New Monitor – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  New Monitor

Creates a new monitor object in the current layer of the MIDI Environment. There is a 32 event limit which seems small, but in reality is certainly enough for almost any command series. SysEX need not apply.

Monitor objects in the Logic Pro Environment – Apple Support

A monitor object displays all events (MIDI and meta) passing through it. It remembers the last 32 events, with the newest events shown at the bottom of the list. You can resize it to show from 1 to 32 events. Clicking anywhere in the body of the monitor clears all events.

 

Wrapped View – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Wrapped View

Switch the Score Editor to “wrapped view”. A single track/instrument on the display with the part moving to the next line when the edge of the page is reached. A typical “lead sheet”.

NB you can have multiple Score Editor windows open at the same time, each with their own set of tracks and their own viewing state.

View tracks as music notation in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Wrapped view: Shows one or more tracks in a lead sheet–style, line-wrapped view

 

1/64 Note 7 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  1/64 Note    7

Set the note value to a 1/64 note.

I don’t think that I have seen 1/64 notes scored for brass. Maybe some strings or percussion.

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.

Name Tracks by Region/Cell Name ⌥⇧⌘N – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Name Tracks by Region/Cell Name    ⌥⇧⌘N

Set the name of the track to the name of the region/cell. Saves a lot of typing.

Change the name of a region using ⇧N

Name the track by the region using ⌥⇧⌘N

Name the region by the track using ⌥⇧N

I am very bad about properly naming tracks, which also leads to mediocre to bad region names. More work to do.

Rename tracks in a Logic Pro project – Apple Support

When you choose a patch for a track, the track takes the name of the patch. You can rename a track at any time.

 

Toggle Hide Group 13 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Hide Group 13

Show or hide channels/tracks that are members of group 13. Every time I read about groups I try to remind myself that they are extremely useful for setting up tracks and channels for a project, even if you can collapse the tracks into a stack, the grouping serves very useful purposes.

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:

 When you use an MCU as a control surface the GROUP button gives you access to group settings. You can change the settings for the first seven groups. 

The newer settings – “Quantize-Locked (Audio)” and “Track Alternatives” are all the way at the end of the settings. 

You can assign channels to groups using the MCU as well. Time for me to read the GROUP section of the Mackie Control chapter.

Mackie Control Group button in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Press the GROUP button to activate group edit mode that allows you to edit various Mixer group parameters.

Select Project 5 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Select Project 5

Select the fifth project. There is no way to tell what the fifth project actually is. This is likely to be a hold over from early days of Logic going all the way back to “songs”. MainStage is the preferred tool for having multiple songs available for playback.

Studio One now has a “Live Performance” page built in (2020).

Generally speaking it is a bad idea to work with multiple projects open at once. Far too many problems with Logic can be traced to having multiple projects open at once. Caveat Emptor.

In my current test with multiple projects open at the same time the project number appears to be the position of the project in the Windows menu. Project 1 is the first project, project 5 is the fifth. 

Show Tracks View only ⌥N – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Show Tracks View only  ⌥N

In the main window. Show the tracks view only. If the Live Loops view is open it is hidden.

Logic Pro Tracks area overview – Apple Support

 

The Tracks area is where you arrange regions to build your project. The Tracks area, located in the center of the Logic Pro main window, shows a visual representation of time moving from left to right. You build your project by arranging regions in rows, called tracks, that run from the beginning to the end of the Tracks area.

 

 The documentation claims

When you open Logic Pro, the Tracks area appears in the main window. You can also open the Tracks area as a separate window.

I can find no command or reference that would let me open the Tracks area as a separate window.

The closest to that is turning everything off (inspectors, lists, editing, mixer, controls) and locking a screenset with the tracks visible.

Increase Number of Transients ⌃= – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Increase Number of Transients  ⌃=

Increase the number of transients. The latest (10.6.1) online documentation incorrectly states that command-plus is the keyboard command. It is control-equalsign.

Edit audio files with transient markers in Logic Pro – Apple Support

A transient detection process is started for the audio material around the clicked position, and the transient with the highest energy becomes valid and is marked. If no transient is found in the catch area, a transient marker is created at the clicked position.

Edit audio files with transient markers in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Plus button (+): Increases the number of transients in the selected area of the audio file, or across the entire audio file. You can also use the Increase Number of Transients key command, default assignment: Command-Plus (+).

  

Relative Position ⌃⇧R – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Relative Position  ⌃⇧R

Show the MIDI event positions in a region as if the events occurred with the beginning of the region at the start. This can be very useful when working with region that may repeat at different points in a project. Handy. If Relative Position is set then Show Event Position and Length as Time will cause the position to start at 00:00:00.

Change event position and length in Logic Pro – Apple Support

View > Relative Position: Causes the event positions to refer to their relative positions within the MIDI region (their distance from the start of the MIDI region), rather than to their absolute location within the project.

 

Scrub Rewind – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Scrub Rewind

Scrub while rewinding. I use the jog wheel on the X-Touch in most cases. Press the SCRUB button and move the jog wheel in the proper direction. It is easier to speed up/slow down using the wheel.

I have difficulty getting audio to scrub. My suspicion is that I don’t have audio scrubbing enabled in the tracks area.

Audio Editing preferences in Logic Pro – Apple Support

“Scrubbing with audio in Tracks area” checkbox: When selected, you can scrub audio regions in the Tracks area using the Scissors or Solo tools.

 That was the problem. Only took me years to discover it. I spent a lot of time trying to position the playhead at just the right spot in live recordings. Score one for me.

Scrub a Logic Pro project – Apple Support

You can scrub a project to locate or listen to a sound at a particular point in time. When you scrub a project, you quickly audition it by moving the playhead across the Tracks area. The speed at which you move the playhead controls the playback speed. Scrubbing makes it easy to zero in on a particular drum beat or other audio event before cutting or editing a region.

Apply Transform User Preset 5 to selected Events – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

List of built-in MIDI Transforms
  Apply Transform User Preset  5 to selected Events

“Calling macro 5, macro 5 can you please come to the front desk. We need your expertise here.”

I have to remember the timeline of Logic. Its roots are 30 years old. Having any kind of preset is a workflow enhancer.

The built-in presets can be used to spark your imagination.

I write little macros all the time in text editors, don’t see why I wouldn’t if I was working on an involved MIDI project.

Use MIDI transform sets in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Depending on your needs, it may be worthwhile to create your own transform sets. These can be configured and saved as part of a project. (Doing this in your template projects makes your transform sets available in all projects.) Your transform sets are shown at the bottom of the Presets pop-up menu.

Nudge Region/Event Position Left by SMPTE Frame – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Nudge Region/Event Position Left by SMPTE Frame

Move the selected regions or events left by one SMPTE frame. Frame length is controlled by the frame rate settings in Preferences/Synchronization/General.

Move regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

Nudge Region/Event Position Left by SMPTE Frame

 

Open Signature List… – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Open Signature List...

Opens the Signature list. The Signature list contains key signatures and time signatures.

Logic Pro time and key signature overview – Apple Support

When you create a project, the key signature defaults to C major, unless you choose a different key signature. The initial key signature affects the playback of Apple Loops in the project. Key signature changes affect the display of MIDI notes in the Score Editor, but do not have an effect on MIDI playback.

 Logic Pro time and key signature overview – Apple Support

The Signature List displays time and key signatures in a numerical list, and also displays global score symbols such as repeat signs, double bar lines, and so on.

 

Select All Lanes – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Select All Lanes

Selects all of the lanes in the Step Editor.

Edit lane parameters in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can copy, delete, reorganize, and convert lanes and their associated parameters when creating Lane Sets.

 Logic Pro Step Editor Overview – Apple Support

The Step Editor is a graphical editor that can be used to create or edit MIDI note and controller data. You can use the Step Editor to view and edit different MIDI event types, shown as vertical beams—or steps—along a timeline within a region.

 

MIDI In Toggle ⌥I – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  MIDI In Toggle ⌥I

Enable/disable step input recording from MIDI devices. When MIDI Input is “on” the MIDI In indicator turns red. The MIDI In and MIDI Out indicators are found at the top of the Event List, and at the top of the Piano Roll Editor

Overview of the Piano Roll Editor in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can record notes into the Piano Roll Editor directly when the MIDI In button is activated using step recording techniques. See Use step input recording. Make sure the MIDI Out button is activated so that you can hear notes that you add, select, or click.

Use step input recording in Logic Pro – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, inserting notes with a MIDI keyboard is similar to using the Step Input keyboard. However, you press keys on your real-world MIDI keyboard, rather than clicking onscreen keyboard notes.