This exercise is designed to reinforce concepts covered in Modules 7, 8, and 9. The objective for this exercise is to import audio into the Logic set you created in Exercise 1 and create your own Atmos mix using pan automation and the Dolby Atmos Music Panner’s step sequencer. The final product of this exercise will be up to you and your creative decisions. Use the exercise as an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a Dolby Atmos mix.
There are 2 sets of stems located in the exercise content (95BPM and 146BPM). For this exercise pick a tempo and use the stems and MIDI files labeled with that tempo.
Note: With the release of Logic Pro v10.7, Logic now supports a fully-integrated Dolby Atmos workflow. This workflow is covered in Module 5.10 as well as Logic Pro Exercise 1a. For more information on the new features and how to use the new Dolby Atmos tools within Logic, check out the new Quick Start video and the Logic Pro section of the Knowledge Base.
Dolby Atmos Renderer
- Close any open master file
- Set up the Renderer as in Exercise 1
- Close any open Logic project
- Open the project you created in Exercise 1
- Verify that the tempo of the project matches the tempo of the tracks you will be importing
- The tempo of the tracks is in the filename
- Set the tempo of the Logic project to match this tempo
- Import tracks from the provided folder onto the timeline
- Drag and drop the individual audio files from a finder window onto a track
- Navigate to the location of the audio files in the All Files browser within Logic and drag and drop the audio files from the browser onto the timeline
- Arrange the tracks on the timeline so that they start 2 bars after the project start
- Refer to Module 5.9 and the pre-mixed projects for an example and more information
- Rename the tracks in Logic and make a note of the object/output numbers
Dolby Atmos Renderer
- Change the Input Configuration to match the tracks in Logic
- Create a new master file
- Enable sync
- Push play and verify audio/timecode playback in the renderer
- Start mixing!
- Try using a variety of panning techniques:
- Use static object placement and Copy object linking on elements such as the kick and the snare to precisely position objects
- Record manual automation and use your mouse to create dynamic, expressive pans
- Write automation by hand to create precise movements over long or short spans
- Use the step sequencer in the Dolby Atmos Music Panner to create dynamic, tempo-based pans
- Refer to Module 9 for more tips and best practices
- When you have created a mix that you like, use the processes you learned in Exercise 2 to record a Dolby Atmos master
(OPTIONAL) There are MIDI clips in the same folder as the audio files. Try importing a MIDI clip and using one of your favorite AU instruments or one of Logic’s built-in instruments to make the sound your own. Explore how different virtual instruments sound in the mix.