Sends on Faders – A Workflow Revolution

I was introduced to ‘Sends on Faders’ with my XR18 and the X-Air Edit software mixer. I didn’t really understand the power, but it certainly made it easy to adjust effect send levels.

Logic Pro (X) brought us ‘Sends on Faders’ in version 10.4.2. A new workflow is now possible.

I have to couple the ‘Sends on Faders’ discussion with a better understanding of using multiple mixer windows in a screenset. I can create multiple, different mixer windows and toggle between them with the ‘Cycle Through Windows ⌘`’.

On the left side of the screen I have the mixer window set to ‘Tracks’ with all of my summing stacks (bus folders, however you want to call them – AUX channels with a bus for input) collapsed giving me 24 channel strips. On the right side of the screen I have a mixer window set to ‘Single’ which will show all of the channels involved in getting sound from the selected channel to the outputs.

I can simply select a channel in the left window and the right window changes to show me the actual channels involved. The X-Touch follows the mixer view, so when I select the left window I have the faders and controls ‘under hand’.

I have an extended keyboard plugged in to the X-Touch so I can use key commands to change views.

Next on the reading list is a much deeper read of the Control Surfaces manual to understand the various methods of using the SEND functions on the X-Touch – much to learn.

I am actively involved in discussions on gearspace.com about the joys of the X-Touch 

Behringer X Touch with Logic Pro – Gearspace.com

Hope you’re all well. Recently I bought an X Touch (universal Control…). I read (and seen on youtube) that it’s suppose to work pretty much as is out of the box with LPX.

 I have found “Sends on Faders” in the Mackie Control world – SEND button plus F7

Mackie Control alternate Send edit mode options in Logic Pro – Apple Support

V-Pot 7 or F7 – Switches to Destination/Level Mixer view. In this mode, you can control one Send slot for all channel strips. Each channel strip corresponds to the channel strip name shown in the upper LCD row.

 huge.

Mastering 2-Bus Compression With Logic Pro’s Compressor | Logic Pro

Mastering 2-Bus Compression With Logic Pro’s Compressor | Logic Pro

My colleague Steve DeMott did an article on 2-Buss compression recently. He describes various practical compression techniques and approaches when applying compression to a full mix on the stereo bus.  In this video, I take some of his ideas and develop them using Logic’s powerful and flexible built-in compressor plug-in. There is a lot more to this plug-in than initially meets the eye, especially when it comes to “glue” style bus processing.

How to Use Match EQ to Reveal That Pro Mix Sound

How to Use Match EQ to Reveal That Pro Mix Sound

Today’s post was originally posted in 2018. It has been updated to include a video tutorial to illustrate the procedures below.

from Why Logic Pro Rules – Chris Vandeviver

Manage key command sets in Logic Remote on iPhone – Apple Support

Manage key command sets in Logic Remote on iPhone – Apple Support

As soon as you edit the original key command set for Logic Pro in Logic Remote, a LogicKeyCommands.plist file is saved to the File Sharing area. You can share, back up, or restore the key command set from the File Sharing area.

I want to reset the key commands in Logic Remote to their default state. My reading of the documentation tells me that removing the file(s) LogicKeyCommands.plist from the Logic Remote space (see using the Finder to work with files on iPad and iPhone).

Deleting the plist file resets the key commands.

NB Key command layout is problematic if you want to share key commands between Logic Remote on iPad and iPhone.

Add, remove, and edit key commands in Logic Remote on iPhone – Apple Support

Add, remove, and edit key commands in Logic Remote on iPhone – Apple Support

After you turn on key command editing, you can add, remove, move, and customize key commands to suit your own workflow needs. You can also organize key commands by color.

The default commands in Logic Remote are numerous, and not very interesting for my work. I need to create a set of commands. I will start by removing some.

Tap the Settings icon (gear) at the top right of the display. Choose ‘Edit Key Commands’. Edit/Move/Delete as desired. Tap ‘Done’.

When searching for commands I can press the microphone button on the search field and speak the command.

I was inspired by going through the complete Groove3 tutorial for Logic Remote.

Logic Remote Explained® – Groove3.com Video Tutorial

Logic Pro X wiz Doug Zangar brings you in-depth Logic Remote video tutorials! Learn everything you need to know to use the free iOS Logic Remote app to control your Logic Pro X projects, including the new Live Loops, Remix FX, Touch Instruments and more. These videos are designed for both new and experienced Logic Remote users.

Control Multiple Instruments on Different MIDI Channels – Logic Pro Help

Control Multiple Instruments on Different MIDI Channels – Logic Pro Help

Controlling multiple instruments on different MIDI channels in Logic is easy, and it does not require you to ever open the environment! It also allows you to record different controller keyboards on different software instrument or external MIDI tracks. Whether you’re trying to use an external sequencer (like an MPC 2000, or even another computer running Logic) to trigger instruments within Logic, or whether you’re simply trying to play different instruments using different MIDI controllers, read on.

Mackie Control Global View buttons in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Mackie Control Global View buttons in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The GLOBAL VIEW button is used in conjunction with the other eight GLOBAL VIEW buttons to display (and edit) specific types of channel strips. Pressing any of the buttons activates All View; when this view is active, the green LED to the right of the GLOBAL VIEW button is lit.

I have become fond of using ‘Single’ view in the mixer. If I select one of my summing stacks and switch to ‘Single’ I get the AUX and all of the channels visible in the mixer windows and in the faders on the X-Touch.

I haven’t been able to find documentation on how to switch the X-Touch into ‘Single’ view. Pressing the ‘Global View’ button toggles between ‘Arrange’ (tracks) and ‘All’.

After much experimentation I have discovered the OPTION-GLOBAL VIEW button press. This switches the mixer to ‘Single’ view. Excellent!

