day I sat in class!
Surprisingly, I think I really like my voice in this and it is funny because I am not a fan of hearing my own voice. For this project, I learned how to play the piano just a tad bit (I even played keys while singing at the same time for fun). I really wanted this song to be simple, calm and happy, so I wanted to keep it as acoustic as possible. Speaking of which, I had to practice the guitar mad hard because my rhythm at the beginning was so bad until I played my tune a thousand times and cleaned up the recording. Because of the animation, my two main tracks were cut off at the top but if you really want me to prove that I played, hit me up directly haha.
I feel really good about this draft because everything sounds a lot better than I had anticipated. I am a beginner at guitar so I really needed to practice constantly for this recording to go alright. Still not used to singing as well, but again this is a big step up for me and it is becoming fun to lay down some vocals. Added a track full of claps and some backing piano to help fill in the song. For some reason the software recording always experiences delays, so I had to drag and drop each part accordingly. The next challenge for me will be to make a nice chorus that can be easily transitioned into.
When I first started my loop draft, I used a calm piano for the base. I then used it to stack my chorus on top to quickly establish the mood of the song. In doing this, I managed to build a simple, yet clean first draft but was then challenged when it came to finishing my final project. I ended up deciding to switch up the instruments when my verse came in so it was a fun little challenge in adapting the rhythm of my vocals to fit the change. You can’t see it in the screen, but I also added automation – shoutout to the Apple Pro Lessons again because I learned that the “a” key is the shortcut for animation. Beforehand, I was completely lost because I have no experience with Logic, or even music for the matter. The Pro Lessons also taught me how to use the keyboard to create my own instrumental loops (the green tracks). When it came to writing the lyrics for my verse it took just as long as it did to create my loops. I’ve learned that coming up with vocals that match your loops/instruments is not easy (go figure). All in all I survived and in the end, I feel good about this being my first Logic Loop ever.
Why don’t you just be yourself
Yo don’t need to go through Hell
I don’t need nobody else
(Scream) I don’t need nobody else
I don’t need nobody else so don’t you straight up lie to me
I understand your hiding things But that don’t clear your history
I created my first loop by using a calm piano as my base track and then introduced a simple Trip Hop beat to bring in the vocals. This project turned out to be a little more emotional than I had anticipated, but I really felt like experimenting with the mood and recorded whatever was in my head. Fair warning – I scream into the mic for added effect. The Apple Pro Lessons provided a great walkthrough that showed me how to use the loop presets as well as adding effects to each track, I highly recommend going back to it. This is my first time using Logic Pro, so I’m kind of excited that I now have an excuse to rap and sing this semester.