3rd Party Plug-In Control Surface Parameter Lists – Logic Pro Help

3rd Party Plug-In Control Surface Parameter Lists – Logic Pro Help

Since Logic 9, we have CSParameterOrder.plist files for Logic’s native plug-ins. These can be made for 3rd party plug-ins as well. These lists allow you to reorder or remove parameters as they appear on a supported control surface.

Useful discussion of using parameter lists to change the order of controls when working with control surfaces. The default controls for EQ are great, but many plugins need better arrangements.

I’m still dealing with Smart Controls – a whole different story.

Recall Screenset 5 5 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Recall Screenset 5    5

Think of Screensets as workspaces. You can display windows, position them, zoom tracks as needed for a part of a workflow and save everything in place.

Create, recall, and switch screensets – Logic Pro X

You position windows in a layout that suits the way you work. This layout of various windows, including their display size, zoom levels, position, and other settings, is called a screenset. Once defined, you can save, and freely switch between different screensets, much as you might between different computer displays.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

6 Tips for Widening the Stereo Image of a Mix

6 Tips for Widening the Stereo Image of a Mix

by Daniel Dixon, iZotope Contributor July 23, 2019

Ozone 8 stereo imager
Getting stereo imaging right is no easy task. Just when you think you’ve achieved wonderous mix width, you pull up a reference track and find that your music seems narrow in comparison. Worse yet, when you fold your mix into mono it shrinks down even further.

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 25, 2019

Soft saturation has many different applications, learn a few here!
You may have noticed Neutron 3’s EQ sports a parameter called “soft saturation.” The effect is subtle—if your ears aren’t catching it, you may not be sure what it’s doing. Soft saturation is meant to give you something akin to analog warmth. But how does soft saturation achieve this feat? Moreover, how and when should you use soft saturation?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

What Is Soft Saturation and How Is It Used?

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor July 25, 2019

Soft saturation has many different applications, learn a few here!
You may have noticed Neutron 3’s EQ sports a parameter called “soft saturation.” The effect is subtle—if your ears aren’t catching it, you may not be sure what it’s doing. Soft saturation is meant to give you something akin to analog warmth. But how does soft saturation achieve this feat? Moreover, how and when should you use soft saturation?

The Difference Between VCA and Sub-Groups in Mixing

The Difference Between VCA and Sub-Groups in Mixing

by David Bawiec, iZotope Contributor July 24, 2019

VCA and sub-groups are useful tools in your mixing practice, but serve different purposes.
VCAs and sub-group busses can be easily confused. Here’s your primer on the difference and when it makes sense to use one vs. the other.

The examples are from Logic Pro X. In a simple sense Logic implements Folder Stacks as a VCA and Summing Stacks as a Sub-Group. By using the stacks you get convenient “tracks” in the Arrange/Tracks window.

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

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor June 27, 2019

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3
I’m a fan of unconventional automation—of manipulating parameters other than the fader or the pan pot. Perhaps an EQ curve, or the apparent width of a sound source, deserves the automated treatment.

Now that Neutron 3 has arrived, we have ample opportunities to automate a whole host of variables in one CPU-friendly channel strip plug-in. So I thought it wise to dive into things we can automate in Neutron 3 for creative and utilitarian effect.

I like the “drums in the chorus” idea for variety.

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor June 27, 2019

8 Tips for Automating Neutron 3
I’m a fan of unconventional automation—of manipulating parameters other than the fader or the pan pot. Perhaps an EQ curve, or the apparent width of a sound source, deserves the automated treatment.

Now that Neutron 3 has arrived, we have ample opportunities to automate a whole host of variables in one CPU-friendly channel strip plug-in. So I thought it wise to dive into things we can automate in Neutron 3 for creative and utilitarian effect.

I like the “drums in the chorus” idea for variety.

9 Tips for Using Sculptor in Neutron 3

9 Tips for Using Sculptor in Neutron 3

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor June 24, 2019

The new Sculptor module in Neutron 3
Neutron has a brand spanking new module called Sculptor, so we thought we’d give you some concrete uses for when and how to implement Neutron 3’s newest family member. 

I’m looking forward to the conceptual de-esser.

Toggle Current Track Automation Trim Mode – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Current Track Automation Trim Mode

Heavy use of automation required. I have to remember that the DAW is where things are produced and polished. Coming from the ‘live’ side of things I am usually oblivious to the tools available for making changes to a ‘recording’ after the fact.

I really do need to pay attention to automation.

Choose automation modes – Logic Pro X

Trim: Offsets the value of the existing automation (Volume, Pan, Send levels) by adjusting it up or down by the amount you move the fader or control. Works in combination with Touch and Latch automation modes.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide Graphic Keyboard… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Show/Hide Graphic Keyboard…

It is interesting to note that the Graphic Keyboard doesn’t have a default key command assigned to it. You can easily get to it by opening the ‘Musical Typing Keyboard’ (⌘K) and clicking on the piano keys button. Maybe it’s a subtle way to get you to use Musical Typing which is pretty handy for quick playing, etc.

Play software instruments – Logic Pro X

 

 

You can play your chosen software instrument using musical typing or the onscreen keyboard. You can also use a music keyboard.

 

If your computer has a Touch Bar, you can play the software instrument on the selected software instrument track using the Keyboard screen and play drum kits and percussion instruments on the selected Drummer track using the Drum Pads screen.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Duplicate Screenset… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Duplicate Screenset…

Screensets are very useful. I use a few “standard” setups. Screenset 1 is typically the Arrange window with the mixer displayed in the bottom portion, tracks scaled to fit in the window. Screenset 2 is just the Arrange window with zoom applied. Screenset 3 is a floating transport, floating event, and the full mixer with room for all sends and controls.

Protect, copy, rename, and delete screensets – Logic Pro X

Switch to the screenset you want to copy, then choose Screensets > Duplicate (or use the Duplicate Screenset key command).

 

 This little nifty activity is worth playing with…

Create, recall, and switch screensets – Logic Pro X

 

Switch a screenset during playback
Select the MIDI region into which you want to insert the meta event.

Set the playhead to the point where you want the screenset to change.

Click the Create button in the Event List, then click the Meta Events button.

The inserted meta event has a default value of 50 (Project Select).

Alter the number in the Num column from 50 to 49.

This changes the name to screenset.

Enter the screenset number in the Val column.

You can stop screenset switching by muting the MIDI region that contains the meta 49 event.

For information about using the Event List, see Event List overview. For information about meta events, see Meta events.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set MIDI Channel to Voice Number – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set MIDI Channel to Voice Number

Consistent terminology is so important. Polyphony is often described as ‘number of voices’. Unfortunately ‘voice number’ is never adequately defined. Usage of voices isn’t well defined either.

In general ‘Voice’ is used to describe part of a score.

MuseScore defines voices as

A voice is a musical line or part which can have its own rhythm independently of other voices on the same staff. Voices are sometimes called “layers” in other notation software.

NB I found that I can have 11 voices on one staff. Not sure how useful that is.

Split chords in the Piano Roll Editor – Logic Pro X

 

Logic Pro assigns MIDI channel numbers (in ascending order) to individual note pitches in the selected MIDI region. The highest note pitch in each chord is assigned as MIDI channel 1, the next note down in each chord channel 2, and so on.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Create Summing Stack ⇧⌘G – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Create Summing Stack    ⇧⌘G

I use Summing Stacks all the time. I group tracks by type, with buses assigned to things like VOX, DRUMS, etc.

If I assign my tracks to the proper bus for output I can select the tracks and create a nice folder (and a track for the AUX) in one step.

Track Stacks overview – Logic Pro X

Summing stacks let you combine multiple tracks and route their output to an audio subgroup. When you create a summing stack, the outputs from the subtracks are routed to a bus. The destination aux of the bus is assigned to the main track. When the main track is selected, you can mute, solo, and adjust volume and send levels for the summing stack, and add and edit plug-ins, affecting the sound of all the subtracks in the summing stack. This is similar to the way an audio group works.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND