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.

 

Show/Hide Track Stacks – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Track Stacks

Use this command in the Mixer window(s).

In my simple test project using the command simply hides the track stack indicator at the bottom of the channel strips. It does not hide and of the tracks included. I expected a different behavior.

I am not sure of the utility of this command, unless the vertical real estate in the mixer window is so highly regarded that it needs to be here.

Logic Pro Track Stacks overview – Apple Support

Track Stacks provide a convenient way to organize and control tracks, to manage projects with high track counts, and to create and manage audio subgroups. You can create a Track Stack from a group of existing tracks, and use the controls on the master track to control all the subtracks in the Track Stack.

 

Show/Hide Grouping – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Grouping

Shows or hides the Group indicator in the mixer windows. Save some vertical real estate on the mixer channel strips.

Overview of groups in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Prior to mixing, you may find it useful to define some logical channel strip groups. You could, for example, group all drum channel strips under one drum group. This would allow you to control the group meters (volume, pan, mute, solo, sends, and so on) using a single control, while still maintaining the relative parameter values of each channel strip.

 

Configure Channel Strip Components… ⌥X – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Configure Channel Strip Components…    ⌥X

Change the available components on a channel strip. You can reduce clutter, or add things that make working with the mixer easier. You can store a configuration as ‘user defaults’ and apply those settings when desired.

Work with channel strip settings in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can remotely switch between channel strip settings by sending MIDI program change messages. This allows you to select your favorite sounds by pushing a button on your MIDI keyboard. To use this feature, you need to save a channel strip setting as a performance.

 

Open/Close Audio Insert 7 Plug-in Window of focused Track – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Open/Close Audio Insert 7 Plug-in Window of focused Track

Opens or closes the plug-in window of the seventh insert on the channel. We’re almost beyond easy recognition of which insert this will actually work with.

Work in the plug-in window in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The header area at the top of a plug-in window is common to all plug-ins. You can use it to adjust the size of the window, link plug-in windows when more than one is open, switch the plug-in parameter view, and route side chain source signals.

 NB These are Global Commands. You can open the plugin windows for a track even if you can’t see the channel strip in any of the visible views. It’s kind of nice to be able to work with a plugin without the distraction of the standard mixer or channel views.

Sends on Faders – Cycle Through Returns – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Sends on Faders - Cycle Through Returns

Cycles through the returns when using Sends on Faders. 

Adjust panning for sends independently in Logic Pro – Apple Support

After you choose Independent Pan for a send, you can adjust the send’s panning by setting the send to Sends on Faders mode. In this mode, the fader controls the volume to the send, and the pan knob controls the pan type and position to the send. To learn more about panning and balance, see Set channel strip pan or balance positions.

 I included the link to Sends on Faders to the panning section. I think I might like setting the sends to Independent Panning.

- Mixer
Sends on Faders - On/Off
Sends on Faders - Next Send
Sends on Faders - Previous Send
Sends on Faders - Cycle Through Sends
Sends on Faders - Cycle Through Returns

Revert to Channel Strip Configuration Factory Default – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Revert to Channel Strip Configuration Factory Default

Resets the selected channel strip to factory defaults. Contextual menu item on a channel strip as well as a drop down menu in the Channel Strip Configuration dialog.

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.

 

Select Audio Channel Strips ⇧A – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Select Audio Channel Strips    ⇧A

Selects all of the Audio channel strips in the mixer. This does not select hidden channels.

Channel strip types in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Audio channel strips: Used to control the playback and recording of audio signals on audio tracks. All data on the audio track is automatically routed to the audio channel strip assigned in the track list.

Logic Pro Mixer Question & Click Question Answered | Logic Pro

Logic Pro Mixer Question & Click Question Answered | Logic Pro:

I often receive questions from Logic users about various aspects of the program or specific problems. Last week I received two Logic related questions that had straightforward, easily explainable answers that are not immediately apparent unless you know Logic reasonably well. I want to share them here and their solutions, in case they will be of help to others searching for the same information.

