Recording Gold Records
Key Commands in Logic
Record = R
Command Option N = New Track
New Session = Command N
Save = Command S
Record= command spacebar
Command E = Make slice in waveform
Open Session= Shift Command O
Mix Window = Command =
Command [ or ] zoom in and out
Command Enter = Go back to the start of the track
I've found vinyl and the program Serato, to be great for sampling. All you have to do it drag the song into the box, and click the plus button for where you want the sample to start. To trigger the sample you don't even need a controller, you can just use the keypad, numbers 1-5 for each sample you want to be triggered. To emulate Kanye West, all you need now are some rapping skills and an 808 or Akai drum machine to layer drums over the samples. (If you can't find good instrumental drum samples already.)
A word on practicing and equipment. When I was younger I was under the illusion that becoming a good musician consisted of a magical formula of drugs, guitars, pedals and stumbling upon a good melody and rhythm by random chance. This has no logical basis. Why do you think albums like Nevermind, Dirty and Loveless are good all the way through? It's because Kurt Cobain made his band practice five hours a day, it's because Kevin Shields spend a full year practicing with just his whammy bar. It's because Sonic Youth spend years experimenting finding new sounds and using rare tunings. It's not your innate talent, everyone crawls, everyone starts out drawing stick figures and improves through hard work. It's not your equipment, the Replacements rock out a cheap First Act guitar, and Polly was recorded on $40 acoustic guitar. Perfect your instrument, master your style. Hard work is the only road to excellent musicianship and recording.
This doesn't just apply to music. In life, you become better at what you focus on. If you never focused on reading, you wouldn't understand any of this. Some of you may have been reading for a few years, it will take you a few minutes to read this, others have been reading their whole life, and will absorb all these ideas right away. The moral is do what you like. Do what's productive. If you want to become a famous soccer player, play soccer. Do what you love and become great at it. Skip math if you don't like it, unless you want to go to Yale, what good will it do you anyway? As Fred Wolf and Lou Reed said, "Life's a garden, dig it. You reap what you sow."