Go Out of Folder or Region – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go Out of Folder or Region

How apropos. Spent a long time yesterday trying to make the ‘Go Out of Folder or Region’ command work from the X-Touch. In theory the ENTER key goes into a folder, and CANCEL goes out. No matter what was tried, the CANCEL key on the X-Touch would not “go out” of the folder. Actually, no key presses from the X-Touch would “go out”.

You can “go out” of a folder by clicking the “left up” arrow button at the top of the Arrange window on the left side.

For the first time I have actually come up with a project where a folder of MIDI tracks makes sense. It’s all about making the projects easier to navigate and comprehend.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Settings: Global Format ⌃⌥⇧F – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Settings: Global Format    ⌃⌥⇧F

Open the Global Settings panel for the Score Editor. The command will not work unless the Score Editor has keyboard focus.

Global Score settings – Logic Pro X

Global Score settings define global formatting options, such as page margins, note spacing, bars per line, and more.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Clear Overload Flag in Audio Channel Display ⌃⌥⌘C – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Clear Overload Flag in Audio Channel Display   ⌃⌥⌘C

Clears the overload flag as well as clearing the peak level display. A red peak level indicates clipping in the output signal (24 or 16 bit) which results in distortion and lost signal. An orange peak level indicates clipping in the 32 bit domain, so it is not necessarily bad, but is certainly an indicator that there may be problems to be dealt with prior to output.

On the MCU/X-Touch the clip LED (red at top of meter) is cleared. This had not been the case in some versions of Logic Pro X, but it is functional as of version 10.4.8.

The overload indicator can be cleared from the X-Touch by pressing CONTROL and NAME/VALUE.

The overload indicator can be cleared by clicking on any of the peak level indicators in the display.

Peak level display and signal clipping – Logic Pro X

The peak level display is a numerical display located above the level meter. It updates during playback to show the peak level reached, after the entire signal has been played through to the end, and provides a guide that should be used to set the Volume fader.

 

 Mackie Control display control buttons – Control Surfaces Help

Hold down the CONTROL button, then press the NAME/VALUE button to clear any overload (clipping) indicators in the Logic Pro Mixer and in the LCD if the Horizontal with Peak Hold mode is active.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Channel Strip Record Enable – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Channel Strip Record Enable

The Toggle Channel Strip commands affect the channel strip associated with the track that is selected in the Arrange window.

It may appear that the commands work on the channel selected in the Mixer window (when Arrange is closed), but as the selection of channels changes to auxiliary strips the changes continue to affect the last track selected in the Arrange window.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Toggle Channel Strip Mute M
Toggle Channel Strip Solo S
Toggle Channel Strip Record Enable
Toggle Channel Strip Input Monitoring ⌃I
Toggle Channel Strip Format (mono/stereo) ⌃⇧S
Toggle Channel Strip Arpeggiator

Object move right ⌥→ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Object move right    ⌥→

Move the selected object to the right.

Move and copy objects – Logic Pro X

You can move and copy objects within a layer or between layers, using a variety of techniques.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- MIDI Environment
Align Objects
Object move left ⌥←
Object move right ⌥→
Object move up ⌥↑
Object move down ⌥↓
Object Width -1 Pixel ⌥⇧←
Object Width +1 Pixel ⌥⇧→
Object Height -1 Pixel ⌥⇧↑
Object Height +1 Pixel ⌥⇧↓
Go to Layer of Object

Backup File(s) ⌃B – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Backup File(s)    ⌃B

In the Audio File Editor. Audio files are large and not so easy to make into discrete chunks. Making a backup copy before altering the audio is a very good idea. 

The typical “hard” change that I will make to an audio file is to reduce the gain when the maximum gain is 0.0. Logic does not work well with “normalized” audio tracks with regard to adjusting gain in a non-destructive manner (region gain).

This command is contained in a “local” menu, so some sort of editor or list window. It’s found in the

Project Audio Browser

Select an audio file at the “top” level. Choose “Backup File(s)”. A copy of the file is created in the same location as the original. A file named 

 12-8 Acoustic Strum 01.caf

is duplicated as

 12-8 Acoustic Strum 01.caf dup

The duplicated files do not show up in the browser list. If your project is a “bundle” you have to hunt down the project and dive in via the Finder.

I’m not sure about this yet.

The same function, different command name (‘Create Backup’) exists in the Audio File Editor. A backup file gets created with the same trailing ‘dup’. There is a ‘Revert to Backup’ command that will (probably) replace the current audio file with the singular backup file. Apparently only one backup can be created in this manner.

 

I guess it’s probably a good idea to create a simple backup before doing any kind of processing on the file itself. It is destructive editing, so….

Perform manual backups – Logic Pro X

Although the Undo History and standard Undo functions are available, try to get in the habit of creating backups before processing or editing. This provides a safety copy of your audio recordings in case something unexpected happens, due to a processing error or other unforeseen event.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide Marker Track ⇧⌘K – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide Marker Track    ⇧⌘K

Reveal the Marker track at the top of the Arrange window below the rulers. With the Marker track visible you can  create markers – click with the Scissors or Pencil tools, and edit the text of markers using the Text tool.

I like to create markers using the option-single-quote keypress to mark places of interest in the music. With the Marker list open text can be added to the marker describing the area of interest. Significant amount of text can be added to the marker. Tested to in excess of 16,000 characters. The text is stored as RTF.

NB Project Notes and Track Notes can contain images which can be annotated using the markup tools. Very handy if you need to snap a picture of some external gear, or just for a fine picture of a studio 😉

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Move Locators Forward by 1 Bar – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Move Locators Forward by 1 Bar

Change the locator positions forward by one bar. 

Setting the locators based on the Marquee selection makes a lot of sense for my workflow. I need to remember to keep the Marquee ruler visible. Many commands are available from the contextual menu (control-click) on the Marquee menu.

Use the cycle area – Logic Pro X

By Marquee Selection: The locators (and the cycle area) are set to the borders of the marquee selection in the marquee stripe.

 

 Select parts of regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X

Control-click the marquee stripe, then choose Set Locators by Regions/Events/Marquee from the shortcut menu.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Convert Loops to Regions ⌃L – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Convert Loops to Regions    ⌃L

When you convert loops to regions you can edit any of the occurrences of the loop to make changes. If you edit the loop without conversion every copy of the loop changes.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Forward by Transient ⌃. – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Forward by Transient   ⌃.

Handy. Move the playhead forward to the next transient. Very useful when I am trying to align tracks made on different recording devices.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Open Chord Grid Library… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Open Chord Grid Library…

Open the Chord Grid Library window. It’s in the Global Menus, but difficult to find. The menu command is located in the Preferences section of the Logic Pro menu.

Bonus tip – turn on the audition button at the bottom of the selector, then click on a chord. You can choose ‘chord, arpeggio up, arpeggio down’ and ‘fast, medium, slow’ – very nice! 

Chord grids overview – Logic Pro X

The Chord Grid Library window contains three panes: the Instrument Editor, Chord Grid Selector, and Chord Grid Editor. The Instrument Editor may not be available, depending on which method you use to open the Chord Grid Library.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Cocoa Text System

Cocoa Text System

Apple’s Cocoa text system is a complicated beast, but also extremely flexible, and with a bit of work, it can be molded to match many working styles. This how-to covers the 2 major ways of customizing the text input system: Default key bindings, and for still more control, input managers.

This is fundamental knowledge for Mac users who type on keyboards. With luck many of the default rules apply to iOS as well.

I have been using the Emacs key-bindings since 1975…

Select Previous (Left) Channel Strip ← – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Select Previous (Left) Channel Strip    ←

Simple selection of the previous channel strip. Right arrow does what you would expect as well, select the next channel strip.

The “motion keys” are reused in many contexts. Most of them make a lot of sense. A particular use (for me) is to move the Marquee selection by transients. Simple arrows (left/right) move the end of the Marquee selection. Arrows with the shift key held down move the start of the Marquee selection.

It is important to observe which section of the window is selected/active (focussed). There will be a thin blue border around the focus area.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Apply Transform User Preset 20 to selected Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Apply Transform User Preset 20 to selected Events

Transform User Presets are basically macro operations that can be performed on MIDI events. Repetitive and difficult editing operations can be applied with a simple command.

With 30 possible user presets, referenced by number, it is likely that a list of transforms would be required to make any practical use of the “apply by number” commands.

Currently there are 18 presets defined, with some useful (and not so useful) demonstrations. All good starting points.

MIDI Transform window overview – Logic Pro X

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.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to Marker Number 1 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to Marker Number 1

Move the playhead to Marker 1 and update the display placing Marker 1 at the left edge.

I guess marker numbers might make sense if someone has made a list of markers, by number, that refer to positions within the project, maybe scenes in a video or sections of long orchestral work. I use markers to split live recordings on song-start boundaries, but don’t normally refer to them by number.

As I have said before I removed all of the ‘Go to Marker Number n’ key commands to free up my keyboard for other things. If I need to go to by number I can simply enter ⌥/ and type in the number that I want to use.

On the control surface I just use the backward/forward buttons to move to the marker of choice.

The problem really is that markers are always sequential from the beginning of the project. If I have 8 markers and I add one between 6 and 7 the location of marker 8 changes. I think this requires a formal definition of markers for the project that don’t get changed. Maybe a punch list?

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND