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.


Delete and Select Next Region/Event – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Delete and Select Next Region/Event

Deletes the selected region(s)/event(s) and selects the next region.

When you delete a region with the Erase tool or the delete key only the selected regions are deleted. There is no longer a selection.

Delete regions in the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

You can delete one or more regions if you don’t want to use them in your project. When you delete a region, you can move the regions that follow in the track to fill in the empty space left by the deleted region.



Export Alternative as Project… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Export Alternative as Project…

This is a convenient way to preserve an alternative, possibly building extra work into the task of managing projects. It might be the right answer for step-by-step training, as long as the exported projects point to assets correctly.

Use Logic Pro project alternatives and backups – Apple Support

When Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane, you can create alternative versions of a project, each with a unique name and different settings. Project alternatives let you save “snapshots” of a project in different states, including different cuts or mixes. They’re saved as part of the project and share the same assets. Alternatives for the current project appear in the File > Project Alternatives submenu.


 Apple doesn’t provide much in the way of understanding how to use Project Alternatives.

Eli Krantzberg provides a little more insight…

A is for Alternatives In The A To Z Of Logic Pro | Logic Pro

An obvious choice for the letter A might be automation. I did Alias in my original series. But I’d like to focus here on Alternatives. Specifically Project Alternatives. How many of us actually use project alternatives? Why do we like, or not like, them? I have to confess, like many old time Logic users, I have been slow to make the transition to project alternatives, versus the good old fashion “save as” routine we’ve used for years when needing to version a project in progress.



Zoom All ↑ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Zoom All    ↑

There are lots of Zoom commands. It’s fallout from having small screens on our computers that need to display lots of detail. Fills the Smart Tempo Editor window with the entire audio region or MIDI region.

Work in the Logic Pro Smart Tempo Editor – Apple Support

Press the Up Arrow to zoom out so that the entire audio file or MIDI region is visible.




Customize Control Bar and Display… – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Customize Control Bar and Display…

Opens the configuration panel for the Control Bar (drops down from the display). Many options. I have been in the mode of having far too many buttons and displays on the Control Bar. Distracting. I recently learned that I can “push” the control bar off of the main window by dragging it up. The real value comes if the Control Bar and Display settings are “per screenset” as opposed to global for all main windows.

I have just finished reading early chapters of the Logic Pro 9 manual. Specifically the “Working with Projects” and “Basic Operations” chapters. “Working with Projects” led me to ask questions about the displays in screensets. This command fits perfectly.

The state of Control Bar visibility is per screenset. The customization of the Control Bar is per screenset. The state of the “floating Transport” window is per screenset (it should be properly called floating Control Bar). The configuration of the “floating Transport” and the Control Bar are independent, per screenset.

Customize the Logic Pro control bar – Apple Support

The control bar offers a default set of buttons and other controls, providing commonly used options. In the center of the control bar is the LCD, which shows the playhead position and the project tempo, key, and time signature.




Recall Screenset 1x ⌃1 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Recall Screenset 1x    ⌃1

Recall screensets 10 through 19. I haven’t used more than 5 in any of my projects, but I can certainly see how it might come to that. I have yet to try the intriguing “switch to screenset ##” during playback. That could be a big time saver if there are some extra fiddly things that need to be looked at.

Create, recall, and switch screensets – Logic Pro X

You position windows in a layout that suits the way you work. This layout of various windows, including their display size, zoom levels, position, and other settings, is called a screenset. Once defined, you can save, and freely switch between different screensets, much as you might between different computer displays.




Unhide All Tracks ⌃⇧H – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Unhide All Tracks    ⌃⇧H

Clear the “hide” track setting and show all tracks that were hidden. Simple, handy.

Hide tracks – Logic Pro X

You can hide and unhide tracks using the menu commands in the Track menu (Hide Track, Unhide All Tracks, and Show Hidden Tracks), or using key commands. The first time you hide a track, you use the key command, after which the Hide button appears above the track headers.




How An Analogue Workflow Might Benefit You In A Digital Environment | Production Expert

How An Analogue Workflow Might Benefit You In A Digital Environment | Production Expert

In this article, William is going to explore three techniques you can use to help you create an analogue workflow in a digital production environment.

