Region Automation: Breath – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Region Automation: Breath

Automation is the “program” that is applied to the tracks in the project. The sounds that are made come from the MIDI instruments or audio files that “sound” at a point in time. What happens to the sound is modified by plugins. All of the things that can occur over time – changes to plugins, volume, pan, all of it – the automation – is the program that gets written to create the finished product.

It appears that almost every single bit of what Logic can do is available as an “automation” parameter. We program the environment through automation, and allow real-time control to be applied – and recorded!

The available commands are a subset of what can actually be automated by selecting from the drop-down menu. I’m not sure that I am ready to learn how to progam using faders 😉

Region-based vs. track-based automation – Logic Pro X

 

Logic Pro offers two types of automation: track-based automation, and region-based automation. Track-based automation can be applied to the entire track, from the beginning to the end of your project. Region-based automation only applies to the specific region the automation parameters are connected to. With track-based automation, if you re-record, move or copy regions (either to another point on the same track, or to another track) the automation data remains tied to the initial point on the track in which it was created. With region-based automation, if you re-record the region, the automation is lost; if you move or copy the region (either to another point on the same track, or to another track) the automation remains with the region. Region-based automation is particularly useful when you are automating instrument parameters.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Views Showing Time Ruler
Region Automation: Volume
Region Automation: Panorama
Region Automation: Balance
Region Automation: Modulation
Region Automation: Breath
Region Automation: Foot Control
Region Automation: Portamento Time
Region Automation: Expression
Region Automation: Sustain Pedal
Region Automation: Control Change 20
Region Automation: Control Change 21
Region Automation: Control Change 22
Region Automation: Control Change 23
Region Automation: Control Change 24
Region Automation: Control Change 25
Region Automation: Control Change 26
Region Automation: Control Change 27
Region Automation: Control Change 28
Region Automation: Control Change 29
Region Automation: Control Change 30
Region Automation: Control Change 31
Region Automation: Control Change 32
Region Automation: Surround Angle
Region Automation: Surround Diversity
Region Automation: Surround LFE
Region Automation: Channel Pressure
Region Automation: Pitch Bend
Region Automation: Program Change
Region Automation: Note Velocity

Set Region Start to Bar – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Region Start to Bar

Moves the start of the MIDI region to the beginning of the bar. Only works with MIDI regions. Does not move the start forward in time, only to the beginning of the bar that the region starts in.

Once again I find complete sections of the user manual got removed from Logic Pro X. I am lucky to find answers in the Logic Pro 9 manuals, and fortunately those are still available online…why on earth did they remove the documentation for the tools? Cost of PDF files too much?

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Resizing Regions

Use the MIDI > Set Region Start to Bar command (or use the corresponding key command) to round the start point of the selected MIDI region to the nearest bar.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Select MIDI Tracks – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Select MIDI Tracks

In the tracks views. Edit>Select Tracks>MIDI.

This selects tracks for external instruments, not software instruments.

The ‘Export All MIDI Tracks as MIDI file…’ command treats all instrument tracks, external and software, as MIDI tracks.

I guess there may be some operations that might be done to this kind of collection of tracks, maybe folders?

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Region Automation: Expression – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Region Automation: Expression

I am somewhat curious about the number of Region Automation commands. It is possible that the set is a holdover from Logic Pro 9. If I use the pop-up menu for Region Automation choice I can select any of the 128 MIDI CC messages.

You can choose both the MIDI channel number and the CC message that you want to automate.

Whole programs written to the 16 channels and 128 parameters. The clock is a bit limited by the MIDI implementation.

Looking forward to MIDI 2.0 and what it might bring…

MIDI Clock is 24 PPQN (parts per quarter note)

MIDI Time Code uses absolute time in its messages (the actual time on the clock from the beginning of the song or reference point in hours, minutes, seconds, frames, and subframes). This data can then be translated into SMPTE messages (the kind of synchronization data used in film and television).

Use the Automation/MIDI area in the Piano Roll Editor – Logic Pro X

 

Note: Region-based automation is effectively the same as MIDI Draw in previous versions of Logic Pro. If you had MIDI Draw data in a project created in a previous version of Logic Pro, it appears as region-based automation data.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command Key Touch Bar
– Views Showing Time Ruler
Region Automation: Volume
Region Automation: Panorama
Region Automation: Balance
Region Automation: Modulation
Region Automation: Breath
Region Automation: Foot Control
Region Automation: Portamento Time
Region Automation: Expression
Region Automation: Sustain Pedal
Region Automation: Control Change 20
Region Automation: Control Change 21
Region Automation: Control Change 22
Region Automation: Control Change 23
Region Automation: Control Change 24
Region Automation: Control Change 25
Region Automation: Control Change 26
Region Automation: Control Change 27
Region Automation: Control Change 28
Region Automation: Control Change 29
Region Automation: Control Change 30
Region Automation: Control Change 31
Region Automation: Control Change 32
Region Automation: Surround Angle
Region Automation: Surround Diversity
Region Automation: Surround LFE
Region Automation: Channel Pressure
Region Automation: Pitch Bend
Region Automation: Program Change
Region Automation: Note Velocity

Control Multiple Instruments on Different MIDI Channels – Logic Pro Help

Control Multiple Instruments on Different MIDI Channels – Logic Pro Help

Controlling multiple instruments on different MIDI channels in Logic is easy, and it does not require you to ever open the environment! It also allows you to record different controller keyboards on different software instrument or external MIDI tracks. Whether you’re trying to use an external sequencer (like an MPC 2000, or even another computer running Logic) to trigger instruments within Logic, or whether you’re simply trying to play different instruments using different MIDI controllers, read on.

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

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  Set Quantize Tool

Set the primary tool to Quantize. Available in the Piano Roll editor and the Score Editor.

You can set the Quantize tool by typing ‘TQ’ in the appropriate editor. The ‘T’ opens the tool selection menu, the ‘Q’ chooses the Quantize tool. Return to the Pointer tool by typing ‘TT’.

Quantize the timing of notes in the Piano Roll Editor – Logic Pro X

You can quantize, or automatically correct, the timing of individual MIDI notes in the Piano Roll Editor. This is useful when regions in the track contain the right notes, but are not perfectly in time with the project. When you quantize the timing, items are adjusted to the selected note value. You can quantize the timing of regions with drums, single-note instruments, and chordal or polyphonic instruments.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle Channel Strip Arpeggiator – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Channel Strip Arpeggiator

Turns the MIDI FX Arpeggiator on and off. NB the Arpeggiator is the only MIDI FX that has a command available from the Mac keyboard.

The Arpeggiator is completely controllable from the external MIDI device that is assigned to the channel. ‘Toggle Channel Strip Arpeggiator’ can be accomplished by having the MIDI device send a NoteOn for the “stop” button.

You can “re-program” the keys that control the arpeggiator by dragging them in the plugin editor window. Far more control than the original arpeggiator found in the MIDI Environment.

MIDI FX plugins are only available on Software Instrument channels.

Arpeggiator overview – Logic Pro X

The Arpeggiator MIDI plug-in generates musically interesting arpeggios based on incoming MIDI notes. It provides split and remote features that let you control nearly all Arpeggiator functions without taking your hands off the keyboard, making it a powerful live performance tool.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Control Multiple Instruments on Different MIDI Channels – Logic Pro Help

Control Multiple Instruments on Different MIDI Channels – Logic Pro Help

Controlling multiple instruments on different MIDI channels in Logic is easy, and it does not require you to ever open the environment! It also allows you to record different controller keyboards on different software instrument or external MIDI tracks. Whether you’re trying to use an external sequencer (like an MPC 2000, or even another computer running Logic) to trigger instruments within Logic, or whether you’re simply trying to play different instruments using different MIDI controllers, read on.

Toggle Channel Display Default of Multi-Instrument – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Channel Display Default of Multi-Instrument

This command (apparently) affects the Environment display of Multi-Instruments. The only (semi) useful documentation about the MIDI Environment is in the user guide for earlier version of Logic Pro. The best descriptions I can find are in the Logic Pro 9 manuals.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Getting to Know the Environment

The Environment refers to the virtual environment of Logic Pro inside your computer. It was developed to allow complete control over your MIDI setup.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Toggle MIDI Remote for Articulation Switches – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle MIDI Remote for Articulation Switches

When MIDI Remote is “on” MIDI events can be used to change the articulation. The standard MIDI messages are found starting with the C0 Note On. It would be nice if I could program the A-1 key on the piano to toggle MIDI Remote without sending the Note On back to the piano. I guess I should just turn down the piano speakers when I am using it as a controller.

Manage articulations for software instruments – Logic Pro X

If an Articulation Set is loaded, you can select between articulations using the Articulations pop-up menu in the plug-in window header. Some software instruments let you view the most recently played articulation in the plug-in interface as well.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set Note Color By Region Color – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Note Color By Region Color

MIDI notes. Audio regions don’t have notes. It would seem kind of useless to set note color by region since most all MIDI regions start out as green. But what if we change them?

It hardly occurred to me to change the MIDI region colors, but it really does make a difference when looking at an arrangement.

Just like color-coding tracks that are bused together.

It’s all about being aware of what you see as well as what you hear.

Change the color of notes in the Piano Roll Editor – Logic Pro X

You can change the color of notes in the Piano Roll Editor to display note velocity, region colors, or MIDI channel colors. By default, notes correspond to the region color.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Show/Hide MIDI Instruments ⇧5⃣ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Show/Hide MIDI Instruments        ⇧5⃣

In the Mixer windows. Toggle the visibility of the MIDI Instrument channel strips. These are the External MIDI Tracks.

MIDI channel strips overview – Logic Pro X

MIDI channel strips in the Mixer work as remote controls for the mixing parameters of your MIDI-controlled sound modules and synthesizers, such as volume and pan.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Object move right ⌥→ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Object move right    ⌥→

Move the selected object to the right.

Move and copy objects – Logic Pro X

You can move and copy objects within a layer or between layers, using a variety of techniques.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- MIDI Environment
Align Objects
Object move left ⌥←
Object move right ⌥→
Object move up ⌥↑
Object move down ⌥↓
Object Width -1 Pixel ⌥⇧←
Object Width +1 Pixel ⌥⇧→
Object Height -1 Pixel ⌥⇧↑
Object Height +1 Pixel ⌥⇧↓
Go to Layer of Object

Apply Transform User Preset 20 to selected Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Apply Transform User Preset 20 to selected Events

Transform User Presets are basically macro operations that can be performed on MIDI events. Repetitive and difficult editing operations can be applied with a simple command.

With 30 possible user presets, referenced by number, it is likely that a list of transforms would be required to make any practical use of the “apply by number” commands.

Currently there are 18 presets defined, with some useful (and not so useful) demonstrations. All good starting points.

MIDI Transform window overview – Logic Pro X

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.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND