Select Next Region/Cell on Focused Track → – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Select Next Region/Cell on Focused Track   →

Selects the next region on the focused track. The concept of the focused track is important. It is quite possible to have a region selected on a track that is _not_ the focused track. Using this command can cause some confusion if you are not focused 😉

Simply, pay attention to which track is highlighted when navigating and executing commands.

The concept of _focused_ tracks is gently introduced, without a significant discussion of what that really means.

Select tracks in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can select multiple tracks. When multiple tracks are selected, the first selected track is the focused track. Some operations, such as choosing a patch in the Library, only affect the focused track when multiple tracks are selected.

When multiple tracks are selected, the track number of the focused track also appears selected (lighter gray color) on the left edge of the track header, unlike the other selected tracks.

Waveform Vertical Zoom x 4 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Waveform Vertical Zoom x 4

Set the visual display of the waveform to 4 times standard. You can set the waveform to a maximum of 8 times normal.

Using the ‘Waveform Vertical Zoom In/Out” commands allows for smaller adjustments. Waveforms have 16 visual levels, meaning you can increase in 15 steps.

Far too many people make determinations of how loud things are by looking at waveforms. I find it difficult to discuss levels with these people. The waveform display is an aid to finding transients and relative levels…specific levels should be determined in different ways – who knows what the scale is…

 

Scroll Left ← – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Scroll Left    ←

Scroll the focused area to the left.

Work in the Logic Pro Smart Tempo Editor – Apple Support

Scroll and zoom in the Smart Tempo Editor

In Logic Pro, do any of the following:

  • Press the Left Arrow to scroll left.
  • Press the Right Arrow to scroll right.
  • Press the Up Arrow to zoom out so that the entire audio file or MIDI region is visible.
  • Press the Down Arrow to zoom in incrementally until the pointer is centered in the main display.

New Project Alternative… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  New Project Alternative...

Create a new alternative for a project. You will be asked if you want to save changes before the alternative is created. You now have a starting point for the project to begin changes. You can return to the previous alternative by selecting it from the Project menu.

Sort of like a ‘save as’ without replicating all of the assets and other things. I use alternatives whenever I am working with a live set of music. One alternative for each song.

Use Logic Pro project alternatives and backups – Apple Support

When Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane, you can create alternative versions of a project, each with a unique name and different settings. Project alternatives let you save “snapshots” of a project in different states, including different cuts or mixes. They’re saved as part of the project and share the same assets. Alternatives for the current project appear in the File > Project Alternatives submenu.

 

Toggle Low Latency Mode – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Low Latency Mode

Turns Low Latency Mode on or off, depending on the current state. You can add the Low Latency Mode control to the control bar.

I hear lots of complaints about latency control and AUX channels. I don’t have any issues with latency control. I suspect that trying to record “through” plugins may be part of the difficulties.

I simply leave it off.

Work with plug-in latencies in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Recorded audio is routed around any latency causing plug-ins in the signal path to ensure that the maximum delay that can occur across the entire signal flow (of the current track’s signal path) remains under the Limit slider value in General Audio preferences.

The sound may change when you turn on Low Latency mode. Depending on the plug-ins in use, the change in sound can be anything from subtle to dramatic. If plug-ins being used do not exceed the total latency limit, there is no audible difference.

General Audio preferences in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Low Latency Mode checkbox and Limit slider: You need to select the Low Latency Mode checkbox in order to turn on Low Latency mode and use the Limit slider. The Limit slider lets you determine a maximum amount of allowable delay that can be caused by plug-ins when Low Latency mode is turned on (by clicking the Low Latency Mode button in the control bar). In Low Latency mode, audio is routed around latency-inducing plug-ins to ensure that all delays (across the entire signal flow of the current track) remain under the Limit slider value. This is useful when you want to play a software instrument with several latency-inducing plug-ins inserted in the channel.

Toggle Hide Group 48 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Hide Group 48

Toggle the visibility of channels in group 48. There are only 32 groups available at this time.

Overview of groups in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can have a maximum of 32 groups, and a channel strip can be a member of multiple groups.

 

Toggle Select Regions on Track Selection – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Select Regions on Track Selection

Change the state of ‘Select Regions on Track Selection’. When a track is selected you can optionally have all of the regions on the track selected at the same time.

When I first start working on a mix the ‘Select Regions’ mode of track selection is useful. As I get further into the mix, and I have split tracks into multiple regions doing things like ‘Strip Silence’, I find it less useful.

It is very useful to know about option-select and option-shift-select, only found in preferences documentation. If I keep the settings “off” then I can use the option-select method to select both track and regions.

Select regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

To perform some edits on regions, you must first select the regions. You can select one or multiple regions, select regions on different tracks, and quickly select muted regions, overlapped regions, or regions meeting other criteria. Selected regions appear brighter in the Tracks area than unselected regions.

 Editing preferences in Logic Pro – Apple Support

“Select regions on track selection” checkbox: Selecting a track selects all regions on the track lane, or regions within the cycle or autopunch area (if Cycle or Autopunch mode is on). When unselected, selecting a track does not select regions on the track lane. In this case:

  • Option-clicking the track header or associated channel strip continues to select the track and all associated regions.
  • Option-Shift-clicking adds the selected track’s regions to the current selection.

 

Show/Hide Musical Typing… ⌘K – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Musical Typing…    ⌘K

Shows or hides the Musical Typing window. This window displays the Mac keyboard keys with associated musical typing keys identified. Simple to keep the window open to the side while typing. Makes entry from the computer fairly easy and quick.

Play software instruments in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The Musical Typing window appears, showing the layout of keys used for playing notes and changing controller information.

Apply Region Tempo to Project Tempo… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Apply Region Tempo to Project Tempo…

Set the project tempo to the tempo of the selected region.

Work in the Logic Pro Smart Tempo Editor – Apple Support

Apply Region Tempo to Project Tempo: Applies the tempo of the selected region to the project tempo. In the Apply Region Tempo to Project Tempo dialog you can select additional options:

  • Align downbeat to nearest project downbeat: Aligns the region downbeat to the nearest downbeat in the project, regardless of Project Tempo mode.
  • Maintain relative positions of all other regions: When selected, maintains the temporal relationship between regions in the project when applying the region tempo to the project tempo. This can be particularly useful in Adapt mode.

Delete Similar Regions/Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Delete Similar Regions/Events

_Similar_ needs definition.

When working with MIDI events (notes) the command will delete all of the events that have the same note value. I guess _similar_ means that velocity and duration are unimportant.

The ‘Delete but Keep Similar Regions/Events’ is a simple way to isolate all of a particular drum hit, like a kick drum. Select a note, use the command, all you have left are the kick drum hits.

I still haven’t been able to locate a definition of what _similar_ events or regions are. My best guess, formed by playing with regions and selection commands, is that all MIDI regions are similar. All audio regions are similar. MIDI regions are not similar to audio regions.

Delete notes in the Piano Roll Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Choose Edit > Select > Select Similar Events or Edit > Select > Select Equal Events (notes of the same pitch, for example) from the Piano Roll Editor menu bar, then delete the selected events by pressing Delete.

 

Select Similar Regions/Events ⇧S 
Delete Similar Regions/Events ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌦
Delete but Keep Similar Regions/Events ⌃⌥⇧⌘↘

Open… ⌘O – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Open…    ⌘O

Open a file. The command opens the “mini-Finder” window and allows you to search for and select a file that you want to open. There is no specific selection tool for choosing a file type. You can open projects, audio files, MIDI files, and others.

This is the standard Open command found in virtually all Mac applications.

Open Logic Pro projects – Apple Support

You can also open a Logic Pro project (or a MIDI file) by dragging it onto the Logic Pro icon in the Dock.

 

Set Selected Track(s) or Channel Strip(s) to Automation Read – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Set Selected Track(s) or Channel Strip(s) to Automation Read

This is the only specific ‘set’ command for automation modes. All the other commands appear to be toggles, including the ‘Toggle … Automation Off/Read’.

I think I have learned enough about Logic to start _not_ using Logic and start using my control surfaces.

Choose automation modes in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Read: Plays back all automation that exists on the track. If volume data exists, for example, the Volume fader moves during playback, following the prerecorded automation on the track. You can’t change the value of the chosen automation parameter by moving controls when in Read mode. However, you can record region-based information directly into a MIDI region in Read mode.

 

There are a variety of commands available for working with automation. I have an Apple keyboard sitting at the bottom of my X-Touch. I should mark these commands, or get very familiar, so I can start to automate my mixes simply while listening. This assumes I am mixing _stems_ or subgroups.

- Global Commands
Toggle Selected Track(s) or Channel Strip(s) Automation Off/Read ⌃⌘O ⌃3⃣
Set Selected Track(s) or Channel Strip(s) to Automation Read ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌦
Toggle Selected Track(s) or Channel Strip(s) Automation Touch/Read ⌃2⃣
Toggle Selected Track(s) or Channel Strip(s) Automation Latch/Read ⌃⌘A
Toggle Selected Track(s) or Channel Strip(s) Automation Write/Read
Toggle Selected Track(s) or Channel Strip(s) Automation Trim Mode
Toggle Selected Track(s) or Channel Strip(s) Automation Write Relative Mode
Toggle Selected Track(s) or Channel Strip(s) Record Region Automation Mode
Create Group for Selected Channel Strips / Tracks
Select Tracks of Selected Regions/Cells/Folders
Select All Regions of Selected Tracks

Region Automation: Volume – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Region Automation: Volume

Set the region automation ‘lane’ to volume.

Region-based vs. track-based automation – Apple Support

Logic Pro offers two types of automation: track-based automation, and region-based automation. Track-based automation can be applied to the entire track, from the beginning to the end of your project. Region-based automation only applies to the specific region the automation parameters are connected to. With track-based automation, if you re-record, move or copy regions (either to another point on the same track, or to another track) the automation data remains tied to the initial point on the track in which it was created. With region-based automation, if you re-record the region, the automation is lost; if you move or copy the region (either to another point on the same track, or to another track) the automation remains with the region. Region-based automation is particularly useful when you are automating instrument parameters.

 

Set Nudge Value to 10 Ticks – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Set Nudge Value to 10 Ticks

Adjust the nudge value to move 10 ticks at a time. A tick is a measurement of MIDI resolution. There are 960 ticks in a beat. A one second “beat” has 960 ticks of 1.04 milliseconds. A 10 tick movement would be approximately 1/100th of a second – .01 seconds.

Move regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

When you move a region, it snaps to the nearest position on the Tracks area grid, using the current Snap value. You can override the grid by holding down Control while dragging regions to move them in steps of one division, or by holding down both Control and Shift while dragging to move them by single ticks or samples (depending on the zoom setting).

 

Select Project 12 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Select Project 12

Selects the twelfth project that is open. Not particularly useful. Probably a bad idea to have that many projects open. Maybe this is a holdover from trying to do live performance of sets of songs? How do you order or rank them?

Open Logic Pro projects – Apple Support

You can open an existing project to continue working. You can also open several projects simultaneously, allowing you to copy or move data between them, or to compare different versions of a project.

 Just say no.