Slice at Transient Markers – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Slice at Transient Markers

I have never edited a drum track or any other instrument to get things “on the beat”. It always looks so hard, or at least tedious, in other DAWs. This looks like it should be the simplest thing to do…

Flex Time algorithms and parameters in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Slicing cuts the audio material at transient markers, then shifts the audio while playing each slice at its original speed. No time compression or expansion is applied to the shifted audio. Any gaps that occur as a result of shifting the audio can be filled using the decay function. Slicing is a good choice for drums and percussion and comes with the following parameters:

 

Toggle Metronome Click – Smart Tempo Editor M – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Metronome Click - Smart Tempo Editor    M

Turn the metronome click on or off. No need to click that button with the pointer/cursor sitting over it.

Clicking with a mouse is probably not sensible to lots of people. Trackpad is far more likely to be used by beginners. Need to use terms like position the cursor/pointer instead of move the mouse.

Work in the Logic Pro Smart Tempo Editor – Apple Support

Metronome button: Turn the metronome on or off.

Randomize Current Edit Mode Values for All Rows ⇧⌘R – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Randomize Current Edit Mode Values for All Rows    ⇧⌘R

The Step Sequencer is, essentially, a new application for Logic Pro X. Lots to learn. Back to the 1990s for my sequencing days…

Edit Step Sequencer steps in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can edit individual steps in several ways, including cutting, copying, and pasting steps. You can also repeat a step, decrement or increment the values of all steps in a row, transpose all steps in a pattern by semitones or octaves, randomize values for all steps in a row or all steps in the pattern, and reset steps to default values.

 Edit Step Sequencer rows in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can edit Step Sequencer rows in a variety of ways, including copying and pasting rows or row settings, duplicating a row with the next row assignment, changing the row assignment, resetting row values to a default setting, and deleting a row.

 Modify Step Sequencer pattern playback in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Some options in Step Sequencer control how and when steps play back, and can be fun to manipulate while the pattern is playing. For example, you can mute and solo rows, rotate rows (moving all steps in a row left or right, including their step values and other edit mode settings), and change the playback mode for the pattern or for a row, and perform other actions while the pattern is playing. In addition to controls and menu items, Step Sequencer includes a collection of key commands to facilitate making these and other changes in real time, see Step Sequencer key commands.

 

Set Nudge Value to 5 SMPTE Frame – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Set Nudge Value to 5 SMPTE Frame

Sets the nudge value to 5 SMPTE frames (approximately one sixth of a second). Synchronizing audio with video is not a typical task for me, but it is good to know that the alignment tasks can be helped with _mouse free_ editing commands.

Set the nudge value, use the nudge commands while looking and listening.

Move regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

You can nudge regions (move them in small increments) left or right using key commands. To nudge regions, you first set the nudge value, then move selected regions by this value. Alternatively, you can nudge regions by a set value.

 

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

  Show/Hide Signature List

Shows the signature list. Key signatures can be seen in the control bar LCD, on the Signature Track, and in the Signature list.

There is a separate command for displaying the Signature List in a separate window – ‘Open Signature List…’.

Show/Hide Signature List opens the List Editors panel (on the right side of the Arrange window) and selects the Signature list.

Logic Pro Signature List interface – Apple Support

The Signature List shows all the time and key signature changes in your project, as well as any score symbols in the project score. You can create, copy, move, and delete time and key signature events in the Signature List.

 

Clear Row ⌃⌘⌫ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Clear Row  ⌃⌘⌫

Clears the current row in the Step Sequencer. Only one row is the active focus at any one time.

Edit Step Sequencer rows in Logic Pro – Apple Support

To clear all row values: Choose Functions > Clear All Row Values from the Step Sequencer menu bar.

 

New Tracks for Selected Regions – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  New Tracks for Selected Regions

Creates new tracks for the selected regions. The clarification in the documentation is that a new track will be created for each _source_ track, not a new track for each region. All the regions from ‘Track A’ get moved to a new track, ‘Track A New’.

Create tracks using existing channel strips in Logic Pro – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, select the regions, then choose Track > Other > New Track For Selected Regions.

The selected regions are moved from the source track to the new track, which uses the same channel strip as the source track. In other words, only one channel strip is used for all tracks.

If you use this command with regions selected across several tracks, a new track is created for each source track. For example, if you select regions on three source tracks, three new tracks will be created for the regions.

Retrigger Selected Cells or Focused Scene ⌃⌘↩ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Retrigger Selected Cells or Focused Scene    ⌃⌘↩

Retriggers the selection. No need to move the mouse and click on it. Lots of new things with Live Loops.

Start and stop Live Loops cells in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Retrigger: If a cell is playing and you click it again, it starts playing from the beginning. Cells set to Retrigger can be stopped only by starting another cell in the same row, by stopping the row using the Divider column, or by stopping the entire grid.

Live Loops Grid key commands in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The following table reflects default key commands included in the U.S. factory preset.

  

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.

 

Nudge Region/Event Length Left by SMPTE Bit – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Nudge Region/Event Length Left by SMPTE Bit

Make the region one ‘SMPTE Bit’ longer by adding time at the beginning of the region.

SMPTE Bit was used to describe the use of subframes in previous versions of Logic.

Move regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

Nudge regions by a set value
In Logic Pro, use one of the following key commands:

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.
 

Remove Fades – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Remove Fades

Removes fades from the selected audio regions. Most of the time I use region fades instead of automating fader movements. I prefer that the audio signal sent through the processing chain is at the proper level before fader movements are applied.

Delete fades in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can delete a fade with a menu command, with the Fade tool, or by modifying the parameters in the Region inspector.

 

Open Recording Project Settings… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Open Recording Project Settings…

Open the project-specific recoding settings preference panel. Some recording settings are global and in force for all projects. These are _Recording Preferences_ as opposed to _Project Settings_

Recording settings in Logic Pro – Apple Support

 

Recording settings are only available when Show Advanced Tools is selected in Advanced preferences.

 

 Recording preferences in Logic Pro – Apple Support

 

You can use Recording settings to determine how Logic Pro responds while in record mode.

 

 

Logic Pro X Recording Preferences

Sample Loop -> Selection – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Sample Loop -> Selection

I suspect that these commands will useful to people who used to use the ‘Apple Loop Utility’ which is no longer available. One of the more specialized tools/functions that Logic Pro X has available.

Create Loops in the Audio File Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Sample Loop → Selection: The loop area (defined by the loop start and end points) is used to select a portion of the overall audio file.

 

Create Loops in the Audio File Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The Audio File Editor Loop commands, available from the Edit menu, are ideal for use with Sampler.

You can also use these functions to generate audio files that contain the loop settings in the file header. This allows you to make full use of these files in any app that can read the loop information in the file header.

Show Beat Mapping Track – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Show Beat Mapping Track

Shows the Beat Mapping Track. Has no affect on other global tracks like Marker.

The Show/Hide _Only_ variant of the command toggles the display of the track and causes other global tracks to be hidden.

The Show/Hide variant of the command only changes the visible state of the Beat Mapping Track. All other global tracks are left undisturbed.

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Command    Key Touch Bar
- Views Showing Time Ruler
Show/Hide Beat Mapping Track ⇧⌘B
Show/Hide Beat Mapping Track Only ⌃⌥⇧⌘↘

- Main Window Tracks
Show Beat Mapping Track ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌦