Pack Folder – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Pack Folder

Folders overview – Logic Pro X:

A folder is a region that can contain other regions, similar to a folder in the Finder that can contain different files. You can edit a folder in many of the same ways you edit a MIDI region.

A folder can be thought of as an arrangement within an arrangement. A folder can contain as many tracks (with their regions) as needed. When a folder is closed, it looks like a MIDI region in the Tracks area:

It took me a long time to figure out the difference between folders and track stacks.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide All Inactive Track Alternatives – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide All Inactive Track Alternatives

 

Track alternatives are new to me. When mixing I normally want to change channel strip settings, not the actual music. I recognize the benefits of comping, but I don’t record multiple takes and then work with the better pieces of each.

I need to remember track alternatives. I think they will come in handy when I collaborate with other Logic users.

Use track alternatives – Logic Pro X:

You can create and edit track alternatives and switch between them. Each alternative can contain different regions or arrangements, while sharing the same channel strip and plug-ins. Track alternatives are like “playlists” for individual tracks that can be used to try out different ideas or archive tracks at different stages of development.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set main finger 5 ⌃⌥⇧5 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set main finger 5    ⌃⌥⇧5

 Score Editor.

I can’t seem to find any reading material that addresses “main finger”. Will have to confer with my scoring wizard (who happens to be a guitar player).

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Apply Quantization Permanently ⌃Q – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Apply Quantization Permanently    ⌃Q

 MIDI quantization. The holy grail and the pit of tar. When properly used we can get accurate scores and more realistic “performances”.

The Region inspector allows for changing quantization non-destructively. The changes made here do not alter the events permanently, much like changing the gain of an audio region.

MIDI region parameters – Logic Pro X:

Apply MIDI region parameters permanently
You can apply the MIDI region parameter settings of all selected MIDI regions and folders with the Functions > MIDI Region Parameters > Apply All Parameters Permanently command.

This means that all settings are actually written as data, and playback parameters revert to normal values. The audible result remains the same. The Loop parameter and advanced quantization parameters (Q-Velocity, Q-Length, Q-Flam, Q-Range, and Q-Strength) are not affected. However, use this carefully as you lose the ability change your mind about MIDI region edits.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

I fondly recall the fine control of MIDI from Opcode Vision and Studio Vision. Emagic Notator (then Logic) showed up on the scene right around the time of my full commitment to Opcode software and tools. When Gibson bought Opcode I thought the Mac was doomed as the computer for musicians.

My memory could be faulty, but I’m pretty sure Dave Oppenheim from Opcode got hired by Apple in the late 1990s. The whole Core Audio and Core MIDI worlds inside macOS and iOS are so much like OMS.

Next Channel Strip Setting of focused Track ⇧] – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Next Channel Strip Setting of focused Track    ⇧]

Very easy to audition settings for channels. This controls the channel strip settings (from the Settings menu). The user-defined settings are first, followed by Logic and GarageBand channels.

The user settings are contained in

~/Music/Audio Music Apps/Channel Strip Settings/

There are a lot of pre-defined strips that are used by Logic for the software instruments, delays, reverbs, and other useful things.

Today I’ll read the introductory chapters on plug-ins and channel strips.

Work with plug-in settings – Logic Pro X:

Plug-in settings are stored with the project file and are automatically recalled the next time the project is opened. In the plug-in window, you can load, copy and paste, compare, save, create default, and delete plug-in settings. You can also load, save, and delete plug-in settings in the Library.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide Track Number – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide Track Number

 

I don’t normally use track numbers. I display them in my mixer screenset. I suspect that many things go back to the days of the “environment” where all things are possible. I think that I should spend a little time looking at historical versions of Logic Pro. Best resource for the moment is Sound on Sound magazine.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

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

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  Trim Region Start to Next Transient    ⌃⇧]

 

Straight-forward. Remove the front of the region up to the next transient. Handy for editing.

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

New Zone ⌃Z – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  New Zone    ⌃Z
 

I have used control-Z to change auto-zoom mode. Looks like the key command is mode specific?

The EXS24 Editor makes use of this. I have only used EXS24 as the man behind the curtain of the instrument library in Logic. This can open a whole new world of sounds.

EXS24 mkII Zones and Groups view – Logic Pro X:

There are two views in the Instrument Editor window: Zones and Groups.

In Zones view, the area above the keyboard displays the Zones area. The general menus, buttons, and so on, are displayed in both Zones and Groups views.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Settings: MIDI Meaning ⌃⌥⇧M – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Settings: MIDI Meaning    ⌃⌥⇧M
 

Score Editing. The note included in the documentation is probably the best bit of advice. Why it is located at the end of the section is beyond me. Important tips on usage should be placed at the first likely point of contact – the lead paragraph of the section. The command is in the ‘Layout’ menu in the Score Editor window.

MIDI Meaning settings – Logic Pro X:

Important: If you do use MIDI Meaning, you need to adjust the settings before you begin to insert accents and so on. This is because the settings have no influence on accents and phrasing marks that have already been inserted.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Settings: Guitar Tablature ⌃⌥⇧G – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Settings: Guitar Tablature ⌃⌥⇧G
 

This one is kind of hard to find. The “Settings:” is attached to a number of entries which look like they belong in the Score Editor. The key commands window indicates that the commands are available in a local menu (never telling us which).

The commands are found in the “Layout” menu in the Score Editor. Choosing the entry opens the “Project Settings” window with the appropriate “tab” selected.

Tablature settings – Logic Pro X:

Tablature is a method of notating music for fretted string instruments—especially for guitar and electric bass—but also for other fretted instruments. In this system, the horizontal lines represent the strings of the instrument. Notes are always written on the line/string at which they are played. The fret numbers are shown instead of regular note heads. Logic Pro automatically converts notes into tablature, if a staff style containing a Clef parameter set to one of these tuning sets is used. The exact characteristics of these tuning sets are determined in the Tablature pane.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Play/Stop All ⌃⌥⌘˽ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Play/Stop All    ⌃⌥⌘˽
 

Hmmm. I use the space bar to play/stop all the time. What is the “All” that happens here?

Play audio files in the Audio File Editor – Logic Pro X:

You can use the following key commands to enhance your playback options:

Play/Stop All: Plays back the whole audio file, regardless of the selected area.

Play/Stop Region: Toggles between playback of the region start and end points—regardless of the selected area.

Play/Stop Region to Anchor and Play/Stop Region from Anchor: Allow you to check the region anchor position by listening to the parts just before and after the anchor.

This is very timely. I need to fix some bass parts (DI and amp) as well as kick drum (in and out mics). The audio editor will certainly make this more enlightening at least. I will see if aligning the tracks is any easier with a pair of audio editor windows open…

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

 

Select Previous Track ↑ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Select Previous Track    ↑
 

This goes along with its counterpart, the down-arrow, for selecting the next track.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Nudge Region/Event Length Left by 10 ms – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Nudge Region/Event Length Left by 10 ms
 

I usually set the nudge value using the toolbar, then do left/right nudging. Almost always I am trying to align multiple mixes of a song I am mixing to get things set up for level matching and comparison.

  • Set the nudge value to 10ms – ⌃⌥0
  • Set the nudge value to 1ms – ⌃⌥1
  • Set the nudge value to Sample – ⌃⌥S
  • Nudge left – ⌥←
  • Nudge right – ⌥→

Those handy control and option keys.

Move regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X:

You can move regions to a different point in the same track, or move them to another track of the same type. You can move an audio region to another audio track, for example, but not to a software instrument track, or vice versa. You can also move regions between open Tracks area windows, or between different open projects.

Side note – nudging regions from X-Touch? The answer is yes.

Mackie Control Nudge button overview – Control Surfaces Help:

The NUDGE button allows you to move (nudge) selected audio or MIDI regions (or events) in Small, Large, or Temporary Nudge mode.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to Last Locate Position – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to Last Locate Position
 

Moving around a project efficiently is they key to mastering Logic Pro X. Positioning the playhead, getting the right workspace (screenset), focusing attention where you want it and when you want it.

Use transport key commands – Logic Pro X:

Go to Last Locate Position: Moves the playhead to the last position reached with a positioning command, or direct positioning of the playhead using the mouse or ruler.

Use transport shortcut menus – Logic Pro X:

Jump Between Marquee and Project Start: Moves the playhead back and forth between the marquee start position and the project start position, when Logic Pro is stopped. Applies only if there is an active marquee selection.

 

Really?

Create, recall, and switch screensets – Logic Pro X:

You can also switch a screenset automatically during playback using meta events.

 

It’s a breakpoint!

Meta events – Logic Pro X:

Num = 52: This meta event stops playback.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to Beginning of First Region – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to Beginning of First Region
 

I wonder if this is project-wide or track specific? Let’s find out…First region of the project. Possibly different behavior if working in a folder stack. No, it moves the playhead to the beginning of the first region in the project.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND