Mackie Control Global View buttons in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Mackie Control Global View buttons in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The GLOBAL VIEW button is used in conjunction with the other eight GLOBAL VIEW buttons to display (and edit) specific types of channel strips. Pressing any of the buttons activates All View; when this view is active, the green LED to the right of the GLOBAL VIEW button is lit.

I have become fond of using ‘Single’ view in the mixer. If I select one of my summing stacks and switch to ‘Single’ I get the AUX and all of the channels visible in the mixer windows and in the faders on the X-Touch.

I haven’t been able to find documentation on how to switch the X-Touch into ‘Single’ view. Pressing the ‘Global View’ button toggles between ‘Arrange’ (tracks) and ‘All’.

After much experimentation I have discovered the OPTION-GLOBAL VIEW button press. This switches the mixer to ‘Single’ view. Excellent!

Show/Hide EQ Thumbnails – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

Displays an view of the EQ bands that are active - a quick reference to how the filters are applied
  Show/Hide EQ Thumbnails

Shows or hides the EQ thumbnail in the channel strips. It’s unfortunate that third-party EQ plugins can’t (or won’t) use the thumbnail. To be fair, the built-in “coloring” EQs don’t use the display either. The Channel EQ and Linear Phase EQ use the display.

The MCU (Logic Control) is an excellent companion to the channel EQs – the 8 controls map to the plugin. Eight bands, 4 controls per band. Quick work to EQ with knobs and dials. It is also kind of fun to FLIP the MCU and use the faders to adjust the filters.

Channel strip controls in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Each channel strip has a set of controls (also called components), which varies according to channel strip type. You can adjust the channel strip volume and pan position, mute and solo channel strips, add and adjust effects, and send the output to auxiliary or output channel strips.

 

Play from Beginning – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

Cursor points to STOP button
  Play from Beginning

Move the playhead to the beginning of the project and start playing. Rather than assigning a command for this I simply press Return (go to beginning) and Space (start playback).

On the X-Touch I can use the transport STOP button. If currently playing pressing STOP stops playback, a second press returns to the beginning.

Control playback in Logic Pro with the transport buttons – Apple Support

You can use the transport buttons in the control bar to control playback, or to set the playhead position. You can click the buttons to activate or deactivate functions, or use the corresponding key commands to speed up your workflow.

Select Members of Group 6 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Select Members of Group 6

Select all of the channels/tracks that are members of group 6. 

Groups are useful. I would start by making sure that I have the Groups Inspector available as a separate window. I would name all of my groups with something meaningful. I would select members of a group by clicking on the group name and using the gear menu to select the members.

The Group tool on the MCU is a good way to perform the functions of the Group window. The Group number display is lacking, having only two positions, so we get G1, G2, … G9, G1…..G1, G2 and so on. If the group is named then the first 10 characters of the name are displayed in the information panel.

Groups inspector in Logic Pro – Apple Support

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:

Mackie Control Group button in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Press the GROUP button to activate group edit mode that allows you to edit various Mixer group parameters.

  

Shuttle Forward – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Shuttle Forward

Move the playhead forward – wind the “tape” forward. I have used the shuttle feature in my video players on the Mac, but never tried it in Logic.

I need to spend a session or two using the transport controls on the screen, and on the X-Touch. Things I have simply never considered, or have forgotten about from my days of fiddling with tape recorders .

Use transport keyboard shortcuts in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Shuttle Rewind and Shuttle Forward: Repeated key presses increase the winding speed. Repeated presses of the opposing shuttle key slow down the shuttle speed, and eventually change the winding direction. Shuttle disables Cycle mode. Shuttling is halted by the Stop command.

  

Toggle Hide Group 13 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Hide Group 13

Show or hide channels/tracks that are members of group 13. Every time I read about groups I try to remind myself that they are extremely useful for setting up tracks and channels for a project, even if you can collapse the tracks into a stack, the grouping serves very useful purposes.

Groups inspector in Logic Pro – Apple Support

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:

 When you use an MCU as a control surface the GROUP button gives you access to group settings. You can change the settings for the first seven groups. 

The newer settings – “Quantize-Locked (Audio)” and “Track Alternatives” are all the way at the end of the settings. 

You can assign channels to groups using the MCU as well. Time for me to read the GROUP section of the Mackie Control chapter.

Mackie Control Group button in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Press the GROUP button to activate group edit mode that allows you to edit various Mixer group parameters.

New Track with Next Channel / MIDI Channel ⌃↩ – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  New Track with Next Channel / MIDI Channel ⌃↩

Create a new track using the next channel. Increments MIDI channel by 1. Creates new audio and software instrument channels as well.

I don’t get to create tracks in this way, being led by my mixing work, and possibly misled by workflows I have learned.

On the X-Touch the key sequence is SHIFT+OPTION SELECT where SELECT is one of the 8 channels. Creates a new channel to the right of the selected channel.

Something to experiment with.

Create tracks using existing channel strips in Logic Pro – Apple Support

This command creates a new track below the selected track, and assigns the next channel strip to it. If no next channel strip exists, one is created automatically.

 

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:

  

Show/Hide Project Audio – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Project Audio

Shows or hides the project audio browser. There is a button in the control bar – one of the browser collection – that can be used to show the project audio.

The browsers (and the commands) show evidence of being added to and changed over time. Project Audio is clumped with browsers, but not called a browser. “Media” browser has no command available to show or hide, just clicking on the “Media” tab in the audio/media/file browser.

There is a command sequence on the Logic Control – SHIFT-F8 – that is mapped to ‘Show/Hide Project Audio’. A bit of reading in the Control Surfaces manual leads us to the term ‘Audio Bin’ which is now known as ‘Project Audio’.

A lot of the Logic workflow can be inferred when reading _old_ documentation.

- Global Commands
Show/Hide Loop Browser O
Show/Hide File Browser
Show/Hide Project Audio

- Main Window Tracks
Show/Hide Browsers F

Clear/Recall Solo ⌃⌥⌘S – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Clear/Recall Solo    ⌃⌥⌘S

When tracks are soloed this command will clear the solo status for all of the soloed tracks. Issuing the command again recalls the solo state of each of the previously soloed tracks. Quick way to switch between “some” soloed tracks and “no soloed” tracks.

On the X-Touch you press and hold the OPTION key while clicking any SOLO button that is engaged. This command is also available in Logic Remote on the iPad and iPhone.

Solo tracks in a Logic Pro project – Apple Support

The first time any track in a project is soloed, a large Clear/Recall Solo button appears in the area above the track headers. You can quickly unsolo or resolo all soloed tracks using this button.

 

Record off for all – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Record off for all

Turns off “Record” for all channels. I can’t seem to find any specific documentation for this.

“Record off for all” is mapped to OPTION+REC button on an MCU. If you press and hold OPTION, then press REC all channels will have Record turned off.

Mackie Control channel strips (1 to 8) – Control Surfaces Help

OPTION
Disable Record Enable button for all tracks.

 

Scrub Forward – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Scrub Forward

Scrub the playhead forward. Assigning forward and backward to keys might help the process. Remembering how to get audio to play while scrubbing helps too.

My simple preference is to press the ‘SCRUB’ button on the X-Touch (MCU) and use the scroll wheel to move backward and forward.

Scrub the project – Logic Pro X

You can scrub a project to locate or listen to a sound at a particular point in time. When you scrub a project, you quickly audition it by moving the playhead across the Tracks area. The speed at which you move the playhead controls the playback speed. Scrubbing makes it easy to zero in on a particular drum beat or other audio event before cutting or editing a region.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Why is the X-Touch Compact Not a “Good” Controller For Logic Pro X?

People have purchased the X-Touch Compact assuming that it functions the same way that the X-Touch does, or that it can be extended by adding another one, or using it with the full X-Touch. It’s not true.

The X-Touch essentially is a “Logic Control” control surface – and has virtually complete documentation in the Logic Control Surfaces manual.

Yes, you can put the X-Touch Compact into “Mackie Control” mode and will do many things, but you will have to memorize the mappings etc. etc.

The extra $200 for the full X-Touch is more than worth it, if you can find a way to save up for it.

If your needs are simpler than full control of Logic from the controller you might find the X-Touch One a better compromise. It costs $200 less, and has many of the features of the full X-Touch, just fewer faders and V-Pots.

Note carefully ! The USB hub on the X-Touch Compact only operates when the controller is in USB mode. If you put it into “Mackie Control” mode you lose the ability to connect USB devices through the X-Touch to the Mac. Me, personally, I like being able to plug a MIDI keyboard into the USB connection and have it work. Your mileage may vary.

I just can’t see any reason to choose the less-than-functional middle-priced solution of an X-Touch Compact.

Nudge Position Right ⌃⌥⌘→ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Nudge Position Right    ⌃⌥⌘→

Nudge the current note/region to the right by the “nudge amount”.

The temporary Nudge mode of the X-Touch lets you choose the size of the nudge, just turn the appropriate V-Pot.

I’m not convinced that I have figured out all of the default nudge functions on the X-Touch – time for homework.

Move regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X:

You can move regions to a different point in the same track, or move them to another track of the same type. You can move an audio region to another audio track, for example, but not to a software instrument track, or vice versa. You can also move regions between open Tracks area windows, or between different open projects.

Side note – nudging regions from X-Touch? The answer is yes.

Mackie Control Nudge button overview – Control Surfaces Help:

The NUDGE button allows you to move (nudge) selected audio or MIDI regions (or events) in Small, Large, or Temporary Nudge mode.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to Next Marker And Set Locators ⌥. – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go to Next Marker And Set Locators ⌥.

Move to the next marker (you did make markers, didn’t you?) and set the locators. This makes it easy to move to the next section of the project and have the transport all ready for work.

I don’t use markers well enough. I should remember my piano training (Dr. Erlings) and do the 50,000 ft overview followed by finding the sections of the project. Set the markers to help make sense of things.

I need serious work in identifying song structure in the current world of music.

Dedicate some hours to working with markers – and the X-Touch!

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND