10 Strategies to Improve Your Proficiency in Logic Pro

“What strategies can I use to improve my proficiency in music production software like Logic to better translate my song ideas into fully produced tracks?” – Sarah


Hi Sarah,

Great question. The gap between hearing production in your head and actually getting it recorded can be incredibly frustrating, especially when starting out.

Get To 100

Before diving into specific strategies, I have to say the obvious: above all, the most helpful thing for me was practice. I recorded over 100 songs in my first year, using what I learned in each song to apply to the next. That also helped me figure out my “sound.” So the faster you can get to 100 produced songs, the sooner you’ll be proficient in Logic.

Along with that, do these ten things:


Things You’ve Probably Thought Of, But Just In Case…

  1. Make a Cheat Sheet: Create one with all the keyboard command shortcuts and memorize the main ones.
  2. YouTube Everything: For every problem you encounter, look up “How to [solve problem]” on YouTube. I have learned more about Logic from 17-year-olds in Scandinavia than I’d like to admit.
  3. Use Templates: When you’re happy with the way a song turned out, save the session as a template. Use the template for the next song.
  4. Compare Your Work: Compare your production and mixes with your favorite songs in the same style.
  5. Get Feedback: Seek input from producer friends and people whose ears you trust.

Things You Might Not Have Thought Of…

  1. Learn Mix Busses: Use them effectively. I’m embarrassed at how long it took me to learn this.
  2. Invest in Plugins: For me, must-haves are Kontakt, Soundtoys, and Slate Digital.
  3. Thrift Store Instruments: Buy instruments at thrift stores and garage sales, especially ones you don’t know how to play. Why? As a producer, you can learn to play just about anything if it’s a short enough part! Plus you can sample it.
  4. Use the Grid: When a song needs to be tight, use the grid to record great takes of a few bars, then copy and paste. In other words, don’t “perform” the song from start to finish. Record performances of sections.
  5. Keep Going: Above all, don’t give up!

I hope that helps, Sarah. Logic is a great DAW and has been key for me. In all of my publishing deals, I’ve retained ownership of the master recordings. Becoming proficient in Logic was the first step, so you’re on the right track.

Good luck!

Love,
Aaron

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