Resize Tool Z – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

Shows the Resize Tool selected in the tool menu - carat (up and mirror down) rotated left by 45 degrees
  Resize Tool    Z

Sets the current tool to ‘Resize’. You can scale a note (not a rest) to be larger or smaller in the range -16 to +16. Certainly can create intriguing scores. Might be a good way to highlight things for demonstrations and observations.

Resize notes and symbols in the Logic Pro Score Editor – Apple Support

You can change the size of notes, as well as most score symbols, using the Resize tool (located in the Score Editor Tool menu).


Select Project 8 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Select Project 8

Bring the main window for project 8 into focus. Having multiple projects open at the same time results in buggy behavior. It is difficult to know which project is actually project 8.

There is no documentation for selecting multiple projects in the Logic Pro (and Pro X) documentation.


Force Interpretation ⌃⇧I – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Force Interpretation    ⌃⇧I

You can change notation to “look right” but force a desired interpretation.

One example is that if a note has the length of an eighth note, and the score shows an eighth note plus an eighth rest – forcing interpretation will change the note displayed as a quarter note, but continue to play it as an eighth note.

Change note syncopation and interpretation in the Logic Pro Score Editor – Apple Support

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.


Forward by Nudge Value – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Forward by Nudge Value

Move the playhead forward by the current setting of the nudge value.

Set the playhead position in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The playhead is the vertical line showing the current playback position in the Tracks area and other time-based windows (such as the Audio Track Editor, Piano Roll Editor, and Score Editor).


Migration – MacPorts

Migration – MacPorts

Migrating MacPorts after a major operating system upgrade or from one computer to another
A MacPorts installation is designed to work with a particular operating system and a particular hardware architecture.

This migration procedure ensures a smooth transition after major system changes, such as:

major operating system upgrades (e.g., from macOS 10.15 Catalina to macOS 11 Big Sur).
architecture migrations (e.g., from Intel to Apple Silicon).
migrations from one computer to another
If you don’t want to migrate, you can always ​uninstall MacPorts entirely before manually reinstalling ports.

Note: If you move from one Mac to another Mac using ​Migration Assistant, you have to do it first.

Open Metronome Project Settings… – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Open Metronome Project Settings…

Opens the Metronome Settings. I have never played with the metronome settings – I mostly do playback. It is kind of nice to be able to have the metronome be a MIDI device. It is also nice to be able to send the metronome to any of the stereo pairs available on your audio interface.

Metronome settings in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The Metronome project settings combine all parameters for speaker click, MIDI click, and Klopfgeist—a virtual metronome sound source. Klopfgeist can be used in addition to, or in place of, the speaker and MIDI click sources.

 Logic Pro Klopfgeist – Apple Support

Klopfgeist is an instrument that provides a metronome click. It is inserted in instrument channel strip 256 by default and is used to generate the MIDI metronome click.


Set Global Edit Mode to Gate ⌃⌥G – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

shows the Step Sequencer Edit Mode menu with the 11 possible modes
  Set Global Edit Mode to Gate   ⌃⌥G

Sets the edit mode for all of the rows. Just like selecting ‘Gate’ from the menu bar control.

I really need to re-think my idea of step sequencing. Programming a sequencer using visual tools sparks lots of ideas.

Use Step Sequencer edit modes in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Gate: Drag vertically in the step to set the Gate value as a percentage of the step. The Gate value shortens the note length to less than the duration of the step.

Use Step Sequencer edit modes in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The Edit Mode selector in the Step Sequencer menu bar controls the edit mode for all rows in the pattern. Step On/Off mode is always available on the left-side button on the selector. You can choose other edit modes from the menu on the right side of the selector. The chosen edit mode appears on the right-side button. Edit modes include the following:


Repeat Regions/Events Multiple Times… – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Repeat Regions/Events Multiple Times…

Make multiple copies (or aliases) of the selected region. Simple way to repeat sections of audio, or MIDI events

Repeat regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

You can repeat one or more selected regions in the Tracks area. Repeating a region pastes one or more copies (or aliases) of the regions following (to the right of) the regions in the same track.


