How to sidechain in Logic Pro X

How to sidechain in Logic Pro X

The sidechaining process has become a popular and essential tool for many professional mix engineers, but how can we apply the technique in Logic Pro X? Here’s a sideways look…

By Mark Cousins – 23rd July 2019

ES2 side chaining sounds like fun. Noise Gate and Auto Filter are also interesting.

Show/Hide Sends – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Show/Hide Sends

Toggles the display of the sends in mixer windows. Does not affect the inspector. It is possible to program all of the channel strip components – normally configured from the conextual menu.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Default Syncopation – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Default Syncopation

Sets syncopation to the default state.

Syncopation – Logic Pro X

 

Syncopation involves rhythmic patterns that go against the normal rhythm as defined by the time signature. The Syncopation setting helps you produce a cleaner-looking score by displaying syncopated notes with fewer ties or subdivisions.

 

 

 

Change the syncopation or interpretation of notes – Logic Pro X

 

By default, note syncopation and interpretation match the settings chosen in the Region inspector. You can change interpretation settings for individual notes to improve readability.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

   Command Key Touch Bar

- Score Editor
Default Syncopation
Force Syncopation ⌃⇧Y
Defeat Syncopation ⌃Y


Move Locators Backwards by 1 Bar – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Move Locators Backwards by 1 Bar

Another set of commands missing from the Logic Pro X documentation. Missing from Logic Pro 9 as well.

The Cycle Length movement is probably most common.

All of these interesting things can be found by control-clicking in the Marquee stripe – effectively the bar numbers or time ruler.

It is very useful to have the Marquee ruler visible. You can see where the Marquee selection is even if the regions are scrolled off the screen.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Move Locators Forward by Cycle Length ⇧⌘. 8⃣
Move Locators Backwards by Cycle Length ⇧⌘, 7⃣
Move Locators Forward by 1 Bar
Move Locators Backwards by 1 Bar

Snap Automation Mode: 1/2 Triplet (1/3) – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Snap Automation Mode: 1/2 Triplet (1/3)

When creating things “in tempo” it can be very valuable to apply automation at the proper place in performance.

Can I automate articulations? Doesn’t appear to be possible (or maybe even reasonable.)

Snap automation to grid positions – Logic Pro X

You can snap track automation to grid positions. You can choose if you want automation to automatically use the division value chosen in the Snap menu, or you can choose a different snap value for automation.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Guidelines on How to EQ 14 Common Instruments – Produce Like A Pro

‘[Guidelines on How to EQ 14 Common Instruments – Produce Like A Pro](https://producelikeapro.com/blog/how-to-eq-14-common-instruments/)’

Guidelines on How to EQ 14 Common Instruments – Produce Like A Pro

MAX MCALLISTER
JULY 20, 2019

Understanding how to EQ–probably the most used tool available to engineers–is essential. Sometimes it’s as simple as high-passing an instrument, while other cases require more precision. Either way, EQ is fundamental in making mix elements sound more or less defined, larger or smaller, or “better” versus “different.” Having a general reference on how to EQ common instruments is a good way to start!

Scissors Tool I – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Scissors Tool    I

I usually split regions by positioning the playhead at the start or end of the segment and using the ‘Split Regions/Events at Playhead ⌘T’. That’s a bit fiddly. I am learning to use the much? easier ‘Split Regions/Events at Locators or Marquee Selection ⌃⌘T’.  It’s pretty quick to zoom out and use the Marquee tool to select the areas of interest.

I suspect that if I spent more time making beats and loops that I would become a real fan of the Scissors tool.

The ‘actual’ key command is T I – T to open the Tool menu, I to choose Scissors.

Split regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X

 

Split regions using the Scissors tool

 

 

 Common tools – Logic Pro X

 

Scissors tool
Use the Scissors tool to split regions and events, allowing individual sections to be copied, moved, or deleted.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Using Neutron 3 To Speed Up Your Mixes

‘[Using Neutron 3 To Speed Up Your Mixes](https://www.izotope.com/en/blog/mixing/using-neutron-3-to-speed-up-your-mixes.html)’

Using Neutron 3 To Speed Up Your Mixes

by David Bawiec, iZotope Contributor July 17, 2019

Neutron 3 is the perfect tool to help speed up your mixing workflow.
We all need more time. More time to sleep, more time to play. So any tool that can assist you in getting work done faster means you get more of all of the above. In this article, I’ll show you how you can use Neutron’s Mix Assistant and presets to significantly speed up your workflow, all while achieving excellent sonic results in your mix.

Open Instrument – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Open Instrument

EXS24 command. Very large topic. Some day if I decide to do sampling or make sample-based instruments I will dive in. This should also include Alchemy.

 

EXS24 mkII overview – Logic Pro X

EXS24 mkII is a software sampler. It plays back audio files, called samples, that you load into it. These samples are combined into tuned, organized collections called sampler instruments. Because sampler instruments are based on audio recordings, they are ideally suited to emulating real instruments such as guitars, pianos, and drums.

 

 Alchemy overview – Logic Pro X

Alchemy is an easy-to-use, yet powerful sample manipulation synthesizer. It offers numerous real-time performance controls and an extensive preset library.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Open Environment Mixer… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Open Environment Mixer…

There isn’t much that can only be done in the Environment Mixer since virtually everything is made available in the Arrange window Mixer view and the Mixer window.

The only practical use I have found – so far – is to create channel strips for audio inputs. You can add insert plugins and sends to the input channel, effectively pre-processing input that gets recorded. Print EQ, compression, and gain!

Channel strip objects overview – Logic Pro X

The Environment’s channel strip object is the building block of the Environment’s Mixer layer, the Logic Pro Mixer, and the inspector’s channel strips. For details about channel strip types, see Channel strip types.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

13 Tips for Using References While Mixing

13 Tips for Using References While Mixing

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 16, 2019

Referencing mixes in Ozone 8
There are plenty of articles telling you which reference mixes to use, as different genres demand different approaches to mixing. Indeed, iZotope places hefty importance on referencing—an entire referencing section is built into Ozone 8. But how should you reference? When should you reference? What should you listen for while referencing? And how do you select the best references for your particular track, regardless of genre?

6 Ways to Tame a Bright Mix

‘[6 Ways to Tame a Bright Mix](https://www.izotope.com/en/blog/mixing/6-ways-to-tame-a-bright-mix.html)’

6 Ways to Tame a Bright Mix

by Geoff Manchester, iZotope Video Manager July 17, 2019

Taming a bright mix
There’s nothing worse than an overly bright mix. Sibilant vocals, splashy drums, resonant synths, fizzy guitars—too much top and your mix will burn ears, too little and it will sound lifeless.

Toggle Vertical Auto Zoom – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Toggle Vertical Auto Zoom

Available as a button in the track displays. I zoom in and out (vertical and horizontal) a bit. I should do it more. I haven’t really spent the time learning zooming, but have found a great use for keypad numbers (I rescued them from jumping to numbered marker positions).

The 3 saved zoom settings are KP1,KP2, and KP3. Setting them is accomplished with ⌃KP1, ⌃KP2, and ⌃KP3. This makes the workflow so much easier!

Zoom windows – Logic Pro X

 

When you zoom in or out, the top-left (and selected) event or region remains in the visible area of the screen. If no selected region or event is visible, zooming is centered around the playhead. If the playhead isn’t visible, the current center of the window is retained.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Zoom Window ⌃⌘M

- Various Windows
Set Zoom Tool
Zoom Horizontal Out ⌘←
Zoom Horizontal In ⌘→
Zoom Vertical Out ⌘↑
Zoom Vertical In ⌘↓
Recall Zoom 1 1
Recall Zoom 2 2
Recall Zoom 3 3
Save as Zoom 1 ⌃1
Save as Zoom 2 ⌃2
Save as Zoom 3 ⌃3
Zoom to fit Selection vertically and horizontally, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Selection horizontally, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Selection vertically, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Locators, store Navigation Snapshot ⌃⇧Z
Zoom to fit All Contents, store Navigation Snapshot ⇧⌘F12
Toggle Zoom to fit Selection or All Contents Z
Toggle Horizontal Auto Zoom
Toggle Vertical Auto Zoom

- Main Window Tracks
Individual Track Zoom In ⌃⌥⌘↓
Individual Track Zoom Out ⌃⌥⌘↑
Toggle Individual Track Zoom ⌃⌥⌘Z
Toggle Zoom Focused Track ⌃Z
Reset Individual Track Zoom ⌃⌥⌘⌫
Individual Track Zoom Reset for All Tracks
Waveform Vertical Zoom x 1 (Normal)
Waveform Vertical Zoom x 2
Waveform Vertical Zoom x 4
Waveform Vertical Zoom x 8
Waveform Vertical Zoom Out ⌘-
Waveform Vertical Zoom In ⌘=
Toggle Waveform Vertical Zoom

- Smart Tempo Editor
Zoom All ↑

- Tools Menu
Zoom Tool Y

Snap Mode: Bar – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day. #LogicProX @StudioIntern1

  Snap Mode: Bar

Snap to the nearest bar on the grid. I find this best for loops and setting up markers/arrangements. I always forget that the playhead uses the snap value.

Snap items to the grid – Logic Pro X

 

The Tracks area includes a grid that helps you align regions, automation points, and other items with the time divisions in the ruler. When you perform any of the following actions, the items move according to the current Snap value:

Moving and resizing regions

Moving the playhead

Adjusting the cycle region

Dragging loops to the Tracks area

Moving automation points in automation curves

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND