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

  Region Automation: Balance

Set the automation lane to Balance. Shows the automation lanes if they aren’t already displayed, switches from track to region-based automation,  and selects ‘Balance’ as the automation parameter.

Show automation curves in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Before you can add automation points to a track’s automation curves, you need to show the automation curves. Automation curves are displayed as colored curves and points on top of audio and MIDI regions across the track, running the length of the project. You can choose whether to view and edit automation across the track (track-based automation) or only within the track’s regions (region-based automation).

Control Change Messages (Data Bytes)

8 00001000 08 Balance 0-127 MSB

MIDI Specification:

 Balance

 

Number: 8 (coarse) 40 (fine)

Affects:

The device’s stereo balance (assuming that the device has stereo audio outputs). If a
MultiTimbral device, then each Part usually has its own Balance. This is generally
when Balance becomes useful, because then you can use Pan, Volume, and Balance
controllers to internally mix all of the Parts to the device’s stereo outputs. Typically,
Balance would be used on a Part that had stereo elements (where you wish to adjust the
volume of the stereo elements without changing their pan positions), whereas
Pan is

more appropriate for a Part that is strictly a “mono instrument”.

Value Range:

14-bit coarse/fine resolution. 16,384 possible setting, 0x0000 to 0x3FFF where 0x2000
is center balance, 0x0000 emphasizes the left elements mostly, and 0x3FFF emphasizes
the right elements mostly. Some devices only respond to coarse adjust (128 settings)
where 64 is center, 0 is leftmost emphsis, and 127 is rightmost emphasis.

Note: Most all devices ignore the Fine adjust (#40) for Balance, and just implement
Coarse adjust (#8) because 14-bit resolution isn’t needed for this.
 

Event Channel = 10 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Event Channel =  10

Set the channel of the selected event(s) to 10.

Sometimes using keyboard commands is easier than trying to drag numbers up and down, typing in numbers.

There are some special considerations with MIDI channels in the event list. If you select multiple events, open a channel number for editing (double-click so you can type), and type a number in the selected events will be changed relatively. Select channels 11, 12, and 13, change the 11 to 6, you will get channels 6, 7, and 8. Change to 12 and you get 12, 13, and 14. The same thing happens if you type in a number, or drag the number up or down.

If you use the ‘Event Channel = 10’ command all of the events will have their channel changed to 10 with no relative changes. Good to know…

Essentially you execute the ‘Event Channel +1’ and ‘Event Channel -1’ when you drag the channel numbers up and down.

Change event values in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can change the event values shown in the Event List Value, Number, and Channel columns by using the mouse as a slider or with text input. You can not directly alter the event type in the Status column.

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Editors
Event Channel +1 
Event Channel -1 
Event Channel = 1 
Event Channel = 2 
Event Channel = 3 
Event Channel = 4 
Event Channel = 5 
Event Channel = 6 
Event Channel = 7 
Event Channel = 8 
Event Channel = 9 
Event Channel = 10 ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌦ 
Event Channel = 11 
Event Channel = 12 
Event Channel = 13 
Event Channel = 14 
Event Channel = 15 
Event Channel = 16

Select All Orphan Aliases – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Select All Orphan Aliases

Selects all orphaned aliases (MIDI alias regions where the original has been removed).

It takes a lot of work (many dialog responses) to orphan an alias. Not sure how you could get very many, but some workflows are different.

Create MIDI aliases in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, choose Functions > Region Alias > Select Orphan Aliases (or use the corresponding key command).

 

Make Alias – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Make Alias

Create an alias to the currently selected MIDI region(s). Some days commands come back to back. Yesterday was ‘Delete All Orphan Aliases’.

Create MIDI aliases in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

If several regions are selected, their relative time and track positions are retained. The selected track is the destination track for the first region along the Tracks area.

 

Delete All Orphan Aliases – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Delete All Orphan Aliases

Deletes orphaned aliases. An orphaned alias is an alias (looks like a MIDI region) to a MIDI region. If the original region is deleted, and you have Logic keep the aliases around, you will have orphaned aliases.

I created an alias, deleted the original region, then unsure the ‘Delet All Orphan Aliases’ command. There is, apparently, no undo of this action.

Create MIDI aliases in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

You can create an alias for a MIDI region or a folder. An alias is a reference to a region, and looks similar to a normal region in the Tracks area. If you alter the original region, all aliases of the region are similarly altered.

Aliases can be useful when you want to repeat a phrase or riff in different parts of an arrangement. If you make changes to the original region after creating aliases from it, the changes apply to all its aliases throughout the project. If you want to edit one of the aliases without changing the others, you can turn that alias into an independent region (a region copy) and edit it independently.

Aliases do have some differences from their “parent” region: you can give each alias its own name, and edit region parameters for each alias independently.

Alias names appear in italics to distinguish them from normal regions. If you name an alias, its parent region name is shown below the alias name (provided that the zoom level is adequate).

Toggle Fix Value – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Fix Value

Toggle the use of fixed value when creating steps.

Create steps in the Step Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can assign a fixed value when creating event steps. When enabled, the Fix Value item in the Lane Set pop-up menu prevents any event value from being altered with the Pointer or Pencil tool.

 It might be useful to read some of the Logic Pro 9 manual describing the Hyper Editor (Step Editor in X) for a discussion of ‘fix value’ and other nuanced behaviors…

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Creating and Editing Events in the Hyper Editor

You can also assign a fixed value when creating events. The Fix Value checkbox in the Inspector, when selected, prevents any event value from being altered with the Pointer or Pencil tool.

 

Apply Transform User Preset 30 to selected Events – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Apply Transform User Preset 30 to selected Events

The 30th of 30 – All the transform commands. Think of them as un-named macros or subroutines in a program.

Select MIDI events and apply the 30th preset to them…

Logic Pro MIDI Transform window overview – Apple Support

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.

 Logic Pro MIDI Transform presets overview – Apple Support

The table below describes the operations performed by the MIDI Transform window presets in Logic Pro.

 

Make Alias but Copy Folder – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Make Alias but Copy Folder

I am not sure of the subtlety of copying the folder vs. simply making an alias.

There can be huge benefit to using aliases for recurring parts in a song. Change the original, the alias follows along. It is also quite easy to use the same part, but transposed, using an alias. Logic for the win.

Create MIDI aliases in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

Aliases do have some differences from their “parent” region: you can give each alias its own name, and edit region parameters for each alias independently.

 

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

  Set Note Color By MIDI Channel

Set the color of each note on a particular MIDI channel to the same color. This command is available in the Piano Roll editor, sub-menu of ‘View’.

I cannot find any method for choosing the color for a MIDI channel. It appears that they are simply assigned the first 16 colors of the Color palette, across the top row.

Change colors in the Piano Roll Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

By MIDI Channel: Colors notes to correspond with the MIDI channel.

 

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.

Convert Sustain Pedal to Note Length – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Convert Sustain Pedal to Note Length

This is such a handy thing to know. I have often seen complaints about notes not properly sustaining when played on a random MIDI device. Not all devices have the ability to turn on sustain when the pedal on event occurs, and to turn it off when the pedal off event occurs. No problem. Note plays.

Resize notes in the Piano Roll Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, choose Functions > Convert Sustain Pedal to Note Length in the Piano Roll Editor menu bar.

All sustain pedal events (controller #64) used on selected note events are analyzed, and the note events are increased in length. This increase matches the controller #64 (sustain pedal) off message position.

The pedal events (controller #64 on and off) are erased after use of this command.

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

  Region Automation: Portamento Time

One of the many MIDI messages that can be automated. Creating an automation point adds an event with the control change message. Portamento Time is a required feature of the General MIDI GM2 specification.

From the MIDI specification (1996)

Portamento Control (PTC) is a recent addition, and defines a continuous controller that communicates which note number the subsequent note is gliding from. It is intended for special effects in playing back pre-sequenced material, so that legato with portamento may be realized while in Poly mode.

General MIDI 2 (GM 2)

 

– Portamento Time (cc#5)

 

 

 Control Change Messages (Data Bytes)

 

5 00000101 05 Portamento Time 0-127 MSB

 

 

Quantize 1/16 Swing E – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Quantize 1/16 Swing E

The fine art of humanizing machine-generated musical sounds. 

Logic Pro Quantize parameter values – Apple Support

You can quantize selected audio or MIDI regions (including a mixed region selection) using the Quantize parameter in the Region inspector. This parameter determines the division of the quantization grid.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

New Mapped Instrument – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  New Mapped Instrument

You need to be working in the MIDI Environment.

Mapped instruments in the Logic Pro Environment – Apple Support

A mapped instrument is particularly useful for drum instruments or any drum-mode MIDI device. A drum-mode device has different sounds assigned to different MIDI notes, but only uses a single MIDI channel; for example, a drum kit loaded into the Sampler, or MIDI channel 10 of a GM-compliant sound module, or a drum machine.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

1/16 Note 5 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  1/16 Note  5

Switches the note/rest value to a sixteenth note. Any notes/rests entered will be sixteenths.

I can’t remember far enough back to compare the Logic ‘Step Input’ with Finale or Studio Vision (the tools I used in 1990) but with a bit of practice single voice part entry could be almost as fast as using a pen on paper – possibly even faster.

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.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND– Step Input Keyboard

Step Input Keyboard

Note “C” A 
Note “C#” W 
Note “D” S 
Note “D#” E 
Note “E” D 
Note “F” F 
Note “F#” T 
Note “G” G 
Note “G#” Y 
Note “A” H 
Note “A#” U 
Note “B” J 
Rest ˽ 
Next note will be sharp ⇧3 
Next note will be flat ⇧B 
Chord Mode ` 
Delete - Step Input ⌃⌫ 
Step Backwards ← 
Step Forward → 
Octave 0 
Octave 1 
Octave 2 
Octave 3 
Octave 4 
Octave 5 
Octave 6 
Octave - 2 ⇧Z 
Octave - 1 Z 
Octave + 1 X 
Octave + 2 ⇧X 
1/1 Note 1 
1/2 Note 2 
1/4 Note 3 
1/8 Note 4 
1/16 Note 5 
1/32 Note 6 
1/64 Note 7 
1/128 Note 8 
Triplets on/off 9 
Dotted note values on/off 0 
Velocity 16 (ppp) C 
Velocity 32 (pp) V 
Velocity 48 (p) B 
Velocity 64 (mp) N 
Velocity 80 (mf) M 
Velocity 96 (f) , 
Velocity 112 (ff) . 
Velocity 127 (fff) / 
Quantize note starts On/Off Q