Friday Tips: The Dynamic Brightener for Guitar – PreSonus Blog

Friday Tips: The Dynamic Brightener for Guitar – PreSonus BlogPreSonus Blog:

When you play an acoustic guitar harder, it not only gets louder, but brighter. Dry, electric guitar doesn’t have that quality…by comparison, the electrified sound by itself is somewhat lifeless. But I’m not here to be negative! Let’s look at a solution that can give your dry electric guitar some more acoustic-like qualities.

I will investigate how to do this in Logic Pro X.

Friday Tips: The Dynamic Brightener for Guitar – PreSonus Blog

Friday Tips: The Dynamic Brightener for Guitar – PreSonus BlogPreSonus Blog:

When you play an acoustic guitar harder, it not only gets louder, but brighter. Dry, electric guitar doesn’t have that quality…by comparison, the electrified sound by itself is somewhat lifeless. But I’m not here to be negative! Let’s look at a solution that can give your dry electric guitar some more acoustic-like qualities.

I will investigate how to do this in Logic Pro X.

Snap Regions to Relative Value – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Snap Regions to Relative Value

  I should work with some of the options for snapping audio to the grid. I struggle to align reference tracks that I put into the project. This is the visual editing of the regions…something that I don’t do a lot of yet.

It is easy to practice using MIDI loops with the region zoomed horizontally to display fine timing resolution.

Snap items to the grid – Logic Pro X:

By default, the Snap function is relative. When you move or edit an item, it retains the same relative distance from its original grid position. For example, if a region is placed at position 1.2.1.16, and you move the region two beats forward (with the Snap value set to Bar), the region snaps to position 2.2.1.16, not 2.1.1.1 (or 2.2.1.1). You can move items so that they align with the nearest grid value by choosing Snap to Absolute Value from the Snap pop-up menu.

You can show the grid in the Tracks area, to help you visualize the positions of items in the Tracks area relative to the Snap value.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

How turn off Logic Pro X automatic tempo manipulation? – Gearslutz

How turn off Logic Pro X automatic tempo manipulation? – Gearslutz:

When the Logic guy imports our recorded tracks (recorded in different DAW) into his Logic session, Logic seems to automatically try to fit the imported tracks to Logic’s default tempo 120 (while the recording is made in tempo 85).

Select Audio Tracks – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Select Audio Tracks

 I most often select all Audio Channels in the mixer. Show ALL channel strips, turn off all but audio. Now I can select all the channels and add EQ or sends to everything at the same time.

Selecting all Audio Tracks in the arrange window would certainly be a simpler way to do this.

In the Edit menu – “Edit>Select Tracks>Audio”.

The command will only select Audio tracks that are visible in the Arrange window. If the tracks are in Summing Stacks that are collapsed they will not be selected. In fact, the Audio menu item is dimmed if there are no Audio tracks visible.

In the Mixer selecting all Audio channel strips is ‘⇧A’. The same caveat about visible channels applies. The Select All Audio only selects visible audio tracks/channels.

Still a good workflow improvement for me.

Select tracks – Logic Pro X:

 

Some track operations, such as duplicating tracks or assigning tracks to a different channel strip, require that you first select the track or tracks.

You can select multiple tracks. When multiple tracks are selected, the first selected track is the focused track. Some operations, such as choosing a patch in the Library, only affect the focused track when multiple tracks are selected.

When multiple tracks are selected, the track number of the focused track also appears selected (lighter gray color) on the left edge of the track header, unlike the other selected tracks.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

– Piano Roll – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  - Piano Roll

Include Non-Note MIDI Events
View Mode: One Track
View Mode: Selected Regions
Toggle View Mode
Toggle Time Handles ⌃T ⌃⌥⌘1⃣
Set Note Color By Region Color
Set Note Color By Velocity
Set Note Color By MIDI Channel
Define Brush Pattern and Set Brush Tool ⌃⇧B
Reset Brush Pattern ⌃⇧⌫
Toggle Collapse Mode

Today we get a “section” of commands – the Piano Roll commands.

Piano Roll Editor overview – Logic Pro X:

The Piano Roll Editor shows the notes in a MIDI region as colored bars in a time grid. Horizontal lines show the time position, while vertical lines indicate pitch. A keyboard along the left edge of the Piano Roll Editor provides a reference for the pitches of notes. The info display in the Piano Roll Editor menu bar shows the note name and time position under the pointer.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Using bus sends and aux channels in Logic Pro X – MusicTech

Using bus sends and aux channels in Logic Pro X – MusicTech:

Bus (also spelt buss) sends and aux channels are an essential part of working with Logic’s mixer, covering everything from custom headphone mixes through to reverb and other forms of ‘parallel’ effects processing. Like many aspects of Logic, though, it’s easy to overlook the full functionality of what buses and aux channels have to offer, or indeed, the various new features that have been added to the use and application of bus sends and aux channels that can really aid your workflow.

In this workshop, therefore, we take a ‘back to basics’ look at what bus sends and aux channels can offer and why a more refined application can benefit your production.

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

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

  Duplicate Screenset…

Found in the “Screenset” menu – the number in the menu bar on the right.

Enter a number and a name. Modify new screenset to fit.

Screensets are very useful. Open windows, size them, position them, make the screen work for you. Save the settings, I tend to “lock” my screensets, and recall with the press of a key.

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.

 

The “Orchestral” template has a large number of screensets that show good examples of how to use them to your advantage.

One of the first online resources I found and paid for in my search for Logic tutorials was about using screensets. 

Logic Studio Training – Logic Pro Tutorials:

 

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⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set Track and MIDI Thru Parameters by Region/Folder – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Track and MIDI Thru Parameters by Region/Folder

This was hard to track down.

My current description is…with a region (or multiple regions) selected the command will set the defaults for track and MIDI regions to the settings of the selected region(s).

Much confusion occurred. Documentation refers to “MIDI Thru” as the region name. I have seen that. I tested the command and changed some MIDI defaults. Now the defaulted region is named “MIDI Defaults”. The latest documentation doesn’t reference “MIDI Thru” and uses the term defaults.

A “simpler” description is the region named “MIDI Thru” contains the MIDI settings that are applied to any MIDI coming in to Logic – like a MIDI Thru port – probably not the easiest thing for the non-MIDI generation to understand as the implication of the word “Thru”.

My Logic now reads “MIDI Defaults” – checking a different system to see what it looks like. My other Mac says “MIDI Defaults”. Following is an image from Apple…MIDI Thru Lives!

 

Region inspector – Logic Pro X:

The Region inspector shows parameters for the selected region or regions, including Quantize and other parameters. Some parameters are shared, while others are available for only audio or MIDI regions. There are additional advanced quantization parameters that you can view and edit by clicking the More disclosure triangle.

You can also open the Region inspector in a separate floating window.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

MIDI Thru Lives!

1/8 Page Right – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  1/8 Page Right

 Move the visible part of the current page in the Score Editor.

As far as I can tell “1/8 page” is 1/8 of the visible score. If your visible score is 8 bars wide then you can move the score a bar at a time. Handy.

Score layout overview – Logic Pro X:

You should use Linear Score view for editing, as screen redraws are much faster, especially on slower computers.

Notation overview – Logic Pro X:

You can view MIDI regions in software instrument (and external MIDI instrument) tracks as music notation in the Score Editor. Notes and other musical events are displayed as standard notation, along with common symbols such as time and key signature, bar lines, and clef signs. You can add and edit notes, add sustain pedal markings and other symbols, and print the score.

 

  ⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

How to Write a Bass Line When You’re Not Flea or Geddy Lee

How to Write a Bass Line When You’re Not Flea or Geddy Lee:

In the world of rock music, being ridiculous and flashy can get you a long way. For decades, rock has been propelled by bombastic lead singers, drummers, and guitar players. Despite the revelry often attached to the job description of “rock musician,” bass players hold the distinct challenge of having to blend in. While the bass in rock music has long served as a humble anchor underneath the cacophony, don’t be fooled—there are more possibilities for rock bass lines besides another unexciting eighth note cadence on the root note.

Replace with Overlapped Regions – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Replace with Overlapped Regions

 I have yet to come to a place in my work that I would use this type of command. As I read about overlapping regions/events, and the things that I might be able to do with them I start to get a glimmer of an idea. But mostly, no. I don’t see using this anytime soon.

Control positioning with drag modes – Logic Pro X:

When Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane, the Drag pop-up menu is available in the Tracks area and in time-based editors (such as the Audio Track Editor and Piano Roll Editor). Using drag modes, you can control the results of moving, resizing, or deleting regions in the Tracks area.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Add Selected Channel Strips to Selected Groups – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Add Selected Channel Strips to Selected Groups

Select a Channel Strips by clicking on it. Add strips to the selection by holding down the shift key and clicking on a second one. This will select all the strips in between the first and second. Use command click to select non-contiguous strips. 

Show the Groups window (⌥⇧G) is the easiest way. Expand the Groups window so you can see the list of groups. Select groups with click, shift-click, or command-click. Choose “Add selected channel strips” from the gear menu, or use the keyboard equivalent.

I think I like the possibility of “Track Zoom” and “Hide”, along with automating the group.

Groups overview – Logic Pro X:

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.

You can also automate a group. This lets you easily set the change for parameters of a group of channel strips over the course of a project. For example, you may wish to group all of your guitar channel strips together and have all of their relative volumes change at the same time throughout your project.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

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

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

  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.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND