Go to Left Locator – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go to Left Locator    

Move the playhead to the left locator position. I recently wrote about ‘Go to Right Locator’ and enthusiastically assigned the left and right motions to the keys F7 and F9 (rewind and fast forward symbols) on my keyboard. 

I now have a very nice workflow for zooming in on a section of a track. Use the Marquee tool to select an area (Auto Set Locators enabled), press F7 to move the playhead to the left locator, and press Z to zoom the selection into view. Very handy…

The order of Zoom and Move Playhead can be reversed. The Z(oom) command will zoom the Marquee selection to fill the Arrange window.

It’s kind of fun when my commands of the day randomly fall into place and give me a new perspective on the work.

Auto Set Locators

Go to Right Locator

The Marquee Tool

Select parts of regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X

You can select and edit parts of one or more regions, using the Marquee tool or the marquee stripe:




Duplicate Event and Numerical Edit ⌘D – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Duplicate Event and Numerical Edit    ⌘D

This command doesn’t appear in any menu. It is listed under the heading “Event Editor” which doesn’t exist in the documentation or any menu. We can find the “Event List” which appears to have all of the commands associated with the “Event Editor”.

Duplicates the selected event(s). Apparently the same as a Copy followed by a Paste.



Apply Control Bar and Display Defaults – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Apply Control Bar and Display Defaults

The official name for the area at the top of the main window, and that which is contained in the “Transport Float” window. This does the same thing that clicking on the “Apply Defaults” button at the bottom left of the control bar customization window.  



Go to Right Locator – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go to Right Locator

Move the playhead to the Right Locator position. There are transport bar buttons available for moving to the right and left locators, as well as buttons to play from the right or left locator.

Choose an area using the Marquee tool. Press ‘U’ to set locators. Go to left locator. Create a marker and leave a note in the marker track.



Rename Marker ⇧’ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Rename Marker    ⇧'

Opens the current marker for text editing. Whatever you type will replace the current text. Exit editing mode by typing an ESC (⎋) or a return. You can easily create markers and leave notes during playback by using the Create Marker (⌥’) – option-singleQuote – command followed by Rename Marker. Sometimes I find it hard to type the notes while playing, but it is an excellent way to note points in a mix where something needs attention.



Page Left ↖ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Page Left  ↖

Moves the score to the left. The “Home” key on the keyboard.

Score Editor overview – Logic Pro X

The Score Editor can display a single MIDI region or software instrument track. In the Score Editor, each track appears as a separate staff. Notes, rests, and other musical events in the MIDI regions on the track are displayed in standard musical notation.




Set Current Track to Automation Read – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Current Track to Automation Read

This is the same as choosing ‘Read’ from the automation button in the mixer channel strip, or in the button in the track automation lanes.

Sets the track to read (perform) automation actions.

Choose automation modes – Logic Pro X

Read: Plays back all automation that exists on the track. If volume data exists, for example, the Volume fader moves during playback, following the prerecorded automation on the track. You can’t change the value of the chosen automation parameter by moving controls when in Read mode.




Recall Zoom 3 3 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Recall Zoom 3    3

I have modified the ‘Recall Zoom’ and ‘Save Zoom’ key commands.

My experiments in zooming will include determining if zoom settings are global for a project or are stored with screensets. It appears that the zoom setting is global, and retained when you quit and restart Logic. 

My knowledge of the zooming workflow is pathetic. Starting to learn Logic on a 27″ monitor gives an entirely different introduction to the user interface. Living with a 1920×1080 screen (or smaller) would give a different meaning to using the zooming features.

Zoom windows – Logic Pro X


You can also zoom in to see regions or events in closer detail, or zoom out to see more of the project. Most Logic Pro windows have zoom sliders.



 Sigh – another example of losing the documentation about how to use Logic Pro. In Logic Pro X there are a full 6 pages of documentation about using windows. In Logic Pro 9 there are 17 pages. There is a lot of knowledge about using the interface packed into those 11 pages that you can’t find anywhere for Logic Pro X!

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Customizing Your Window Setup

Logic Pro allows you to customize your window setup to fit both your working style and the task at hand. While you will perform most of your work in the Arrange window, you can open different combinations of windows (even several of the same type) and adjust each individually. It is also easy to save different window arrangements called screensets, (discussed in Using Screensets), and recall them by pressing a key. All open windows in a project are constantly updated, following the position of the playhead. Alterations made in one window are immediately reflected in all other open windows. For example, if the pitch of a note event is changed in the Score Editor, this change is instantly shown in an open Piano Roll Editor window. This chapter outlines how you can customize and save your overall window setup. The display options of individual windows and editors are covered in their respective chapters.



⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ 

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Windows
Recall Zoom 1 ⌃⌥⌘1
Recall Zoom 2 ⌃⌥⌘2
Recall Zoom 3 ⌃⌥⌘3
Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Windows
Save as Zoom 1 ⌃⌥⇧⌘1
Save as Zoom 2 ⌃⌥⇧⌘2
Save as Zoom 3 ⌃⌥⇧⌘3


Open Transport Float… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Open Transport Float…

Opens the floating Transport window. I use the floating Transport (and should use floating event) on my Mixer screenset (3) which only has the Mixer window open.

I should spend more time making different arrangements of windows in screensets.


Show/Hide Background Grid Lines – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Show/Hide Background Grid Lines

Toggle the visibility of the grid lines in the Tracks area of the main window. Sometimes things are easier to navigate with a visible grid. Sometimes it isn’t necessary.

Width of the grid lines is controlled in Preferences>Display>Tracks



Open Group Settings… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Open Group Settings…

Opens the Group Inspector in a separate window and expose the settings (disclosure triangle).

You can drag the Group Inspector out of the inspectors area in the main window. The state of the Settings disclosure remains unchanged.

Very useful if you have a screenset without the main window open and want to get to the group settings.

The Key Commands entry indicates that this is only available as a Key Command, but I have found that clicking on the Groups channel strip component brings up a menu with this command in it.


Groups inspector – Logic Pro X

You use the Groups inspector to define the behavior of each Mixer group. The Groups inspector appears in the Track inspector when one or more groups have been created, and it can be opened as a floating window as well. It contains the following settings:




Region Automation: Breath – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Region Automation: Breath

Automation is the “program” that is applied to the tracks in the project. The sounds that are made come from the MIDI instruments or audio files that “sound” at a point in time. What happens to the sound is modified by plugins. All of the things that can occur over time – changes to plugins, volume, pan, all of it – the automation – is the program that gets written to create the finished product.

It appears that almost every single bit of what Logic can do is available as an “automation” parameter. We program the environment through automation, and allow real-time control to be applied – and recorded!

The available commands are a subset of what can actually be automated by selecting from the drop-down menu. I’m not sure that I am ready to learn how to progam using faders 😉

Region-based vs. track-based automation – Logic Pro X


Logic Pro offers two types of automation: track-based automation, and region-based automation. Track-based automation can be applied to the entire track, from the beginning to the end of your project. Region-based automation only applies to the specific region the automation parameters are connected to. With track-based automation, if you re-record, move or copy regions (either to another point on the same track, or to another track) the automation data remains tied to the initial point on the track in which it was created. With region-based automation, if you re-record the region, the automation is lost; if you move or copy the region (either to another point on the same track, or to another track) the automation remains with the region. Region-based automation is particularly useful when you are automating instrument parameters.





Command    Key Touch Bar
- Views Showing Time Ruler
Region Automation: Volume
Region Automation: Panorama
Region Automation: Balance
Region Automation: Modulation
Region Automation: Breath
Region Automation: Foot Control
Region Automation: Portamento Time
Region Automation: Expression
Region Automation: Sustain Pedal
Region Automation: Control Change 20
Region Automation: Control Change 21
Region Automation: Control Change 22
Region Automation: Control Change 23
Region Automation: Control Change 24
Region Automation: Control Change 25
Region Automation: Control Change 26
Region Automation: Control Change 27
Region Automation: Control Change 28
Region Automation: Control Change 29
Region Automation: Control Change 30
Region Automation: Control Change 31
Region Automation: Control Change 32
Region Automation: Surround Angle
Region Automation: Surround Diversity
Region Automation: Surround LFE
Region Automation: Channel Pressure
Region Automation: Pitch Bend
Region Automation: Program Change
Region Automation: Note Velocity

Toggle Channel Strip Format (mono/stereo) ⌃⇧S – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Channel Strip Format (mono/stereo)    ⌃⇧S

Change the selected channel strip(s) between mono and stereo. This can be changed using the pop-up menu to the left of the input selector. There is visual feedback in the meter strip which will show one or two meters depending on the channel strip format, and the input indicator changes between a single ring and the linked stereo rings.

It is possible to cause a channel strip to “become” mono or stereo by inserting a mono or stereo plugin. Normally you can only insert plugins of the proper type for mono and stereo (dual mono). Holding down the option key while choosing a plugin allows you to insert a mono plugin on a stereo channel. The input indicator does not change. The meters switch from two to one.

The format of any audio region on the track does not change. If you Bounce in Place the track the new audio will be in the format of the channel strip, so you can switch a stereo track to mono, then bounce in place to get a mono track. Interesting.

Set channel strip input formats – Logic Pro X

The channel input format determines the mono, stereo, or surround state of the channel strip. The symbol on the button indicates the current state as follows:


 Set the channel strip output format – Logic Pro X

Logic Pro can automatically determine the output format of specific channel strip types. You can override the automatic choices by manually setting the output; otherwise, the channel strip output formats follow these rules:



Enharmonic Shift: b ⇧B – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Enharmonic Shift: b    ⇧B

Change the selected note(s) to be displayed as flatted notes. Simple example – a D-sharp is changed to an E-flat.

A lot depends on the skill of the reader of the score and the willful intent of the producer of the score.

Change the display and position of accidentals – Logic Pro X

By default, the display of accidentals depends on the chosen key signature. Using note attributes, you can change flats to sharps, and vice versa. For information about setting the key signature, see Add key and time signature changes.




Previous Plug-in Setting or EXS Instrument – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Previous Plug-in Setting or EXS Instrument

Change the settings to the previous setting in the list of settings. At the top of instrument and plugin windows there is a menu to select presets. Below that are left and right arrows which are the “Previous” and “Next” selectors.

I find the buttons convenient for sampling presets.

Work with plug-in settings – Logic Pro X

Choose the next or previous plug-in setting