Nudge Region/Event Position Right by 1/2 SMPTE Frame – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Nudge Region/Event Position Right by 1/2 SMPTE Frame

 When that sound just has to line up with what is happening on the screen.

Editing audio to go along with a video. A skill that is probably far more useful now.

Move regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X:

You can also nudge regions (move them in small increments) left or right using key commands. To nudge regions, you first set the nudge value, then move selected regions by this value. Alternatively, you can nudge regions by a set value.


Logic Tutorial: Secrets of the Toolbar – MusicTech:

Cunningly hidden at the top of the interface, the Toolbar is Logic Pro X’s secret weapon for super-fast editing and arrangement, and a great way of extending a rough-and-ready demo into a developed composition.


 Work with absolute time code – Logic Pro X:


The production process for video, film, or TV commercials is different from music production. Synchronization is always used, unlike in music production, where it is not always required. You need to work in absolute time: hours, minutes, seconds, and frames, rather than in bars and beats. Edits to the video, including changes to scene length, additional cuts, the use of slow or fast motion, and dialogue changes (or “redos”) are among the many situations that you will encounter when creating or editing a soundtrack.




Apply Default Crossfade ⌃⌥X – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Apply Default Crossfade  ⌃⌥X

 When editing it is important to create a crossfade at the boundary where the edit occurs. Left side fades out, right side fades in with the fades cross at the point where edit was made. It is quite possible for there to be an audible click or pop if the cross fade isn’t made.

I have”Fade Tool click zones” as well as “Marquee Tool click zones”. The Fade Tool click zones are the upper left and right corners of a region in editing windows. If you place the cursor between two regions that are adjacent the Fade Tool does a crossfade. Left corner, fade in. Right corner fade out.

The default crossfade time is set in the Audio preferences “Editing” tab. Twenty milliseconds.

I need to remember the “Equal Power” crossfade so I can use it when I “clip gain” a region. Get a better transition with differing levels.

Create fades – Logic Pro X:

You can fade in the beginning of audio regions, and fade out the end of audio regions (including audio Apple Loops).

Fades are only visible if you are zoomed in enough to see the waveform in the audio region. You can create a fade using either the Fade tool or the Fade In and Fade Out parameters in the Region inspector.



Apply Transform User Preset 8 to selected Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Apply Transform User Preset  8 to selected Events

The MIDI Transform window can be opened from the Window menu, or by entering ‘⌘9’. There are 30 ‘Apply Transform User Preset … to selected Events’.

Use transform sets – Logic Pro X:

1. Choose Create New Transform Set from the Presets pop-up menu.

2. Set conditions and operations.

3. Select the “Hide unused parameters” checkbox. This helps to avoid changes to conditions and operations that aren’t required for (or may disturb) your transform set.

4. Choose New Parameter Set (Number) from the Presets pop-up menu. Enter a new name for your transform set.

This transform set now appears at the bottom of the Presets list in all MIDI Transform windows for this project. You should consider saving your user transform sets in one or more template projects. This way, they are always available to you in all future projects.


Tip: Renaming an existing transform set creates a new transform set that is identical to the original. The existing (source) transform set is retained.




Toggle writing Mute Automation in Write Mode – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle writing Mute Automation in Write Mode

This is not found in the help files, the iBook version of the manuals, or the PDF version of the manual. I have found interesting discussions about the topic for Reaper, Nuendo, ProTools, and a forum thread where someone was complaining about mute automation not working properly in “Touch” mode.

In the first case every time I get near “write” automation the warning signals flash about the destruction of all existing automation when in “Write” mode.

It never occurred to me that I could automate the mute button to silence a track while playing. My first resort would be to simply turn that part of the track into a region which I would then just remove. I can always get it back. It is visibly clear in the arrangement. Another way would be to create the region and set the region gain to minus infinity.

I guess I should try working a mixing session with things stemmed properly, put all the AUX tracks into “write” automation mode, and press play. Move the faders, change the panning push the mute button, etc.

It is certainly clear that if I did create mute automation, and it was not showing, I would wonder why some sound simply disappeared.

Automation overview – Logic Pro X:

Automation refers to recording, editing, and playing back the movements of faders, knobs, and switches. Using automation, you can create changes over time to volume, pan, and other settings. You can add automation to all track types.



Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Toggle Current Track Automation Write/Read
Toggle Current Track Automation Write Relative Mode
Toggle writing Volume Automation in Write Mode
Toggle writing Pan Automation in Write Mode
Toggle writing Mute Automation in Write Mode
Toggle writing Send Levels Automation in Write Mode
Toggle writing Plug-in parameters Automation in Write Mode
Toggle writing Solo Automation in Write Mode

Toggle Hide Group 32 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Hide Group 32

Hmm. 32 groups. The keyboard commands for 1 through 9 are ⌃⇧1 to ⌃⇧9 .

The commands do what I expect. If there is a group numbered ‘n’ the command toggles the view of the tracks/channels. Hidden, but not like “Hide Track”.

Groups appear to be very useful. I should use them more. I fooled around with them a bit to try and change colors more easily, but they do so much more.

Groups are “mixer groups”. The overview helps us get started.

Groups overview
The Mixer groups feature is only available when Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane.

Prior to mixing, you may find it useful to define some logical channel strip groups. You could, for example, group all drum channel strips under one drum group. This would allow you to control the group meters (volume, pan, mute, solo, sends, and so on) using a single control, while still maintaining the relative parameter values of each channel strip.

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X User Guide.” iBooks. 




Jazz Notation – The Default – deBreved – Tim Davies Website

Jazz Notation – The Default – deBreved – Tim Davies Website:

I get a lot of scores sent to me by composers and arrangers both young and old. I see a lot of things that do not need to be on the page, or are written in ways that are way more complicated than necessary. A lot of these extra indications are instructing players to perform in a way that is already covered by standard jazz performance practice, or what I call the Jazz Default. If you notate in a way that exploits this default, you will save yourself a lot of time and the players will know exactly what you mean, you do not need all the extra information.

On my blog, deBreved, I talk a lot about my concept of the Orchestral Default. In a nutshell, what does a player or section do when they see a naked note, with no articulation? If you can learn to think about this default reaction correctly, you will find many situations where you do not need to add any articulation. What happens if you add a staccato, a tenuto, an accent, or a cap

Finally – I can interpret my “Jazz Symbols” in Logic Pro X.

Show/Hide Output Channel Strips ⇧:four: – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide Output Channel Strips        ⇧:four:

 I have yet to find any mention of this in the user guides. The mixing overview calls the 8 buttons “filters”.

 Audio | Inst | Aux | Bus | Input | Output | Master/VCA | MIDI

I don’t often change the mixer view, but leaving out the Output strips does save a tiny bit of room. 

The X-Touch has “dedicated” buttons to filter the channel strips when it is in “Global” mode. This caused me great confusion until I started the serious examination of how (and why) the Mackie Control/Logic Control is used.


Mixing overview – Logic Pro X:

When you mix a project, you balance the different parts and blend them into a cohesive whole. You can also add effects to alter the sound, use routing and grouping to control the signal flow, and use automation to create dynamic changes in your project over time. You do this in the Mixer, which opens below the Tracks area or as a separate window.


Coming Out | Sound on Sound Magazine

Coming Out |:

Software synths have taken over many of the roles that were once fulfilled by keyboard or rackmounting instruments, but many of us still have favourite hardware synths we’d like to integrate into our systems. And although Logic Pro has very capable MIDI features, its handling of external MIDI synths is not quite as intuitive as it might be. It often turns out that there’s more than one way to do a job, with no one way being clearly the ‘right’ way. For this article I’m going to go through the way I set up my own external Roland JV2080 (using only its stereo output).

The Rosetta Stone – this helped me understand GM Mixer and multi-track MIDI devices so much better.

Reset Sizes – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Reset Sizes

 According to the Keyboard Commands window this command is in the MIDI Environment. I have yet to discover where in that convoluted thing it exists. My suspicion is that the command is actually “Size by default” located in the “Cleanup” menu in the environment window. It certainly functions like that – resetting objects to their default size.

Environment overview – Logic Pro X:

The Environment refers to the virtual environment of Logic Pro inside your computer. It provides a virtual view of your MIDI studio, giving you complete control over your MIDI setup, and includes the following objects.



6 Creative Reverb Techniques in Music Production

6 Creative Reverb Techniques in Music Production:

In this article, we’ll cover six ways to use reverb in a sound design and arranging context. We’ll cover how reverb can be used as an insert effect when creating a sound, how to give return reverbs more character, and how to use reverb as a standalone transitional effect or groove element.

Psychoacoustics: How Perception Influences Music Production

Psychoacoustics: How Perception Influences Music Production:

The best place to start with psychoacoustics is to get familiar with the limits of human hearing. You probably already know that we can hear sounds within a range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz (20,000 Hz), with the upper limit decreasing to around 16 kHz with age. Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus will impact the perception of sound too, and for producers with these conditions, workarounds need to be developed to achieve balanced mixes.

Why Do My Mixes Sound Bad? 8 Tips to Douse the Flames

Why Do My Mixes Sound Bad? 8 Tips to Douse the Flames:

First, make sure something isn’t actually amiss with your gear. Many are the times where it hasn’t actually been my ears. With a panoply of hardware pieces and software abounding, it’s easy to see where something might mangle the proceedings in the chain.

Let me hear…route the audio through T-Racks One, Sonarworks, Ozone 8, and out through Sonarworks. Where did all that sub-50 information come from 😉

Toggle Varispeed – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Varispeed 

This would come in very handy for cycling through a section with Varispeed on or off. Audition toggle. There are no menu commands for Varispeed control. Controls are located in the control bar.

Use Varispeed to alter the speed and pitch of audio – Logic Pro X:

Varispeed provides a way to speed up or slow down the entire project, similar to the original varispeed feature of tape machines. The most practical use for this option is checking how a project might sound at a faster or slower tempo, and for practicing or recording a performance at a lower speed.



Friday Tips: The Limiter—Demystified – PreSonus Blog

Friday Tips: The Limiter—Demystified – PreSonus BlogPreSonus Blog:

Conventional wisdom says that compared to compression, limiting is a less sophisticated type of dynamics control whose main use is to restrict dynamic range to prevent issues like overloading of subsequent stages. However, I sometimes prefer limiting with particular signal sources.

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

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

  Show/Hide Transform

 Show/Hide – toggle. Open/Close – toggle. Change the visibility of something. Show/Hide is the typical usage. The Open/Close terminology showed up with Track Stacks and the Open/Close Inserts commands. I guess “Show Insert” seemed wrong. Actually seems wrong to me. Just as wrong as “Show Window”.

“Open Transform” is a global command – ⌘9 – but it doesn’t exist in the menus. What we have in the menus is “Open MIDI Transform” – ⌘9.

I added the keyboard shortcut ⇧⌘9 to perform the Show/Hide. Makes more sense.

I will think out loud about the odd behavior of some windows (Environment, Event List) as they come up.