Logic Producer Certificate Course

Course Outline

Our 4 week Logic Pro Producer Certificate Course will equip novice students with the skills needed for recording music, using midi, using the sequencer, beat making, working with loops, audio editing, audio mixing, remixing, and music production with the Logic Pro audio software suite. Logic Pro puts a complete recording studio on your Mac, with everything a musician or producer needs to write, record, edit and mix like never before. Click here to learn more about the software.

After completing this course, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, and the Secret Sound Producer’s Certificate in Logic Pro.

About our certificate program

This program is about learning Logic Pro while going through the creative process of being an artist. We focus on being creative rather than getting hung up on technical details, and developing your own sound through experimentation. You will learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Logic Pro has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, and ways of creating tension and drama in your music. Levels 2 – 4 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio (see the What You’ll Learn tab above for details).

Please not that this is NOT a certificate issued by the manufacturers of this software but rather Secret Sound’s certificate acknowledging the successful completion of our personal enrichment program.


What You’ll Learn

Logic Pro Level 1: Beats, Sketches and Ideas

Learn the fundamentals of Logic Pro by producing a series of musical sketches. Learn how to create beats, bass lines, and melodies with MIDI instruments, record live instruments, and start discovering the infinite potential of Logic as a studio production tool.

Lesson Topics

Navigating Logic’s interface
Working with Apple Loops
Composing with MIDI
Synthesizing bass with the ES1 synthesiser
Writing melodic parts and chords
Recording audio
Working with the mixer: pan pots and faders
Using effects
Mixing down / Bouncing Tracks

Lesson Goal:
Learn the fundamentals of composing and producing using Logic Pro while creating a series of musical sketches.

Logic Pro Level 2: Completing Your First Track

Get comfortable with Logic Pro as you begin to develop your short sketches into full arrangements. Explore Logic’s powerful tools for transforming audio, including Flex Time and the EXS24 sampler. By the end of level 2, you’ll be comfortable with Logic’s core production tools, and have your first full track composed.

Lesson Topics

Drum programming fundamentals in Ultrabeat
Creating song structures and arrangements
Take folders and comps
Manipulating sounds with sampling
Time stretching with Flex Time
Creating audio details and edits
Creating movement with automation
MIDI mapping controllers

Lesson Goal:
Develop a sketch from Level 1 into a full-length arrangement.

Logic Pro Level 3: Subtractive Synthesis and Effects Processing 1

Dive into synthesis and process sounds to add a unique sonic fingerprint to your music. Learn the fundamentals of analog-style subtractive synthesis to create basses, leads, pads, and sound effects using Logic’s powerful library of software instruments. Explore fundamental mixing and effects processing concepts.

Lesson Topics

Envelopes: ADSR
Subtractive synthesis
Leads and arpeggios with ES2 and Arpeggiator
Chords and pads with ES2
The Sampler

Lesson Goal:
Create and process original sounds to add to your music. Save the sounds you create to begin building your own library of Logic sounds, and give rise to creativity through self-imposed restriction.

Logic Pro Level 4: Synthesis and Effects Processing 2

Build your knowledge of subtractive synthesis by creating leads, chords, pads, sweeps, risers, and transition effects. Use reverb, delay, and modulation effects to integrate sounds into a mix, adding character and texture. Use the techniques taught in the program to take one of your tracks through the final mixdown process.

Lesson Topics

Reverb
Delay
Creating builds, drops, and transitions
Limiters

Lesson Goal:
Add lead, pad, and transition sounds to your arrangements. Apply the mixing lessons taught to create a final mix of one of your tracks.

Course Package Includes:

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  • 8 hours of classroom tutoring, with 30 minutes before every class dedicated to helping students one-to-one with specific questions and issues.
  • Access to our online Logic tutorial video series. Each week’s tutorials reflect the material we cover in class, so even if you didn’t quite catch something the first time around, you’ll never miss a beat with our tutorial videos.
  • Support outside of class hours: Students can schedule face-to-face online support with their tutor via Skype Screen Sharing. Screen sharing not only allows you to show the tutor exactly what you’re talking about, it allows us to demonstrate what needs to be done in real time.
  • Access to our online Q&A wall, where you can post your questions and have them answered by our practicing professionals. Every question stays up on the wall, so our database keeps growing as each questions is answered for all to see.
  • Valuable and transferable audio production skills with our weekly Mixing Techniques modules.
  • Weekly downloads including class notes, resources, FX banks and sample packs

Tutor

Ross Fortune (BMus)

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Ableton Live & Logic Pro Course Instructor
Ross has built up more than 8 years of experience teaching music and music technology at a number of schools, and now brings his expertise to our Ableton Live and Logic Pro courses. A multi-instrumentalist and honours graduate from the UCD School of Music, Ross is is a composer and audio designer for video games, film and advertising. You can hear his scoring work at his website, or check out the player below to hear tracks he has produced under the pseudonym Benny Smiles.

Student Testimonials

“I have been meaning to dip my toe in the water of music production for years but never knew where to start. I eventually decided on a course in Logic Pro 9 with Secret School of Sound and I’m glad to say that I made the right choice. Their introductory course was pitched exactly at my level(beginner) and I really benefitted from their low tutor/pupil ratio which in my class was 1:2. This ensured that we both had the tutors undivided attention at all times which was great.

Where the Secret School of Sound really shines is in the obvious in-depth knowledge of its instructors – they really know their stuff and just as importantly, they explain the concepts in a simple and concise manner which is clear and easy to understand. They have just the right balance of theory training and practical exercises to keep things interesting. The tutors are extremely knowledgeable and they create a great learning atmosphere by checking regularly that you understand before moving on and asking questions is always encouraged which is great to see.

So what did I get from the course? It gave me a firm grasp of the basic fundamentals of music production using Logic Pro 9 so, job done! I would recommend the Secret School of Sound to anyone who wants to get started in music production or DJ’ing. They’re reasonably priced, they know their stuff and they are good at sharing their knowledge with others – what more could you ask for? I’ll definitely be back for another course.”
Austin Molloy
(Logic Pro Student 2012)

“I felt the course was great value for money, and I can honestly say that my skill set and understanding of Logic studio has dramatically increased. I was particularly impressed with my tutor who made understanding the course content easy & the lengths he went to delivering the content whether it was part of the course for that evening or an on the spot question which usually had nothing to do with that evenings schedule. I really enjoyed my time at the school & I will definitely recommend it to anybody who wishes to learn or further their music tech education.”
Aaron Smyth
(Logic Pro Student 2012)

“I would highly recommend Secret School of Sound to any one who wants to know how to use music software. A lot of courses these days can be a bit all over the place but Secret School of Sound is run very well and professionally. Ross knows his software very well. 10/10″
Max Macken
(Logic Pro Student 2012)