Open General Preferences… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Open General Preferences...

Opens the Preferences settings window with the “General” tab selected. If you use the command-comma key command to open the Preferences settings window it will open with the most recently selected tab.

Not really a candidate for its own keyboard sequence, but you can if you need to.

Overview of preferences in Logic Pro – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, you can define and modify preferences that apply to all projects. You do this in the Preferences window. These preferences are automatically saved whenever you quit the application. A general preferences file, named, is found in the ~/Library/Preferences folder. A separate preferences file for control surfaces, named, is stored in the same location. You can’t edit either file directly. Any changes must be made in Logic Pro. If you delete a preferences file, a new one is created the next time you open Logic Pro. All preferences are reset to their default values.


Nudge Region/Event Position Left by Nudge Value ⌥← – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Nudge Region/Event Position Left by Nudge Value    ⌥←

Moves the starting position of the event to the left by the Nudge Value. Quick way to get things lined up to be sample/frame/beat aligned. I typically show the toolbar and set the nudge value there. Just a simple reminder of the settings.

Move regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

You can nudge regions (move them in small increments) left or right using key commands. To nudge regions, you first set the nudge value, then move selected regions by this value. Alternatively, you can nudge regions by a set value.


– Control Surface Install Window – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  - Control Surface Install Window

This is a grouping header in the Key Commands window. First time I have had one come up in my random selection of commands. Kind of amusing, too. There are only two commands contained within the group.

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Control Surface Install Window
Scan for Selected Models
Add Selected Models

Add a control surface to Logic Pro – Apple Support

Some control surfaces such as Mackie Control are detected automatically when you open Logic Pro. You can add other devices that are not detected automatically using the Setup window. Installation is covered in the setup section for your particular device. Some devices may require different or additional steps, but in most cases you only need to select the name of the device you want to use with Logic Pro, then add it. When you add a control surface device, it is represented by an icon in the Device area of the Control Surface Setup window.


Next note will be flat ⇧B – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Next note will be flat ⇧B

When using the Step Input Keyboard pressing shift-B indicates that the next note input will be flat. Shift-3 for sharp.

Use step input recording in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Step input allows you to insert MIDI notes when you’re not recording in real time. You can use step input to create note runs that may be too fast for you to play or to replicate sheet music that’s too difficult for you to play.

Export All Tracks as Audio Files… ⇧⌘E – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Export All Tracks as Audio Files...    ⇧⌘E

Export all audio, software instrument, and Drummer tracks as audio files. This command can be used to export effects buses as well – make sure the effects channel has a track created for it.

Fast and efficient way to create “stems” for sharing with others.

Export tracks as audio files in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can export one or more selected tracks as audio files, or export all tracks (all audio, software instrument, and Drummer tracks) in a project as audio files—one file per track. When you export tracks as audio files, you can specify the naming of the audio files using filename elements.


Recall Screenset 5x ⇧5 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Recall Screenset 5x    ⇧5

Recall screenset(s) 50 through 59. There can be 99 screensets – a lot, but you could use a screenset per scene in a video, possibly.

Create, recall, and switch screensets – Logic Pro X

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.

 Create and recall screensets in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You don’t need to save screensets with an explicit command. It happens automatically, as soon as you switch to another screenset. Thus, without any effort, your current working view is always stored as the current screenset.


Select Next Project – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Select Next Project

You can have multiple projects open at the same time. Typical advice is to not do this. Which project is “next”? The behavior is not documented anywhere, as well as a lack of documentation describing how projects are numbers – see the ‘Open Project nn’ commands.

Open Logic Pro projects – Apple Support

You can open an existing project to continue working. You can also open several projects simultaneously, allowing you to copy or move data between them, or to compare different versions of a project.


Quantize 1/8 & 1/8 Triplet – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Quantize 1/8 & 1/8 Triplet

Quantize the selected audio or MIDI regions to an eighth-note resolution.

Quantize regions in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Quantizing involves the rhythmic correction of audio or MIDI regions to a specific time grid. Any notes not played in time are moved to the nearest position on the grid.



Marquee Ruler – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Marquee Ruler

Display the Marquee Stripe which is just below the time/bars rulers, and above the global tracks. It is very thin, and hard to detect with the modern, dark background to windows. I have “Set Locators by Marquee Selection” turned on most of  the time so I can see the selection in the ruler – much more visible.

In Logic Pro 9 the Marquee stripe was above the rulers. Current documentation says this is still the case (in words) so you have to look at the picture closely to determine that the stripe is actually below the playhead ruler.

Select parts of regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

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

Open Audio File Editor… ⌘6 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

Shows Audio File Editor interface
  Open Audio File Editor…    ⌘6

Opens the Audio File Editor to work with the current track’s audio file. NB the Audio File editor is destructive!

