Individual Track Zoom Reset for All Tracks ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌫ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Individual Track Zoom Reset for All Tracks    ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌫

To be fair, this command is mentioned in the manual, but how to use Zoom effectively is no longer described in the documentation. The behavior of Zoom isn’t necessarily clear, and can appear to be almost magical in its behavior.

Another reminder to go read Chapter 4 of the Logic Pro 9 manual…

Zoom tracks in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Individual Track Zoom Reset for All Tracks: Resets all zoomed tracks to the window zoom level.

 Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Zooming the Working Area

While zooming, the top-left (and selected) event or region is kept in the visible area of the screen. In other words, the first selected region or event is retained in the zoomed window. If no selected region or event is visible, zooming is centered around the playhead. If the playhead isn’t visible, the current center of the window is retained.

 

Zoom to fit Locators, store Navigation Snapshot ⌃⇧Z – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Zoom to fit Locators, store Navigation Snapshot    ⌃⇧Z

It’s like breadcrumbs – follow a path backwards and forwards at levels of zoom for task focus.

When our screens graduated from 1024×768 lots of the zooming for focus became less necessary. Unfortunately we have lost the documentation and the lore about really using the Logic displays to help with our tasks. The entire section of the manual “Customizing Your Window Setup” got lost between version 9 and version 10.

Now we add chapter 4 as required reading along with chapter 8 (Basic Operations) which ideally would be done way early in the process of learning to use Logic.

I think I would be more inclined to zoom to fit both horizontally and vertically…

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Zooming the Working Area

 

You can set, and recall, up to 30 zoom level and scroll bar positions for each window. These allow you to navigate through a number of window zoom levels and scroll bar positions, making repetitive editing tasks much faster.

 

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Windows
Zoom to fit Selection vertically and horizontally, store Navigation Snapshot ⌃⌥⇧⌘Z
Zoom to fit Selection horizontally, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Selection vertically, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Locators, store Navigation Snapshot ⌃⇧Z
Zoom to fit All Contents, store Navigation Snapshot
Toggle Zoom to fit Selection or All Contents Z

 

 

Convert Regions to New Regions ⌥⌘R – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Convert Regions to New Regions    ⌥⌘R

It is a simple matter to create a “clone” of a region. Hold down Shift and Option while dragging a region. There are now copies of the region, located at different points in the timeline, that play the same audio. If you adjust the “original” region start or end point all of the clones are adjusted as well.

More than likely the regions should be made independent so they can be adjusted individually. Use the ‘Convert Regions to New Regions’ command.

The documentation (and the menu command itself) do not agree. The documentation and menu read ‘Audio Region to New Region’ as a sub-menu item of Convert. “Edit->Convert->Audio Region to New Region”.

Clone audio regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

You can clone audio regions in the Tracks area. Cloning an audio region is similar to creating an alias of a MIDI region; the clone doesn’t contain any audio data, but is only a reference to the original, and any changes to the original apply to its clones.

Part of the documentation reduction debacle of the conversion from Logic Pro 9 to Logic Pro X…The Logic Pro X documentation turned into something other than a user manual, more like a guide…sigh

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Creating Your Arrangement

Once you have added your audio and MIDI regions to the Arrange area, you can edit and reorganize them to create an overall arrangement, or project. Most arranging and editing techniques work identically for both audio and MIDI regions. Apple Loops are also handled in a similar fashion. Where handling differs, variations are pointed out in the appropriate sections of this chapter. Note that all operations described with a pluralized heading (regions, for example), apply to one or more selected region(s).

 

 Arranging overview – Logic Pro X

After adding audio, MIDI, and Drummer regions to your project (by recording, adding loops, using Drummer or adding media files), you build the project by arranging the regions in the Tracks area. As you work in the Tracks area, you can play the project at any time to hear your latest changes.

 

 

Set Right Locator by Playhead – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Set Right Locator by Playhead

The “Set Right/Left Locator by Playhead” commands are buttons that can be added to the control bar. Some very useful documentation in Logic Pro 9 manuals describing how to use cycle modes. Skip cycle is kind of interesting.

I need to use cycle areas to create markers a lot more than I do. Define the cycle area – typically select something and use the ‘Set Locators/Loop by Regions/Events/Marquee and Enable Cycle/Loop ⌘U’ command. Grab the cycle area in the ruler and drag it down to the marker ruler. A new marker is created waiting for text input…ideal.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Using Cycle Mode

 

Set Left Locator by Playhead and Set Right Locator by Playhead: The current playhead position is used to define the left or right locator value. Also available as key commands.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Time and Pitch Machine… ⌃P – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Time and Pitch Machine…    ⌃P

The entirety of information about the Sample Editor has been removed from Logic Pro X documentation. I guess they thought that no one edits audio anymore.

I am very slow in my reading of the Logic Pro 9 manual(s), having only reached the “Basic Operations” chapter where I am at “Working with Help Tags”. It’s a long slog.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Editing Audio in the Sample Editor

 

You can use the Arrange area or the Sample Editor to make incredibly fine adjustments to audio files. In this chapter you will see why the Sample Editor is the ideal tool for removing pops and clicks in audio material, setting accurate crossover points for looped playback, correcting phase cancelation errors, and much more.

You will also take a look at transient markers, which denote significant points—or transients—in an audio file. The audio on a track is analyzed for transients the first time you enable that track for Flex Time editing. Any detected transients in the file are marked with transient markers.

Finally, you will learn about some audio processing tools—collectively known as the Digital Factory—that are unique to the Sample Editor. These include time stretching and pitch shifting, audio quantization, and extraction of pitch and rhythmic information from audio—which can be applied to other audio or MIDI parts.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Using the Sample Editor’s “Time and Pitch Machine”

You can use the “Time and Pitch Machine” to radically alter the time structure of audio files, including time compression or expansion, and pitch transposition. When changing the pitch, you can also correct any alteration of the formants—the vocal characteristics of the pitch-shifted audio. Pitch shifting without formant correction causes a phenomenon commonly known as the Mickey Mouse effect.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

•Increase Last Clicked Parameter by 1 = – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  •Increase Last Clicked Parameter by 1  =

This is very handy, and a complete surprise to anyone who started using Logic with Logic Pro X. I still haven’t figured out why there is a bullet character at the front of the command, but whatever…these would make great commands for the Touch Bar.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Basic Operations

There are a number of techniques to choose from when making selections and editing items in Logic Pro. In this chapter, you’ll learn about basic operating, selection, and editing techniques, as well as a number of shortcuts and features that help to accelerate your workflow.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Windows
•Increase Last Clicked Parameter by 1 =
•Decrease Last Clicked Parameter by 1 -
•Increase Last Clicked Parameter by 10 ⇧=
•Decrease Last Clicked Parameter by 10 ⇧-

Crop Regions outside Locators or Marquee Selection ⌘\ ⌘3⃣ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Crop Regions outside Locators or Marquee Selection ⌘\  ⌘3⃣

undocumented command. There are many fine points about regions and how to work with them. They are only documented in the Logic Pro 9 manuals. Time to read Chapter 13 of the Logic Pro 9 manual.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Selecting Regions

This action removes all unselected areas from regions which are partly marquee-selected.

 

 Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Creating Your Arrangement

Once you have added your audio and MIDI regions to the Arrange area, you can edit and reorganize them to create an overall arrangement, or project. Most arranging and editing techniques work identically for both audio and MIDI regions. Apple Loops are also handled in a similar fashion. Where handling differs, variations are pointed out in the appropriate sections of this chapter. Note that all operations described with a pluralized heading (regions, for example), apply to one or more selected region(s).

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Cycle Through Window Views ⇥ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Cycle Through Window Views    ⇥

Only in the main window. The TAB key. Changes the focus between the various areas in a window. Movement is clockwise. In the main window you get Tracks, Lists, Mixer, and back to Tracks.  Shift-TAB reverses the order, counter-clockwise.

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Understanding the Window Types

The Arrange window can incorporate several other windows in different areas. These can be given key focus by clicking the background or title bar of the window (the area of the Arrange window you want to use), or by using a tool in the window.

Tip: You can also use Tab or Shift-Tab to cycle through the Arrange window areas:  Tab cycles forward, Shift-Tab cycles backward.

The main characteristic of the key focus window (or area of the Arrange window) is that key commands only affect this window, and not any of the others.

Open and close windows – Logic Pro X

Only one window can have key focus at a given time, this is called the active window. When several normal windows overlap, the active window is the window in the foreground. The title of the window with key focus is black (the titles of other open windows are gray). Inside a window, the area with key focus (for example, the Tracks area) is bordered by a blue frame.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Delete Unused Groups – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Delete Unused Groups

This command is used with the EXS24 sampler. Another casualty of the slashing of documentation in the change from Logic Pro 9 to Logic Pro X.

Wildly unfortunate – if you use the command-/ keypress to get further help on the command (as suggested in the Key Commands window) you get directed to the “Groups” section of the help system. Mixer Groups are definitely not what is going on here. Miles away. Mis-direction.

Logic Pro 9 Instruments: Creating EXS24 mkII Instruments, Zones, and Groups

 

Choose Group > Delete Unused Groups in the Instrument Editor.

EXS24 mkII overview – Logic Pro X

EXS24 mkII is a software sampler. It plays back audio files, called samples, that you load into it. These samples are combined into tuned, organized collections called sampler instruments. Because sampler instruments are based on audio recordings, they are ideally suited to emulating real instruments such as guitars, pianos, and drums.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Zoom to fit Selection vertically, store Navigation Snapshot – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Zoom to fit Selection vertically, store Navigation Snapshot

Most of the zoom and store commands are not mapped. It is a simple matter to adjust the zoom and use the Store Navigation Snapshot command.

I strongly recommend that you read the Logic Pro 9 manual introductory material to gain a proper understanding of what the tool can do. The commands and workflow are all there in Logic Pro X, but the description and discussion of things like Zoom were yanked from the Logic Pro X manual. Did the bits weigh too much for shipping?

Zoom windows – Logic Pro X

 

You can store three different zoom settings for each window using the Save as Zoom 1–3 key commands. Use the Recall Zoom 1–3 key commands to recall your zoomed settings. These commands only apply to the active window or window area.

 

 

 Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Zooming the Working Area

 

You can set, and recall, up to 30 zoom level and scroll bar positions for each window. These allow you to navigate through a number of window zoom levels and scroll bar positions, making repetitive editing tasks much faster.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

 
Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Windows
Zoom to fit Selection vertically and horizontally, store Navigation Snapshot ⌃⇧Z
Zoom to fit Selection horizontally, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Selection vertically, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit Locators, store Navigation Snapshot
Zoom to fit All Contents, store Navigation Snapshot
Store Navigation Snapshot ⇧Z
Navigation: Back ⌥Z
Navigation: Forward ⌥⇧Z

 

Recall Zoom 3 3 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Recall Zoom 3    3

I have modified the ‘Recall Zoom’ and ‘Save Zoom’ key commands.

My experiments in zooming will include determining if zoom settings are global for a project or are stored with screensets. It appears that the zoom setting is global, and retained when you quit and restart Logic. 

My knowledge of the zooming workflow is pathetic. Starting to learn Logic on a 27″ monitor gives an entirely different introduction to the user interface. Living with a 1920×1080 screen (or smaller) would give a different meaning to using the zooming features.

Zoom windows – Logic Pro X

 

You can also zoom in to see regions or events in closer detail, or zoom out to see more of the project. Most Logic Pro windows have zoom sliders.

 

 

 Sigh – another example of losing the documentation about how to use Logic Pro. In Logic Pro X there are a full 6 pages of documentation about using windows. In Logic Pro 9 there are 17 pages. There is a lot of knowledge about using the interface packed into those 11 pages that you can’t find anywhere for Logic Pro X!

Logic Pro 9 User Manual: Customizing Your Window Setup

Logic Pro allows you to customize your window setup to fit both your working style and the task at hand. While you will perform most of your work in the Arrange window, you can open different combinations of windows (even several of the same type) and adjust each individually. It is also easy to save different window arrangements called screensets, (discussed in Using Screensets), and recall them by pressing a key. All open windows in a project are constantly updated, following the position of the playhead. Alterations made in one window are immediately reflected in all other open windows. For example, if the pitch of a note event is changed in the Score Editor, this change is instantly shown in an open Piano Roll Editor window. This chapter outlines how you can customize and save your overall window setup. The display options of individual windows and editors are covered in their respective chapters.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ 

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Windows
Recall Zoom 1 ⌃⌥⌘1
Recall Zoom 2 ⌃⌥⌘2
Recall Zoom 3 ⌃⌥⌘3
Command    Key Touch Bar
- Various Windows
Save as Zoom 1 ⌃⌥⇧⌘1
Save as Zoom 2 ⌃⌥⇧⌘2
Save as Zoom 3 ⌃⌥⇧⌘3

 

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