Logic Pro Video Tutorial: How to Track Beats from Hardware Sequencers w/ Matt Shadetek

Electronic music producer, DJ, Dubspot Instructor and Logic Pro course designer Matt Shadetek explains how to record beats from a hardware sequencer using an Akai MPC and Logic Pro, and demonstrates some editing techniques in Logic’s Arrange View.

In this video we’ll learn a quick workflow technique for tracking audio from a hardware sequencer like an AKAI MPC or any drum machine. We’ll also learn a few quick Logic editing techniques to speed things up when working in Logic’s Arrange View. The problem that you may find when recording a beat from a drum machine is that you want to isolate each track so that you can mix it in your digital audio workstation software (Logic in this case), but you also want to maintain synchronization between the different parts. The solution is quite simple: connect the outputs of your drum machine to your audio interface and start your beat playing. Next solo each of the parts WITHOUT stopping the sequence. This is important so that we can maintain a timing reference between the layers. Once this has been recorded in we’ll chop the parts into different loops in Logic and add each to it’s own audio track for arranging, editing and mixing. Once you get comfortable with this workflow you should be able to do it quickly, and easily incorporate drum machine parts into your Logic Pro projects. With a little imagination, this basic idea can be applied to any piece of hardware and any DAW.

For further exploration of Logic be sure to check out Dubspot’s six-level Logic Pro Producer program designed by Matt Shadetek.  In this course, both in our online school and physical classroom in New York City, students will learn to create a four-track EP, starting with a set of musical sketches and developing them over the course of six levels, refining their craft as they advance.

Logic Pro Producer Certificate Program

Master Logic with our complete program of courses culminating in a four track EP ready for release. In addition to achieving a complete overview of the composition process in Logic you’ll also earn the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Logic Pro. After completing this program, you will leave with a new EP, a remix entered in an active remix contest, and a scored commercial to widen your scope.

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