Apply Buffer Template to Cable(s) – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Apply Buffer Template to Cable(s)

Set the attributes of selected cables to those contained in the buffer template.

Highly unlikely that I will be building a virtual mixing desk or instrument.

Object groups in the Logic Pro Environment – Apple Support

When building a virtual mixing desk or synthesizer layout in the Environment, you often need to work with large groups of fader objects that have the same size, regular spacing, or a similar definition.

To save time on the definition and alignment of these groups, you can choose (one or more) objects as prototypes (templates) by copying them into the Clipboard. (Choose Edit > Copy.) You can then apply certain characteristics of these template objects to selected objects.

Nudge Region/Event Length Right by Bar – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Nudge Region/Event Length Right by Bar

Extend the length of the region or event by a bar. The length of the extension depends on the time signature.

Only MIDI regions can be extended using this command. Applying it to an audio region does nothing, not even flash the “can’t do that” indicator.

The “Nudge Length” commands are not specifically mentioned in the documentation for resizing regions.

Resize regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

You can shorten both audio and MIDI regions so that only part of the region plays. You can lengthen MIDI regions to add silence to the beginning or end of the region. In addition, you can resize the common edge of two adjacent regions to control the transition between them and remove overlaps.

 

Voice Separation Tool J – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Shows the Voice Separation tool in action
  Voice Separation Tool  J

Switch the selected tool to the Voice Separation Tool. This tool is only available in the Tool Menu in the Piano Roll and Score Editor. The legend in the Tool menu does not show a J, it shows an up-arrow over a down-arrow.

NB the T command shows the Tool menu except when Logic first starts. You have to click on the Tool menu with the pointer before the T command becomes active. This, I think, is a bug.

Assign notes to voices and staffs in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Using the Voice Separation tool, you can draw a separation line between notes on a staff to assign them to the predefined MIDI channels of the voices.

 Assign notes to voices and staffs in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Select the Voice Separation tool, then draw a line (between notes) where you want to separate the voices.

 

Show/Hide Assign 5 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Assign 5

Shows or hides the fifth assignable MIDI control in the mixer. As with many of the numbered things like insert slots, projects, groups there is no good way to know what to expect to see. 

In the case of MIDI assigns, if all of them are visible, the stack of controls shrinks. In the case of two or three showing the assign will appear in numerical order, but the display might not change as expected.

Thankfully we have much larger displays these days and we can afford to simply leave all of the relevant tools visible.

Overview of MIDI channel strips in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Assign 1 to 5: Display up to five knobs that you can freely assign to any MIDI controller number.

View Mode: Selected Regions – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  View Mode: Selected Regions

Set the piano roll to show notes/events from the selected regions as opposed to the focused track. The vertical line showing the MIDI regions is very useful. Who said all MIDI regions had to be the same color?

The control of the view is in the “View” menu of the Piano Roll.

View multiple regions in the Piano Roll Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Notes from all of the selected regions appear in the Piano Roll Editor. The start point of each MIDI region is indicated by a vertical line of the same color as the MIDI region itself.

 

Trim Note to Remove Overlaps for Adjacent \ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Trim Note to Remove Overlaps for Adjacent  \

Shortens a note to prevent _interference_ with other notes. A simple example would be a note being played for an entire beat plus a bit more. When converting these notes to a score you could get interesting forms of ties and rests. This cleans thing up so the notation (and potentially _voice stealing_ from a MIDI device) will be clear and concise.

Resize notes in the Piano Roll Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

There are a number of commands in the Edit > Trim submenu in the Piano Roll Editor menu bar to change the length of selected notes, in relation to notes surrounding or overlapping them. They can be very useful for tidying up the start and end points of notes.

 

Unpack Folder to Existing Tracks – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Unpack Folder to Existing Tracks

Unpacks (moves) regions in a folder to an existing set of tracks. If you pack some tracks into a folder, and leave the tracks intact, an unpack will restore the regions to the original tracks – see the actual clarification in the documentation.

Read the “Logic Pro folders overview” carefully. I think I don’t pay enough attention to the possibilities that folders allow. A question that comes to mind…can I make an alias of a folder? The answer is yes, you can make an alias of a folder. Just hold down option-shift while dragging the folder region around. Deep. Many possibilities.

Pack and unpack folders in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The regions contained within the folder are placed on tracks assigned to appropriate channel strips.

 Logic Pro folders overview – Apple Support

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.

Select Next Track ↓ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Select Next Track  ↓

Selects the next track (visible) in the Arrange window. Simple up/down movement of the selection.

In the Mixer ‘Select Next’ is a right-arrow, since the arrangement of channels is left-to-right.

Flex/Follow Tempo On/Off ⌃F – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Flex/Follow Tempo On/Off   ⌃F

Changes the “Flex & Follow” setting for the current region. Choices are Off, On, On+Align Bars, and On+Align Bars and Beats.

This allows you to adapt notes/transients to fit into bars and beats by changing the tempo accordingly.

Overview of Flex Time and Pitch in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can configure how Flex Time and Follow Tempo adjust each region on a flex-enabled track using the Flex & Follow pop-up menu.

 

Open Controller Assignments ⌥⇧K – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Open Controller Assignments    ⌥⇧K

Opens the Controller Assignments window. This is where commands and functions can be assigned to MIDI messages.

In-depth control over Logic. 400-level programming class.

Use controller assignments Expert view in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can use Expert view to make advanced controller assignments. These include Logic Pro parameters other than channel strip and plug-in parameters. For example, you can assign controllers to global, automation, and control surface group parameters in Expert view. You can also edit controller assignments in Expert view and can define zones and modes that let you switch between groups of controllers.

 

Delete All Automation on Selected Tracks ⌃⇧⌘⌫ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Delete All Automation on Selected Tracks    ⌃⇧⌘⌫

Removes all Track and Region automation on the selected tracks. The documentation does not reflect the possibility of removing from more than one track.

Delete automation in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Delete All Automation on Selected Track: Removes all automation from the selected track.

 

Set Punch Locators by Cycle Locators – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Set Punch Locators by Cycle Locators

Set the Punch In and Punch Out locators to the values of the Cycle locators. Sets part of a track to be recorded (during playback) of the Cycle area.

The _magic_ of digital punch-in and punch-out is hard to estimate. Just play the little section over and over again, with a new recording each time, and then _comp_ the parts together? Unheard of…

Punch in and out of audio recordings in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Punch recording is a technique you can use to overwrite a portion of a previously recorded track, during playback, without touching any of the recording before or after that portion. You punch in to interrupt playback and make the recording, then punch out to return to playback mode. You can choose between two punch recording modes: Quick Punch-In mode and Autopunch mode.

 

Enter/Exit Full Screen ⌃⌘F – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Enter/Exit Full Screen    ⌃⌘F

How delightfully useful.

Logic doesn’t “play nice” with desktops/spaces. I avoid full screen mode because of the odd behaviors, and the difficulty of going back and forth between the sizes.

This command takes the focused window to full screen **AND** back again. A simple switch. No mousing around. So useful.

Not all windows support full screen mode, but the most useful (Arrange, Mix, Score) certainly do.

Screensets cannot keep windows at full screen. If you switch out of a full screen screenset, then back, the window will be maximized to the work area (menus and dock remain.)

Open/Close MIDI Insert 5 Plug-in Window of focused Track – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Open/Close MIDI Insert 5 Plug-in Window of focused Track

Work with the MIDI Insert in slot 5 on the focused track. Defined commands go up to MIDI Insert 15, but documentation and implementation show that there can only be 8 MIDI Inserts.

Use MIDI plug-ins in Logic Pro – Apple Support

MIDI plug-ins are inserted in software instrument channel strips and process or generate MIDI data—played from a MIDI region or a MIDI keyboard—in real time. Included are the Arpeggiator, Chord Trigger, and Modulator, along with plug-ins for transposition, randomization and other processing. Scripter enables you to create your own MIDI processing and generation scripts.

MIDI plug-ins are connected in series before the audio path of a software instrument channel strip.

MIDI plug-ins have a MIDI input, the MIDI processor, and a MIDI output. The output signals sent from MIDI plug-ins are standard MIDI events such as MIDI note or controller messages.

Show/Hide Quick Help ⇧/ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Quick Help   ⇧/

Shows or hides the Quick Help window.

How to get help for Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can view a brief description of windows, controls, and other elements of the Logic Pro interface without leaving the app or interrupting your workflow. You can view Quick Help either next to the pointer or in a movable floating window.