Tap Tempo – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Tap Tempo

There are multiple places where Tap Tempo can be used. It is a Global Command not assigned to any key, a specific tool in the Smart Tempo editor.

Set the project tempo – Logic Pro X:

 

Assign a key command to Tap Tempo, then use the key command to set the tempo.

The first time you tap the tempo, an alert appears, asking if you want to enable Tap Tempo.

Handy way to get a tempo “idea” out of your head and into the project. Most frequently I take drum tracks or drums and bass tracks and analyze the tempo. It’s easier if the tempo is known, but hey…

Work in the Smart Tempo Editor – Logic Pro X:

 

You can make adjustments in two different ways: by playing the file or selection and tapping the D and T keys on your computer keyboard to indicate downbeats (D) and beats (T), or by editing beat markers in the main display. When tapping in a selection, only the downbeats or beats in the selected area are changed.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Hide Group 16 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Hide Group 16

Hmm. 32 groups. The keyboard commands for 1 through 9 are ⌃⇧1 to ⌃⇧9 .

The commands do what I expect. If there is a group numbered ‘n’ the command toggles the view of the tracks/channels. Hidden, but not like “Hide Track”.

Groups appear to be very useful. I should use them more. I fooled around with them a bit to try and change colors more easily, but they do so much more.

Groups are “mixer groups”. The overview helps us get started.

Groups overview
The Mixer groups feature is only available when Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane.

Prior to mixing, you may find it useful to define some logical channel strip groups. You could, for example, group all drum channel strips under one drum group. This would allow you to control the group meters (volume, pan, mute, solo, sends, and so on) using a single control, while still maintaining the relative parameter values of each channel strip.

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

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set Scissors Tool ⌥:three: – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Scissors Tool        ⌥:three:

I don’t edit audio very much. I typically put the playhead where I want to split a region, and use the split region command – ⌘T. It would probably be better for my workflow to start using the Marquee tool to select the area I want split apart and use the “Split Regions/Events at Locators or Marquee selection” – ⌃⌘T

If I had a touch bar that would speed things up as well.

It is important to remember to cross-fade between regions if there is sound happening. I have the fade tool and marquee tool enabled when the pointer tool is in the proper location. Makes fades easy. If I set the Scissors tool via the above command I now have to switch back to the pointer tool to do a simple fade. 

We shall see how this works out.

Common tools – Logic Pro X:

 

The most common tools are briefly described in the following section. Tools for specific working areas or editors are covered in the respective chapters.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Track On ⌥M – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Track On    ⌥M

Tracks can be turned on and off. This command toggles the on/off state of the track. If the on/off button is not currently being displayed in the track header using this command will cause the on/off button to be displayed. Regions in a track that is turned off have their color changed to gray.

I have started to use on/off control of tracks to un-clutter my mixes. Tracks that are printed with effects, or are parallel processing tracks are likely candidates. I will typically protect these tracks as well so I cannot modify them. They got printed this way for a reason, I shouldn’t presume to know better.

Turn off tracks – Logic Pro X:

When no other track is assigned to the same channel strip, turning off a track also saves processing power, because plug-ins on the channel strip are no longer processed. Turning a track off (or turning it back on) takes slightly longer than muting or unmuting the track, due to internal pre-processing. Unlike muting a track, turning off a track can not be automated.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Copy MIDI Events… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Copy MIDI Events…

The command is found in the “Edit” menu of the usual places – Tracks, Events, Piano Roll. Unlikely that I would turn this into a keyboard command. There are lots of things to be fiddled with.

Edit events overview – Logic Pro X:

The Event List L(ock), M(ute), Position, Status, Ch(annel), Num(ber), Val(ue), and Length/Info columns display all details of all event types. In most cases, you can directly edit the data displayed (except for the Status column, which indicates the event type).

 

 There is more detailed discussion of this in the Piano Roll documentation.

Copy notes in the Piano Roll Editor – Logic Pro X:

There are a number of ways to copy or move notes in the Piano Roll Editor. In addition to Option-dragging or using the Copy and Paste menu commands, there are advanced Copy and Move operations such as directly swapping events, or merging a group of notes from one section of a region to the same region, or another region.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Add Mapping – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Add Mapping

Smart Controls. Mapping parameters to Smart Controls is kind of tedious. The benefit is the Smart Controls can be used in Logic Remote, so control is possible while away from the computer. The controls are also mappable to the Control Surfaces.

Map screen controls to channel strip and plug-in parameters – Logic Pro X:

When Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane, you can map screen controls to channel strip and plug-in parameters for the selected track. Each screen control can be mapped to one or more channel strip or plug-in parameters for the selected track. Parameter mappings are saved with the patch.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Octave – 2 ⇧Z – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Octave - 2 ⇧Z

Move the “selected” octave down 2. I’m not really sure how this is useful unless it is because it makes it easier to see the location of keys on the keyboard.

I am more likely to be using the “Musical Typing” keyboard.

Step Input Keyboard – Logic Pro X:

Table reflects default keyboard shortcuts included in the U.S. factory preset.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Apply Transform User Preset 4 to selected Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Apply Transform User Preset 4 to selected Events

The MIDI Transform window. All things programatic start here. It appears that we can define 30 presets for the transformation window. It would be good to remember the variant “Select and Operate Preset”. See tomorrow’s post.

 

MIDI Transform window overview – Logic Pro X:

The MIDI Transform window is so-named because it transforms MIDI events—based on conditions, operations, and values you choose—into different types of events, or events with different values.

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.

A number of preset transform sets are available for many common editing tasks. These may be all you’ll ever require, but should the need arise, you can create and save your own transform sets, and recall them later.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Solo Mode ⌃S – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Solo Mode    ⌃S

Solo the selected region(s). I have learned to use the Solo Tool for listening to tracks to investigate. Using Solo Mode will help me during mixing and editing.

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.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set Smart Tempo MTR Handling to Ignore – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Smart Tempo MTR Handling to Ignore

Nothing. Zip. Nada. Cannot locate anything that remotely refers to “MTR Handling”.

Unless that is shorthand for “Musical tempo reference” which I found here…

Smart Tempo overview – Logic Pro X:

Musical tempo reference

When using Smart Tempo in Adapt mode (or when Auto uses Adapt behavior), the results depend on whether a musical tempo reference is present in the part of the project to which you are recording or adding a file. A musical tempo reference exists when the metronome is active, when audio, MIDI, or Drummer regions are present in the part of the project where you are working, or when Cycle mode is turned on.

In most cases, when you hear any musical material while recording, a musical tempo reference is present. If you do not hear any material, no musical tempo reference is present.

Tip: To avoid having a musical tempo reference while recording, solo the track you are recording to before recording.

Given the description here the commands start to make sense. Setting MTR Handling to “ignore” would have the same effect as soloing the track being recorded to, except that you would still hear the musical reference.

Toggle Smart Tempo Mode (Keep/Adapt) 
Set Smart Tempo Mode to Keep
Set Smart Tempo Mode to Adapt
Set Smart Tempo Mode to Automatic ⌃⌥8⃣
Toggle Smart Tempo MTR Handling
Set Smart Tempo MTR Handling to Write
Set Smart Tempo MTR Handling to Ignore
Toggle Smart Tempo Trim to Downbeat

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set Layout Tool – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Layout Tool


Choose the “Layout Tool” in the “left-click” tool drop down (same place as pointer, solo, et al.)

The Layout Tool is what you use to change the position of a note in the score without affecting the actual time placement of the note. If you use the Pointer Tool to drag a note from 4 1 1 1 to the left to 3 1 1 1 the note will move, and apparently “replace” anything that used to be between 3 1 1 1 and 4 1 1 1.

If you use the Layout Tool to move the note left or right (no vertical movement is possible) the placement of the event in time will not change. You can move a note at 4 1 1 1 to the left to get it closer to the bar line, or to the right to get closer to the next note. Timing will not change.

It is best to use a MIDI loop and play with it in the Score Editor to get a feeling for what is possible.

Position items graphically in the Score Editor – Logic Pro X:

Using the Layout tool: The Layout tool is used to graphically move events in the Score Editor, in order to optimize the display without altering the timing of MIDI events.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Open System Performance…  – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Open System Performance…


Opens the performance meters. Typically I get to this window by double-clicking on the performance meter in the control bar.

System overload alerts in Logic Pro X – Apple Support:

Use the meters in the Logic Pro CPU/HD window to monitor system performance while working on a project. To view the CPU/HD window:

1. Choose View > Customize Control Bar and Display.

2. Choose Custom from the pop-up menu in the LCD section.

3. Select the Load Meters (CPU/HD) checkbox, then click OK.

4.A CPU/HD meter appears on the right side of the LCD. Double-click the CPU meter to open it in a new, expanded window.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Create Group… ⌃G – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Create Group…    ⌃G

From the “Project Audio” section of commands.

Project Audio Browser overview – Logic Pro X:

The Project Audio Browser shows all audio files and regions that have been added to or recorded in your project, whether or not they are used in the Tracks area. Regions shown in the Project Audio Browser that are not used in the Tracks area are indicated in red.

 

 Fascinating. There is an entire world of collecting and arranging audio files for a project. I am entirely used to working with collections of audio files that are used as a set, and should be contained within the project. An entire world of possibilities of creating projects with audio from many sources with no really good reason to copy into a project.

Certainly something to think about. At the minimum cataloging and filing project audio first might make a lot of sense for larger projects with original recorded tracks and processed tracks. Reference tracks?

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Snap Regions to Relative Value – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Snap Regions to Relative Value

  I should work with some of the options for snapping audio to the grid. I struggle to align reference tracks that I put into the project. This is the visual editing of the regions…something that I don’t do a lot of yet.

It is easy to practice using MIDI loops with the region zoomed horizontally to display fine timing resolution.

Snap items to the grid – Logic Pro X:

By default, the Snap function is relative. When you move or edit an item, it retains the same relative distance from its original grid position. For example, if a region is placed at position 1.2.1.16, and you move the region two beats forward (with the Snap value set to Bar), the region snaps to position 2.2.1.16, not 2.1.1.1 (or 2.2.1.1). You can move items so that they align with the nearest grid value by choosing Snap to Absolute Value from the Snap pop-up menu.

You can show the grid in the Tracks area, to help you visualize the positions of items in the Tracks area relative to the Snap value.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Select Audio Tracks – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Select Audio Tracks

 I most often select all Audio Channels in the mixer. Show ALL channel strips, turn off all but audio. Now I can select all the channels and add EQ or sends to everything at the same time.

Selecting all Audio Tracks in the arrange window would certainly be a simpler way to do this.

In the Edit menu – “Edit>Select Tracks>Audio”.

The command will only select Audio tracks that are visible in the Arrange window. If the tracks are in Summing Stacks that are collapsed they will not be selected. In fact, the Audio menu item is dimmed if there are no Audio tracks visible.

In the Mixer selecting all Audio channel strips is ‘⇧A’. The same caveat about visible channels applies. The Select All Audio only selects visible audio tracks/channels.

Still a good workflow improvement for me.

Select tracks – Logic Pro X:

 

Some track operations, such as duplicating tracks or assigning tracks to a different channel strip, require that you first select the track or tracks.

You can select multiple tracks. When multiple tracks are selected, the first selected track is the focused track. Some operations, such as choosing a patch in the Library, only affect the focused track when multiple tracks are selected.

When multiple tracks are selected, the track number of the focused track also appears selected (lighter gray color) on the left edge of the track header, unlike the other selected tracks.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND