Japan Shopping #3 – Logicool K480

I’ve had my eyes on this keyboard for some time since I wanted a better input method for my iPad. The K480 is great as it let’s you pair up to 3 devices, which means I can have it ‘connected’ to my iPad, my iPhone and my Mac at the same time.

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An added benefit of purchasing it here in Japan is that I also got the Japanese keyboard arrangement.

The only downside I see after using it for a couple of days is that the iDevices wont respond to arrow key strokes outside of input fields, which means you can’t scroll webpages or the home screen. I minor problem perhaps but still a bit annoying.

Learning Logic Pro X (for real)

I mentioned before that I’m using the down time in Japan to study. It’s turning into a mixture of music theory, composition and software techniques, and I wanted to particularly highlight a book (Logic Pro X – Professional Music Production) that I found used on the Japanese Amazon store:

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This book is part of Apple’s Pro Training Series, and is certified by Apple as part of their official certification program. This is important because it means you can expect a certain level of quality and accuracy in the material, and the book certainly does not let you down.

It takes the form of a series of lessons which all work out like tutorials complete with all the necessary content. The book starts off with a tour of the UI and leads you through all the major ‘features’ and workflows (think mixing, arranging, editing, working with Midi and Audio files, setting up instruments and so on).

It’s a beautiful, full color book with a very well paced and pedagogical language that requires basically no prior knowledge of Logic, though it does assume you are familiar with the basic concepts of audio editing and production.

I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the depths and capabilities of Logic Pro X, and especially to anyone making the jump from another DAW to Logic.

The lessons are just about long enough (60 to 90 min )to check off one a day, which means you’ll work through the entire book in about 10 days.

Read more about why I decided to move over to Logic here.