Explode Folders ⌃F – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Explode Folders ⌃F

Used in the Score Editor to show/hide contents of folders in the display. Folders are a workflow thing, and I’m just not seeing the benefits in smaller projects.

Show or hide folder contents – Logic Pro X

If the current display level allows more than one MIDI region to be viewed simultaneously (linked or unlinked), the Explode Folders setting lets you display, and print, the contents of different display (folder) levels simultaneously.


 Still not seeing where it can help me…


Automation Curve Tool W – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Automation Curve Tool    W

I claimed that I wouldn’t use keyboard commands…

Set Automation Curve Tool – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day – learning at the elbow of the internet

It appears that the ‘W’ key selects the Automation Curve Tool. It is highly unlikely that I will use key commands. I have set the right mouse button to show both tools and menu commands. Lots of visual reinforcement.


 but I didn’t really state it well. The ‘W’ key selects the Automation Curve tool when the Tool menu is open. The proper key sequence is ‘TW’. I doubt that I would assign a whole, special key command to replace simple two key sequence.

Some poorly worded documentation.

Common tools – Logic Pro X

Use to Automation Curve tool to bend or reshape the curve between two automation points, creating a nonlinear transition between the points.




How To Analyze A Hit – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

How To Analyze A Hit – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

If you really want to understand an audio recording and hear it in a new way, here are a few pointers on what to listen for. I’m going to break it down to a general technique, and then add an additional advanced technique for experienced musicians, engineers and producers, since they already have more refined listening skills.

Always good to practice. In traditional music theory courses of study there’s the part called “dictation” where you learn to write down what you hear, including basic rhythm and intervals. I should remember to run songs through Capo sometimes.

Studio One has a chord track to help.

Logic Pro doesn’t have a chord track anymore, but you can certainly use it to track tempo and pitch.

New Tracks… ⌥⌘N – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  New Tracks…    ⌥⌘N

Open the New Tracks dialog. Allows you to create any/all kinds of tracks with your selected options. Just like clicking the big “+” button at the top of the Arrange window.

In a very useful touch, clicking on the “?” at the bottom left of the dialog box (it’s modal) opens the help viewer to the “Create tracks” page…the same as the link below.

Create tracks – Logic Pro X

You add tracks to a project to hold your recordings, loops, and other material. When you add a track, you can choose the track type, format, input source (for audio tracks), and output, and create multiple tracks. The options in the New Tracks dialog vary, depending on the type of track you are creating.




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

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  Rename Screenset…

I need to work with screensets a whole lot more. I have a few, but I rarely switch with any frequency.

I should create an “outline” of mixing a song using screensets to accommodate each of the phases. Step through the screensets, and when I get through the steps save the project, make a new alternative, and proceed.

There might be some benefit to using a MIDI region to switch the display to an appropriate screenset during playback – like open Marker list, Event list, and arrange window.

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.




Set Optimal Region Sizes Rounded by Note Value – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Optimal Region Sizes Rounded by Note Value

The word “optimal” cannot be found in the Logic Pro X documentation except in the keyboard shortcut reference section. Literally no discussion of the command located – “Set Optimal Region Sizes Rounded by Bar”, and no mention at all of the command of the day.

Little to no reference found on the web.

Let’s check Logic Pro 9 help file…bingo

Our command used to be called “Set Optimal Region Sizes Rounded by Denominator” which only makes sense if you treat your music as if it had a time signature – what a relic.

There is an entire section of the “old” manual that doesn’t exist in Logic Pro X documentation. I have extracted that and saved a copy here…

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Resizing Regions


The MIDI > Set Optimal Region Sizes Rounded by Bar command (or the corresponding key command, default assignment:  Shift-Command-B) reduces or increases the length of a selected MIDI region, making it just large enough to contain the events (or regions, if a folder) within it. The region borders are rounded to the nearest bar.





Delete All Track Automation – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Delete All Track Automation

Remove all automation from all tracks. When you want to have a clean starting point for a track you would normally remove (or disable) all of the inserts, sends, and automation controlling anything.

Delete automation – Logic Pro X

You can delete individual automation points, multiple automation points, or use a number of commands to delete automation across tracks.




Apply Buffer Template to Size – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Apply Buffer Template to Size

If I ever have to build tools in the Environment…

Work with object groups – Logic Pro X

When building a virtual mixing desk or synthesizer layout in the Environment, you often need to work with large groups of fader objects that have the same size, regular spacing, or a similar definition.




Event Channel = 4 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Event Channel =   4

Set the MIDI channel of the select(ed) event(s) to 4. Somehow I don’t think I would map a key command to set a specific channel, but I might map the ‘Event Channel +1’ and ‘Event Channel -1’ commands.

Event List overview – Logic Pro X:

The Event List is the most powerful, flexible, and complete MIDI editor in Logic Pro. All MIDI event types are listed alphanumerically in the Event List.

