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Software synths have taken over many of the roles that were once fulfilled by keyboard or rackmounting instruments, but many of us still have favourite hardware synths we’d like to integrate into our systems. And although Logic Pro has very capable MIDI features, its handling of external MIDI synths is not quite as intuitive as it might be. It often turns out that there’s more than one way to do a job, with no one way being clearly the ‘right’ way. For this article I’m going to go through the way I set up my own external Roland JV2080 (using only its stereo output).

The Rosetta Stone – this helped me understand GM Mixer and multi-track MIDI devices so much better.

Reset Sizes – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Reset Sizes

 According to the Keyboard Commands window this command is in the MIDI Environment. I have yet to discover where in that convoluted thing it exists. My suspicion is that the command is actually “Size by default” located in the “Cleanup” menu in the environment window. It certainly functions like that – resetting objects to their default size.

Environment overview – Logic Pro X:

The Environment refers to the virtual environment of Logic Pro inside your computer. It provides a virtual view of your MIDI studio, giving you complete control over your MIDI setup, and includes the following objects.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

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.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Understanding Logic Pro’s Environment

Understanding Logic Pro’s Environment:

The Environment is the core of Logic. It can be the cause of a lot of confusion (and even fear!) for new and even more experienced Logic users. In the first of three tutorials that focus on the Environment I’m going to explain exactly what the Environment is and why it makes Logic the most flexible and advanced MIDI sequencing package on the market.

How to Use the Transformer Object in Logic’s Environment

How to Use the Transformer Object in Logic’s Environment:

The transformer object in Logic’s Environment is one of its most used and most important objects. In basic terms, it looks for MIDI events that match a set of user defined conditions and then alters those events according to a second set of conditions. In short, as its name suggests, it transforms MIDI.

Using Logic Pro’s Transformer Object

Using Logic Pro’s Transformer Object:

The Transformer object in the Environment is one of the most powerful tools Logic has to offer. With a little bit of MIDI know-how, it can become an incredibly powerful creative tool. In the second part of this Environment series we’re going to look at the basic concept of how the Transformer interprets and manipulates MIDI messages. Even if you don’t have Logic, there’s some useful information about MIDI as well.

Logic and The Environment, Part 1: The Simple Truths : Ask.Audio

Logic and The Environment, Part 1: The Simple Truths : Ask.Audio:

Many Logic users fear to tread in the environment. Feeding the fear are long-standing misconceptions about what the environment is and how (supposedly) complicated it is. And more than a few people have paid tribute to the environment by visiting internet forums and expressing their heart’s desire that in future versions of Logic, we will no longer find an environment.

New Transformer – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  New Transformer

Uncomplicated. Of course what to do with a transformer object is not at all clear to me at this time. I think that I might be able to make a “chord” player or something similar.

Transformer objects overview – Logic Pro X:

You can use a transformer object to select, filter, and alter MIDI events in real time. Transformers can also process meta events, as long as they aren’t the meta events that affect transformers. These particular meta events change the transformer, rather than being processed by it. For more information, see Use meta events to control condition and operation values.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

New Chord Memorizer – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  New Chord Memorizer

In the environment. This is a good place to lose a few hours some morning. Put a Chord Memorizer into the path and play with it.

Chord Memorizer Keyboard

Chord memorizer objects overview – Logic Pro X:

The easiest way to use a chord memorizer is to connect its output to the instrument that you want to play the chords through, and assign it to a track. You can, of course, place it anywhere else in the MIDI signal path.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Object Height +1 Pixel ⌥⇧↓ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Object Height +1 Pixel    ⌥⇧↓

 Found in the Environment. I still don’t get it with the “down” arrow making something bigger. Sort of like computer chips using 1 for false and 0 for true…

The manual says use keyboard commands, but doesn’t list them 😉 The width commands make sense left arrow makes smaller, right arrow makes bigger.

Seems strange that documentation back to version 9 doesn’t actually list the keyboard commands.

Adjust the position and size of objects – Logic Pro X:

Use the following keyboard shortcuts to decrease or increase the width or height of selected objects by 1 pixel:

Object Width −1 Pixel

Object Width +1 Pixel

Object Height −1 Pixel

Object Height +1 Pixel

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

New Multi-Instrument – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  New Multi-Instrument

Located in the ‘New’ menu in the environment window. These days I only have one ‘real’ MIDI instrument, my PX330 digital piano. It is multi-timbral. I might find a use for working in the environment sometime.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Channel Display Default of Multi-Instrument – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Channel Display Default of Multi-Instrument
 

Good timing. My study plan for the day is directed at software instruments, MIDI, and connecting both audio and MIDI data on the same track/channel strip.

Haven’t found a decent description of what this does or why I would want to do it. 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Object Height +1 Pixel ⌥⇧↓ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Object Height +1 Pixel    ⌥⇧↓
 

Today I will search the online help instead of the user guide. Let’s see if I get quicker or different results.

Resize selected objects using key commands
Use the following key commands to decrease or increase the width or height of selected objects by 1 pixel:

Object Width −1 Pixel
Object Width +1 Pixel
Object Height −1 Pixel
Object Height +1 Pixel

A nice, direct link. Now the User Guide.

Same spot in the User Guide. Working in the Environment.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Apply Buffer Template to Definition – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Apply Buffer Template to Definition
 

This appears in the ‘Options’ menu in the Environment window. The best that I can determine is that the “buffer” is actually the clipboard.

Someday I will find a decent tutorial that can help me learn to use the Environment, Big subject.

Environment overview
The Environment refers to the virtual environment of Logic Pro inside your computer. It provides a virtual view of your MIDI studio, giving you complete control over your MIDI setup, and includes the following objects.

Physical Input and Sequencer Input objects: Represent the physical MIDI inputs of your MIDI interface and the Logic Pro input.

Instrument objects: Virtual representations of each MIDI device (synthesizers and samplers, for example) in your MIDI rig.

Faders, knobs, switches, and other objects: Used to create new data, or to control and modify the MIDI signal flow in real time.”

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

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND