Pros & Cons of the 4 MIDI Editors in Logic Pro X : Ask.Audio

Pros & Cons of the 4 MIDI Editors in Logic Pro X : Ask.Audio:

Logic Pro X has multiple tools for editing MIDI and each one has its own specific strengths. Joe Albano explains when you might want to turn to which one for the best results.

Event Float is a nifty little display – option-EEvent Float

Digital Plugins That Sound Analog In Logic Pro X : Ask.Audio

Digital Plugins That Sound Analog In Logic Pro X : Ask.Audio:

Working in the digital domain doesn’t mean your productions can’t get that rich analog sound. Joe Albano reveals which of Logic Pro’s plugins to turn to for a vintage vibe.

Homework: Connect Logic to the Casio PX330 GM player

My Casio PX330 has a full GM player inside. I should learn how to connect Logic Pro X or MainStage and play MIDI files/songs.

I will need to use the PX330 manual and the Logic Pro X / MainStage manuals as well.

Go to Layer of Object – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go to Layer of Object

 I am astonished. I can open as many MIDI Environment windows that I want. They all have the same name. The trick is to use multiple windows to show layers and work.

The command is found in the “Options” drop down menu.



GarageBand for iOS (iPad): Jam with other GarageBand users

GarageBand for iOS (iPad): Jam with other GarageBand users:

You can make music with other GarageBand users sharing a Wi-Fi connection. The bandleader creates a jam session, then up to three band members can join the jam session. Playback and recording are synchronized between all devices, so everyone can play and record together as a band. The leader can keep exclusive control of playback and recording, or allow all members to share control.

Stop and Go to Beginning – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Stop and Go to Beginning

 Not in any menu. Stops playback and sets the playhead to the beginning of the timeline. Could be useful in some situations, I guess.

The more interesting of the stop and go commands is the “Play or Stop and Go to Last Locate Position”. This one is kind of nice. No matter where the playhead is it will be positioned at last locate position and play will stop or start depending on the state of playback. Handy if I wind up with the playhead in a funny spot, or if I don’t want to hold down the play button to select “Play from last locate position”.

Use transport shortcut menus – Logic Pro X:

Some transport functions are only accessible from shortcut menus. Both the Stop/Go to Beginning button and the Play button in the control bar have shortcut menus with additional transport functions.



Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Play or Stop and Go to Last Locate Position ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌦
Stop and Go to Last Locate Position
Stop and Go to Left Locator
Stop and Go to Beginning

A History of Reverb in Music Production

A History of Reverb in Music Production:

Because the reverb must be captured in the recording process, studios invested in custom-built recording rooms to achieve the sound that they were after. Famous spaces like the main recording room in Columbia Records’ 30th Street Studio, renowned for their reverberant signatures, were utilized as the reverb source for some of the most famous projects in music (the legendary 1959 Kind of Blue album from Miles Davis was recorded at 30th Street).

I truly loved this room. Got to sit in (listening) to recording session with brass and a few strings. Good to have had a pro for a teacher/mentor – Don Butterfield. He believed in the experience of playing live with multiple players. Intonation? Always of paramount importance.

Don Butterfield – Wikipedia:

The Grove Dictionary of Music calls Butterfield’s playing style, “uncommonly florid, a skill that made him of value as a jazz musician… He was one of the first modern jazz players who, rather than simply marking out the bass line, rediscovered the possibility of bringing to the instrument a facility akin to that of a trumpeter.”

If you want to hear some very interesting music try Clark Terry’s album “Top and Bottom Brass”. Outstanding.

Essential Tips for Mixing Reverb

Essential Tips for Mixing Reverb:

Reverb can be tricky to deal with in a mix. The space that it adds can be very helpful, but sloppy reverb sounds can often become smeared over the mix, reducing clarity. Achieving the proper balance when mixing reverb will give a sense of space without becoming distracting in the mix.

In this article, we’ll cover some methods for mixing reverb. We’ll discuss EQing, ducking, timing, and retriggering reverb.

I try to make sure I post to the blog when I add a section to the iZotope Tools binder. I file the article, and when possible, all of the sound samples and videos. Videos go in the videos folder with bookmarks attached to the article. Sound samples are stored in the article (which becomes an outline element).

Are You Listening? Episode 6: EQ in Mastering

Are You Listening? Episode 6: EQ in Mastering:

In Episode 6, learn how EQ in mastering can help correct and restore the clarity and intelligibility of a track, why you should prep before applying EQ, why filter shapes matter, and how to make thoughtful subtractive and additive EQ decisions. Practice your skills at home by downloading a free trial of Ozone, iZotope’s mastering software!

Essential Key Commands for Speedy Workflow in Logic Pro X’s Score Edit : Ask.Audio

Essential Key Commands for Speedy Workflow in Logic Pro X’s Score Edit : Ask.Audio:

Logic Pro’s score editor is a powerful tool for preparing parts and scores for recording sessions, but it is its own beast and quite different from Sibelius or Finale (Which are in turn, quite different from each other).

Aux vs. Inserts: to Send or Not to Send?

Aux vs. Inserts: to Send or Not to Send?:

Will the track receive further processing? Use an insert
Reverb, delay, compression, modulation, distortion—these are some effects that often wind up on auxiliary channels. You send some of your track to a reverb aux, and dial in as much as needed. But if the effect is meant to be used in a series and will receive further processing on the track level, it’s wiser to use the effect as insert even in parallel operation (as in, a chorus with a wet/dry control).

Worth considering. Logic Pro X instruments use both inserts and sends to achieve the fine results. There’s a reason for that.

5 Ways to Use Dynamic EQ with Sidechain

5 Ways to Use Dynamic EQ with Sidechain:

Set internal (or external) triggers on drums
Mixing drums is one of the bigger challenges in a song because we expect them to be many things at once: loud, groovy, punchy, cohesive, clear, etc. Compression and transient shaping are a big help here, but dynamic EQ proves useful when carving a unique space for each drum hit. For example:

If the overhead mics picked up too much snare bite and this conflicts with the close-miked snare sound, use the main snare to trigger a momentary cut in level in the overheads whenever it’s played.

Is your snare struggling to shine because of masking with the hi-hats? Place one node on the snare harmonics and another on the lower end of the hi-hats, then set the sidechain to duck the hi-hats when the snare is present.

Unpitched percussion with considerable low end can conflict with the lower frequencies of a kick drum. To keep that pulse but prevent sloppy collisions from occurring, get your dynamic EQ sidechain to high-pass the bassy parts of the perc only when the kick comes down.

I need to check to see if each node in the Neutron 2 EQ can have a separate side chain. The side chain choices are internal – all the bands –  and external (the one set in Logic as side chain). It looks like I can only side chain one external track.

I can do something like side chain the overheads from Logic and set the nodes in N2 to side chain from the different bands…that will have to do.

Also see “7 Tips for Mixing Drums”

How to Use Dynamic EQ in Mastering

How to Use Dynamic EQ in Mastering:

A dynamic EQ is a powerful tool that combines the precision of an equalizer with the musical ballistics of a compressor.

I have dynamic EQs – a couple of different ones. I find that I don’t add compression to tracks in a lot of situations.

Attach Symbol: Jazz 5 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Attach Symbol: Jazz 5

 Used in the Score Editor. Only available as a key command (not in any menu). I previously posted a scoring command in one of the first entries – “Attach Symbol: Pizzicato” – which basically punted the explanation. I learn.

I have searched through the available documentation for Logic Pro X and can find nothing that explains what this command does, or what are the symbols labelled “Jazz”. Nothing. Crickets. I continued my search on the internet (where I discovered my lack of proper work, see above link) and found some interesting pointers. The first real clue came from the “Logic Express 7 – User Manual” in the discussion of the Part Box. Lots of words about palettes and floating palettes. Hmmm. Not happening in Logic Pro X.


Logic Express 7 - Jazz Symbols

Note that there are 7 symbols, but only 6 commands. Odd.

I can now state that today’s command will attach the first Jazz symbol (highlighted in the picture) to the note(s) selected in the score window. Ta-da!

There is a decent description of the Part Box and how to use it in the Logic Pro 9 documentation as well. It is basically the same, with the same methods for use.

The Part Box changed dramatically in Logic Pro X! It doesn’t work the same way. Apparently all of the visual cues from Logic 9 documentation – screenshots of sections in the part box – were removed and replaced with some different textual description of what is where and what it does.

A first-time user of Logic will be utterly lost. No names for the palettes. The revenge of the icon driven user interface. Labels (at least show some text if I hover over it) could be provided.

I am grumpy. I need to “check my work” and make sure that the new, iBooks-only, version of the documentation is incomplete…back in a moment.


Reset note attributes
You can reset all note attributes to their default settings if you decide you don’t want to keep your changes. When resetting note attributes, be aware that all symbols directly attached to notes (accents, fermatas, jazz symbols, and so on) are deleted.

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


Pop/Jazz (3/5/7-all): 5ths, 3rds, and 7ths are changed in this mode. It’s great for Pop and Jazz styles, especially when using sustained chords. It’s less suitable for polyphonic music, as the detuning of the natural 7th is significant. This mode should always be used with a Depth of 90% or 100%, as other values render the natural 7th acoustically ineffective.

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

Above you will see the three occurrences of the word “jazz” in the latest documentation. First reference to jazz symbols is in the bit about what gets deleted when you reset note attributes.

Kind of unfortunate. I will be keeping my old Logic documentation (whatever I can scour) so I might be able to take full command of the current version.




Command    Key Touch Bar
- Score Editor
Attach Symbol: Jazz 1
Attach Symbol: Jazz 2
Attach Symbol: Jazz 3
Attach Symbol: Jazz 4
Attach Symbol: Jazz 5
Attach Symbol: Jazz 6

Tucson sounds: Meet your local sound tech #1: Ted Riviera | Weekend music

Tucson sounds: Meet your local sound tech #1: Ted Riviera | Weekend music:

If you’re a musician who plays out live, a sound tech can be your best friend or your biggest nemesis. A bad sound experience can kill what might otherwise be the best gig of your life and a great tech can not only make you sound your best but push you to limits you didn’t know you had in you.

Sound folks get press in Tucson.