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Studio One 4 introduced pattern-based step sequencing as an alternative mode to the familiar piano-roll MIDI editor. It’s one of those features that makes you wonder why every DAW doesn’t already have it. It’s simple and intuitive in a way that’s reminiscent of the creative tools we’ve come to enjoy in hardware. Pattern-based sequencing is most often used for drums, but as we’ll see in this month’s workshop, the Pattern Sequencer in Studio One can be just as easily directed to synthesizer and instrument sounds, and can very quickly generate something unexpected.

I suspect this won’t work for folks who don’t subscribe to SOS. The link should work properly in about 6 months. It works for me today 😉

Copy MIDI Events… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Copy MIDI Events…

The command is found in the “Edit” menu of the usual places – Tracks, Events, Piano Roll. Unlikely that I would turn this into a keyboard command. There are lots of things to be fiddled with.

Edit events overview – Logic Pro X:

The Event List L(ock), M(ute), Position, Status, Ch(annel), Num(ber), Val(ue), and Length/Info columns display all details of all event types. In most cases, you can directly edit the data displayed (except for the Status column, which indicates the event type).

 

 There is more detailed discussion of this in the Piano Roll documentation.

Copy notes in the Piano Roll Editor – Logic Pro X:

There are a number of ways to copy or move notes in the Piano Roll Editor. In addition to Option-dragging or using the Copy and Paste menu commands, there are advanced Copy and Move operations such as directly swapping events, or merging a group of notes from one section of a region to the same region, or another region.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Octave – 2 ⇧Z – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Octave - 2 ⇧Z

Move the “selected” octave down 2. I’m not really sure how this is useful unless it is because it makes it easier to see the location of keys on the keyboard.

I am more likely to be using the “Musical Typing” keyboard.

Step Input Keyboard – Logic Pro X:

Table reflects default keyboard shortcuts included in the U.S. factory preset.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Apply Transform User Preset 4 to selected Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Apply Transform User Preset 4 to selected Events

The MIDI Transform window. All things programatic start here. It appears that we can define 30 presets for the transformation window. It would be good to remember the variant “Select and Operate Preset”. See tomorrow’s post.

 

MIDI Transform window overview – Logic Pro X:

The MIDI Transform window is so-named because it transforms MIDI events—based on conditions, operations, and values you choose—into different types of events, or events with different values.

The MIDI Transform window is a powerful tool for edits that would otherwise be impossible (or tedious). For example, imagine an orchestral project that has been sent to you for editing. The individual violin and viola parts were recorded with a different string library. Two hundred MIDI regions contain aftertouch information that introduces an unpleasant pitch modulation, and some sample layer switching artifacts when played with your string samples. After looking at this aftertouch information, you discover that only a small range of values is causing the problem. Your options: edit your sampler instruments, manually remove all aftertouch information (region by region, or globally, thus losing the performance benefits that the aftertouch information provides), or alter the problematic values in the MIDI Transform window.

A number of preset transform sets are available for many common editing tasks. These may be all you’ll ever require, but should the need arise, you can create and save your own transform sets, and recall them later.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set Layout Tool – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Layout Tool


Choose the “Layout Tool” in the “left-click” tool drop down (same place as pointer, solo, et al.)

The Layout Tool is what you use to change the position of a note in the score without affecting the actual time placement of the note. If you use the Pointer Tool to drag a note from 4 1 1 1 to the left to 3 1 1 1 the note will move, and apparently “replace” anything that used to be between 3 1 1 1 and 4 1 1 1.

If you use the Layout Tool to move the note left or right (no vertical movement is possible) the placement of the event in time will not change. You can move a note at 4 1 1 1 to the left to get it closer to the bar line, or to the right to get closer to the next note. Timing will not change.

It is best to use a MIDI loop and play with it in the Score Editor to get a feeling for what is possible.

Position items graphically in the Score Editor – Logic Pro X:

Using the Layout tool: The Layout tool is used to graphically move events in the Score Editor, in order to optimize the display without altering the timing of MIDI events.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

– Piano Roll – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  - Piano Roll

Include Non-Note MIDI Events
View Mode: One Track
View Mode: Selected Regions
Toggle View Mode
Toggle Time Handles ⌃T ⌃⌥⌘1⃣
Set Note Color By Region Color
Set Note Color By Velocity
Set Note Color By MIDI Channel
Define Brush Pattern and Set Brush Tool ⌃⇧B
Reset Brush Pattern ⌃⇧⌫
Toggle Collapse Mode

Today we get a “section” of commands – the Piano Roll commands.

Piano Roll Editor overview – Logic Pro X:

The Piano Roll Editor shows the notes in a MIDI region as colored bars in a time grid. Horizontal lines show the time position, while vertical lines indicate pitch. A keyboard along the left edge of the Piano Roll Editor provides a reference for the pitches of notes. The info display in the Piano Roll Editor menu bar shows the note name and time position under the pointer.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set Track and MIDI Thru Parameters by Region/Folder – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Track and MIDI Thru Parameters by Region/Folder

This was hard to track down.

My current description is…with a region (or multiple regions) selected the command will set the defaults for track and MIDI regions to the settings of the selected region(s).