You can:

View all aspects of events—start and end points, length, channel, and values

View all events in a region

Filter the list to restrict this view to one or more event types, such as notes, pitch bend events, or both

Customized Event List views are saved to screensets and are displayed when screensets are recalled. This makes the selection and editing of events faster and simpler.

All functions and options are shown at the top of the Event List area. The events themselves are shown in the list below.


Change Gain… ⌃G – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Change Gain…   ⌃G

The keyboard command is overloaded with gain changing. In particular this command is used to change the gain of an audio file. It only functions when the Audio File editor is open.

NB when you open the “editor” window in the arrange window (click on the scissors icon) the editing panel opens with the “Track” editor chosen.

Changing gain in an audio file alters the file, hence a destructive change. Changing gain in a region is non-destructive.

I have only used the “Change Gain…” command when my attempts to “Normalize Gain” in regions fails to make a change. Typically I will normalize the gain of all of the regions/tracks to have peak levels of -12 dB to -6 dB. The only time I find this inappropriate is when I have a “live” recording where the band has performed the appropriate level-matching for the instruments/vocals.

When normalizing gain I occasionally find regions that do not change. This happens when the maximum level in the audio file is 0 dB. Logic won’t adjust it. I don’t know if this is a bug or a feature. Clearly I have no use for audio files at 0 dB peak, so I adjust the audio file -0.1 dB (relative) which lowers the maximum from 0 dB. At this point the normalize gain commands will actually change region gain as I wish.

The “Apply Normalize Region Gain Again” command is also assigned to ⌃G. This is active whenever the arrange window is open, as well as in the Audio Track Editor.

Set audio file levels – Logic Pro X


You can use the Change Gain command to change the level of an audio file in the Audio File Editor. Typically used on an entire audio file, this command can also be used to boost portions of it.





Making Metal: How to Master Metal with Ian Shepherd

Making Metal: How to Master Metal with Ian Shepherd

by Ian Shepherd, Mastering Engineer September 4, 2019

Mastering metal is tough.

In fact, I’d probably go so far as to say it’s one of the most challenging genres to get truly great results in. It is certainly possible though.

Quantize Selected Events Q ⌘:6: – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Quantize Selected Events    Q    ⌘:6:

Quantization is very “fiddly”, but essential to create good sounding music. With MIDI notes both time and pitch can be quantized. Audio regions present a different challenge for editing.

From what I can see the typical drum editing task (getting hits “in time”) can be accomplished to a great extent with a simple quantization to the appropriate division. Want those kick hits right on the beat? Turn on Flex Editing and quantize to a quarter note.

Quantize regions – Logic Pro X

Quantizing involves the rhythmic correction of audio or MIDI regions to a specific time grid. Any notes not played in time are moved to the nearest position on the grid.




Show/Hide Program ⌥⌘1 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide Program    ⌥⌘1

One of the appearance toggles for MIDI channel strips. The setting is found in the popup menu for configuring channel strip components. Only available when the selected channel is a MIDI 

MIDI channel strips overview – Logic Pro X

Program buttons: Use to select a sound by name. Click one to open a pop-up menu that contains either GM sound names (the default setting) or sound names created or imported by the user. Each channel strip has its own pop-up menu, whose content can vary depending on the Bank number selected in the Bank fields.




Toggle Allow Quick Punch-in – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Allow Quick Punch-in

The magic of the modern recording process – digital editing – the zero-crossing.

Logic allows for 1000 tracks now, so any conceivable limit (128 tracks required to quick-punch 64 tracks) is gone.

Quick punch-in and out are probably best used by a producer/engineer while “the talent” is playing. If you are self-engineering auto punch is probably more useful.

Autopunch can be controlled very easily from the MCU using the DROP button (need to find out why drop).

I have mapped a few of the Autopunch commands into Logic Remote for my iPhone. That’s handy. Adding an iPad to the set of active tools in the studio becomes more and more important.

Punch in and out of audio recordings – Logic Pro X

A useful and common recording practice is to switch in and out of recording mode while listening to the previously recorded material, sometimes referred to as “punching in on the fly.” This helps you fix mistakes or create alternate takes for a particular section. To ensure the transition between playing and recording occurs without any audible gaps, you must turn on Quick Punch-In mode.


 Use the Mackie Control Drop button – Control Surfaces Help

To activate Punch view, press the SHIFT and DROP buttons.



Fine-tuning Automation In Logic – Sound on Sound

This is a very old article from Sound on Sound magazin from September 2005 – 14 years ago. It is a nice introduction to the value of automation, and the incredible power provided in Logic. Just about everything can be automated – even changing the screen set that you are currently viewing.

It is important to read further to be clear about what Logic Pro X can do (like Track Automation and Region Automation) for just one example.

Fine-tuning Automation In Logic

Comprehensive automation is one of Logic ‘s most powerful facets, allowing micro-management of all the settings in your mix.