Emagic Logic v5 & Logic Control | April 2002

Emagic Logic v5 & Logic Control |:

Emagic’s long‑awaited Logic v5 is the culmination of more than a year’s intensive R&D. It heralds the introduction of a new automation system, required for their Logic Control moving‑fader control surface, along with a raft of new plug‑ins and a generous smattering of smaller but important improvements throughout the program. With the exception of some plug‑ins and third‑party hardware support, the majority of improvements apply right across the ‘professional’ Logic range. This now comprises Logic Audio (replacing Logic Silver), Logic Gold and Logic Platinum. The top‑of‑the range Platinum reviewed here is still required in order to work with Digidesign Pro Tools hardware, and now includes three bundled virtual instruments.

And just 90 days later…

It’s surprising to me how much the “studio experience” changes when I use my clone (X-Touch) of the Logic Control. Seventeen year old hardware, software slowly migrating to the inside of the box.

Apple’s Emagic Takeover |

Apple’s Emagic Takeover |:

On the first of July 2002, the music technology industry awoke to the news that Apple Computer had bought out Emagic. While this was unexpected, perhaps the more surprising news was that Emagic’s Windows product line will be discontinued at the end of September this year — a move that has upset a large number of users, and caused a huge outpouring of anti-Emagic feeling from formerly contented PC users. However, the effects of Apple’s acquisition will have wider implications for everyone using computer-based music productions systems, not just those who use Logic for Windows. So why would Apple want Emagic? Why would Emagic want Apple? And, at the end of the day, what does it mean for musicians?

The “first” story.

Even though I am a huge Apple fan, this whole drama was no where near my environment. I was lost in the world of databases and other nonsense.

Apple & Emagic |

Apple & Emagic |:

Four years ago this month, on July 1st 2002, Apple announced that they had purchased Emagic, which was a pretty surprising announcement for most in the audio and music worlds. We covered the story in detail in September 2002’s SOS (www.soundonsound.com/sos/Sep02/articles/emagic.asp) and concluded that “with Apple behind them, Emagic are potentially better placed than ever to deliver products for musicians which are optimised for a specific platform. Only time will tell, however, whether this potential will be realised.” In the four years that have passed since we wrote that comment, has this potential been realised? How have the other companies fared that Apple acquired during the same period? And do their fortunes have any implications for Mac-based musicians?

To be clear, in the 20th century I was an Opcode “fan”. All the editors/librarians needed – CZ101, K1m, K5m, JV880,TX81Z, TX1P – and of course, Vision and Studio Vision. All that sat on top of OMS.

I stopped MIDI music, mostly, when my tools didn’t move to Mac OS X. When I “came back” I had the bad taste to buy an MBOX with ProTools LE (version 7). Never did much with it.

Found MainStage. Wow. Just the thing to “make noise” with the computer. With all of the instruments hiding inside I decided that it really was to to go all-in for software instruments in the box. Logic Pro X was my jump in.

I need the history. I need to connect my multiple phases of music, computers, and music with computers. Sure does go a lot easier on the embouchure.

Show/Hide Track Number – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Show/Hide Track Number

 

I don’t normally use track numbers. I display them in my mixer screenset. I suspect that many things go back to the days of the “environment” where all things are possible. I think that I should spend a little time looking at historical versions of Logic Pro. Best resource for the moment is Sound on Sound magazine.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Mixing Live Recordings In Logic | SOS 2005-12

Mixing Live Recordings In Logic |:

Whenever I record live gigs of any complexity, I try to use my Alesis HD24 hard disk recorder, then transfer the files into Logic for editing and mixing. This is simply a personal preference, as hardware always feels more solid at the crucial recording stage, where you simply can’t afford to have an ‘Unexpectedly Quit’ incident during a one-off performance. Invariably this means having long files to deal with, and if you’re importing these via Firewire rather than playing them across in real time, there’s no simple way to shorten the files prior to import. However, if you can stop and start the recorder between songs and switch to a new song file, it can help break the performance up into more manageable chunks — it all depends on how much time you get between songs.

I have run in to a number of commands in Logic Pro X that just don’t seem “right”. Why is this here? What does it really do? Huh?

I thought it might be a good idea to do some research into older versions of Logic to see if anything might be of value, or help me make sense of things.

Sound on Sound Magazine publishes a Logic “technique” article every month. Searching their archives unearthed articles dating back to 2005 and Logic Pro version 7.

Limits on the length of a Song file expressed in bars and beats? Set the tempo really slow to fit things in? Whoa, dudes.

The images clearly show (to me) the environment window. Time to go look for the product announcements for versions of Logic going back to version 7. That should be far enough.

Oh, yeah, I basically set up my live recordings as Paul White describes in his article, and of course Logic doesn’t have a song limit based on bars and beats…

Trim Region Start to Next Transient ⌃⇧] – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Trim Region Start to Next Transient    ⌃⇧]

 

Straight-forward. Remove the front of the region up to the next transient. Handy for editing.

Trim audio regions in the Audio Track Editor – Logic Pro X:

You can trim an audio region in the Audio Track Editor to remove part of the beginning or end of the region.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

New Zone ⌃Z – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  New Zone    ⌃Z
 

I have used control-Z to change auto-zoom mode. Looks like the key command is mode specific?

