I finally got a chance to open Logic the other day and play around with it a bit. I haven’t had a chance to do anything music-related for a while so it was a great opportunity.
I decided to focus on familiarizing myself with the user-interface (and comparing it to Pro Tools), but I ended up spending the majority of my time setting up an extensive preset on my keyboard (M-Audio Axiom 49) to integrate with Logic as much as possible.
At the same time, I wanted to explore some of the various software instruments in Logic, and more specifically, some of the world instruments samples. I’ve also had batá samples for ages now, but haven’t had a chance to do anything with them, until now.
So, in the process of this exploration, I created a song using "different" instruments. It all started from two different batá rhythms, (which I entered using the pads on my keyboard), and then got weird from there… The result is hilarious and sounds like something from Mars. I’ve decided to call it "El Baile Marciano" (Martian Dance) – you can play the song and have a listen. Now I just need to find someone to make an animated video for it… Haha! Feel free to laugh! (Arrangement-wise, it doesn’t make any sense at all and the parts are all over the place, I know – there’s a reason it’s not on my music site! But it’s still funny nonetheless.)
So on a serious note, I think I’ll continue to use Finale as my primary writing tool, and I’ll likely continue to use Pro Tools for audio. But the software instruments that come bundled with Logic definitely open up some doors for me and should really simplify my workflow process quite a bit. I’m quite happy with the broad range of instruments in Logic. And I still haven’t had a chance to browse through any of the loops yet either…