Much confusion occurred. Documentation refers to “MIDI Thru” as the region name. I have seen that. I tested the command and changed some MIDI defaults. Now the defaulted region is named “MIDI Defaults”. The latest documentation doesn’t reference “MIDI Thru” and uses the term defaults.

A “simpler” description is the region named “MIDI Thru” contains the MIDI settings that are applied to any MIDI coming in to Logic – like a MIDI Thru port – probably not the easiest thing for the non-MIDI generation to understand as the implication of the word “Thru”.

My Logic now reads “MIDI Defaults” – checking a different system to see what it looks like. My other Mac says “MIDI Defaults”. Following is an image from Apple…MIDI Thru Lives!

 

Region inspector – Logic Pro X:

The Region inspector shows parameters for the selected region or regions, including Quantize and other parameters. Some parameters are shared, while others are available for only audio or MIDI regions. There are additional advanced quantization parameters that you can view and edit by clicking the More disclosure triangle.

You can also open the Region inspector in a separate floating window.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

MIDI Thru Lives!

Apply Transform User Preset 8 to selected Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Apply Transform User Preset  8 to selected Events

The MIDI Transform window can be opened from the Window menu, or by entering ‘⌘9’. There are 30 ‘Apply Transform User Preset … to selected Events’.

Use transform sets – Logic Pro X:

1. Choose Create New Transform Set from the Presets pop-up menu.

2. Set conditions and operations.

3. Select the “Hide unused parameters” checkbox. This helps to avoid changes to conditions and operations that aren’t required for (or may disturb) your transform set.

4. Choose New Parameter Set (Number) from the Presets pop-up menu. Enter a new name for your transform set.

This transform set now appears at the bottom of the Presets list in all MIDI Transform windows for this project. You should consider saving your user transform sets in one or more template projects. This way, they are always available to you in all future projects.

 

Tip: Renaming an existing transform set creates a new transform set that is identical to the original. The existing (source) transform set is retained.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

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Software synths have taken over many of the roles that were once fulfilled by keyboard or rackmounting instruments, but many of us still have favourite hardware synths we’d like to integrate into our systems. And although Logic Pro has very capable MIDI features, its handling of external MIDI synths is not quite as intuitive as it might be. It often turns out that there’s more than one way to do a job, with no one way being clearly the ‘right’ way. For this article I’m going to go through the way I set up my own external Roland JV2080 (using only its stereo output).

The Rosetta Stone – this helped me understand GM Mixer and multi-track MIDI devices so much better.

Open/Close MIDI Insert 9 Plug-in Window of focused Track – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Open/Close MIDI Insert 9 Plug-in Window of focused Track

 This is one of the “suspect commands” for me. How would I know which insert is in slot 9? In Logic Pro X you can only insert 8 MIDI plugins, so the 9-15 commands are bogons (bogus bits/particles).

An audio channel can have 15 inserts, but again, how would I know what is in slot 7 to begin with?

Time to check the predecessors. I can’t find any reference at all pre-Logic Pro X. I did find this…

Open/Close Instrument Plug-In Window of Focused Track:

While everyone is elated about the new addition in SMART TEMPO in Logic X, I am secretly celebrating another hidden feature in 10.4. It is called “Open/Close Instrument Plug-In Window of Focused Track”. Logic users have been asking for this particular feature for years and now it is here. Let me show and tell you what this does.

I also got to play a bit with using the PX-330 as a GM MIDI module.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Pros & Cons of the 4 MIDI Editors in Logic Pro X : Ask.Audio

Pros & Cons of the 4 MIDI Editors in Logic Pro X : Ask.Audio:

Logic Pro X has multiple tools for editing MIDI and each one has its own specific strengths. Joe Albano explains when you might want to turn to which one for the best results.

Event Float is a nifty little display – option-EEvent Float

Homework: Connect Logic to the Casio PX330 GM player

My Casio PX330 has a full GM player inside. I should learn how to connect Logic Pro X or MainStage and play MIDI files/songs.

I will need to use the PX330 manual and the Logic Pro X / MainStage manuals as well.

Apply Transform User Preset 7 to selected Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Apply Transform User Preset  7 to selected Events

The MIDI Transform window can be opened from the Window menu, or by entering ‘⌘9’. There are 30 ‘Apply Transform User Preset … to selected Events’.

Use transform sets – Logic Pro X:

1. Choose Create New Transform Set from the Presets pop-up menu.

2. Set conditions and operations.

3. Select the “Hide unused parameters” checkbox. This helps to avoid changes to conditions and operations that aren’t required for (or may disturb) your transform set.

4. Choose New Parameter Set (Number) from the Presets pop-up menu. Enter a new name for your transform set.

This transform set now appears at the bottom of the Presets list in all MIDI Transform windows for this project. You should consider saving your user transform sets in one or more template projects. This way, they are always available to you in all future projects.

 

Tip: Renaming an existing transform set creates a new transform set that is identical to the original. The existing (source) transform set is retained.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Understanding Logic Pro’s Environment

Understanding Logic Pro’s Environment:

The Environment is the core of Logic. It can be the cause of a lot of confusion (and even fear!) for new and even more experienced Logic users. In the first of three tutorials that focus on the Environment I’m going to explain exactly what the Environment is and why it makes Logic the most flexible and advanced MIDI sequencing package on the market.