If you ever want an established artist to cover one of your songs, you need to have a demo that shows just how much potential your composition has. This course is designed for the songwriter interested in producing and engineering high-quality demos at home using Logic Pro X. The course acts as a springboard for the novice producer/songwriter to jump into the world of producing, recording, and mixing songs to a professional level.
The curriculum begins with active listening, analysis, and exploring the producer’s role in recorded music. You’ll explore Logic Pro X techniques, drum programming, synthesis, sampling, guitar and vocal recording techniques, EQ, compression, reverb, and other effects. Producing Songwriting Demos with Logic concludes with you assembling all of these musical elements together with mixing. The course will be taught via a combination of listening and analysis, discussion, and video demonstration. The projects are hands-on and include recording other instrumentalists/vocalists.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- analyze productions and apply active listening to them
- identify various genres for stylistic study and influence
- apply basic to intermediate Logic Pro X techniques for self-production
- identify and use synthesis techniques and develop electronic patches
- apply drum programming and electronic textures realistically
- apply sampling and create realistic-sounding instruments using the computer
- apply guitar recording and production techniques
- apply vocal recording and production techniques
- identify EQ basics for mixing purposes
- apply basic compression for mixing and for effects
- identify mastering basics to make mixes louder for radio
Lesson 1 Course Introduction and Review of Logic Pro X Operations
Lesson 2 Starting the Process: Where Do We Go From Here?
Lesson 3 Drum Writing and Drum Programming
Lesson 4 Synthesis and Synthesizers
Lesson 5 Samplers and Realistic MIDI Programming
Lesson 6 Guitar Recording and Production
Lesson 7 Vocal Recording and Production
Lesson 8 Introduction to Mixing (EQ)
Lesson 9 The Mixing Process, Part 2 (Dynamics)
Lesson 10 The Mixing Process, Part 3 (Ambience)
Lesson 11 Advanced Production Techniques and Mastering
Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements
Students should have some basic knowledge of songwriting and arrangement (to be able to discuss about and manipulate the different sections of a song,) and have some familiarity with the Logic Pro X environment. You should also be comfortable recording yourself. If you already have some experience with Logic Pro X and would like to further expand upon your skill set, consider taking Berklee Online’s 12-week Producing Music with Logic course, which is not a prerequisite, but does provide an additional understanding of Logic Pro X.
- Logic Pro X (Logic Express is not supported in this course)
- A condenser microphone
- Pop filter
- MIDI controller
- Audio interface with at least 2 inputs (XLR and ¼”), 2 outputs, and phantom power
Author & Instructor
Chrissy Tignor is a producer, songwriter, recording engineer and vocalist with a super-synthy pop style fused with EDM and hip-hop influences. She is a full-time faculty member in the Contemporary Writing and Production department at Berklee College of Music, and has worked with the likes of Alex Clare, Gary Go, Bastille, Lauren Hashian, and Notting Hill Music. Her music has been synced on Discovery Channel and TLC, and she currently produces, writes and remixes under the pseudonym Data Child.
When taken for credit, Producing Songwriting Demos with Logic can be applied towards these associated programs:
Associated Certificate Programs
- General Music Studies Professional Certificate
- General Music Studies Advanced Professional Certificate
Associated Degree Majors
- Bachelor’s Degree in Songwriting
- Bachelor’s Degree in Songwriting and Producing Music