Mapping Remix FX to Launchpad in Logic Pro – 9to5Mac

Mapping Remix FX to Launchpad in Logic Pro – 9to5Mac

Considering how simple it is to download Logic Remote for free and use your iPhone as a sort of always-on, heads-up display, solely for Remix FX, alongside your Launchpad, I’m still not sure any of this is worth the trouble anyway. As much as I would like to have this one, single Logic Pro controller instrument in front me that I can completely master, and ignore as much of everything else as possible, Launchpad’s touch-button toggles and faders just don’t seem to be able to keep up with Apple’s remote multi-touch screen control. I get it, with Logic Remote you can be flipping and waving your fingers across the iPad, automatically and simultaneously engaging and adjusting various FX with immersive touch and swipe movements. And it all just works immediately and always with no mapping needed.

Copy to Live Loops: Transforming regions into cells in Logic Pro – 9to5Mac

Copy to Live Loops: Transforming regions into cells in Logic Pro – 9to5Mac

Today we are taking a look at the copy to Live Loops function and transforming your regions into cells. While we previously explored some of the more performance-based applications of Launchpads and Live Loops, arguably the most obvious use for Apple’s grid-based production environment is in arrangement. You can easily and quickly experiment with transitions from one part to any other without having to start dragging and dropping huge, unwieldy chunks of regions around. Sure, that’s nothing some Marquee tool or skip/cycle wizardry can’t handle on the regular timeline, but there’s really no comparing that to the musical immediacy and hands-on immersion of triggering these sections with a single Launchpad button, all-synced to the timeline and without having to commit to anything until you’ve experienced the change.

Better Touch Tool (BTT) Macros for Logic Pro

I haven’t explored BetterTouchTool capabilities for doing keyboard macros. Programming the tool seems daunting. I finally found a task in Logic Pro that I wanted to make very easy.

I want to “select” an area of some tracks and create a marker for that selection. For me the simplest method is to marquee-select the area, turn on cycle, and create a marker for the cycle area. Not all of these things are simple keypresses, and aren’t easy to find in the menus.

Marquee-select is easy since the right-tool is the Marquee Tool. Hold down command and draw the range, or use the lower half of a track with the automatic marquee tool. Great. Locators are set for the area,

Creating the cycle area (and enabling) is a command-U (⌘U).

Creating a marker for the cycle area isn’t assigned to a keypress. I chose to assign it to hyper-single-quote (⌃⌥⇧⌘’).

Now I do my selection, press two keyboard combinations, and there I have it.

I used BetterTouchTool to define an action assigned to a force touch of the bottom left corner of the trackpad (only in Logic Pro). The keyboard commands for cycling and creating a marker are “pressed” when the last finger is removed from the trackpad after the force click bottom left. Basically “key up”.

Nifty.

I need to spend some time thinking about macros like these, and see if they translate well to the laptop.

How to Mix or Export Each Drum From EZDrummer & Battery in Logic Pro

How to Mix or Export Each Drum From EZDrummer & Battery in Logic Pro

These days Logic Pro makes it easy to mix drums with both Drum Kit Designer and Drum Machine Designer. You can mix each instrument as a single Drummer track. Or you can fine-tune each individual drum exactly how you’d like thanks to Track Stacks and Producer kits.

Custom Launchpad modes for Logic Pro – 9to5Mac

Custom Launchpad modes for Logic Pro – 9to5Mac:

After exploring some techniques and functionality to bolster performance potential last time around, today we are taking a look at custom Launchpad modes and creating our own bespoke controls for Logic Pro. Continuing our journey towards complete creative hardware dominance over our instruments and tracks in Logic Pro, these custom made templates allow us to quickly and simply throw some widgets around to personalize hardware control over just about every parameter your trackpad can find. Used in combination with Logic Pro’s particularly powerful Learn assignment functionality, Novation’s Components Editor is a simple and effective way of expanding Launchpad hardware control well beyond the factory limitations.

Edit Multiple Tracks Simultaneously Using Groups In Logic Pro | Logic Pro

Edit Multiple Tracks Simultaneously Using Groups In Logic Pro | Logic Pro

We received a question from a user that, happily, has an answer that is simple and easy to implement. Tone asked, ” Is there a way to lock two or more tracks together in Logic Pro so when I make an edit to one track, I will make the same edit on all the other linked tracks at the same time?”

handy tips from Eli Kratzenberg.

Logic Pro Live Loops performance and sound design – 9to5Mac

Logic Pro Live Loops performance and sound design – 9to5Mac:

We are checking in today to talk about Live Loops performance, sound design, and composition. The obvious application of Novation’s Launchpad integration with Apple’s Live Loops has to be the ability to trigger various vertical slices of a song project in order to rearrange it or just simply perform and record new versions of the original idea. But it is the more creative side of things we are particularly interested in, taking collections of our musical parts not just to alter the arrangement of the verses and choruses but also to create layered sounds and rhythmic ideas that can result in entirely new song ideas/audio resources. Today’s Logic Pros Live Loops Launchpad Diary is here to explore some of the elements and functionality to best accomodate this kind of creative approach.

Logic Pros Live Loops Launchpad Diary: Tips for getting started – 9to5Mac

Logic Pros Live Loops Launchpad Diary: Tips for getting started – 9to5Mac:

In today’s Logic Pros Live Loops diary, we are taking a look at the process of introducing this new workflow into our day-to-day recording sessions along with some quick Novation Launchpad tips. The potential of these repurposed controllers has just been getting even more intriguing with every Logic Pro update and after discussing the the pros and cons of the current-generation lineup, we are diving into to some tips and quality of life reminders for making the transition a smooth one.