Avoid These 8 Common Mastering Mistakes | Pro Tools | Production Expert

Avoid These 8 Common Mastering Mistakes | Pro Tools | Production Expert

There has long been a debate on the topic of self mastering. Many believe it’s impossible for anyone to master their own mixes… yet many do. Personally I do master the music I work on and the world hasn’t swallowed me up yet. There are of course very good reasons for hiring a pro mastering engineer, not least for their all important subjective “second set of ears” that will highlight all manner of pros and cons in a mix. All of this can really help elevate the results of a master, however, this post isn’t about how to collaborate with mastering engineers, instead we are highlighting a number of mastering mistakes to avoid if you master your own music. I’m not going to discuss the pros and cons of mastering your own music but I will say it does come with a number of challenges that you should be aware of, if you want your masters to sound amazing… starting with:

A good set of things to remember (or forget). It is a master, not a mix. The goal is a finished, high-quality recording.

Double Cycle/Loop Length ⌥⇧⌘. – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Double Cycle/Loop Length   ⌥⇧⌘.

Doubles the cycle length. The cycle area is lengthened in a forward motion. This becomes important if you change your mind and want to ‘Halve Cycle/Loop Length ⌥⇧⌘, – Halving shifts the start of the cycle forward in time. The only way to make the cycle smaller leaving the start position alone is by moving the cycle end mark backwards

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.

 Change loop settings for cells in Live Loops for Logic Pro – Apple Support

Loop Length: Determines the length of the loop. Changing the Loop Length value can be useful when you want to loop only a particular portion of a cell.


Toggle Cycle Preview ⌃C – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

Shows the controls at the bottom of the Project Audio Browser window
  Toggle Cycle Preview    ⌃C

One of the many commands that have no particular documentation.

In the Project Audio Browser window there are playback controls. Play, Cycle, and Volume. The Cycle button is the named ‘Cycle Preview’ button.

When the Cycle is enabled the selected audio region will loop on playback.

Logic Pro Project Audio Browser interface – Apple Support

Cycle button: Loops playback of the selected audio file or region. Use in combination with the Play button.


Transpose -1 Octave ⌥⇧↓ – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Transpose -1 Octave    ⌥⇧↓

Transpose the rows in the sequencer down an octave. 

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.


Open/Close Instrument Plug-in Window of focused Track – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Open/Close Instrument Plug-in Window of focused Track

This command replaces the need to click on the Instrument slot of the channel strip to open the instrument. It also saves the need to click the close box to make the window vanish.

Assigning this command to a keypress is highly useful. I have combined it with corresponding ‘Open/Close Audio Insert n of focused track’ so I can quickly pop open the plug-ins.

Work in the plug-in window in Logic Pro – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, click the center area of the plug-in slot.


Clean up Project… – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Clean up Project…

I would start with the ‘Consolidate Project’ command –

 Consolidate assets in a Logic Pro project – Apple Support

Using the Consolidate command, you can create a “consolidated” copy of a project, and select which types of assets are copied into the consolidated project.

Clean up Logic Pro projects – Apple Support

Clean up project files

  1. In Logic Pro, choose File > Project Management > Clean Up.
  2. In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the cleanup options you want to apply to the current project.
    • Delete Unused Files: Files not used in any project alternative are deleted from the project, and removed from the Project Audio Browser.
    • Note: Selecting Delete Unused Files will also select Delete Backups.
    • Delete Backups: Backups for all project alternatives are deleted from the project.
  3. Click OK.
  4. A dialog appears, showing all of the files to be deleted from the project. To keep any individual files from being deleted from the project, deselect the Delete checkbox for those files.
  5. Click OK.

Delete Selected Audio File Group(s) – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Delete Selected Audio File Group(s)

Remove the grouping of the audio files. The files are not deleted. The group is deleted.

You cannot delete a group that is based on file attributes or selected regions, choose a different grouping mechanism.

Sort, group, and rename audio files in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Select the files you want to group, choose View > Create Group, enter a name in the Name field, then press Enter.

Select the files you want to group, then choose one of the following from View > Group Files by:

  • Location: Creates groups that are alphabetically sorted by the names of the parent folders of selected files. Folder names are automatically used as group names.
  • File Attributes: Creates groups based on the attributes of selected files (file type, stereo/mono, bit depth). Group names are displayed as a summary of the file attributes—16 bit Mono AIFF, for example).
  • Selection in Tracks: Creates groups based on regions selected in the Tracks area. Group names are based on the first of the selected regions.