The EXS24 Editor makes use of this. I have only used EXS24 as the man behind the curtain of the instrument library in Logic. This can open a whole new world of sounds.

EXS24 mkII Zones and Groups view – Logic Pro X:

There are two views in the Instrument Editor window: Zones and Groups.

In Zones view, the area above the keyboard displays the Zones area. The general menus, buttons, and so on, are displayed in both Zones and Groups views.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Settings: MIDI Meaning ⌃⌥⇧M – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Settings: MIDI Meaning    ⌃⌥⇧M
 

Score Editing. The note included in the documentation is probably the best bit of advice. Why it is located at the end of the section is beyond me. Important tips on usage should be placed at the first likely point of contact – the lead paragraph of the section. The command is in the ‘Layout’ menu in the Score Editor window.

MIDI Meaning settings – Logic Pro X:

Important: If you do use MIDI Meaning, you need to adjust the settings before you begin to insert accents and so on. This is because the settings have no influence on accents and phrasing marks that have already been inserted.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Settings: Guitar Tablature ⌃⌥⇧G – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Settings: Guitar Tablature ⌃⌥⇧G
 

This one is kind of hard to find. The “Settings:” is attached to a number of entries which look like they belong in the Score Editor. The key commands window indicates that the commands are available in a local menu (never telling us which).

The commands are found in the “Layout” menu in the Score Editor. Choosing the entry opens the “Project Settings” window with the appropriate “tab” selected.

Tablature settings – Logic Pro X:

Tablature is a method of notating music for fretted string instruments—especially for guitar and electric bass—but also for other fretted instruments. In this system, the horizontal lines represent the strings of the instrument. Notes are always written on the line/string at which they are played. The fret numbers are shown instead of regular note heads. Logic Pro automatically converts notes into tablature, if a staff style containing a Clef parameter set to one of these tuning sets is used. The exact characteristics of these tuning sets are determined in the Tablature pane.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Play/Stop All ⌃⌥⌘˽ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Play/Stop All    ⌃⌥⌘˽
 

Hmmm. I use the space bar to play/stop all the time. What is the “All” that happens here?

Play audio files in the Audio File Editor – Logic Pro X:

You can use the following key commands to enhance your playback options:

Play/Stop All: Plays back the whole audio file, regardless of the selected area.

Play/Stop Region: Toggles between playback of the region start and end points—regardless of the selected area.

Play/Stop Region to Anchor and Play/Stop Region from Anchor: Allow you to check the region anchor position by listening to the parts just before and after the anchor.

This is very timely. I need to fix some bass parts (DI and amp) as well as kick drum (in and out mics). The audio editor will certainly make this more enlightening at least. I will see if aligning the tracks is any easier with a pair of audio editor windows open…

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

 

Select Previous Track ↑ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Select Previous Track    ↑
 

This goes along with its counterpart, the down-arrow, for selecting the next track.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Control button stays lit

Control button stays lit:

I found a copy of the eMagic Logic Control manual.

Handy little chart of all the switches and LEDs on the device. I have modified it a bit…

On my Mac I can use the ‘send midi’ command to flash the CONTROL light like this

Nudge Region/Event Length Left by 10 ms – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Nudge Region/Event Length Left by 10 ms
 

I usually set the nudge value using the toolbar, then do left/right nudging. Almost always I am trying to align multiple mixes of a song I am mixing to get things set up for level matching and comparison.

  • Set the nudge value to 10ms – ⌃⌥0
  • Set the nudge value to 1ms – ⌃⌥1
  • Set the nudge value to Sample – ⌃⌥S
  • Nudge left – ⌥←
  • Nudge right – ⌥→

Those handy control and option keys.

Move regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X:

You can move regions to a different point in the same track, or move them to another track of the same type. You can move an audio region to another audio track, for example, but not to a software instrument track, or vice versa. You can also move regions between open Tracks area windows, or between different open projects.

Side note – nudging regions from X-Touch? The answer is yes.

Mackie Control Nudge button overview – Control Surfaces Help:

The NUDGE button allows you to move (nudge) selected audio or MIDI regions (or events) in Small, Large, or Temporary Nudge mode.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to Last Locate Position – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go to Last Locate Position
 

Moving around a project efficiently is they key to mastering Logic Pro X. Positioning the playhead, getting the right workspace (screenset), focusing attention where you want it and when you want it.

Use transport key commands – Logic Pro X:

Go to Last Locate Position: Moves the playhead to the last position reached with a positioning command, or direct positioning of the playhead using the mouse or ruler.

Use transport shortcut menus – Logic Pro X:

Jump Between Marquee and Project Start: Moves the playhead back and forth between the marquee start position and the project start position, when Logic Pro is stopped. Applies only if there is an active marquee selection.

 

Really?

Create, recall, and switch screensets – Logic Pro X:

You can also switch a screenset automatically during playback using meta events.

 

It’s a breakpoint!

Meta events – Logic Pro X:

Num = 52: This meta event stops playback.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to Beginning of First Region – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go to Beginning of First Region
 

I wonder if this is project-wide or track specific? Let’s find out…First region of the project. Possibly different behavior if working in a folder stack. No, it moves the playhead to the beginning of the first region in the project.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND