Create 1 Track Automation Point at Region Borders ⌃⇧⌘1 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Create 1 Track Automation Point at Region Borders  ⌃⇧⌘1

Creates automation points that can be used to change the automation of the entire region. Create the points, grab the “curve” and move it.

Region-based vs. track-based automation – Logic Pro X

Logic Pro offers two types of automation: track-based automation, and region-based automation. Track-based automation can be applied to the entire track, from the beginning to the end of your project. Region-based automation only applies to the specific region the automation parameters are connected to. With track-based automation, if you re-record, move or copy regions (either to another point on the same track, or to another track) the automation data remains tied to the initial point on the track in which it was created. With region-based automation, if you re-record the region, the automation is lost; if you move or copy the region (either to another point on the same track, or to another track) the automation remains with the region. Region-based automation is particularly useful when you are automating instrument parameters.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Current Track Automation Touch/Read ⌃2⃣ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Current Track Automation Touch/Read        ⌃2⃣

Control-Touch Bar 2

Arm/disarm tracks for Touch Automation.

I am going to try mapping Touch Bar commands to keypad commands.

There are dedicated buttons on the MCU for Automation which accomplish setting the Automation modes.

The GROUP button caught my eye – it is NOT an Automation function. It does let you control group settings and add/remove tracks from groups. The cursor pad controls which group and lets you scroll through the parameters.

Choose automation modes – Logic Pro X

 

Automation modes determine how automation tracks are treated. Automation is either being read or being written. You can independently set the automation mode for each track. You can also trim automation values and record relative automation data.

 

 

Touch: Plays back automation in the same way as Read mode. You can modify the value of the chosen automation parameter by moving controls in Touch mode. After the fader or knob is released, the parameter follows existing automation on the track.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Toggle Current Track Automation Off/Read ⌃⌘O ⌃3⃣
Toggle Current Track Automation Touch/Read ⌃2⃣
Toggle Current Track Automation Latch/Read ⌃⌘A
Toggle Current Track Automation Write/Read
Toggle Current Track Automation Trim Mode
Toggle Current Track Automation Write Relative Mode

Automation Curve Tool W – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Automation Curve Tool    W

I claimed that I wouldn’t use keyboard commands…

Set Automation Curve Tool – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day – learning at the elbow of the internet

It appears that the ‘W’ key selects the Automation Curve Tool. It is highly unlikely that I will use key commands. I have set the right mouse button to show both tools and menu commands. Lots of visual reinforcement.

 

 but I didn’t really state it well. The ‘W’ key selects the Automation Curve tool when the Tool menu is open. The proper key sequence is ‘TW’. I doubt that I would assign a whole, special key command to replace simple two key sequence.

Some poorly worded documentation.

Common tools – Logic Pro X

Use to Automation Curve tool to bend or reshape the curve between two automation points, creating a nonlinear transition between the points.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Delete All Track Automation – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Delete All Track Automation

Remove all automation from all tracks. When you want to have a clean starting point for a track you would normally remove (or disable) all of the inserts, sends, and automation controlling anything.

Delete automation – Logic Pro X

You can delete individual automation points, multiple automation points, or use a number of commands to delete automation across tracks.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Fine-tuning Automation In Logic – Sound on Sound

This is a very old article from Sound on Sound magazin from September 2005 – 14 years ago. It is a nice introduction to the value of automation, and the incredible power provided in Logic. Just about everything can be automated – even changing the screen set that you are currently viewing.

It is important to read further to be clear about what Logic Pro X can do (like Track Automation and Region Automation) for just one example.

Fine-tuning Automation In Logic

Comprehensive automation is one of Logic ‘s most powerful facets, allowing micro-management of all the settings in your mix.

Snap Automation Mode: 1/8 Note – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Snap Automation Mode: 1/8 Note

It is helpful to be able to align automation points onto the “grid” of a region. If there isn’t a grid (just time ruler) it is probably easier to create an automation point and adjust the position by entering the proper time in the Automation Event window (currently ⌃⌘E)

The Automation Event window is very useful if you are trying to figure out which fader corresponds to a plugin control.

