Snap to Grid On/Off ⌘G – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Snap to Grid On/Off    ⌘G

Disable Snap mode. Sometimes you don’t necessarily want the event to move. Using the key command is almost essential since the pointer is occupied with the positioning of the event.

Snap items to the grid – Logic Pro X

The Tracks area includes a grid that helps you align regions, automation points, and other items with the time divisions in the ruler. When you perform any of the following actions, the items move according to the current Snap value:

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

3 Overused Vocal Production Techniques (That Aren’t as Cool as You Think) — Pro Audio Files

3 Overused Vocal Production Techniques (That Aren’t as Cool as You Think) — Pro Audio Files

Forget about that though. Today, I’m here to burst some bubbles, to rain on some parades, and to let you know that that production trick you think is so cool is actually kind of whack. Well, maybe anyway.

4 Overused Instrumental Production Techniques (That Aren’t as Cool as You Think) — Pro Audio Files

4 Overused Instrumental Production Techniques (That Aren’t as Cool as You Think) — Pro Audio Files

Some of the instrumental techniques in this article suffer from the same problem: being obvious attempts at breathing life into a song that just doesn’t feel exciting. Others are cool tricks that can sometimes create problems in a mix, and more novice producers might find themselves doing more harm than good when they employ them. If your favorite production move turns up on this list, don’t take it personally! All of these techniques can be and have been done well — that just means the bar has been raised for anybody who still wants to use them

Select Instrument Channel Strips ⇧S – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Select Instrument Channel Strips    ⇧S

In Mixer windows. Selects all of the instrument channels. Using the Mixer and channel strip commands to help organize a project makes some sense. Most of my work is mixing, so a lot of my time is spent in the mixer windows. 

I spend a lot of time in the Arrange window trying to identify audio, and arrange the tracks for eventual inclusion in track stacks. I should try auditioning and identifying the audio in the Project Audio window, and make sure that I name the audio regions appropriately.

Definitely an exercise that I should work with.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Create Group for Selected Channel Strips / Tracks
Add Selected Channel Strips to Selected Groups
Remove Selected Channel Strips from Selected Groups

- Various Editors
Select Same Channels ⇧H

- Mixer
Select Audio Channel Strips ⇧A
Select Instrument Channel Strips ⇧S
Select Auxiliary Channel Strips ⇧F
Select Output Channel Strips ⇧O
Select MIDI Channel Strips ⇧E
Select Equal Colored Channel Strips ⇧C
Select Muted Channel Strips ⇧M
Select Previous (Left) Channel Strip ←
Select Next (Right) Channel Strip →
Create Tracks for Selected Channel Strips ⌃T
Create Track Stack for Selected Channel Strips
Flatten Track Stack for Selected Channel Strips
Mixer Undo for selected Channel Strips
Mixer Redo for selected Channel Strips

Select Project 11 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Select Project 11

I will enter this command today. I spent another 30 minutes trying to figure out what number gets assigned to a project – it appears to be the order in which they are opened *but* if you close a project all projects that were higher numbered will shift down by one.

Hmmm.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Octave 1 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Octave 1

Set the octave of the Step Input Keyboard. Will set the octave starting at C1.

A more typical case would be to use the Z and X keys for shifting octaves – just like on little 25 key keyboards with octave up/down buttons.

I suspect that with practice I could become a MIDI note “touch-typist”.Keyboard

Use step input recording techniques – Logic Pro X

 

Step input allows you to insert MIDI notes when you’re not recording in real time. You can use step input to create note runs that may be too fast for you to play or to replicate sheet music that’s too difficult for you to play.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Step Input Keyboard
Octave 0 ⌃⌥⇧⌘0
Octave 1 ⌃⌥⇧⌘1
Octave 2 ⌃⌥⇧⌘2
Octave 3 ⌃⌥⇧⌘3
Octave 4 ⌃⌥⇧⌘4
Octave 5 ⌃⌥⇧⌘5
Octave 6 ⌃⌥⇧⌘6
Octave - 2 ⇧Z
Octave - 1 Z
Octave + 1 X
Octave + 2 ⇧X

Go to Marker Number… ⌥/ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to Marker Number…   ⌥/

If I am going to go to a numbered marker I suspect that I will actually be sitting at a keyboard. This is the appropriate command for numbered markers – keypress, enter number, return.

