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

Delete Unselected MIDI Events Within Selection – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Delete Unselected MIDI Events Within Selection

Unselected within selection sounds kind of odd. How can a selection be unselected? When described as events within locators it make a lot more sense. A region, or parts of regions indicated by locators constitutes “selection” for purposes of this command.

Simply put, delete all of the events I haven’t chosen, bounded by locators or region.

Mute and delete regions and events – Logic Pro X

The Mute and Delete functions go hand in hand, because you often want to remove events you have muted.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Cable serially ⌃S – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Cable serially    ⌃S

Used in the Environment to “run cables” between objects. Days from before.

Cable objects in series and in parallel – Logic Pro X

You can cable objects in series and in parallel. Cabling objects in series is useful for quickly connecting groups of faders that are used to control a MIDI mixing console, for example.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Delete Duplicated MIDI Events ⌥D – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Delete Duplicated MIDI Events    ⌥D

The definition of “Duplicated” is important to know. It is in the documentation. Essentially a duplicate MIDI event as defined by position, channel, and number, the value of the event is ignored. Works on the selected region.

Always good to know what will really happen when you invoke the command.

Delete notes in the Piano Roll Editor – Logic Pro X

Any events occurring twice or more at the same position (and pitch) are deleted, allowing one to remain. This is true regardless of whether the duplicates have different velocity, aftertouch, or controller values. Events on different MIDI channels are not considered duplicates.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Attach Symbol: Accent – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Attach Symbol: Accent

Add an accent mark to a note (or rest?) in a score. There are fine controls for what an accent does when played (increased MIDI velocity)

Add accents and other symbols to notes – Logic Pro X

The Part box includes symbols such as accents, fermatas, phrasing marks, bow markings, and others that apply to a single note, over which the symbol appears. (Trills are in a separate section).

 

 MIDI Meaning settings – Logic Pro X

These settings determine if, and to what extent, the insertion of the listed symbols affects the MIDI playback of notes (that these symbols are attached to).

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Normalize Region Parameters ⌃N – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Normalize Region Parameters    ⌃N

I’m not exactly sure what gets “normalized”. It’s not clear in the online manual. My saved PDF manual has a description in Chapter 10. 

Export MIDI regions as standard MIDI files – Logic Pro X

 

You can export one or more MIDI regions as standard MIDI files, to play in another music app. If your project contains only MIDI regions, you can merge the regions and export the entire project as a MIDI file. Before exporting, you need to perform several steps to prepare the MIDI regions.

 

 

 I wonder if the technical editors for the Logic Pro X manuals really understand what they are doing when they cause whole sections from the previous versions. There is such a lack of a comprehensive manual/description of Logic Pro X…

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Normalize MIDI region parameters

You can normalize the MIDI region parameter settings of all selected MIDI regions and folders
with the MIDI > Region Parameters > Normalize Region Parameters command.

This means that all settings are actually written as data, and playback parameters revert to
normal values. The audible result remains the same. The Loop parameter and extended MIDI
region parameters are not affected. Use of this function is effectively like saying “make these
MIDI region/instrument parameter values permanent.” In most circumstances, it’s better not to
do this, as leaving the original data untouched provides more flexibility. This includes unlimited
opportunities to change your mind about MIDI region edits.

Normalize and MIDI channels

Like the Merge function and the Glue tool, the Normalize function is intelligent in the way it
handles stored MIDI channel numbers. If all stored events have the same MIDI channel number,
the channel is changed to that of the instrument assigned to the current track. If the events are
on different channels, Logic Pro asks whether or not you want to convert the event channels.

The following Normalize options are also available in the MIDI > Region Parameters menu:

Normalize without Channel: Leaves the stored channel number untouched.

Normalize without Channel & Delay: Leaves the stored channel number and Delay
parameters untouched.

If the playback instrument has a channel setting of All, or you’re dealing with a completely
different type of Environment object (a channel splitter used as A-Playback, for example), the
stored MIDI channel numbers are also unaffected by the usual Normalize function.

Note: If you’re editing MIDI regions that appear as notation on a polyphonic staff style, it’s
recommended that you use the Normalize without Channel function, as the event channel is
used to assign notes to individual polyphonic voices in the Score Editor.

Meta Messages In Logic

Meta Messages In Logic

In addition to standard MIDI messages, Logic uses two special message types to carry out certain operations and to communicate among its various components. In the Logic Notes column in SOS December 2002 we had a look at Fader messages, which are used for track-based automation. Here we’ll examine Meta messages, which have several functions within Logic. One thing to keep in mind as you read this is that these special message types only travel within Logic — they never venture down the MIDI pipeline to confuse your gear or other MIDI applications.

The Wayback Machine takes us to 2003 to get a description of Meta messages and what the are good for in Logic – even today, sixteen years later…

Send Used Instruments MIDI Settings – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Send Used Instruments MIDI Settings

Logic will “reset” MIDI settings for instruments that are “used”, as the documentation says, “intelligently”. We can force the transmission of MIDI settings by using this command. Program change, volume, and pan. I sure could have used this kind of command back when I was working with the Orchestra Nova – 8 performers, 8 keyboards, many ROMplers. It was always a challenge to get each device set properly during performances.

Reset Messages preferences – Logic Pro X

These preferences are included for compatibility with older MIDI hardware. For selected controller types, a reset message is sent to all MIDI outputs. This reset message is sent on cycle jumps and when playback begins. However, Logic Pro handles MIDI reset messages automatically and intelligently, so you should generally make sure that all of these options are unselected—which they are, by default.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Snap Mode: 1/32 Note – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Snap Mode: 1/32 Note

This command only appears to work in the Piano Roll editor. If the command is entered in other editors, or the Arrange window where “Snap” is available the display of the setting will become blank, but the selection doesn’t change. In Arrange Snap will change from ‘Smart’ to ‘Snap to Grid’. In the Piano Roll Snap will change to ‘Snap to Grid’ and the setting will change to 1/32.

I don’t think this is proper behavior, but what do I know?

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Region Automation: Control Change 27 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Region Automation: Control Change 27

Select CC27 for Region Automation. There a lots of things that can be automated. When you “Display Automation” for a track (happens if you use this command) you can see the enormous set of parameters that can be manipulated. You can even automate a change of MIDI channel!

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!

From the past – “MIDI Draw” – need to check old manuals to learn more about this. This leads me back to the days of Opcode Vision and the entire MIDI orchestra world.

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

 

When track-based automation is displayed in the Automation/MIDI area, the displayed automation curve is identical to the automation curve displayed in the automation lane in the Tracks area. Any adjustments to the automation curve made in either location is reflected immediately in the other. However, with region-based automation, you can choose to display either the automation curve associated with the region in the Tracks area automation lane or the MIDI data associated with individual notes. Therefore, with region-based automation it is possible to have the automation lane in the Tracks area showing the automation curve associated with the region and the Automation/MIDI area displaying MIDI data associated with each note (or vice versa).

 

 ⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Six creative applications of MIDI FX plug-ins in Logic

Six creative applications of MIDI FX plug-ins in Logic

MIDI data doesn’t always have to edited in the Piano Roll. Using MIDI Plug-ins can seriously speed-up your workflow, as well as increasing your creative possibilities!

By Mark Cousins –

Select Used Instruments – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Select Used Instruments

Personally I prefer new instruments…

In the Environment. Part of the arcana of Logic Pro X. I don’t see myself building amazing MIDI environments in the near future.

Use advanced selection commands – Logic Pro X

Select Used Instruments: Selects all objects that are assigned to the selected track in the main window, or are connected to such objects via cables.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND