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August 2, 2010

Logic Pro Recertification

Last night I sat and passed my Logic Pro 9 recertification exam. Back in 2008 I sat my first exam in over a decade to obtain my Logic Pro 8 Logic Pro Level One certification and this latest exam updates that qualification for the newest version of Apple’s music production software. Over the past two […]

Last night I sat and passed my Logic Pro 9 recertification exam. Back in 2008 I sat my first exam in over a decade to obtain my Logic Pro 8 Logic Pro Level One certification and this latest exam updates that qualification for the newest version of Apple’s music production software.

Over the past two years I have, rather unsuccessfully, tried to obtain the advanced level certification for Logic Pro. It had been the case that in order to sit the exam one had to attend a three day course. These advanced Logic Pro courses are run regularly in major cities in the US and Europe. However, it’s been impossible to line one up here in Asia. Some training centres advertise courses that never seem to run (or have faculty that are perpetually “away”) while others just charge crazy prices.

In fact, I had come to assume that taking the Logic Pro advanced course would have to coincide with an international trip. But, thankfully, I can shelve all that idea. It seems one can now take the advanced exam without attending course, as long as one has completed the level one exam.

Hooray!!!

My plan is to do exactly that within the next two months. Of course, I’ll have to devour the Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 9 Advanced Music Production book – but that is not a hardship, since all the books in that series have proved excellent and informative. DAW programmes like Logic Pro are huge and labyrinthine, with many menus and submenus and if you are serious about unleashing the power of such programmes it makes sense to study, read up and learn. Taking the certification is one way (if your personality is like mine) of putting pressure on yourself to learn.

Moreover, the certification is a nice way to advertise your commit to smart workflow. Of course, you can just open up a programme like Logic and “play around.” But, when people are paying you to get a job done, it make sense to learn how to work faster and more efficiently.

And, progressing down the certification chain also opens up the possibility of teaching others who to use this great programme – which is something I’m starting to realise I’d like to do.

Finally, if you are in Hong Kong and interested in meeting other Logic Users and learning a little more about the programme, there is a Hong Kong Logic Pro User Group forming. There will be an update in the next few days and you can find out more and join the mailing list here.

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