Introducing Dubspot’s Revamped Logic Pro Course! Preview Video + Q&A w/ Matt Shadetek

Dubspot’s Logic curriculum has been updated with deeper course material, a better user experience, and a new open format that allows you to work at your own pace.

Dubspot Logic Pro Course Update

Dubspot’s Logic course has recently undergone a complete redesign, now featuring a new look, new features, and a new course format that caters to online students and allows you to work at your own pace.

Logic Pro X

The biggest change, of course, is the complete redesign of the program around Apple’s latest version of the program, Logic Pro X, released in the second half of 2013. This new version of Logic sports a new interface, new effects and instruments, and features such as Flex Pitch that take the program into new sonic territory. Dubspot Logic instructor and course designer Matt Shadetek explains:

“The course is taught in Logic Pro X, which is the latest version of Apple’s digital audio workstation software in which you can create music, mix, create sounds, and work with video. They’ve recently added MIDI effects which can process incoming MIDI signals and do things like trigger chords or arpeggios. They’ve also added Flex Pitch which allows us to manipulate the pitch of audio data in the same way that in the past we’ve been able to manipulate time and rhythm.”

Shadetek, a prominent music producer in his own right, had been using Logic for 10 years and teaching Logic at Dubspot for the past five. “This new curriculum is very much the product of my years of experience at Dubspot,” explains Shadetek.

New Structure for Dubspot Logic Courses

Another change that we’ve made to our Logic curriculum is a new monthly admission process and open course format that allows you to join when you want and work at your own pace.”In our Logic Pro X course for Dubspot Online, we’re doing things a bit differently than before,” explains Shadetek. “We’re not going to be holding you to a fixed schedule to move through the material. So if you want to move a bit more quickly or slowly, you can do that at your own pace.”

The assignments are also flexible: you can hand in whatever you’re working on each week for video feedback, or do one of the suggested assignments at your own pace.

The course  also features four hour-long video conference sessions per week where you can review the material in more depth and have a chance to get your questions answered directly by the instructors. There are two instructors in total: in addition to Shadetek the other is Jason Emsley, a London-based techno DJ/producer of Californian extraction. As Jason is in Europe, they are able to arrange the online meeting schedule to better meet the needs of our online students scattered across a variety of time zones.

Q+A with Course Designer Matt Shadetek

What are you excited about with this update?

Matt Shadetek: Apple has made a lot of new improvements with Logic Pro X. Some of the changes I’m most excited about are the addition of MIDI Effects, Flex Pitch and the new macro system called Smart Controls. These feature additions are combined with an overhaul of the whole interface which looks and works great. Subtle tweaks like easy-to-access power buttons and animated meters for effects and sends have been small but pleasant additions to my workflow.  The new preset system of patches is an interesting change as well.  You can now save sends and mixer routing inside a preset, which takes a bit of getting used to but is pretty powerful. Overall I’ve been very pleased with the update.

What sorts of changes have happened with this Logic X update? Why did Dubspot decide to revamp the Logic program?

The reasons for the update were twofold. We wanted to keep pace with the latest technology and we wanted to continue to offer the most up-to-date and relevant information for our students. Nobody wants to learn outdated software, so we have been working hard behind the scenes to master the new functionality, digest it, and explain it in a clear way to our students.

The reason the curriculum is laid out a bit differently than it was before is that I have been continuously testing and improving the curriculum in the classroom at DSNY. I wanted to bring some of those tweaks and improvements to our students online, like getting students working with frequency and timbre early on in Level 1. Because of our focus on electronic music, the portion of the class dedicated to creating sounds with Logic’s awesome set of built-in synthesizers and sampler has also been expanded. In the new curriculum we really dig deep into each of the instruments and spend a lot of time using them to create sounds that are appropriate for modern electronic music.

What sorts of student is this course aimed at?

The course is aimed primarily at people working in their home studios writing tracks, creating sounds and mixing down their own work. The focus of the course is to teach you how to be a producer and an artist. We start right at the beginning , so no prior experience is required  and the course is definitely suitable to complete beginners. We next move into an exploration of the wide range of creative possibilities that Logic has to offer modern music producers. We start with some basic sequencing skills, and then we teach you how to create drum patterns, bass lines, lead melodies and pads. Next we move right up through effects processing, sampling, synthesis, arranging and finalizing your work.

Could you tell us a bit more about the structure of the course?

The Logic online class has new sections starting every month. When you start you’ll join a community of producers and artists of all different skill levels, all working through the six levels of the course at their own pace.  An important aspect of the new online course is that we are not holding students to a fixed schedule to work through the material so there is no way to fall behind in the course. We recognize that everyone has different levels of time and energy to commit to learning. Some people speed through the course and head right to the advanced material, some people move along week to week digesting things slowly. Both approaches are equally supported in the new structure. Each week offers an opportunity for students to submit whatever project they’re working on for feedback. There are also two weekly lab sessions in which members of the class can get online with a teacher via video conference and ask questions, share information and catch up.

Logic Pro X Course Preview / Sample Lesson – In this episode of Dubspot’s UnFiltered series, course designer Matt Shadetek explains how to create three elements for a big room, progressive/electro-house style track using the modulation router in Logic’s EXS24 sampler instrument.

Master Logic Pro X with our complete program. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of the composition process in Logic and create a portfolio that includes a collection of original tracks, a remix entered in an active remix contest, a re-scored scene from a film, and sound effects and music for a video game.

What’s Included

  • Logic Pro Level 1: Shake Hands with Logic
  • Logic Pro Level 2: Completing Your First Track
  • Logic Pro Level 3: Subtractive Synthesis and Effects Processing 1
  • Logic Pro Level 4: Subtractive Synthesis and Effects Processing 2
  • Logic Pro Level 5: Advanced Synthesis Techniques
  • Logic Pro Level 6: Film, Game Sound, Remixing, and Artist Development

In this program, you will develop the technical and creative skills needed to write and arrange music in Logic Pro X. You’ll create unique sounds using synthesizers and samplers, and learn how to mix and process those sounds with Logic’s vast array of effects. You’ll begin by creating a series of short sketches which are then developed into a portfolio of arranged and mixed tracks over the course of six levels. You’ll also create a remix, enter an active remix competition, score a scene from a feature film, and add music and sound effects to a video game. This program will help you develop and express your creative voice as an artist while teaching you the skills necessary to create the music you imagine.

DUBSPOT ONLINE Logic Pro Course is now on a monthly rolling admissions format! Register today and start working at you own pace at the beginning of each month!

DUBSPOT NYC Logic Pro Course start dates:
Morning Class: March 11, 2014; Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:15am-12pm 
Morning Class: March 17, 2014; Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, 9:15am-12pm
Afternoon Class: February 24, 2014; Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, 3:15pm-6pm
Afternoon Class: April 21, 2014; Monday & Wednesday, 3:15pm-6pm
Evening Class: May 20, 2014; Tuesday & Thursday, 6:15pm-9pm

More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

Or if you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Anyone who comes by will have the opportunity to ask our instructors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy, and watch live music production and DJ demos. You can even sit down at one of our workstations and take it for a test drive. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, we suggest you stop by one of our Open Houses to learn more about the school, understand what the learning process at Dubspot entails and help you decide what is best for you. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.