Toggle Hide Group 8 ⌃⇧8 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Hide Group 8    ⌃⇧8

Shows/hides all channel strips and tracks that are in Group 8.

Using numbers for groups makes sense, but doesn’t really help. When you look at the group setting in the mixer you can see both the number and the name (if specified) which helps a whole bunch.

Using groups to control sends to things like reverb and delay makes a lot of sense.

One very important thing to know about is the “group clutch”. In earlier versions of Logic ‘group clutch’ was used to describe temporarily disabling group controls so a single channel could be altered without affecting the entire group. Press the clutch in to disengage, release the clutch to engage. I have read about “clutch buttons” in mixer windows, but have never seen one. The important command is

Enable/Disable Groups ⇧G

which does the trick. The group indicators dim when they are disabled. Very few people use clutches these days. Clutch was changed to Enable/Disable in Logic Pro X. My keyboard cover has the right key sequence – ⇧G – but calls it ‘Group Clutch’.

The Control Surface manual still describes group clutch. The Mackie Control uses the ‘CONTROL’ keep to engage the clutch. Hold down ‘CONTROL’ while changing a setting on a member of a group.

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:



Show/Hide Transport Float – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide Transport Float

 I use the floating transport window in my screenset 3 – mixer window and select plugins (usually meters).

My X-Touch sitting at my left side provides transport controls as well. I like having the jog wheel to move around in tracks.



New Multi-Instrument – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  New Multi-Instrument

Located in the ‘New’ menu in the environment window. These days I only have one ‘real’ MIDI instrument, my PX330 digital piano. It is multi-timbral. I might find a use for working in the environment sometime.



Remove Groove Template from List – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Remove Groove Template from List

 For the composer in you. 

Create groove templates – Logic Pro X:

You can create quantization grids, called groove templates, based on the rhythms of audio or MIDI regions. You can use groove templates to capture the subtle timing deviations that give a region its “feel” and apply that feel to other audio or MIDI regions. You can even take the feel of an audio region and apply it to a MIDI region—helping a MIDI clavinet part to sit well with a funk guitar Apple Loop, for example.

You can also select multiple regions to create a groove template, and all of them will contribute their transients or notes to the new groove template. When there are multiple transients or MIDI notes around the same musical position, however, only the first will be evaluated for the groove template.


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.



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.



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).




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.



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.



Apple Logic Pro X | September 2013

Apple Logic Pro X |:

Logic Pro X was released on July 16th, almost four years to the day after Logic Pro 9 — the longest that users have had to wait for a major new version in the product’s 21-year history. Apple switched Logic Pro from boxed product to download nearly two years ago, so it’s no surprise that Pro X is available only through the App Store. And whereas Logic Studio had previously sold for $499 and included additional applications such as Main Stage, Soundtrack Pro and WaveBurner, Apple unbundled Logic Studio when it moved to the App Store, making Logic Pro available for just $199 and Main Stage for $29.99, and discontinuing Soundtrack Pro and WaveBurner altogether.

And we have arrived.

I purchased MainStage 2 in early 2012. It was a wonderful introduction to the sounds and tools inside Logic. I spent a lot of time simply using my keyboard and playing with the various instruments. Outstanding.

Scarlett 18i6 showed up in March 2013.

In August 2013 I splurged on a copy of Logic. Time to rebuild the studio…

Scarlett crapped out in early 2016. Good thing for me 😉 That’s when I wound up using my XR18 as my audio interface.

Logic Remote! I can haz control surfaces.

Apple Logic Pro 9 | October 2009

Apple Logic Pro 9 |:

A new release of Logic is always cause for excitement. For myself, part of this reaction can perhaps be attributed to nostalgia: I’ve been using the application since version 1.7 in 1993, with fond memories of each subsequent upgrade. Since then it’s undergone many changes, not least the buyout of parent company Emagic by Apple; and like its version 8 predecessor, Logic Pro 9 ships as part of a bundle with Main Stage, the application designed to facilitate the use of Logic’s instruments and effects in a live rig, and Soundtrack Pro, a separate program designed for those working with audio for media post-production. This review will, for the most part, concentrate on Logic Pro 9, and we’ll look at the remaining parts of the bundle in a future issue.

We are so close.

I think I want to visit the EXS24 sampler some more.

The new Convert Regions to New Sampler Track command enables drum loops to be sliced, converted into an EXS24 instrument, and triggered by a new MIDI region. Here you can see the audio region on the upper track has been converted so that it can be triggered by the MIDI region on the lower track.

Apple Logic Pro 8 | November 2007

Apple Logic Pro 8 |:

For the last two years, the anticipation of a new version of Logic has caused quite a frenzy amongst existing users. Any mention of Logic 8 was usually followed by rumours of almost mythical proportions, sightings of the Loch Ness monster, planes returning from the Bermuda Triangle, Paul White declining Hob Nobs… But after much speculation, Apple released Logic Pro 8 on September 12th — nearly three years to the day after the release of Logic Pro 7, and just over five years since their acquisition of Emagic. However, before musicians could even start discussing the new features, Apple instigated three fairly significant and surprising product changes for this new version of Logic.

I keep forgetting that some windows can be “pulled” from the Arrange window by dragging them out. I keep wanting to do this with the Marker list. I will try to remember.

Emagic Logic v5 & Logic Control | April 2002

Emagic Logic v5 & Logic Control |:

Emagic’s long‑awaited Logic v5 is the culmination of more than a year’s intensive R&D. It heralds the introduction of a new automation system, required for their Logic Control moving‑fader control surface, along with a raft of new plug‑ins and a generous smattering of smaller but important improvements throughout the program. With the exception of some plug‑ins and third‑party hardware support, the majority of improvements apply right across the ‘professional’ Logic range. This now comprises Logic Audio (replacing Logic Silver), Logic Gold and Logic Platinum. The top‑of‑the range Platinum reviewed here is still required in order to work with Digidesign Pro Tools hardware, and now includes three bundled virtual instruments.

And just 90 days later…

It’s surprising to me how much the “studio experience” changes when I use my clone (X-Touch) of the Logic Control. Seventeen year old hardware, software slowly migrating to the inside of the box.

Apple’s Emagic Takeover |

Apple’s Emagic Takeover |:

On the first of July 2002, the music technology industry awoke to the news that Apple Computer had bought out Emagic. While this was unexpected, perhaps the more surprising news was that Emagic’s Windows product line will be discontinued at the end of September this year — a move that has upset a large number of users, and caused a huge outpouring of anti-Emagic feeling from formerly contented PC users. However, the effects of Apple’s acquisition will have wider implications for everyone using computer-based music productions systems, not just those who use Logic for Windows. So why would Apple want Emagic? Why would Emagic want Apple? And, at the end of the day, what does it mean for musicians?

The “first” story.

Even though I am a huge Apple fan, this whole drama was no where near my environment. I was lost in the world of databases and other nonsense.

Apple & Emagic |

Apple & Emagic |:

Four years ago this month, on July 1st 2002, Apple announced that they had purchased Emagic, which was a pretty surprising announcement for most in the audio and music worlds. We covered the story in detail in September 2002’s SOS ( and concluded that “with Apple behind them, Emagic are potentially better placed than ever to deliver products for musicians which are optimised for a specific platform. Only time will tell, however, whether this potential will be realised.” In the four years that have passed since we wrote that comment, has this potential been realised? How have the other companies fared that Apple acquired during the same period? And do their fortunes have any implications for Mac-based musicians?

To be clear, in the 20th century I was an Opcode “fan”. All the editors/librarians needed – CZ101, K1m, K5m, JV880,TX81Z, TX1P – and of course, Vision and Studio Vision. All that sat on top of OMS.

I stopped MIDI music, mostly, when my tools didn’t move to Mac OS X. When I “came back” I had the bad taste to buy an MBOX with ProTools LE (version 7). Never did much with it.

Found MainStage. Wow. Just the thing to “make noise” with the computer. With all of the instruments hiding inside I decided that it really was to to go all-in for software instruments in the box. Logic Pro X was my jump in.

I need the history. I need to connect my multiple phases of music, computers, and music with computers. Sure does go a lot easier on the embouchure.