Logic Pro Audio File Editor overview – Apple Support

Most day-to-day audio editing tasks in Logic Pro are performed in the main window and Audio Track Editor. The Audio File Editor is useful for removing pops and clicks in audio material, setting accurate crossover points for looped playback, correcting phase cancellation errors, and more.

You can use the Audio File Editor to work with transient markers that indicate significant points—or transients—in an audio file. The audio on a track is analyzed for transients the first time you enable that track for Flex Time editing. Any detected transients in the file are marked.

Important: Most edits and functions performed in the Audio File Editor are destructive. This means the actual data of audio files is changed. Although you can undo edits and processing commands, you should work with copies of your audio files, rather than the originals.

Convert Regions to New Regions ⌥⌘R – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Convert Regions to New Regions    ⌥⌘R

It is a simple matter to create a “clone” of a region. Hold down Shift and Option while dragging a region. There are now copies of the region, located at different points in the timeline, that play the same audio. If you adjust the “original” region start or end point all of the clones are adjusted as well.

More than likely the regions should be made independent so they can be adjusted individually. Use the ‘Convert Regions to New Regions’ command.

The documentation (and the menu command itself) do not agree. The documentation and menu read ‘Audio Region to New Region’ as a sub-menu item of Convert. “Edit->Convert->Audio Region to New Region”.

Clone audio regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

You can clone audio regions in the Tracks area. Cloning an audio region is similar to creating an alias of a MIDI region; the clone doesn’t contain any audio data, but is only a reference to the original, and any changes to the original apply to its clones.

Part of the documentation reduction debacle of the conversion from Logic Pro 9 to Logic Pro X…The Logic Pro X documentation turned into something other than a user manual, more like a guide…sigh

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Creating Your Arrangement

Once you have added your audio and MIDI regions to the Arrange area, you can edit and reorganize them to create an overall arrangement, or project. Most arranging and editing techniques work identically for both audio and MIDI regions. Apple Loops are also handled in a similar fashion. Where handling differs, variations are pointed out in the appropriate sections of this chapter. Note that all operations described with a pluralized heading (regions, for example), apply to one or more selected region(s).


 Arranging overview – Logic Pro X

After adding audio, MIDI, and Drummer regions to your project (by recording, adding loops, using Drummer or adding media files), you build the project by arranging the regions in the Tracks area. As you work in the Tracks area, you can play the project at any time to hear your latest changes.



Select All Following ⇧F – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Select All Following    ⇧F

There are multiple meanings of “all following”.

In the Score Editor you can select all of the notes following the current selection.

Select notes in the Logic Pro Score Editor – Apple Support

Choose Edit > Select All Following.


 In the tracks area you can select all of the following regions for a project, not simply a track. I am not quite sure about this behavior. It appears that ‘Select All Following’ will select all regions, on any track, that start later in the timeline (following.) Markers are included in the selection.

It appears that all ‘events’ following the current event are selected. Select all following works infall of the lists.

Toggle Metronome Click K – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Metronome Click    K

Turns the metronome on and off. I should try doing this while working on a track sometime, just to hear how far things may slip.

Use the metronome in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Logic Pro includes a metronome, which plays a steady beat (like a “click track”) to help you play and record in time. You can turn the metronome on or off when you’re recording, or any time your project is playing. The metronome always plays at the project tempo. This means that if a tempo map has been created by Smart Tempo, the metronome automatically follows it. It also means that if Smart Tempo is automatically adapting the project tempo to the performance being recorded, the timing of the metronome adapts along with it. For more information about Smart Tempo, see Logic Pro Smart Tempo overview.


 “K” is for Klopfgeist | Logic Pro

Klopfgeist is the software instrument that powers Logic’s Metronome function. For many of us, there’s not much more to think about with the Klopfgeist other than enabling the Metronome and hitting “record.” But there’s plenty to dig into with our trusty and unwavering click. Whether it be for utility or creativity.


Select First, or Shift Marquee Selection Left ⇧↖ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Select First, or Shift Marquee Selection Left    ⇧↖

Shift-Home. The Shift Right command is Shift-End.

Yes, the Marquee selection moves to the right or the left, but I cannot figure out what is used to determine how far to shift.

Mystery challenge of the day.

Select parts of regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

Press Shift–Home (the default Select First, or Shift Marquee Selection Left key command).



Sampler Logic Pro X 10.5: How-to, Getting started guide – 9to5Mac

Sampler Logic Pro X 10.5: How-to, Getting started guide – 9to5Mac

The long awaited successor to Logic Pro X’s EXS24 software sampler is here with full backwards compatibility, a suite of new toys pulled from Alchemy, a much needed makeover, and some particularly intelligent sampling tech. Among the latest 10.5 update’s most exciting new additions, Sampler has now dethroned Logic Pro’s roughly decades old workhorse sampler. If Quick Sampler can completely change the way music makers interact with just about every little clip of audio they can get a mouse pointer on, Sampler can do all that and more, automatically transforming collections of samples and melodic phrases into coherent virtual instruments with artificial intelligence levels of automation.