Understanding Logic Pro’s Environment

Understanding Logic Pro’s Environment:

The Environment is the core of Logic. It can be the cause of a lot of confusion (and even fear!) for new and even more experienced Logic users. In the first of three tutorials that focus on the Environment I’m going to explain exactly what the Environment is and why it makes Logic the most flexible and advanced MIDI sequencing package on the market.

How to Use the Transformer Object in Logic’s Environment

How to Use the Transformer Object in Logic’s Environment:

The transformer object in Logic’s Environment is one of its most used and most important objects. In basic terms, it looks for MIDI events that match a set of user defined conditions and then alters those events according to a second set of conditions. In short, as its name suggests, it transforms MIDI.

Using Logic Pro’s Transformer Object

Using Logic Pro’s Transformer Object:

The Transformer object in the Environment is one of the most powerful tools Logic has to offer. With a little bit of MIDI know-how, it can become an incredibly powerful creative tool. In the second part of this Environment series we’re going to look at the basic concept of how the Transformer interprets and manipulates MIDI messages. Even if you don’t have Logic, there’s some useful information about MIDI as well.

Logic and The Environment, Part 1: The Simple Truths : Ask.Audio

Logic and The Environment, Part 1: The Simple Truths : Ask.Audio:

Many Logic users fear to tread in the environment. Feeding the fear are long-standing misconceptions about what the environment is and how (supposedly) complicated it is. And more than a few people have paid tribute to the environment by visiting internet forums and expressing their heart’s desire that in future versions of Logic, we will no longer find an environment.

Open Audio Preferences… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Open Audio Preferences…

 Opens “Preferences” with the “Audio” tab selected. I don’t think I would ever map the command to a key press. To me it’s like the air fryer – set it and forget it.



Preview ⌥˽ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Preview    ⌥˽

 Toggle playing of an audio file. Works in any window showing audio files, like the Loops browser, and the Project Audio window.

Couldn’t find a nifty image.



Rock Organ Tricks and Licks – KeyboardMag

Rock Organ Tricks and Licks – KeyboardMag:

When it comes to playing Hammond B-3 organ in a rock band, there’s a lot of history to be aware of. If you’ve been playing a B-3 or clone in a band, you’re probably familiar with at least some of the most commonly used settings. Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, some jazz organists in particular, liked to keep their organ settings a secret. Make sure to check out the Hammond settings of those players that came before you, as there are many secrets there to be discovered. Here are a few of my own secret settings I’ve picked up over the years – with some for beginners and some for more advanced players. The following examples should serve mainly as starting points for your own organ explorations. I am constantly tweaking my sound during a performance, nudging drawbars in and out as I play. As you get to know the B3 terrain better, you will be too! (Audio note: All audio examples here were recorded on an actual 1971 Hammond B-3 with Trek reverb going into a Leslie 122 speaker).

5 Ways Inter-plugin Communication Streamlines Audio Mixing

5 Ways Inter-plugin Communication Streamlines Audio Mixing:

Inter-plugin communication is a technology developed here at iZotope that allows our plug-ins to interact and share invaluable information with one another across a session, helping you produce, mix, and master with better results.

Not only does iZotope make these excellent tools, they provide a large library of documentation and practical guides to the mixing and mastering processes.

New Transformer – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  New Transformer

Uncomplicated. Of course what to do with a transformer object is not at all clear to me at this time. I think that I might be able to make a “chord” player or something similar.

Transformer objects overview – Logic Pro X:

You can use a transformer object to select, filter, and alter MIDI events in real time. Transformers can also process meta events, as long as they aren’t the meta events that affect transformers. These particular meta events change the transformer, rather than being processed by it. For more information, see Use meta events to control condition and operation values.



Jamestown Revival: “Crazy World (Judgement Day)” | Today’s Top Tune | Free Online Music Streaming | KCRW | KCRW

Jamestown Revival: “Crazy World (Judgement Day)” | Today’s Top Tune | Free Online Music Streaming | KCRW | KCRW:

Crazy World (Judgement Day)” is the first glimpse into Jamestown Revival’s forthcoming LP. Band members Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance sat down to reflect on shared experiences about the crazy world we live in, hence the delivery of  “Crazy World (Judgement Day).”

I really like the sound of the vocals. Well-centered with a bit of width.

Velocity 64 (mp) N – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Velocity 64 (mp)    N

Certainly a different way to “chord keys”.

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.

To set the velocity of the inserted note: Click the Velocity buttons.

There are eight velocity values—represented by the traditional volume indicators ppp, pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, and fff. These correspond to MIDI velocity values 16, 32, 48, 64, 80, 96, 112, and 127, respectively.



Command    Key Touch Bar

- 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 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

Set Smart Tempo Mode to Keep – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Smart Tempo Mode to Keep

Keep Project Tempo: Maintains the project tempo when you record audio or MIDI, or when you import audio files. Audio regions for which the Flex & Follow parameter is not set to Off conform to the project tempo. Choose this mode to work as in previous versions of Logic Pro.


Smart Tempo overview – Logic Pro X:

Smart Tempo brings powerful new tempo analysis and editing capabilities to Logic Pro. With Smart Tempo you can record a performance without the metronome and have Logic Pro adapt the project tempo to match the tempo of the recording, or keep the project tempo and flex the recording to match it. Smart Tempo also makes it easy to create remixes using audio files and MIDI regions with different tempos that all conform to the project tempo, or adapt the project tempo to the tempo of an imported audio file or MIDI region.



- Global Commands
Toggle Smart Tempo Mode (Keep/Adapt)
Set Smart Tempo Mode to Keep
Set Smart Tempo Mode to Adapt
Set Smart Tempo Mode to Automatic

Which Vocal Compressor is Right for the Mix? – Produce Like A Pro

Which Vocal Compressor is Right for the Mix? – Produce Like A Pro:

We’ve stressed the importance of mixing vocals time and time again! Because lyrics are what average listeners immediately identify with, making a singer sound great should almost always be a priority. Amongst other tools, the perfect vocal compressor for the job can really elevate the overall sound of your mix!

Video is “Mixing Vocals to Sit Properly in the Mix”.