Apply Transform User Preset 12 to selected Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Apply Transform User Preset 12 to selected Events

The MIDI Transform window. All things programatic start here. It appears that we can define 30 presets for the transformation window. It would be good to remember the variant “Select and Operate Preset”. See tomorrow’s post.

 

MIDI Transform window overview – Logic Pro X:

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.

The MIDI Transform window is a powerful tool for edits that would otherwise be impossible (or tedious). For example, imagine an orchestral project that has been sent to you for editing. The individual violin and viola parts were recorded with a different string library. Two hundred MIDI regions contain aftertouch information that introduces an unpleasant pitch modulation, and some sample layer switching artifacts when played with your string samples. After looking at this aftertouch information, you discover that only a small range of values is causing the problem. Your options: edit your sampler instruments, manually remove all aftertouch information (region by region, or globally, thus losing the performance benefits that the aftertouch information provides), or alter the problematic values in the MIDI Transform window.

A number of preset transform sets are available for many common editing tasks. These may be all you’ll ever require, but should the need arise, you can create and save your own transform sets, and recall them later.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Part Box: 1/16 Note – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Part Box: 1/16 Note

 In the Score Editor. This command selects the 1/16 note in the “Part Box”. With the combination of the pencil tool and keys mapped to change note value I can enter notes on a staff far faster than other tools. Probably even faster than writing by hand.

 

Score Editor overview – Logic Pro X:

The Score Editor can display a single MIDI region or software instrument track. In the Score Editor, each track appears as a separate staff. Notes, rests, and other musical events in the MIDI regions on the track are displayed in standard musical notation.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Event Channel = 15 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Event Channel =  15

 Set the MIDI channel of the select(ed) event(s) to 15. 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.

My most typical use would be to change an entire MIDI region’s channel to “other than 1” for use with my orchestral instruments (Miroslav Philharmonik) or SampleTank. Put the MIDI region on the proper track for making parts, change the channel to match the ‘multi’ settings on the instrument. Far easier than trying to split the keyboard.

My KORG software instruments are a candidate as well – M1 and Wavestation.

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.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide Zones/Groups View – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide Zones/Groups View

 The EXS24 Instrument Editor. The 24-bit sampler that is the basis for practically all of the internal sounds in Logic. There’s a new sheriff in town, Alchemy, but that doesn’t change the basic instruments in any way.

EXS24 mkII overview – Logic Pro X:

EXS24 mkII is a software sampler. It plays back audio files, called samples, that you load into it. These samples are combined into tuned, organized collections called sampler instruments. Because sampler instruments are based on audio recordings, they are ideally suited to emulating real instruments such as guitars, pianos, and drums.

EXS24 mkII lets you play, edit, and create sampler instruments. You can assign the samples in sampler instruments to specific key and velocity ranges and process them with EXS24 mkII filters and modulators.

EXS24 mkII offers powerful modulation and editing features and is a flexible synthesizer in its own right. This enables you to create expressive sounds by using any sample as a basic synthesizer waveform.

EXS24 mkII can be used as a mono or stereo instrument, or you can route loaded samples to multiple audio outputs. This enables you to independently process individual drum sounds in a drum kit, for example.

You can use samples of almost unlimited length in EXS24 mkII by streaming them directly from a hard disk. This lets you use many of the multigigabyte sample libraries available.

EXS24 mkII provides an extensive library of sampler instruments that includes piano, string, drum, acoustic and electric guitar, and many other sounds.

The EXS24 mkII native file format—the EXS format—is supported by most sample library providers. You can also import sampler instruments in the Gigasampler, DLS, and SoundFont2 sample file formats.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set Quantize Parameter to Previous Value – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Quantize Parameter to Previous Value

 Normally I would use the popup menu in the Region window. If I was working heavily with MIDI notes I would probably set the previous/next commands up.

 

Quantize parameter values – Logic Pro X:

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.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set Region Anchor to Next Transient – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Region Anchor to Next Transient

I haven’t found a good explanation of “the anchor”. Sometimes it says start of audio in file, sometimes a position in the Audio File editor. Time for me to find some books that “teach” Logic Pro.

Use transient markers to make selections – Logic Pro X:

You can use transient markers to select part of an audio file for editing purposes.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show All Regions ⌥↓ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show All Regions    ⌥↓

 Expands all audio file (and groups) to show all of the regions in the Project Audio window. I don’t work much here, but I suspect this is the equivalent of the clip list in ProTools. I haven’t found the equivalent spot for a list of all of the MIDI regions in a project, yet.

Project Audio Browser overview – Logic Pro X:

The Project Audio Browser shows all audio files and regions that have been added to or recorded in your project, whether or not they are used in the Tracks area. Regions shown in the Project Audio Browser that are not used in the Tracks area are indicated in red.

You can add, edit, delete, and rename audio files and regions in the Project Audio Browser. You can add audio files to your project by dragging them from the Project Audio Browser into the Tracks area, where you can edit, move, and copy them.

You can also open a separate Project Audio window.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Audio Crossfade Options for Merge… ⌥X – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Audio Crossfade Options for Merge…    ⌥X

I need to remember to use crossfades when I am doing tiny edits.

 

Join regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X:

Audio crossfades in Digital Mixdown
Digital Mixdown supports crossfades between selected regions.

The Crossfade parameters are defined by choosingLogic Pro > Preferences > Audio > Editing (or using the Audio Crossfade Options for Merge key command).

 

Create automatic crossfades – Logic Pro X:

Logic Pro can automatically create crossfades on overlapping audio regions on a track to smoothly segue between adjacent (or overlapping) audio regions.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

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

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  Set Automation Curve Tool

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.

Show automation curves – Logic Pro X:

Before you can add automation points to a track’s automation curves, you need to show the automation curves. Automation curves are displayed as colored curves and points on top of audio and MIDI regions across the track, running the length of the project. You can choose whether to view and edit automation across the track (track-based automation) or only within the track’s regions (region-based automation).

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Hide Group 8 ⌃⇧8 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Hide Group 8    ⌃⇧8

Shows/hides all channel strips and tracks that are in Group 8.

Using numbers for groups makes sense, but doesn’t really help. When you look at the group setting in the mixer you can see both the number and the name (if specified) which helps a whole bunch.

Using groups to control sends to things like reverb and delay makes a lot of sense.

One very important thing to know about is the “group clutch”. In earlier versions of Logic ‘group clutch’ was used to describe temporarily disabling group controls so a single channel could be altered without affecting the entire group. Press the clutch in to disengage, release the clutch to engage. I have read about “clutch buttons” in mixer windows, but have never seen one. The important command is

Enable/Disable Groups ⇧G

which does the trick. The group indicators dim when they are disabled. Very few people use clutches these days. Clutch was changed to Enable/Disable in Logic Pro X. My keyboard cover has the right key sequence – ⇧G – but calls it ‘Group Clutch’.

The Control Surface manual still describes group clutch. The Mackie Control uses the ‘CONTROL’ keep to engage the clutch. Hold down ‘CONTROL’ while changing a setting on a member of a group.

Groups inspector – Logic Pro X:

You use the Groups inspector to define the behavior of each Mixer group. The Groups inspector appears in the Track inspector when one or more groups have been created, and it can be opened as a floating window as well. It contains the following settings:

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide Transport Float – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide Transport Float

 I use the floating transport window in my screenset 3 – mixer window and select plugins (usually meters).

My X-Touch sitting at my left side provides transport controls as well. I like having the jog wheel to move around in tracks.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

New Multi-Instrument – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  New Multi-Instrument

Located in the ‘New’ menu in the environment window. These days I only have one ‘real’ MIDI instrument, my PX330 digital piano. It is multi-timbral. I might find a use for working in the environment sometime.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Remove Groove Template from List – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Remove Groove Template from List

 For the composer in you. 

Create groove templates – Logic Pro X:

You can create quantization grids, called groove templates, based on the rhythms of audio or MIDI regions. You can use groove templates to capture the subtle timing deviations that give a region its “feel” and apply that feel to other audio or MIDI regions. You can even take the feel of an audio region and apply it to a MIDI region—helping a MIDI clavinet part to sit well with a funk guitar Apple Loop, for example.

You can also select multiple regions to create a groove template, and all of them will contribute their transients or notes to the new groove template. When there are multiple transients or MIDI notes around the same musical position, however, only the first will be evaluated for the groove template.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Pack Folder – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Pack Folder

Folders overview – Logic Pro X:

A folder is a region that can contain other regions, similar to a folder in the Finder that can contain different files. You can edit a folder in many of the same ways you edit a MIDI region.

A folder can be thought of as an arrangement within an arrangement. A folder can contain as many tracks (with their regions) as needed. When a folder is closed, it looks like a MIDI region in the Tracks area:

It took me a long time to figure out the difference between folders and track stacks.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide All Inactive Track Alternatives – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide All Inactive Track Alternatives

 

Track alternatives are new to me. When mixing I normally want to change channel strip settings, not the actual music. I recognize the benefits of comping, but I don’t record multiple takes and then work with the better pieces of each.

I need to remember track alternatives. I think they will come in handy when I collaborate with other Logic users.

Use track alternatives – Logic Pro X:

You can create and edit track alternatives and switch between them. Each alternative can contain different regions or arrangements, while sharing the same channel strip and plug-ins. Track alternatives are like “playlists” for individual tracks that can be used to try out different ideas or archive tracks at different stages of development.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND