Live Loops: Geting started with Logic Pro X’s killer new feature – 9to5Mac

Live Loops: Geting started with Logic Pro X’s killer new feature – 9to5Mac

It takes Apple about 40-pages to explain what this feature is really capable of, but that’s way to much information to take in at once when you just want to get started making music. So we thought it would be a good idea to focus on some of the most important elements and concepts of the grid-based creative environment so we can all get down to business and learn the intricacies naturally along the way. Explaining every in and out of Live Loops could easily fill a 500+ page manual, if not more, but understanding the basics and letting the rest come naturally seems to be the best way for most creatives to come to grips with a completely new way of working.

Quantize 1/16 Swing E – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Quantize 1/16 Swing E

The fine art of humanizing machine-generated musical sounds. 

Logic Pro Quantize parameter values – Apple Support

You can quantize selected audio or MIDI regions (including a mixed region selection) using the Quantize parameter in the Region inspector. This parameter determines the division of the quantization grid.




Zoom All ↑ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Zoom All    ↑

There are lots of Zoom commands. It’s fallout from having small screens on our computers that need to display lots of detail. Fills the Smart Tempo Editor window with the entire audio region or MIDI region.

Work in the Logic Pro Smart Tempo Editor – Apple Support

Press the Up Arrow to zoom out so that the entire audio file or MIDI region is visible.




New Drummer Track ⌥⌘U ⌃8⃣- Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  New Drummer Track    ⌥⌘U    ⌃8⃣

Create a new Drummer Track. You can use the Library to change drummers and choose from styles. Another serendipitous command. Starting work on a song that needs a new drum track.

Get started with Drummer in Logic Pro – Apple Support

To work with Drummer, you add a Drummer track to the project. A Drummer track is similar to a software instrument track, but it contains only Drummer regions, rather than MIDI regions. Both track and region parameters can be edited in the Drummer Editor.




Flex Pitch Vibrato Tool – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

view of the Vibrato tool surrounding some audio

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  Flex Pitch Vibrato Tool

The finer points of AutoTune, Melodyne, and the built-in Logic Flex Pitch.

Edit pitch using Flex Pitch in Logic Pro – Apple Support

When working in the Audio Track Editor, the Vibrato tool allows you to edit the vibrato of a note without having to drag the hotspot.




Create Marker for Selected Regions ⌥⇧’ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Create Marker for Selected Regions    ⌥⇧'

I need to use this command a bit more. When I first add tracks to a project for mixing I need to create a structural view of the song (I should, do this, I don’t often do it).

One of the early tasks I do is to strip silence from tracks which helps me focus on the parts of something like a vocal. This would be perfect for getting makers set quickly.

NB you can have multiple, different marker sets.

Add markers in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can add a marker at any position in your project. When you create a marker, it can be rounded to the nearest quarter note, to the nearest bar, or not rounded.




Customize Control Bar and Display… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Customize Control Bar and Display…

Opens the configuration panel for the Control Bar (drops down from the display). Many options. I have been in the mode of having far too many buttons and displays on the Control Bar. Distracting. I recently learned that I can “push” the control bar off of the main window by dragging it up. The real value comes if the Control Bar and Display settings are “per screenset” as opposed to global for all main windows.

I have just finished reading early chapters of the Logic Pro 9 manual. Specifically the “Working with Projects” and “Basic Operations” chapters. “Working with Projects” led me to ask questions about the displays in screensets. This command fits perfectly.

The state of Control Bar visibility is per screenset. The customization of the Control Bar is per screenset. The state of the “floating Transport” window is per screenset (it should be properly called floating Control Bar). The configuration of the “floating Transport” and the Control Bar are independent, per screenset.

Customize the Logic Pro control bar – Apple Support

The control bar offers a default set of buttons and other controls, providing commonly used options. In the center of the control bar is the LCD, which shows the playhead position and the project tempo, key, and time signature.




New Mapped Instrument – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  New Mapped Instrument

You need to be working in the MIDI Environment.

Mapped instruments in the Logic Pro Environment – Apple Support

A mapped instrument is particularly useful for drum instruments or any drum-mode MIDI device. A drum-mode device has different sounds assigned to different MIDI notes, but only uses a single MIDI channel; for example, a drum kit loaded into the Sampler, or MIDI channel 10 of a GM-compliant sound module, or a drum machine.




1/16 Note 5 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  1/16 Note  5

Switches the note/rest value to a sixteenth note. Any notes/rests entered will be sixteenths.

I can’t remember far enough back to compare the Logic ‘Step Input’ with Finale or Studio Vision (the tools I used in 1990) but with a bit of practice single voice part entry could be almost as fast as using a pen on paper – possibly even faster.

Use step input recording in Logic Pro – Apple Support

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– Step Input Keyboard

Step Input Keyboard

Note “C” A 
Note “C#” W 
Note “D” S 
Note “D#” E 
Note “E” D 
Note “F” F 
Note “F#” T 
Note “G” G 
Note “G#” Y 
Note “A” H 
Note “A#” U 
Note “B” J 
Rest ˽ 
Next note will be sharp ⇧3 
Next note will be flat ⇧B 
Chord Mode ` 
Delete - Step Input ⌃⌫ 
Step Backwards ← 
Step Forward → 
Octave 0 
Octave 1 
Octave 2 
Octave 3 
Octave 4 
Octave 5 
Octave 6 
Octave - 2 ⇧Z 
Octave - 1 Z 
Octave + 1 X 
Octave + 2 ⇧X 
1/1 Note 1 
1/2 Note 2 
1/4 Note 3 
1/8 Note 4 
1/16 Note 5 
1/32 Note 6 
1/64 Note 7 
1/128 Note 8 
Triplets on/off 9 
Dotted note values on/off 0 
Velocity 16 (ppp) C 
Velocity 32 (pp) V 
Velocity 48 (p) B 
Velocity 64 (mp) N 
Velocity 80 (mf) M 
Velocity 96 (f) , 
Velocity 112 (ff) . 
Velocity 127 (fff) / 
Quantize note starts On/Off Q

Using Groove Tracks in Logic Pro X – Logic Studio Training

Using Groove Tracks in Logic Pro X – Logic Studio Training

In this video, you’ll discover how to create audio and MIDI tracks that feel good together.

That was easy 😉 Sixty second video tells it all.

Apply Transform User Preset 19 to selected Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Apply Transform User Preset 19 to selected Events

This is one of the 30 user transform commands. There are two ways to apply transforms – “Apply Transform” and “Select and Operate”. Looking at the Transform window I see that there are the options to “Select Only”, “Operate Only”, and “Select and Operate”. Sort of like PERL for MIDI events 😉

The best introduction I could find for MIDI Transform Sets is the table that describes the pre-defined transforms. The operations and selection criteria help me to understand what is possible.

Logic Pro MIDI Transform presets overview – Apple Support

The table below describes the operations performed by the MIDI Transform window presets in Logic Pro.

 Logic Pro MIDI Transform window overview – Apple Support

The MIDI Transform window is so-named because it transforms MIDI events—based on conditions, operations, and values you choose—into different types of events, or events with different values.


Set Move Track Automation with Regions to Always – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Move Track Automation with Regions to Always

Sometimes the automation is what really makes the sound. 

Select, copy, and move automation in Logic Pro – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, control-click the track lane, then choose one of the following options from the shortcut menu that appears:

  • Never move Automation with Regions
  • Always move Automation with Regions
  • Ask to move Automation with Regions


How to EQ a Pop Vocal

How to EQ a Pop Vocal

by Erin Barra, iZotope Contributor May 12, 2020

Pop vocals tend to have the same sort of sound when they hit our ears. People use words like bright, shiny, crisp, and airy to describe them, and you can hear this sound on loads of tracks at the top of charts across genres. Let’s take a look at how to achieve that same sound and make a vocal POP right out of your mix.

Set main finger 4 ⌃⌥⇧4 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set main finger 4    ⌃⌥⇧4

With the Score Editor open you bring up the Staff Style panel (⌃⌥⇧S) and change the “Head” setting to “Finger”. Choose the finger number that you want to apply and click on the note head.

Score Editor keEdit staff style parameters in the Logic Pro Staff Style window – Apple Support

Set the appearance of note heads: Choose a value from the Head pop-up menu. You can display note heads as normal, show note names or finger names, or hide the note heads completely.