Flex Pitch Vibrato Tool – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

view of the Vibrato tool surrounding some audio

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  Flex Pitch Vibrato Tool

The finer points of AutoTune, Melodyne, and the built-in Logic Flex Pitch.

Edit pitch using Flex Pitch in Logic Pro – Apple Support

When working in the Audio Track Editor, the Vibrato tool allows you to edit the vibrato of a note without having to drag the hotspot.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Scrub Forward – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Scrub Forward

Scrub the playhead forward. Assigning forward and backward to keys might help the process. Remembering how to get audio to play while scrubbing helps too.

My simple preference is to press the ‘SCRUB’ button on the X-Touch (MCU) and use the scroll wheel to move backward and forward.

Scrub the project – Logic Pro X

You can scrub a project to locate or listen to a sound at a particular point in time. When you scrub a project, you quickly audition it by moving the playhead across the Tracks area. The speed at which you move the playhead controls the playback speed. Scrubbing makes it easy to zero in on a particular drum beat or other audio event before cutting or editing a region.

 

 

⇧ 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

Trim Region End to Previous Transient ⌃[ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Trim Region End to Previous Transient    ⌃[

Shorten the region by moving its end to the previous transient (closest on the left).

Trim audio regions in the Audio Track Editor – Logic Pro X

 

You can trim an audio region in the Audio Track Editor to remove part of the beginning or end of the region.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Main Window Tracks
Trim Region End to Next Region ⇧\
Trim Region Start to Previous Region
Trim Regions to Fill within Locators ⌥\
Trim Region Start to Previous Transient ⌃⇧[
Trim Region Start to Next Transient ⌃⇧]
Trim Region End to Previous Transient ⌃[
Trim Region End to Next Transient ⌃]

Transpose Region/Event +12 Semitones or Nudge Automation up 10 Steps ⌥⇧↑ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Transpose Region/Event +12 Semitones or Nudge Automation up 10 Steps    ⌥⇧↑

This is a variation of a typical up/down command that is altered by the use of the ⇧ key. Typically the changes will be an order of magnitude (octaves when dealing with pitch) greater or smaller. I am bit surprised by the automation change being 10 since the MIDI background of Logic would be more in keeping with 8 or 16. I guess the programmers held sway.

I have been unsuccessful at transposing an audio region using this command, so my assumption that it is useful for MIDI only remains intact.

Change the pitch, duration, and velocity of notes – Logic Pro X

Use Option-Up Arrow and Option-Down Arrow to raise or lower the pitch in semitones.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Main Window Tracks and Various Editors
Transpose Region/Event +1 Semitone or Nudge Automation up 1 Step ⌥↑
Transpose Region/Event -1 Semitone or Nudge Automation down 1 Step ⌥↓
Transpose Region/Event +12 Semitones or Nudge Automation up 10 Steps ⌥⇧↑
Transpose Region/Event -12 Semitones or Nudge Automation down 10 Steps ⌥⇧↓

Show/Hide Beat Mapping Track Only – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide Beat Mapping Track Only

I have not figured out the difference between “Show/Hide Beat Mapping Track” and the “… Only” version of the command…

In the Arrange window the Beat Mapping track is toggled. In the Audio Editor (Track) there is a difference. The “only” version of the command places the Beat Mapping track above the audio. The other version shows the Arrangement, Marker, Signature, and Tempo tracks as well.

Beat mapping overview – Logic Pro X

Beat mapping lets you map notes that don’t follow a strict tempo with beats in the ruler. When you play the project, the project tempo adjusts so that the beat-mapped notes are aligned with beats in the ruler.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Save Selection As… ⌥⌘S – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Save Selection As… ⌥⌘S

Located in the Audio File Editor.

Select a portion of an audio file (e.g. a kick drum hit) and save it as an audio file. Guess it can come in handy.

Audio File Editor overview – Logic Pro X

Important: Most edits and functions performed in the Audio File Editor are destructive. This means the actual data of audio files is changed. Although you can undo edits and processing commands, you should work with copies of your audio files, rather than the originals.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Selection Start and End to Previous Transient and Play ⌥⌘← – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Selection Start and End to Previous Transient and Play    ⌥⌘←

In the Audio File Editor. Cleaning up drum bleed could be remarkably simple using the transients as guidelines. I am not the person to go to for editing advice, being performance oriented, but this is mighty handy.

Use transient markers to make selections – Logic Pro X

You can use transient markers to select part of an audio file for editing purposes.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Trim Region Start to Previous Transient ⌃⇧[ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Trim Region Start to Previous Transient    ⌃⇧[

Sometimes “trim” means “make longer” or “move start”. Moving to previous will lengthen the region. Moving to next will shorten the region, leaving blank track.

The “best” description I can find about moving to/from transients is in the Audio File Editor documentation.

Use transient markers to make selections – Logic Pro X

You can use transient markers to select part of an audio file for editing purposes.

 

 It doesn’t define region trimming, but gives a decent description.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Delete MIDI Events Outside Locators – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Delete outside Locators -> Delete MIDI Events Outside Locators

Only keep what is between the locators. My list of Logic Pro X keyboard commands was out of date.

The ‘Delete outside Locators’ command (not looking proper) is correctly named ‘Delete MIDI Events Outside Locators’ (looks proper). The command makes sense with MIDI events, not necessarily much sense with audio data.

Mute and delete regions and events – Logic Pro X

 

Inside or Outside Locators: Erases all MIDI events inside/outside the locators.

Delete notes in the Piano Roll Editor – Logic Pro X

 

 

When copying events or reducing the length of MIDI regions, events can sometimes end up outside the limits of a MIDI region. These technically still belong to the MIDI region, although they won’t be played or heard.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Center around Playhead ↓ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Center around Playhead ↓

Smart Tempo Editor tool. The assigned keyboard shortcut – down-arrow – only seems to work with audio regions. With MIDI regions it has no effect, in fact, moves to the next track in the Arrange window.

Smart Tempo overview – Logic Pro X

 

Smart Tempo brings powerful new tempo analysis and editing capabilities to Logic Pro. With Smart Tempo you can record a performance without the metronome and have Logic Pro adapt the project tempo to match the tempo of the recording, or keep the project tempo and flex the recording to match it. Smart Tempo also makes it easy to create remixes using audio files and MIDI regions with different tempos that all conform to the project tempo, or adapt the project tempo to the tempo of an imported audio file or MIDI region.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Join Regions/Notes ⌘J ⌘:four: – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Join Regions/Notes    ⌘J    ⌘:four:

Combine separate regions/notes into a single region. With audio regions, if the joined region is “contiguous” in the original audio the region is simply extended to include those selected. If there are gaps (or regions from different audio files are selected) a new audio file will be created for the joined region.

MIDI notes that are joined simply create a single note that has a duration of the sum of the durations of the joined notestime from the start of the first note to the end of the furthest away note.

Join regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X

You can join untransposed audio regions, and join MIDI regions. Regions from audio Apple Loops, and audio regions that have been transposed, can’t be joined.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Mute Notes/Regions/Folders On/Off ⌃M – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Mute Notes/Regions/Folders On/Off    ⌃M

Toggle Mute on the selected item(s). Use the Mute Tool to mute an item, or a few of them. The ‘Select Muted Regions/Events ⇧M’ command will select everything that has been muted.

I am thinking about comparing muted notes and regions as a kind of subtractive EQ – remove some sound to expose or clarify, toggle as necessary to help focus on the desired action.

Mute and solo regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X

You can mute one or more regions in the Tracks area to exclude them from playback. You can also solo individual regions, to hear them in isolation, and lock the solo status of regions.

 

 Mute and delete regions and events – Logic Pro X

The Mute and Delete functions go hand in hand, because you often want to remove events you have muted.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

- Global Commands
Mute Movie Audio On/Off
Toggle writing Mute Automation in Write Mode
Toggle Channel Strip Mute M

- Main Window Tracks and Various Editors
Select Muted Regions/Events ⇧M
Mute Notes/Regions/Folders On/Off ⌃M

- Mixer
Select Muted Channel Strips ⇧M

Snap Mode: 1/4 Triplet (1/6) – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Snap Mode: 1/4 Triplet (1/6)

The Snap Mode menu/control that I regularly see (and on occasion, use) is at the top of the Tracks window. Interestingly, the menu does not contain the note or triplet options. If I assign the command to a key and invoke it the Snap Mode control “blanks” giving no indication that it is enabled, or what it is set to. 

I suspect that this is a bug, or a set of modes that are no longer considered useful. In either event I am very unlikely to set my Snap mode to ‘1/4 Triplet’.

Snap items to the grid – Logic Pro X:

The Tracks area includes a grid that helps you align regions, automation points, and other items with the time divisions in the ruler. When you perform any of the following actions, the items move according to the current Snap value:

 

 If I am using the Piano Roll editor the Snap Mode control does show the note-valued menu items, and displays it as ‘1/4 T’. Snap modes appear to be independently set in the two edit/arrange windows. As I thought about this, and looked at the interesting 1/96 setting I remembered the ‘old days’ of MIDI where time could be specified down to 1/96th of a quarter note.

Nudge values can be set to the note-valued settings as well.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

- Main Window Tracks and Various Editors
Snap Mode: Smart
Snap Mode: Bar
Snap Mode: Beat
Snap Mode: Division
Snap Mode: Ticks
Snap Mode: 1/1 Note
Snap Mode: 1/2 Note
Snap Mode: 1/4 Note
Snap Mode: 1/8 Note
Snap Mode: 1/16 Note
Snap Mode: 1/32 Note
Snap Mode: 1/64 Note
Snap Mode: 1/2 Triplet (1/3)
Snap Mode: 1/4 Triplet (1/6) ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌦
Snap Mode: 1/8 Triplet (1/12)
Snap Mode: 1/16 Triplet (1/24)
Snap Mode: 1/32 Triplet (1/48)
Snap Mode: 1/64 Triplet (1/96)
Snap Mode: Frames
Snap Mode: Quarter Frames
Snap Mode: Samples
Snap Mode: Off

Remove Overlaps \ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Remove Overlaps    \

Removing overlaps is essentially the same as the “Trim Region” commands. If there are no overlapping regions the command changes nothing.

Resize regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X:

 

 

Remove overlaps between regions

 

Select the overlapping regions, or select all regions on the track by clicking the track header.

 

Choose Edit > Trim > Remove Overlaps (or press \).

 

Where the selected regions overlap, the length of the left (earlier) region is reduced to remove the overlap.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

- Main Window Tracks
Trim Region End to Next Region ⇧\
Trim Region Start to Previous Region
Trim Regions to Fill within Locators ⌥\
Trim Region Start to Previous Transient ⌃⇧[
Trim Region Start to Next Transient ⌃⇧]
Trim Region End to Previous Transient ⌃[
Trim Region End to Next Transient ⌃]