As seen in the screenshots, I have met the requirements of at least 4 audio tracks and instrument loops. I have 2 distinct sections in the song! I have a vocal track of me saying something in the song twice and the sections of the song are labeled. When starting this project, I had a completely different sound then what I have now! I created about 1 and half different songs, before I came to my final product. I listened to songs that I like and found what interested me in them. I really like when songs have clips of old speeches or anything that would be considered old in them. With that being said, I had to incorporate some of that into my song. The readings really helped me keep my song from sound generic. It allowed me to understand some of the settings and features I could add to my instrument loops to make them sound better! Even allowed me to enhance my audio tracks to make it more dramatic!
This song is largely self descriptive. The vocals talk about how the song is a loop, and at the same time the song is looping. There is also a mellow first part, followed by an exciting second part. My process for creating this song was first starting with percussion. Then I improvised all the synth parts on top until I felt comfortable with what was there. This project was made easier with use of built in loops. I made 3 songs before this final one that I completely scraped. The reading were very helpful in my completion of this project. The lessons on song structure were fascinating and gave me a lot of ideas about how to develop my song.
- A minimum of 8 tracks–Yes
- A minimum of 2 sections
- A well recorded vocal track–Yes
- At least one track must be you singing/speaking/rapping–All of the vocals are mine
- Song sections clearly labelled using markers–refer to question 2
- A good sounding, well balanced mix–…. >.>
I completely changed my song from my first draft. Instead of using loops, I played piano so that I could best match my voice. Everything but the drums are my own. I regret doing this because it was difficult to add loops to make the song sound more dynamic. As a result, it sounds pretty boring.
Chapter 10 of the Dochtermann and Logic Lesson 1 helped me figure out a structure for my song. Chapter 3 of the Dochtermann helped by teaching me proper audio technique which I utilized when recording my voice. Logic Lesson 3 helped immensely as I edited my tracks so that my piano playing didn’t sound sloppy.
It was definitely a learning experience with logic and although I’m not 100 percent happy with the outcome I also am not unhappy with it. I think you all will see my production improve in the coming weeks and months.
Sections: Yes, 3 or 4 distinct sections depending on how you look at it
Vocals: Yes, I had 2 short vocal sections both of which were deepened and distorted using distortion and a filter.
Markers: Yes, I clearly labeled all of my markers and sections
Mix: I think I did a pretty solid job mixing this as you can hear all sections relatively clearly and the ones I wanted slightly more pronounced you can definitely hear it.
I believe that the readings helped me a fair amount when working on this project as logic was new to me and I was having a hard time learning how it worked. The most helpful was probably the logic lessons to help me with editing and arrangement as well as recording my vocals which was a massive pain in and of itself. I think I have grown a lot from this project and cannot wait to see where I can go from here.
I had an interesting time creating this track. I messed around with the different beats and element, and ultimately settled on the track you hear now. The only thing I’m a little upset with is the voice recording. I have a difficult time listening to my voice on anything recorded, it sounds a bit goofy to me.
But nonetheless I did include a short voice track. Maybe I’ll become more accustomed to hearing myself through my headphones or speakers, but I doubt it.
I thought that all of the readings and the logic lessons helped me in learning the whole music creating process. Without them, I doubt I would have been able to create anything. I would have tried, but without knowing what buttons or what things to set on the software, I doubt I would have gotten far.
Here is the number of parts I have in my loop project.
Here is the layout of my project.
The reading really helped me get through this project. Chapter 5 helped me learn the basics of the microphone technique. Also Chapter 2 led me through the basics of audio recording, At first it was confusing to apply it on to logic. Logic is simple but complicated to use, in my opinion.
In all honesty this project was really challenging for me because my draft one,two and the final are all different. But after hearing my final piece, I am pretty satisfied with it!
It really was a trial and error type of thing for me. I basically pushed all the choices till I found the right beats for my song. My song is pretty short, but the intro v1 bridge v2 are pretty much noticeable. I really did not want to sing so I just somewhat spoke in the beginning of the song.
My song; I just thought this song ,would be what I would enjoy listening to while driving. I really like how whole it sounds. I usually don’t really like songs with lyrics, I mostly listen to just instrumental, so adding some sort of lyrics to this was pretty challenging for me.
1. A minimum of 8 tracks – Yes
2. A minimum of 2 sections – Yes (Intro-V1-Bridge-V2)
3. A well recorded vocal track – Yes tracks 6&7
4. At least one track must be you singing/speaking/rapping – Yes, i am speaking and humming
5. Song sections clearly labelled using makers Yes
6. A good sounding, well balanced mix I think so.
1. A minimum of 8 tracks – Yes (12 tracks)
2. A minimum of 2 sections – Yes (5 sections: Intro -> V1 -> Bridge -> V2 -> Outro)
3. A well recorded vocal track – Yes (tracks 6 and 9)
4. At least one track must be you singing/speaking/rapping – Yes (tracks 6 and 9)
5. Song sections clearly labelled using makers – Yes
6. A good sounding, well balanced mix – Yes
How the readings influenced Loop Project:
The readings were really helpful for me to complete this project. I never worked with mac and Logic Pro X before so I had no idea how to start this project. Dochtermann Chapter 10 helped me to construct my song. Even though my song is too short to contain whole structures that were mentioned in the reading, but I have clear intro and outro. As I listen to the loops to paste in the song, I kept thinking of the song structure to make sure it clearly states one of the structure that I want to make. Also, Logic Lesson 2 gave idea how to work with Logic Pro X. It stated the steps in detail so I was able to follow step by step. When I’m working by myself, I re-read the Logic Lesson 2 and did what it said.
The readings provide on the Canvas, was guideline for me to complete this project. For next project, I’m going to read carefully and multiple time until I get the information in my head.
My thoughts on Loop Project:
I did not make name for this song. When I record my voice, I had no idea for lyrics. I remembered a song that Dr. Synder made for me, so I just made lyrics based on that.
I really enjoyed this project. Making my own song and recording my voice gave me a new experience. I can’t wait to do next project.
When you cannot find the right words to
describe how you feel.
When suddenly you don’t seem to mind
all of the frozen seconds, minutes, hours in time.
How do you find a way into the heart
and save it from getting torn apart?
How do you love but not fall too deep?
Well that’s the risk you gotta take.
Break down your walls
and let yourself feel again.
Don’t be scared.
Everybody’s got a feeling
to be shared.
How you choose to show it
isn’t key as long as you believe.
- A minimum of 8 tracks – Done, my song has 14 tracks.
- A minimum of 2 sections – Done. My song has three sections.
Intro > Verse > Outro
- A well recorded vocal track – Done. My track has three recorded vocal tracks.
- At least one track must be you singing/speaking/rapping – Done.
I am singing in all three vocal tracks.
- Song sections clearly labelled using markers – Done.
- A good sounding, well balanced mix – Done.
I was really excited with the idea of creating my own song when we were first assigned this project. I remember using Garageband in middle school and I was hoping that my brief knowledge would help me. However I soon realized that Logic is basically Garageband on crack and therefore far more complicated. Logic Lesson 1 really helped me get a good understanding of how to navigate around Logic. I wasn’t quite sure what direction I wanted to take, so my first draft was mostly me playing around and trying to get the hang of things. My second draft was when things really started coming together.
Using my knowledge from Chapter 10 of the Dochtermann about song structure I tried to create distinct sections that I could incorporate lyrics into. I ended up with a short song with an Intro > Verse > Outro structure. Recording my vocals was really interesting, I had no idea that there were so many components necessary for creating a proper recording. When recording I tried to incorporate several techniques such as standing up while singing and keeping the microphone at a distance to prevent pops and sibilance. I ultimately ended up recording my final vocals using my own condenser microphone. However, when importing the vocals into Logic I noticed that the volume of the tracks were incredibly low. Therefore I had to use the compressor plug-in and increase the gain in order to bring up the volume to an appropriate level. Overall I had quite a lot of fun with this project. My mixing and editing skills still need work but I’m hoping to improve over the course of this class!
1. 9 tracks including my vocal track.
2. 5 Multiple sections (Intro>V1>Chorus>V2>Outro)
6. Well recorded mix.
I’ll be honest I had a pretty tough time on this project. I have not used any type of music software like this since I was in middle school messing with garage band. The hardest part for me was finding a beat that I could hear in my head that would go perfectly with my song. That is why my song is kinda choppy and almost two completely different songs. I knew there was a way to connect my whole song together but I could not find the beats I was looking for. Other than that I had a great time creating on and learning from Logic Pro X. It is a terrific software program; but also a very complicated program. If it was not for the logic lessons’ and lessons in class I would have been doomed. Logic really helped me with a lot of key elements in my project. Some important elements were fading, balancing, how to record and proper mic technique.
The Dochtermann was also very helpful and insightful. It taught me the most important parts of recording, like knowing your instruments and knowing how to set up the studio for the best. Also, Dochtermann stressed a lot about how to arrange and plan things. I will need to go back and refresh on that because I had an extremely tough time arranging my song. Other than that I hope you enjoy!