Snap automation to grid positions – Logic Pro X

 

You can snap track automation to grid positions. You can choose if you want automation to automatically use the division value chosen in the Snap menu, or you can choose a different snap value for automation.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Fader notes: Faders are assigned to channels. Channel 1 is the channel main control. Channel 2 is the first insert, Channel 3 is the second insert. There are 15 possible inserts. The control values are 56 to 71. The 8 send values are 72 to 79.

A complete and utter rabbit hole 😉

Snap Automation Mode: 1/2 Triplet (1/3) – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Snap Automation Mode: 1/2 Triplet (1/3)

When creating things “in tempo” it can be very valuable to apply automation at the proper place in performance.

Can I automate articulations? Doesn’t appear to be possible (or maybe even reasonable.)

Snap automation to grid positions – Logic Pro X

You can snap track automation to grid positions. You can choose if you want automation to automatically use the division value chosen in the Snap menu, or you can choose a different snap value for automation.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Current Track Automation Latch/Read ⌃⌘A – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Current Track Automation Latch/Read    ⌃⌘A

Switch current track automation between Latch and Read. Changes the Automation label to appropriate value. Changes the Automation controls on MCU to correspond.

Choose automation modes – Logic Pro X

 

Automation modes determine how automation tracks are treated. Automation is either being read or being written. You can independently set the automation mode for each track. You can also trim automation values and record relative automation data.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

- Global Commands
Toggle Current Track Automation Off/Read ⌃⌘O ⌃3⃣
Toggle Current Track Automation Touch/Read ⌃2⃣
Toggle Current Track Automation Latch/Read ⌃⌘A
Toggle Current Track Automation Write/Read
Toggle Current Track Automation Trim Mode
Toggle Current Track Automation Write Relative Mode
Toggle Move Track Automation with Regions Never/Always

- Views Showing Automation
Automation: Toggle Track/Region

Region Automation: Modulation – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Region Automation: Modulation

In addition to Volume, and Pan you can automate almost any MIDI event. That’s a staggering amount of control of tracks, devices, and even Logic itself.

Show automation curves – Logic Pro X

Before you can add automation points to a track’s automation curves, you need to show the automation curves. Automation curves are displayed as colored curves and points on top of audio and MIDI regions across the track, running the length of the project. You can choose whether to view and edit automation across the track (track-based automation) or only within the track’s regions (region-based automation).

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Track Automation Commands – Logic Pro X

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.

 

 Track Automation Commands currently available in Logic Pro X 10.4.5

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Toggle Current Track Automation Off/Read ⌃⌘O ⌃3⃣
Set Current Track to Automation Read
Toggle Current Track Automation Touch/Read ⌃2⃣
Toggle Current Track Automation Latch/Read ⌃⌘A
Toggle Current Track Automation Write/Read
Toggle Current Track Automation Trim Mode
Toggle Current Track Automation Write Relative Mode
Set All Tracks to Automation Off ⌃⇧⌘O
Set All Tracks to Automation Read ⌃⇧⌘R
Set All Tracks to Automation Touch ⌃⇧⌘T
Set All Tracks to Automation Latch ⌃⇧⌘L
Set All Tracks to Automation Write
Track Automation Event List… ⌃⌘E
Set Move Track Automation with Regions to Never
Set Move Track Automation with Regions to Always
Set Move Track Automation with Regions to Ask
Toggle Move Track Automation with Regions Never/Always

- Views Showing Automation
Automation: Toggle Track/Region

- Main Window Tracks
Create 1 Track Automation Point at Region Borders ⌃⇧⌘1
Create 2 Track Automation Points at Region Borders ⌃⇧⌘2
Create 1 Track Automation Point at Every Region Border ⌃⌘1
Create 2 Track Automation Points at Every Region Border ⌃⌘2
Delete Visible Automation on Selected Tracks ⌃⌘⌫
Delete All Automation on Selected Tracks ⌃⇧⌘⌫
Delete Orphaned Automation on Selected Tracks ⌃⇧⌫
Delete All Track Automation
Move Visible Region Data to Track Automation ⌃⌘↑
Move Visible Track Automation to Region ⌃⌘↓
Move All Region Data to Track Automation ⌃⇧⌘↑
Move All Track Automation to Region ⌃⇧⌘↓
Create 1 Track Automation Point each for Volume, Pan, Sends
Create 2 Track Automation Points each for Volume, Pan, Sends
Create 1 Track Automation Point for Visible Parameter
Create 2 Track Automation Points for Visible Parameter

Toggle Current Track Automation Trim Mode – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Current Track Automation Trim Mode

Heavy use of automation required. I have to remember that the DAW is where things are produced and polished. Coming from the ‘live’ side of things I am usually oblivious to the tools available for making changes to a ‘recording’ after the fact.

I really do need to pay attention to automation.

Choose automation modes – Logic Pro X

Trim: Offsets the value of the existing automation (Volume, Pan, Send levels) by adjusting it up or down by the amount you move the fader or control. Works in combination with Touch and Latch automation modes.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Region Automation: Control Change 32 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Region Automation: Control Change 32

 Set the region automation to CC32. With automation being displayed (press ‘A’ on the keyboard) you will typically see “Track” automation. Click on the “Track” button to change to region. There is also an on/off control button as well.

I am not sure of what “Region Automation” is all about. Ahh. Now it makes sense. Sound in space over time. A remarkably complex programming space. I simply need to re-think my programming methods. Parallel programs with function calls tied to time points as opposed to simply being interrupt driven. I need to meditate.

Show automation curves – Logic Pro X:

Before you can add automation points to a track’s automation curves, you need to show the automation curves. Automation curves are displayed as colored curves and points on top of audio and MIDI regions across the track, running the length of the project. You can choose whether to view and edit automation across the track (track-based automation) or only within the track’s regions (region-based automation).

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Logic Pro Expert | Learn The Secret Handshake and Become a Member of Logic’s Hidden Automation Key Combination Elite

Logic Pro | Learn The Secret Handshake and Become a Member of Logic’s Hidden Automation Key Combination Elite

One of the criticisms of Logic’s learning curve is that certain functions are not naturally “discoverable.” In other words, they are not quickly revealed to the user by hunting around the interface in the usual global, local, or contextual menus.  Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the area of automation. There is a myriad of “secret” mouse+modifier combinations to perform all sorts of neat circus tricks. Hold down the correct keys, and you will get acrobats swinging from trapezes and doing backward somersaults.

Toggle Automation Quick Access ⌃⌥⌘A – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Automation Quick Access    ⌃⌥⌘A

This is handy. When Automation Quick Access is “on” I can use the selected controller (buttons on my nanoKEY) to adjust selected automation. Nice to know.

Write track automation with external controllers – Logic Pro X

The Automation Quick Access (AQA) feature makes track automation extremely fast and simple if you only have one hardware MIDI controller available—one fader on your MIDI keyboard, or just the modulation wheel, for example. You can use this single hardware controller to automate the currently active automation parameter of the selected track in the main window.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Logic Pro Automation: Turning Your Mix into a Performance

Logic Pro Automation: Turning Your Mix into a Performance:

You may end up needing to make an edit to a track or to your song arrangement after you’ve started automating your mix. Moving regions with automation can cause complications if you don’t do it right. That’s why Logic Pro’s default state is to ask you whether you really want to move regions that have automation. You can change this behavior in the automation system preferences. Choose Logic Pro X → Preferences → Automation to open the automation preferences, and then choose the default behavior from the Move Track Automation with Regions menu. You can choose the default behavior also on the Mix → Move Track Automation with Regions menu.

by Graham English.