Gearslutz – View Single Post – Best mixing controller for Logic Pro X: 2017

Gearslutz – View Single Post – Best mixing controller for Logic Pro X: 2017:

In EQ mode the channels represent the 4 parameters for each band, 2 bands per “page”.

You would probably be happier with the “Alternate EQ Edit mode”. Press and hold “EQ”. The V-Pots can be pressed to choose the mode. Press V-Pot 8 to get into
Frequency/Gain Channel view.

V-Pot 8 or F8 Switches to Frequency/Gain Channel view.

In this mode, you can edit the frequency and gain parameters for all EQ bands of the selected channel strip. Each pair of channel strips corresponds to one EQ band.

The mode display shows FG.
V-Pots 1 to 8 control the frequency of EQ bands 1 to 8.
Mute buttons 1 to 8 control the bypass of EQ bands 1 to 8.
Faders 1 to 8 control the gain of EQ bands 1 to 8.
Note: The faders form a frequency response curve in this mode, if the EQ bands have ascending frequency values.

Tip: You can edit another channel strip’s EQ without leaving this view by selecting the channel strip in Logic Pro or by pressing the appropriate SELECT button on the Mackie Control.

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X Control Surfaces Support.” iBooks. 

Or you can simply put the “Vintage Console EQ” on the channel and use “Smart Controls” “Shift”+”INST” buttons. You get close to what you ask for.

I’m thrilled to discover “Frequency/Gain Channel” view, and the “Frequency/Gain Mixer” view.

Control Surfaces

I am committed to learning how to really “drive” Logic Pro X. Along with the software I have some hardware that can help. I’m speaking of control surfaces. Apple provides some very nice helper tools for the iPhone and iPad – Logic Remote – that makes working in the studio so much easier.

Take the simple task of recording with microphones that are not in front of the computer. How do you start and stop the recording? Simple, Logic Remote on the iPhone gives you handy transport controls. No wires required.

For the big tasks (typically) I use my Behringer X-Touch – a wonderful surface that can drive Logic Pro X like it’s a Mackie Control, or my XR18 using the Behringer XCTL protocol. Swapping between the two modes is a simple matter of pressing the SMPTE/BEATS button located at the right side of the clock display. This does make one function a little harder – changing the clock display. That happens in the “Control Surface Setup” window. Change the “Clock Display” setting to whichever display you want to use.

I should start a separate blog series like “Logic Pro X Keyboard Command of the Day” with X-Touch functions. I did just add “X-Air Edit Keyboard Command of the Day” to my daily wisdom file.

Mackie Control Markers

All about markers, especially creating them from the MCU.

Press the “Marker” button and hold. The secrets of the V-pots are revealed.

I use “Large Marker” mode to listen to new tracks.

Easiest to “quote” the relevant pages from the Control Surfaces manual


Mackie Control Marker button

Mackie Control Marker button overview

Press the MARKER button to activate one of three marker modes: Small Marker mode, Large Marker mode, and Temporary Marker mode. You can use these modes to create or delete markers and jump to markers in your project.

Note: The Marker and Nudge modes are mutually exclusive; activating one deactivates the other.

Small Marker mode: Press the MARKER button to activate Small Marker mode. Small Marker mode is useful if you want to jump to markers while using the V-Pots for other purposes. In this mode, pressing the FAST FWD or REWIND button moves the playhead to the next or previous marker. Pressing the MARKER button again reverts to the default behavior of the FAST FWD and REWIND buttons. (See Mackie Control transport buttons overview.)

Large Marker mode: Hold down the SHIFT button, then press the MARKER button to show three create options on the LCD, assigned to the three rightmost V-Pot buttons. (See Large Marker mode.)

Temporary Marker mode: Hold down the MARKER button if you want to enter Marker mode temporarily to quickly perform a few marker functions. Press one (or more) of the V-Pot[…]”

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X Control Surfaces Support.” iBooks

— Action

V-Pot 1 to 5
— Displays the first five markers by name. Pressing a V-Pot button moves the playhead to the corresponding marker. When the playhead position is inside a marker, the lower line displays INSIDE, and the V-Pot LED ring is lit.

V-Pot 6
— Cr w/o—Creates a marker, without rounding to the nearest bar.

V-Pot 7
— Create—Creates a marker, rounded to the nearest bar.

V-Pot 8
— Delete—Deletes the marker above the current playhead position.

A recommended workflow for creating or deleting markers is to use the Jog/Scrub Wheel. Turn the wheel to move the playhead to the required project position, and then press the appropriate V-Pot to create or delete a marker.

For coarse placement, use the wheel to move the playhead.

For fine placement, press the SCRUB button, then use the wheel to precisely position the playhead. (This technique is only appropriate if creating or deleting an unrounded marker.)

For more information about using the Jog/Scrub Wheel, see Mackie Control Jog/Scrub wheel.

Large Marker mode is ended by pressing the MARKER button again.

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X Control Surfaces Support.