Markers overview – Logic Pro X

When Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane, you can use markers to tag different parts of a project, and quickly select the parts for playback, arranging, and editing. Markers can help you organize your project, and also act as storage areas for locator positions.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide Cables ⌃C – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide Cables    ⌃C

Show the cables in the Environment window.

Make multiple cable connections – Logic Pro X

There is no limit to the number of cables that you can plug in to a destination object. All MIDI signals are mixed at the object’s input.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Stem Position: Center – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Stem Position: Center

Move note stems to the center of the note head. Looks odd. I can’t find a reference to where centered stems are used in notation. The internet is not helpful today. I don’t think I will worry about it 😉

Change stem direction, length, and beaming – Logic Pro X

By default, a note’s stem direction and length depend on the settings in the Staff Style window. You can change these attributes to improve readability; for example, to group notes meant to be played as a voice in a polyphonic passage.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Hide Group 22 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Hide Group 22

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 are “mixer groups”. The overview helps us get started. It is a good thing to read through all of the sections talking about groups.

Groups overview – Logic Pro X

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

 

 It appears that ‘Toggle Hide Group nn’ only works when the Arrange window is in front. The channel strips do toggle their visibility in all the windows.

Adjusting ‘group’ volume causes me to consider VCAs – a channel can only be controlled by one VCA, but a channel can be in multiple groups which may be able to control the volume fader.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide Pan Knob – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide Pan Knob

Show or hide the pan knob on channel strips. This command only works in mixer windows (stand-alone and bottom of Arrange window). If you want to hide the pan knob in the inspector channel strips (far left of Arrange window) you have to use the contextual menu to check/uncheck the Pan Knob setting.

On the topic of panning…

Set channel strip pan or balance positions – Logic Pro X

Instead of having instruments compete with one another in a mix, you can separate elements by positioning audio and instruments in the stereo mix from left to right. Typically, you want to have the most important tracks (lead vocals, solo instruments, drums, bass) positioned in the center of the mix, and have other tracks (rhythm instruments, instruments doubling the melody) to the sides. In general, most of the mix should be close to the center, with tracks panned far to the sides only for an unusual effect.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Hide Group 17 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Hide Group 17

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. 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Fast Rewind ⇧, – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Fast Rewind    ⇧,

I need to remember to treat Logic and its transport like I used to treat tape recorders. I certainly used to do rewind and play (or record) long ago. I am simply out of the habit.

Control playback with the transport buttons – Logic Pro X

 

The default set of transport buttons includes the Rewind, Forward, Stop, Play, and Record buttons to the left of the LCD, and the Cycle, Replace, Autopunch, Solo, and Click (Metronome) buttons to the right of the LCD. You can customize the control bar to show additional buttons for other functions.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Rewind ,
Fast Rewind ⇧,
Rewind by Transient ⌃,
Rewind one Frame
Rewind by Division Value
Rewind one 1/8 Note
Rewind one 1/16 Note
Shuttle Rewind
Scrub Rewind

Select Previous Take or Comp ⌥⇧↑ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Select Previous Take or Comp   ⌥⇧↑

You can change which take or comp that you want to use without opening the take folder. I suspect that if you are cycling the section this would a great way to compare and contrast the audio during playback.

Comping and multiple, partial takes of audio is an alien concept for me. Splicing together different bits of audio seems un-authentic. It’s just an opinion.

Preview take recordings – Logic Pro X

Select Previous Take or Comp: Moves back through the takes or comps as listed in the take folder’s pop-up menu.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go Out of Folder or Region – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go Out of Folder or Region

How apropos. Spent a long time yesterday trying to make the ‘Go Out of Folder or Region’ command work from the X-Touch. In theory the ENTER key goes into a folder, and CANCEL goes out. No matter what was tried, the CANCEL key on the X-Touch would not “go out” of the folder. Actually, no key presses from the X-Touch would “go out”.

You can “go out” of a folder by clicking the “left up” arrow button at the top of the Arrange window on the left side.

For the first time I have actually come up with a project where a folder of MIDI tracks makes sense. It’s all about making the projects easier to navigate and comprehend.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND