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

  Show/Hide Track Icon

Available in Mixer windows. Show or hide the track icons in the channel strips. I often keep them off since I color code tracks, regions, and channel strips. I will probably adjust this more when using a laptop. Something about screen real estate.

The state of display is “per window” so changes to a mixer window in screenset 1 does not effect mixer windows in screenset 2. This is handy. The mixer panel in the main window and a mixer window are two, independent displays. The command affects only the mixer window that currently has focus.

Channel strip controls in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Control-click a portion of a channel strip not containing a channel strip control and in the Channel Strip Components submenu of the pop-up menu choose a control to display, or deselect a control to remove it from channel strips.



Scroll to Inputs – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Scroll to Inputs

Scroll the mixer window to at least the first channel strip that has an input assigned. Probably a whole lot more useful to scroll to auxiliaries which can be far away. I guess if you are looking at the aux strips you might want to scroll back to the inputs…. 

Channel strip types in Logic Pro – Apple Support

When you have more channel strips than can be viewed in the Mixer at once, scroll the mixer in Logic Pro by doing one of the following:



Set Left Locator numerically… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Set Left Locator numerically…

I have tried many ways to get the locators where I want them. Sometimes just entering the numbers from the keyboard is the simplest approach.

I set the locators numerically by double-clicking the locator in the LCD and typing in the bar number I want. I certainly don’t want to eat up control bar space with buttons that select a field in a dialog box. I would rather dedicate some key command to bring up the box.

The entry box does provide a decent way to focus on what you want, and lets you skip the command to set the other locators…

“Current” is the location of the playhead.


Use the cycle area in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can use the cycle area to repeatedly play a particular part of a project. The cycle area can be used for composing, practicing a part before recording, recording multiple takes, and other purposes.



Randomize Current Edit Mode Values for Row ⌥⌘R – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Randomize Current Edit Mode Values for Row    ⌥⌘R

Someday I will return to my MIDI roots. I started working with Opcode’s “CZ Editor” for my CZ-101. When I added a TX81Z I was ready. Opcode’s “Vision” and “Studio Vision” were my tools. Sequencing was the game.

Time to see what 30 years of progress has made possible.

Logic Pro Step Sequencer overview – Apple Support

Step Sequencer is inspired by classic hardware step sequencers that have rows of configurable switches or knobs used to generate repeating musical patterns. In Step Sequencer, you create patterns by editing multifunctional steps in the step grid. Each row controls either a sound (which can be a drum kit piece, a note on an instrument, or a range of notes) or an automation parameter (letting you create automation changes over time in the pattern). Each step represents a definable length of musical time–by default, steps are of equal length, but you can change the length for individual rows or steps. You can adjust a wide range of parameters for individual steps, including velocity, pitch, gate time, and more; and edit pattern and row settings including pattern length, row loop start and end points, playback position, and rotation.


Use Step Sequencer edit modes in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can control different aspects of the event triggered by a step using edit modes. You can choose the edit mode for a pattern, and view multiple edit modes for each row using subrows. Some edit modes are common to both note rows and automation rows, while others are specific to one row type.


Go to Marker Number 16 ⌃6 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to Marker Number 16    ⌃6

I won’t repeat my statements about knowing why I would want to go to marker 16. Of course I remember why it is marker 16. I know what each of the 20 markers that I want to go to are. A marker would never get inserted before marker 16 causing it to move.

I like my markers. I like them so much I like to name them.


Create 1 Track Automation Point each for Volume, Pan, Sends – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Create 1 Track Automation Point each for Volume, Pan, Sends

Set up automation points for a “typical” set of parameters.

Add and adjust automation points in Logic Pro – Apple Support

To create changes over time to volume, pan, and effects settings, you add automation points to a track’s automation curve at different places, and then adjust the automation points so the value of the setting changes. You can adjust automation points by moving them up or down to a new value or by moving them left or right to a new point in the timeline. Numerical values are displayed alongside each automation point. You can also raise or lower the value of MIDI parameters associated with notes in instrument tracks or Drummer tracks. Note and numerical values are displayed alongside each MIDI data point. You can also add automation points at selection area or region borders.


Drum Synth: Exploring Logic Pro X’s new drum synthesizer- 9to5Mac

Drum Synth: Exploring Logic Pro X’s new drum synthesizer- 9to5Mac

Apple introduced a collection of amazing new features and products in Logic Pro X 10.5, and Drum Synth is not to be overlooked. While the latest overhaul of Apple’s flagship DAW is jam-packed full of big-time features — Live Loops, the new EXS24 replacement, Sampler, and more — there are several enhancements that might not make it on the marquee. We previously touched on some of these features like instant sampling and enhancements to the powerhouse Alchemy instrument, and now it’s time to delve into the new Logic Pro X Drum Synth.

Use The Waves Scheps Omni Channel To Mix Fast Completely In The Box | Production Expert

Use The Waves Scheps Omni Channel To Mix Fast Completely In The Box | Production Expert

In this free 4 part tutorial series, brought to you with the kind support of Waves, we show you how you can tackle a live band mix quickly using Waves Scheps Omni Channel plug-in. Watch to see and hear how this channel strip differs from more traditional console emulations and generic modular based channel strips. Scheps Omni’s secret sauce is found in both its flexibility and sonic performance which harness some of the best bits of working with analog gear and digital workflows.

I like the Omni Channel for exploring. Works in all the DAWs and I can use it with SoundSource and AudioHijack.

Set Right Locator by Playhead – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Right Locator by Playhead

The “Set Right/Left Locator by Playhead” commands are buttons that can be added to the control bar. Some very useful documentation in Logic Pro 9 manuals describing how to use cycle modes. Skip cycle is kind of interesting.

I need to use cycle areas to create markers a lot more than I do. Define the cycle area – typically select something and use the ‘Set Locators/Loop by Regions/Events/Marquee and Enable Cycle/Loop ⌘U’ command. Grab the cycle area in the ruler and drag it down to the marker ruler. A new marker is created waiting for text input…ideal.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Using Cycle Mode


Set Left Locator by Playhead and Set Right Locator by Playhead: The current playhead position is used to define the left or right locator value. Also available as key commands.





3 Tips for Mastering Indie Rock

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3 Tips for Mastering Indie Rock

by Jett Galindo, iZotope Contributor May 28, 2020

Rock music has stood the test of time, making it one of the most enduring genres of the modern era. With today’s production tools becoming more and more advanced—and more accessible to a wider audience—one particular rock subgenre is thriving more than ever. In this article, we’ll take a look at some tips and tools for mastering indie rock and nailing the indie rock aesthetic.

Inside the Decibel and Why It Matters

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Inside the Decibel and Why It Matters

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor May 26, 2020

So much of what we do is quantified in decibels—e.g. “Bring up that vocal a dB or so.” If we notch out a frequency, we talk about that cut in terms of decibels: a 2 dB cut at 650 Hz, for example.

Time and Pitch Machine… ⌃P – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Time and Pitch Machine…    ⌃P

The entirety of information about the Sample Editor has been removed from Logic Pro X documentation. I guess they thought that no one edits audio anymore.

I am very slow in my reading of the Logic Pro 9 manual(s), having only reached the “Basic Operations” chapter where I am at “Working with Help Tags”. It’s a long slog.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Editing Audio in the Sample Editor


You can use the Arrange area or the Sample Editor to make incredibly fine adjustments to audio files. In this chapter you will see why the Sample Editor is the ideal tool for removing pops and clicks in audio material, setting accurate crossover points for looped playback, correcting phase cancelation errors, and much more.

You will also take a look at transient markers, which denote significant points—or transients—in an audio file. The audio on a track is analyzed for transients the first time you enable that track for Flex Time editing. Any detected transients in the file are marked with transient markers.

Finally, you will learn about some audio processing tools—collectively known as the Digital Factory—that are unique to the Sample Editor. These include time stretching and pitch shifting, audio quantization, and extraction of pitch and rhythmic information from audio—which can be applied to other audio or MIDI parts.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Using the Sample Editor’s “Time and Pitch Machine”

You can use the “Time and Pitch Machine” to radically alter the time structure of audio files, including time compression or expansion, and pitch transposition. When changing the pitch, you can also correct any alteration of the formants—the vocal characteristics of the pitch-shifted audio. Pitch shifting without formant correction causes a phenomenon commonly known as the Mickey Mouse effect.




Set Solo Lock Mode ⌥S – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Solo Lock Mode ⌥S

The documentation says option-click the Solo button, then select regions, click when done. That doesn’t seem to work for me. If I select regions and option-click the Solo button it appears to work as I expect…

Mute and solo regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

You can mute one or more regions in the Tracks area to exclude them from playback. You can also solo individual regions, to hear them in isolation, and lock the solo status of regions.




The Complete Guide to Mixing Low End — Pro Audio Files

The Complete Guide to Mixing Low End — Pro Audio Files

Bass. Kick. Sub synths. 808s: All of the things that make music great. And yes, even you, coffee shop open-mic lady with your ukulele, would benefit from some 808s. I will die on that hill. So let’s talk about it.

How low can you go?