Logic Pro, Level 1 - SUMMER 2023 Live Online & On-Demand, Saturdays Join for 8/19/23! On-Demand Available RIGHT NOW - First Class Trial Available

NEW FORMAT! Now 9 meetings, 2 hours each -- more time to learn, less to have to manage each week! Same great content and instruction. LIVE Zoom class starts SAT 8/12, 11am PT and meets 11am-1pm PT / 2-5pm ET.
Learn Logic Pro, the Mac-based creating and recording software, from a true Logic master. Class meets LIVE over Zoom, 6 Saturdays at 10am PT, with full replays available at a private class site 48 hrs after class. 

OR learn RIGHT AWAY, on-demand!

LOGIC PRO has released the 10.7.8 update! The Level 1 class includes all pertinent 10.7 features in its curriculum. Take the live version of class in real-time and be able to ask questions--or take Logic Pro Level 1 on-demand AND receive a private 30 minute consultation with the instructor at a time of your mutual choosing.

There are plenty of places to learn Logic online, but here is a chance to learn online in a fully interactive setting with a Logic master--author of 5 books on Logic and long-time head of the LA Logic Users Group. Jay Asher recently published Jumpstart Logic Pro 10.5 and its updated ebook Jumpstart Logic Pro 10.6 including the 10.6.2 update. His 10.7 updates are included in the class.

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Logic Pro is a songwriter’s dream! More than any other software recording application, LOGIC PRO comes complete with everything you need to write, arrange, and mix to achieve a great song production in any genre.

The user interface in this newest release will feel less intimidating and more familiar to anyone who has played with GarageBand.  And there are many intuitive features including the remarkable virtual "drummer" and its various kits that can sense the groove of YOUR song and play realistically.  Logic's native version of autotune allows for much more sophisticated and immediate pitch correction.  And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

The most recent release features powerful tools such as Smart Tempo, Step Sequencer, Quick Sampler, and Live Loops--all enabling Logic Pro to serve creators of all genres.

You can record real singers and players, use a wide array of software instruments, utilize a large library of Apple Loops, and mix with an excellent palette of EQs, compressors, reverbs, delays, guitar amp and stomp box simulations, etc. Not to mention LPX’s fantastic and further updated Flex audio that allows you to change the tempos of recorded audio in real time.

Learn from Jay Asher, composer, songwriter, and author of the recent book Jumpstart Logic Pro X 10.5 and its updated ebook companion Jumpstart Logic Pro X 10.6 and soon to be released 10.7 update. Additionally and previously Jay authored Scoring with Logic Pro, and the previous guides Going Pro With Logic Pro 8 and Going Pro With Logic Pro 9.

This curriculum was built specifically with songwriters in mind, prioritizing functionality and practices essential to songwriters.

Special added service of this class:  we record Jay's desktop and audio and make those materials available online optionally for no additional cost so that students can

- review materials from the previous week and all weeks

- make up class material in the event you must miss a class

- review long after class has concluded

Our ambition is to make Logic a go-to creative tool.  From the forethought Jay puts into the curriculum to your access to reviewing the material, we believe this class is unique and unparalleled in the field for its value.

In Level 1, you will start with the basics of Logic Pro and over the course of the six classes delve deeper so that everyone in the class learns to create and record their own original material. Jay's patient and encouraging teaching style will make the class understandable for you if you have never used recording software before, and his creativity as a composer and teacher will keep the class engaging for you if you are new to Logic but are migrating from another platform like Pro Tools or Reason. Create beats, make use of the vast library of songs and loops, access the sounds of orchestras, scratch DJs, and rock bands with the click of a mouse--all in the service of realizing your vision and creating your music.  By classes 5 and 6 we will learn the elements and principles of mixing and mastering audio to present finished versions of your songs.  Each week the homework assignments allow you to put the concepts of class to work as you create your recordings.

We are discontinuing our Level 2 class and instead moving to monthly Logic Office Hours with instructor Jay Asher. This enables Jay to provide personal mentorship, advice, input, and trouble-shooting tailored exactly to your needs as an intermediate or advanced Logic user.


Materials for Level 1:

- Macintosh Intel or M1 or M2 computer running Logic Pro software, installed and licensed and updated (note: you must have LOGIC PRO installed and updated with content downloaded before the start of class. This is a lengthy and large download--get started!

- portable MIDI control surface/keyboard (instructor will let you know when you need to bring your keyboard--not required the first class meeting). Note: If you prefer not to purchase a MIDI keyboard, your laptop QWERTY keyboard can serve as one by pressing the CAPS LOCK.

- headphones/earbuds

- the instructor will make a supplementary text suggestion for class that may be his brand new text on Logic Pro! Class members will be notified as class start approaches, as this will address any updates to Logic, etc.

In LOGIC OFFICE HOURS, you will build upon those foundational skills and gain a professional repertoire of techniques and concepts, from programming and arranging to recording and mixing to mastering your final works, in addition to having the opportunity to ask questions and to receive feedback on your work. Special attention will be paid to Flex Audio, use of plug-ins, and the ins and outs of this versatile professional music creation software.  Jay is interested in the individual ambitions of the members of the group and will use that to drive some of the particulars of presentations.  Some sample topics will include but not be limited to

  • Advanced automation and signal flow with auxes.
  • Logic Pro's amazing Flex Audio and Varispeed and the sophisticated updates and nuances to each that it brings
  • Logic's amazing and little understood Sculpture string modeled synthesizer.
  • Using Sidechain compression and Logic's Evoc Vocorder
  • Logic Pro's Amp Designer and Pedalboard.
  • Track Importing
  • Working with other songwriters who also use Logic.
  • (opt.) Preparing simple parts for musicians with Logic's Score Editor
  • how to write Chord Charts and Lead Sheets
  • more advanced mixing and mastering approaches

Each week your homework assignments will help you apply the functionality and principles in Logic to YOUR songs, and you will receive personal feedback from Jay on how you might further enhance or improve your recordings and mixes.


NOTE: If you have extensive experience in Logic Pro previously you might be allowed to jump right to OFFICE HOURSE to take Level 1--or we might create a hybrid curriculum of some Level 1 review and Level 1 study plus office hours, at a reduced tuition. Please contact the School to discuss your candidacy: 818-848-7664.

Unlike Certified Apple Pro Training classes, Song Creation with Logic Pro will be geared specifically to the enrolled songwriters and their specific abilities and needs. Jay will adapt the clear curricular goals to the interests and experience level in the class.

We admire Jay for his enthusiasm, his passion for teaching, and his hunger to learn as a fellow creative person. We are honored to offer the only class of its kind that we know of--teaching this amazing, flexible software specifically from the perspective of the creative needs and applications of songwriters, composers, and producers. You are going to love this class!


I am delighted that you have expressed interest in our Logic Pro for Songwriters Level 2 class!

You may however be asking yourself if you are ready for a level 2. If you have taken a level 1 class, either ours or another, and are confident you have mastered most of what you were shown, then the answer is obviously “yes.”

If you have not, here is what I think you need to ask yourself if you are comfortable with:

1. The interface. Do you know where to find everything, know what everything is named, and navigate efficiently through it?
2. Do you know how to access and utilize the tools in each window?
3. Do you know the different ways to record audio and MIDI that Logic Pro gives you?
4. Are you comfortable using Logic’s many tools and editors to edit audio and MIDI?
5. Do you understand the basics of altering your arrangements and mixing?
6. Do you have a working understanding of what compressors and limiters, modulation, delay, EQ, and reverb plug-ins do?

If the answer to all the above is “yes”, then you are ready. If not, you may want get a handle on those first.






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