So you wanna be a rock star? We can’t help you with fan adoration or leather pants, but if you just want to make music with your Mac, we can point you in the right direction. In case you’re overwhelmed with all the audio gear out there, we’ve broken down what you need to get started with audio and MIDI recording in Logic Pro X.
So, without further ado, if you’re looking to get started using Logic Pro X, here’s everything you need.
A compatible Mac
First, you’ll need a compatible Mac on which to install Logic Pro X. Apple’s system requirements page provides details on macOS systems capable of running Logic Pro X.
Typically, you’ll need to be running macOS 11 or later and have at least 6GB of hard drive storage for the minimum install. For the full installation of the Logic Pro X sound library, you will need 72 GB free. You can store this library on an external drive, but you’ll need to keep that drive connected while you work in your session.
Many Logic sessions are at least 2GB, depending on how many tracks, instruments, and plug-ins you use. We therefore recommend at least 100 GB of total storage or a few external drives to store your sessions and sound libraries.
Depending on how many plugins you’re running at once and how many tracks are in your session, you’ll need a fair amount of RAM for your Mac to handle it all. You need at least 4GB of RAM to run Logic Pro X, but 16GB is a much better amount. The more RAM you have, the easier it will be to multitask without encountering latency or playback errors in your session, which could lead to recording lags or audio distortion.
An audio and MIDI interface
Once you’ve set up your Mac and installed Logic Pro X, the next step is to get an audio interface. Most audio interfaces also have MIDI inputs and outputs, allowing you to connect and record with both microphones and MIDI instruments. Good audio interfaces usually connect via USB and are plug and play, meaning you won’t have to install any additional drivers.
If you’re not sure how many instruments you’ll be recording at once, it’s a good idea to have an interface with at least two audio inputs, but ideally you’d have a few more inputs and outputs than you think so. need. Most interfaces have XLR and quarter-inch inputs, allowing you to record vocals or instruments such as guitar or bass. All Focusrite Scarlett series are an excellent choice for an affordable and versatile interface.
With MIDI, you can record and edit musical notes played on a MIDI controller keyboard. You can easily layer different parts or even assign them to multiple instruments. An interface with MIDI in and out is useful if you have more than one MIDI device you want to control or if you have an older keyboard that doesn’t have USB MIDI.
Think about the types of instruments you’ll be recording and whether you’ll be plugging them directly into your interface or whether you’ll be recording them with a microphone, such as drums, acoustic guitar, or vocals. Depending on your preferences, you’ll need one to find a good studio microphone that can handle a variety of instruments and vocals.
If you plan to record vocals for your songs, a condenser microphone is a good place to start. Condenser microphones are typically used in recording studios because they are designed to accurately capture sounds of all frequencies and volumes.
A good set of speakers will allow you to hear your music in a much more “live” context, rather than containing it in a pair of headphones. So what kind of speakers should you buy?
Home stereo speakers often color the sound slightly by adding more bass or boosting certain frequencies to make the music louder. Instead, studio speakers, also known as monitor speakers, accurately reproduce sounds without any additional information, allowing you to control any changes in volume or tone in your mix.
Some monitor speakers plug in via USB or your computer’s headphone jack, and others can connect to your audio and MIDI interface with quarter-inch or speaker cables. Keep in mind that you don’t need massive speakers, as they’re meant for when you’re sitting at your desk for listening and mixing. The important thing is that they are monitor speakers and have a flat response, meaning there are no extra EQ settings like extra bass or volume.
In addition to speakers, you’ll need a good pair of mixing headphones, so you can hear your recording and mixing up close. They’re also useful if you don’t want to disturb your neighbors or roommates.
Your audio interface usually includes a separate channel to plug in your headphones and adjust their volume separately from the volume of your monitor speakers. This is especially useful during recording as you don’t want the microphone to pick up your track playback as this could cause feedback or other noise.
MIDI controller keyboards
Logic Pro X has a lot of really cool built-in software instruments of all types, from percussion and drum loops to vintage synthesizers and samplers. To get the most out of these instruments and their various features, you’ll need a MIDI controller keyboard.
Depending on your musical style and if you’ve played piano or keyboards before, you might want something with 61 or 88 keys, or you might prefer something smaller and more portable. If you want the feel of a real piano, look for a MIDI controller keyboard that has weighted keys.
Most MIDI controller keyboards connect directly to your Mac via USB, but some older or more advanced models may still have a five-pin MIDI connector, which you can plug into your interface. Whichever way you choose to connect, Logic Pro X will recognize that a MIDI device is connected and allow you to assign any instrument to that device.
For those about to rock…
It’s easier than ever to record music without the need for a fancy studio or expensive equipment. However, if you are new to recording music, remember to take it slow as there is a lot to discover and learn, and it can be a bit overwhelming at times.
The great thing about recording with a computer is that unlike tape, if you make a mistake you can just delete it and try again. Don’t be afraid to try new things with different microphone setups or manipulating different sounds. After all, that’s how many great albums have been made.
You now know everything you need to create music with Logic Pro X. For the best experience, be sure to frequently back up your data using a cloud-based service, such as iCloud, Google Drive or Dropbox, or macOS Time Machine with an external one. to drive. Remember to mix at responsible volume levels and above all, have fun.
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