Show Beat Mapping Track – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Show Beat Mapping Track

Shows the Beat Mapping Track. Has no affect on other global tracks like Marker.

The Show/Hide _Only_ variant of the command toggles the display of the track and causes other global tracks to be hidden.

The Show/Hide variant of the command only changes the visible state of the Beat Mapping Track. All other global tracks are left undisturbed.

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Command    Key Touch Bar
- Views Showing Time Ruler
Show/Hide Beat Mapping Track ⇧⌘B
Show/Hide Beat Mapping Track Only ⌃⌥⇧⌘↘

- Main Window Tracks
Show Beat Mapping Track ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌦

Select Previous Region/Cell on Focused Track ← – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Select Previous Region/Cell on Focused Track    ←

Selects the previous region. The selection is _circular_. If the first region on the track is selected the command will wraparound and select the last region on the track. OK by me.

The specific command is not documented any more than its entry in the list of Global Commands.

Select regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

To perform some edits on regions, you must first select the regions. You can select one or multiple regions, select regions on different tracks, and quickly select muted regions, overlapped regions, or regions meeting other criteria. Selected regions appear brighter in the Tracks area than unselected regions.

 

Velocity 80 (mf) M – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Velocity 80 (mf)   M

Set the velocity of notes entered to 80. When entering notes via Step Input the velocity value is determined by the most recent select of a velocity. Quite useful.

Use step input recording in Logic Pro – Apple Support

To set the velocity of the inserted note: Click the Velocity buttons.
There are eight velocity values—represented by the traditional volume indicators ppp, pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, and fff. These correspond to MIDI velocity values 16, 32, 48, 64, 80, 96, 112, and 127, respectively.

 

New Track with Duplicate Settings and Content – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  New Track with Duplicate Settings and Content

The typical duplicate track command keeps everything the same (including channel!) but doesn’t reproduce the content. This variant of the command duplicates the content as well.

A bit simpler than creating the track, then selecting and copying (copy/paste or option-drag) the content to the new track.

Duplicate tracks in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can duplicate a track, creating a new track below the original track with the same instrument and effects settings. The duplicate track is empty, and does not contain any regions.

 

Page Up ⇞ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Page Up    ⇞

Scrolls the current window contents upwards. Repeated scrolling should bring you to the top of the page/list/window.

Page Up and Page Down keys match direction. Home (left) and End (right) scroll horizontally. The MCU scrolls using the scroll arrows. On the X-Touch you have to press and hold the Zoom key while scrolling up/down, right/left. If the scroll key is _latched_ the tracks will zoom. If the scroll key is not latched the arrows work as the arrow keys on the keyboard.

Scroll and zoom the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

Depending on the size of the project and your display, you may not be able to see the entire project at one time. You can scroll both horizontally and vertically in the Tracks area to view other parts of the project.

Mackie Control cursor keys in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The table outlines the cursor controls and their functions:

  

Recall Screenset 1x ⇧1 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Recall Screenset 1x    ⇧1

Can never have enough references to screensets. I have entered this command before, when the command was control-1 through control-9, now it is shift-1 through shift-9. I have yet to use more than 5 or 6 screensets, only because I don’t spend enough time working on a single project to require saving that many.

Recalls screensets 10 through 19.

Create and recall screensets in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You position windows in a layout that suits the way you work. This layout of various windows, including their display size, zoom levels, position, and other settings, is called a screenset. Once defined, you can save, and freely switch between different screensets, much as you might between different computer displays.

Paste Channel Strip Setting Plug-Ins Only – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Paste Channel Strip Setting Plug-Ins Only

This seems to be a far more friendly version of the ‘Paste Channel Strip Settings’ commands. I usually _don’t_ want to change the output of the channel, groups, etc., just the plugins, please.

Work with channel strip settings in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Channel strip settings (CST files) are specific to each channel strip type. Instrument channel strips feature a number of instrument settings, separated into instrument, GarageBand, and Jam Pack categories. Audio channel strips offer effect routings optimized for particular instrument, vocal, and other processing tasks. Similarly, output and auxiliary channel strips provide channel strip settings for particular mastering or sweetening processes. For more information on using effects plug-ins, see Overview of plug-ins in Logic Pro.

 

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Copy Channel Strip Setting ⌥⌘C
Paste Channel Strip Setting ⌥⌘V
Paste Channel Strip Setting Plug-Ins Only
Paste Channel Strip Setting Sends Only
Reset Channel Strip Setting
Save Channel Strip Setting as…
Delete Channel Strip Setting

Set Punch Out Locator Point by Rounded Playhead ⌃⌥⌘O – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Set Punch Out Locator Point by Rounded Playhead ⌃⌥⌘O

The ease of using the computer as the tape machine. The difficult task of replacing a section of a recording becomes almost trivial with punch recording.

Set the location where recording will stop.

No need to harass the tape operator 😉

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.

 

Set Rounded Locators/Loop by Regions/Events/Marquee – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Set Rounded Locators/Loop by Regions/Events/Marquee

New and improved over the previous ‘Set Rounded Locators by Regions/Events’ command. I don’t think I ever have wanted to do this without enabling the loop at the same time. The ‘U’ command gets the job done, and if I _really_ don’t want to have the cycle turned on I can simply use the ‘Cycle Mode’ command – ‘C’. A simple U – C sequence.

I rarely use rounded locators, preferring the ‘⌘U’ version – ‘Set Locators…’. I habitually type ‘⌘UC’ to set the locators.

If I have planned things, or examined them and made _notes_ I will have markers at the relevant location. With markers I can move around and cycle easily as well.

Use the cycle area in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can use the cycle area to repeatedly play a particular part of a project. The cycle area can be used for composing, practicing a part before recording, recording multiple takes, and other purposes.

Set Rounded Locators/Loop by Regions/Events/Marquee 
Set Rounded Locators/Loop by Regions/Events/Marquee and Enable Cycle/Loop U

Increment Row Step Rate ⌃= – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Increment Row Step Rate    ⌃=

Programmed music at its finest. Talking about the mega-drum machine.

A step sequencer ‘pattern’ has a step rate. The step rate is changed  with the _Increment Pattern Step Rate_ command (control-shift-equal – ⌃⇧=). The rows of a pattern use the pattern step rate by default. Each row can have an independent step rate which is adjusted using the _Row Step Rate_ commands.

Adjusting the Pattern Step Rate resets all Row Step Rates to the Pattern Step Rate.

Logic Pro Step Sequencer overview – Apple Support

 

Step Sequencer is inspired by classic hardware step sequencers that have rows of configurable switches or knobs used to generate repeating musical patterns. In Step Sequencer, you create patterns by editing multifunctional steps in the step grid. Each row controls either a sound (which can be a drum kit piece, a note on an instrument, or a range of notes) or an automation parameter (letting you create automation changes over time in the pattern). Each step represents a definable length of musical time–by default, steps are of equal length, but you can change the length for individual rows or steps. You can adjust a wide range of parameters for individual steps, including velocity, pitch, gate time, and more; and edit pattern and row settings including pattern length, row loop start and end points, playback position, and rotation.

 

 Step Sequencer key commands in Logic Pro – Apple Support

 

The following table reflects default key commands included in the U.S. factory preset.

 

 Hardly close to the the available Step Sequencer commands…

Silence ⌃⌫ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Silence    ⌃⌫

Set the level of the selected audio to minus infinity – amplitude zero.

I am not sure of the difference (at least what it means to me) between Silence and Trim. Certainly with Trim a new audio file must be created when joining regions. 

Seems like a destructive ‘Remove Silence’ command.

The ‘Remove Silence’ command behaves a bit differently depending on where the audio has been selected. If you select audio in the Tracks window the ‘Remove Silence’ command will replace the region on the track with newly-created regions. If you are working in the Project Audio window you will be given the option of replacing the region on tracks where it is used, or simply creating regions that you can use for other purposes.

Trim or silence audio files in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can use the Silence command to set all amplitude values to 0, rather than removing (with Cut, Delete, or Trim) all data from the selected area of an audio file. This function is generally used to silence unwanted background noise in quiet passages.

 Trim regions in the Logic Pro Audio Track Editor – Apple Support

You can trim an audio region in the Audio Track Editor to remove part of the beginning or end of the region.

 Uses for Remove Silence in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can use Remove Silence for a variety of different situations.

 

Toggle Hide Group 35 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Hide Group 35

Some days it is good to have a _softball_ command. The ‘Toggle Hide Group’ commands show or hide channels that belong to a particular group. Very useful. There are only 32 groups, so this command is a _futures_ command.

Group hiding affects both mixer windows and track windows. This is good for keeping things visually oriented.

I usually think of groups as things that want to be edited together, or treat as a _virtual AUX_ that gets parameters adjusted as a unit. I use Track Stacks to treat the audio as a group, so the changing of parameter in sync isn’t a typical use case for me.

If I consider groups as logical collections of tracks (instruments, voices) that might want to be treated as a whole I can make groups cross Track Stacks. Groups like “Deep Reverb”, “Move position on outro”, “Mute during bridge” or what have you. This could be very useful as a production or mixing tool.

Food for thought.

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

  Show/Hide Track Color

Channel strips (in the mixer) can display the associated track color. This command (located in the View menu of the mixer windows ‘View>Channel Strip Components>Track Color’. The setting of track color on channel strips does not effect the display in the tracks windows.

In cases where there are multiple tracks assigned to the same channel the display of color is still determined by the track color – all tracks assigned to a channel take on the same color. That’s a good thing.

It would be wonderful if the color of a channel could be sent to “enhanced” control surfaces to color “scribble strips”.

Snap Mode: 1/32 Triplet (1/48) – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Snap Mode: 1/32 Triplet (1/48)

Set the Snap Mode to a 1/32 triplet (i.e. 1/48 of a bar).

The snap values are found in the Snap menu displayed in the Piano Roll editor.

Snap to grid in the Piano Roll Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The Piano Roll Editor has a grid, similar to the Tracks area grid. When Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane, you can set the Snap value for the Piano Roll grid, independent from the Snap value for the Tracks area grid. The Piano Roll Editor Snap pop-up menu contains additional values including specific note values.

 

Force Accidental – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Force Accidental

Forces the display of accidentals (and naturals). Display of notes in the Score Editor depends on the chosen key signature. You can force accidentals to be displayed, even though the key signature implies where the notes are sharp, flat, or natural.

Watch out for classically trained musicians who will double-sharp or double-flat notes depending on the key signature. If a tuba part is written in Bb Major (2 flats) and you put a flat on a Bb (implied) the player _will_ play an A natural (B double-flat).

Don’t accidentally confuse the world 😉

Change how accidentals appear in a score in Logic Pro – Apple Support

 

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 to a score in Logic Pro.

 

 

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Score Editor
Force Accidental
Force Accidental (only flats & sharps)