As always, Eli Krantzberg’s questions and answers bring nifty tools to light.

Open/Close Audio Insert 2 Plug-in Window of focused Track – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Open/Close Audio Insert 2 Plug-in Window of focused Track

Toggles the visibility of the second audio insert of the focused track.

The key point here is “focused track”. When you select multiple tracks the first track that you select will have focus. You can tell which track has focus by looking at the track number at the left. The focused track number is highlighted. You can use change the focused track by clicking on the track number that you want focused.

NB if track numbers are not being displayed, or you have to remember that the first track that you select will have focus.

You cannot change track focus by clicking on track numbers displayed in the mixer windows.

Select tracks in Logic Pro – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, with multiple tracks selected, click the track number (to the left of the track header) for the track you want to have focus.

 

Open/Close Audio Insert 11 Plug-in Window of focused Track – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Open/Close Audio Insert 11 Plug-in Window of focused Track

Unlikely to occur. I can’t really think of 11 inserts that I would put on a channel, unless I had multiple sets that are placed on the channel for a template.

Work in the plug-in window in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You edit plug-in parameters in the plug-in window, which opens automatically when you insert a plug-in.

 

Show/Hide Audio Device Controls – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Audio Device Controls

Some audio interfaces make it possible for Logic to control the audio input devices (e.g. Apogee). Available controls appear at the top of the channel strip. This is a very useful tool that allows far better control of your audio devices from Logic as opposed to finding the knobs and buttons on the physical interface.

For the longest time Audio Device Controls were displayed for all audio channels, even if the interface did not provide them. Finally that error has been corrected. You only see device controls if the device can actually be controlled.

Interesting. On my 2019 iMac the built-in microphone defaults to -6 on the display which apparently is panned -6 on a stereo field.

Select Members of Group 14 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Select Members of Group 14

Select all the channels that belong to Group 14. I often rail against the use of something 1-32 due to the lack of labels, or ways to distinguish Group 1 and Screenset 1, Bus 1.

Color coding groups might help, with only slight confusion if grouping channels of different colors…

I need to think about this in the workflow… 

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:

 

Show/Hide Assign 5 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Assign 5

Shows or hides the fifth assignable MIDI control in the mixer. As with many of the numbered things like insert slots, projects, groups there is no good way to know what to expect to see. 

In the case of MIDI assigns, if all of them are visible, the stack of controls shrinks. In the case of two or three showing the assign will appear in numerical order, but the display might not change as expected.

Thankfully we have much larger displays these days and we can afford to simply leave all of the relevant tools visible.

Overview of MIDI channel strips in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Assign 1 to 5: Display up to five knobs that you can freely assign to any MIDI controller number.

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

  Show/Hide VCA

Shows or hides the VCA section on the channel strips. When a channel is assigned to a VCA it will appear in the VCA _slot_ (I don’t have a better term for it).

The VCA _slot_ is a pop-up control that will let you assign a channel to a VCA, create a new VCA, or remove the VCA assignment.

I would normally use a Folder Stack to create a VCA for several **tracks**, but that limits the ability to place those tracks into Summing Stacks.

I would use a VCA to control volume (after processing) and muting. Given the particular problems of stacks it would probably be easier to put the channels in a group and limit what actions the group does.

It really depends on what will be done with the channels.

Use VCA groups in the Logic Pro Mixer – Apple Support

Hardware mixing desks sometimes contain separate channels designed specifically to enable the engineer to submix—in other words, to route and control the signal flow of multiple channels at once using a single channel strip. Analog mixing desks often utilize Voltage Controlled Amplifiers (VCAs) in their circuitry for these submix channels, hence the name “VCA groups” for this kind of channel strip. You can use VCA channel strips to control the volume, or automate a submix, of tracks that are assigned to the VCA group.