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Logic Pro X

Apple released the new Logic Pro X a few days ago.

After watching some first impression videos from Youtube i’m not yet fully convinced that i’ll need the new version. The arpeggiator, chord tools and midi effects in general seem interesting. I have my own workflow in doing beats so for example the Drummer probably has no use for me. Plus some of my plugins are not 64 bit yet so it’s going to be problematic. Maybe it’s good to wait for the first bug fixes from Apple before i’ll purchase the new version.

I’ve been using Logic Express 9 for many years and i’m still very satisfied with it and the additional plugins i’ve learned to work with.

A good walkthrough of the new features from Sonic Academy:

An EP coming up

I haven’t released anything new for a while. That’s because i have decided to collect more tracks to be released at once as some kind of an EP release. I have about eight tracks under production and my intention is to create an album consisting of songs with similar sounds and styles. The style is going to be a bit different from my older releases. Most of the tracks can be categorized as some kind of electronic chill out music with twists of modern chillstep and housestep genres.

I decided to release some previews of the future songs and here they are. Three unfinished songs going to be released in the near future as part of the new Ep:

New EP previews by Westis

Unfinished songs in soundcloud

I have never released any unfinished songs this far but now i decided to start releasing unfinished stuff for people to give comments and thoughts on how i should continue with those tracks. The first one is an interlude which i got stuck on and cannot continue for some reason.. might be released as a complete song some day but until then, this is what the song sounds like.

Westis – Unfinished Interlude 1 by Westis

New gear: Akai LPD8

Akai LPD8 pad controllerI recently came into conclusion that i need a pad controller to create drum tracks in my songs. This far i’ve made my drum tracks either by clicking them into the sequencer with my mouse or by tapping them on my midi keyboard. Neither one was the perfect way to do it. The problem with the regular piano-alike midikeyboard is that the keys must make a lot longer movement downwards to trigger the notes so that the drum-like feeling is missing. For example, you can’t play really fast drumrolls with a keyboard.. Or you can but it’s a lot more difficult and not so convenient.  😉 So i started doing some research on pad controllers and i found two different ones which seemed to be exactly what i needed (and in the right price range of about 50 euros): Korg Nanopad or Akai LPD8. I decided to get the Akai because it has the knobs which i can assign into different effects on Logic. The Korg’s X-Y -pad would be interesting to try but i don’t think i would need that kind of an approach on controlling stuff in my sequencer.

I’ve been using the Akai for a week now and it seems just what i needed. The pads are great in drum programming and the assignable knobs make my workflow a lot easier. I have assigned some knobs permanently to control cutoff and frequency filter settings and some knobs to control the track volume and panning settings. The Akai supports four different programs and i have assigned the knobs in different programs into different soft synths. For example in program one i control the Logic’s ES2 synth and in program two i control the EXS24 sampler and so on.. This might not be the best way to organize the settings but i find it useful for me. 🙂

My conclusion is that if you are a hobby music composer like me and you have an extra 50 euros to spend on something, you definitely should get a pad controller. It gives you a whole new dimension on creating drum patterns!