Tap Tempo – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Tap Tempo

There are multiple places where Tap Tempo can be used. It is a Global Command not assigned to any key, a specific tool in the Smart Tempo editor.

Set the project tempo – Logic Pro X:


Assign a key command to Tap Tempo, then use the key command to set the tempo.

The first time you tap the tempo, an alert appears, asking if you want to enable Tap Tempo.

Handy way to get a tempo “idea” out of your head and into the project. Most frequently I take drum tracks or drums and bass tracks and analyze the tempo. It’s easier if the tempo is known, but hey…

Work in the Smart Tempo Editor – Logic Pro X:


You can make adjustments in two different ways: by playing the file or selection and tapping the D and T keys on your computer keyboard to indicate downbeats (D) and beats (T), or by editing beat markers in the main display. When tapping in a selection, only the downbeats or beats in the selected area are changed.





Toggle Hide Group 16 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Hide Group 16

Hmm. 32 groups. The keyboard commands for 1 through 9 are ⌃⇧1 to ⌃⇧9 .

The commands do what I expect. If there is a group numbered ‘n’ the command toggles the view of the tracks/channels. Hidden, but not like “Hide Track”.

Groups appear to be very useful. I should use them more. I fooled around with them a bit to try and change colors more easily, but they do so much more.

Groups are “mixer groups”. The overview helps us get started.

Groups overview
The Mixer groups feature is only available when Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane.

Prior to mixing, you may find it useful to define some logical channel strip groups. You could, for example, group all drum channel strips under one drum group. This would allow you to control the group meters (volume, pan, mute, solo, sends, and so on) using a single control, while still maintaining the relative parameter values of each channel strip.

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X User Guide.” iBooks. 





5 Real-World Tips for Using iZotope Assistive Audio Technology

5 Real-World Tips for Using iZotope Assistive Audio Technology:

Don’t tell the brass, but I’ll let you in on a secret: as an iZotope blog contributor and mix engineer, I wasn’t too enthused when I heard about iZotope’s assistive audio technology. I thought it would be cheating to use it.

Set Scissors Tool ⌥:three: – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Scissors Tool        ⌥:three:

I don’t edit audio very much. I typically put the playhead where I want to split a region, and use the split region command – ⌘T. It would probably be better for my workflow to start using the Marquee tool to select the area I want split apart and use the “Split Regions/Events at Locators or Marquee selection” – ⌃⌘T

If I had a touch bar that would speed things up as well.

It is important to remember to cross-fade between regions if there is sound happening. I have the fade tool and marquee tool enabled when the pointer tool is in the proper location. Makes fades easy. If I set the Scissors tool via the above command I now have to switch back to the pointer tool to do a simple fade. 

We shall see how this works out.

Common tools – Logic Pro X:


The most common tools are briefly described in the following section. Tools for specific working areas or editors are covered in the respective chapters.





Toggle Track On ⌥M – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Track On    ⌥M

Tracks can be turned on and off. This command toggles the on/off state of the track. If the on/off button is not currently being displayed in the track header using this command will cause the on/off button to be displayed. Regions in a track that is turned off have their color changed to gray.

I have started to use on/off control of tracks to un-clutter my mixes. Tracks that are printed with effects, or are parallel processing tracks are likely candidates. I will typically protect these tracks as well so I cannot modify them. They got printed this way for a reason, I shouldn’t presume to know better.

Turn off tracks – Logic Pro X:

When no other track is assigned to the same channel strip, turning off a track also saves processing power, because plug-ins on the channel strip are no longer processed. Turning a track off (or turning it back on) takes slightly longer than muting or unmuting the track, due to internal pre-processing. Unlike muting a track, turning off a track can not be automated.




Use Reverb Like A Pro: Part 2 | Sound on Sound

Use Reverb Like A Pro: Part 2 |:

Following last month’s introduction to reverb , we take you through the tips and tricks of some of the world’s best producers — many of whom are thinking about the reverb sound they want long before they get to the mix.

Part 2 – no need to keep the entire work hidden…

Use Reverb Like A Pro: 1 | Sound on Sound

Use Reverb Like A Pro: 1 |:

If you’ve ever spent hours mixing only to be confronted with a wall of mud, you might need to think harder about how to use reverb and delay in your mixes – and some simple tricks can yield dramatic results.

Mike Senior has been providing useful information and ideas for a long time. I own copies of his books. I now add some links to his online resources.

Q. What do reverb preset names actually mean? |

Q. What do reverb preset names actually mean? |:

SOS contributor Mike Senior replies: Well, the names of presets are only useful if they give you an idea of what to expect sonically, and that’s a bit hit-and-miss in my experience. I’m most sceptical about preset names with instrument suggestions in them, particularly if that’s unqualified by any further information. Reverb use depends so much on the stylistic expectations and the nature of the recordings themselves (particularly what kind of spill, if any, is baked into the recordings), so a simple ‘Snare’ preset would rarely be of interest to me in practice. On the other hand, ‘Epic Snare Boosh’, ‘Tight Snare Ambience’, or ‘Icy Rimshot Tail’ might well entice my mouse click under appropriate circumstances. It’s also quite common for a preset that’s ostensibly named for one use to work very well for something completely different, or to provide a great base for editing into another form. So, in short, take those kinds of preset names with a huge pinch of salt!

Studio One 4 Pattern Editing | Sound on Sound

Studio One 4 Pattern Editing |:

Studio One 4 introduced pattern-based step sequencing as an alternative mode to the familiar piano-roll MIDI editor. It’s one of those features that makes you wonder why every DAW doesn’t already have it. It’s simple and intuitive in a way that’s reminiscent of the creative tools we’ve come to enjoy in hardware. Pattern-based sequencing is most often used for drums, but as we’ll see in this month’s workshop, the Pattern Sequencer in Studio One can be just as easily directed to synthesizer and instrument sounds, and can very quickly generate something unexpected.

I suspect this won’t work for folks who don’t subscribe to SOS. The link should work properly in about 6 months. It works for me today 😉

5 Creative Uses of iZotope RX in Audio Mastering

5 Creative Uses of iZotope RX in Audio Mastering:

Here are five examples of recent mastering sessions where iZotope RX took on a more creative audio mastering role. Featured in this article is GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Glenn Schick (Future, Ludacris, The Weeknd) and iZotope’s very own Education Director Jonathan Wyner (David Bowie, Howie Day) to also share some key insights on how they’ve used RX in their mastering workflow.

6 Practical Ways to Use RX 7 for Music Production

6 Practical Ways to Use RX 7 for Music Production:

RX is used by sound designers, those in film post-production, and dialogue editing the world over. With RX 7 offering the ability to isolate vocals from songs and automatically detect noise in samples, it’s moved into the hands of creative producers too.

Today I’m sharing six of my favourite RX 7 tricks for music production, along with audio examples for evidence. I suggest using a pair of headphones to listen.

8 Creative Reverb Effects for Sound Design

8 Creative Reverb Effects for Sound Design:

The purpose of reverb is to create a sense of ambiance, foster a feeling of depth, or take listeners to new locales. But today we depart from these more prosaic usages to focus on something a little more creative—namely, how to use reverb as a tool for sound design.

Essential Tips for Using Reverb on Vocals

Essential Tips for Using Reverb on Vocals:

The vocal is often (nearly always) the most important element in a track. The presence that you hear in a professional vocal helps the listener understand the lyrics and connect with the song. This human element is accessible to the listener and should be clear to hear.

8 Tips for Using Reverbs and Delays on Guitars

8 Tips for Using Reverbs and Delays on Guitars:

Barring distortion, few effects are as essential to mixing guitars as reverb and delay. From reggae strokes to stadium rock epicness and blissful tape echo soundscapes, we’ve relied heavily on ambience processors to shape some of the most distinctive guitar sounds in contemporary music.

Copy MIDI Events… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Copy MIDI Events…

The command is found in the “Edit” menu of the usual places – Tracks, Events, Piano Roll. Unlikely that I would turn this into a keyboard command. There are lots of things to be fiddled with.

Edit events overview – Logic Pro X:

The Event List L(ock), M(ute), Position, Status, Ch(annel), Num(ber), Val(ue), and Length/Info columns display all details of all event types. In most cases, you can directly edit the data displayed (except for the Status column, which indicates the event type).


 There is more detailed discussion of this in the Piano Roll documentation.

Copy notes in the Piano Roll Editor – Logic Pro X:

There are a number of ways to copy or move notes in the Piano Roll Editor. In addition to Option-dragging or using the Copy and Paste menu commands, there are advanced Copy and Move operations such as directly swapping events, or merging a group of notes from one section of a region to the same region, or another region.