This post got a little too long as I can sometimes get too wordy and no one wants to read long posts, so... in a single sentence... Does anyone know of an online resource or book that can take me back to basics and teach me best practices for recording rock n roll electric guitar and bass into Logic Pro X and especially, how to best use busses, sends, aux tracks, plugins, and panning to create cohesive mixes of guitar, drums, bass and vocals?
Here's the rest of the post for those who don't mind a little bit of my life's story. Ha! Thanks everyone!
I'm an American, but I stumbled upon SOS magazine when I was 21 years old (42 now) living in Munich Germany. At the time, I was a young guy, suddenly living in Europe and all my musical friends were back in the US. So I needed to learn how to make music all by myself. So, I bought eMagic's Logic Audio Platinum v. 4.1, a Roland JV1010 sound module, and an M-Audio Omni PCI card w/ "breakout box" as it was called back then. I had a copy of the book, The Musician's Guide to home Recording, and I was off. Except... I think it took me 6 months before I could even figure out how to set things up to record a simple midi track.
I had very little patience back then, and while I have never been a particularly dumb person, I was absolutely not at all "tech savvy." So, as a guitar player who can also play drums, I learned the absolute bare-bones basics of what I needed in order to record a crappy drum beat and my electric guitar. I would literally tap out drum parts on my midi keyboard controller like this...
- Midi-Track 1: Hi-Hats - find the closed and open hi hat keys - tap out the entire song.
- Midi-Track 2: Snare - go back and make a pass adding snare hits
- and so on...
I stacked up individual plugins for each audio track and had no clue what a bus or an auc track even was, let alone that you could set up plugins once on an aux track and send multiple tracks to them to color the sound. So, anyway... you guys get my point. I was a total newbie. Problem is, 20+ years later, and I am still basically operating around that skill level. I want to change that... badly!!! But I am not sure how.
I have almost no desire to learn about synthesizers, drum loops, or anything the leans in the direction of electronic-based or pop music. I am a rock n roll: Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, kind of guy, which means, I do want to add the occasional mellotron, piano, or some slight synth stuff, but for the most part... I record electric guitar and bass guitar into my Focusrite 18i8, and use the "Drummer" feature in Logic Pro X to simulate acoustic drums. So... my problem is, when I go to YouTube, LinkedIn Learning (fka Lynda.com), skillshare, or any of the online learning resources, almost all of the tutorials or videos focus on heavy use of synths. Also, they either are SO basic, that I fall asleep, or they assume that I was once an analog sound engineer behind a Neve desk with racks of outboard... whatever.
I haven't been able to find a resource that is like...
Step 1 - Plug your electric guitar into the pre-amp of input 1 and set the gain to the optimal level by... INSERT DETAILS HERE
Step 2 - Create a new Audio track in Logic and add the following two plugins to that track, Pedalboard & Amp Designer... Does it matter in which order you add them, or do plugins kind of "stack" differently than in the real world? What about time-based pedals through an amp's effects loop, vs. boost pedals put in front of the amp's pre-amp?
Step 3 - Best Practices for recording rock guitar tracks... INSERT DETAILS about making multiple takes and building up a composite track of the best parts from several takes.
Step 4 - Double the guitar part to make it fuller by creating a second audio track.
Step 5 - Now that you have two passes of the same guitar part, here's how you can blend them together to sound like one full guitar track and not all chorus'y and fluttered like two separate guitar tracks.[/list]
I am looking for a learning resource that comes at recording with Logic Pro X from an electric guitar point of view.