Go to Left Locator – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Go to Left Locator    

Move the playhead to the left locator position. I recently wrote about ‘Go to Right Locator’ and enthusiastically assigned the left and right motions to the keys F7 and F9 (rewind and fast forward symbols) on my keyboard. 

I now have a very nice workflow for zooming in on a section of a track. Use the Marquee tool to select an area (Auto Set Locators enabled), press F7 to move the playhead to the left locator, and press Z to zoom the selection into view. Very handy…

The order of Zoom and Move Playhead can be reversed. The Z(oom) command will zoom the Marquee selection to fill the Arrange window.

It’s kind of fun when my commands of the day randomly fall into place and give me a new perspective on the work.

Auto Set Locators

Go to Right Locator

The Marquee Tool

Select parts of regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X

You can select and edit parts of one or more regions, using the Marquee tool or the marquee stripe:




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


Toggle Auto Set Locators – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Toggle Auto Set Locators

That’s a very nifty, hidden set of commands there. I went hunting in the ‘Key Commands’ and could only find ‘Toggle Auto Set Locators’. There appear to be no sub-commands for the options of

by Marquee selection
by Region selection
by Note selection

but there is a hint that the ‘Auto Set Locators’ command can be found in the global menu. Where? Good question.

At the bottom of the Navigate menu I find ‘Auto Set Locators’ and the variations.

Using the Marquee selection to automatically set the cycle area would improve my workflow nicely…I can see the cycle range on the ruler far easier than seeing the Marquee ruler, and if Cycle is on it is very clear where the Marquee selection is.

The ‘Auto Set Locators’ menu items can be discovered by holding down the mouse on the ‘Cycle’ button in the Control Bar.

See the documentation here – Use the cycle area – Logic Pro X


Stop or Play From Last Position ⌅ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Stop or Play From Last Position    ⌅

The ‘ENTER’ key. When you click in the ruler (time or musical) the position is remembered. This command will start playing from the last position, or stop play.

If you typically use the SPACE key to start and stop play (pause if you will) the position is NOT remembered, so you can pause playback and continue using the space bar, returning to the position by using the ENTER key.


Use transport key commands – Logic Pro X

Some transport functions are available as key commands. Most of these transport key commands have no default assignment, and need to be assigned manually. See Assign keyboard shortcuts.




Open Marker Text – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Open Marker Text

This opens the text window at the bottom of the Marker list. It would be even more fun if it would open the window AND let you start entering text. That is not to be.

For workflow – during an initial listen to a mix it can be very helpful to set markers at points of interest. Distraction of the visual interface is not a good thing.

Create a marker – ⌥’
Now rename the marker – ⇧’
and start typing the note. A carriage return closes off the text. Don’t worry about the display!

For purposes of cross-DAW work you can create a MIDI file that contains *LOTS* of useful information.

Create an external MIDI track (or have one in your template) and insert any *real* MIDI event.

If you now export all MIDI tracks to a MIDI file the MIDI file will contain tempo, key signature, and all of the markers.

Markers overview – Logic Pro X


Markers can help you organize your project, and also act as storage areas for locator positions.





Fade Zones no more

I have had “Fade Zones” and “Marquee Zones” turned on for some time. I keep forgetting to make the “right tool” be something other than the Marquee tool – that’s a simple cursor position in the bottom half of the region.

I don’t fade regions often, so taking the entire top half of a region for a particular tool seems like a waste.

The Fade tool can be invoked by simply holding down control and shift (⌃⇧) and dragging the pointer tool across  the start/end of a region – or across a region split, the typical place I would need the tool frequently.

Recall Screenset 1 1 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Recall Screenset 1    1

That is so weird. I opened Safari and clicked on my “pinned” tab that is the Logic Pro X help documentation. The page that is showing is “Create, recall, and switch screensets” – exactly what I wanted.

Normally I don’t spend a lot of time on each iteration of a command that has ten to thirty variations simply by number, but screensets are worth repeating – all 99 times if necessary.

I have 4 screensets that are in my templates – 1, 2, 3, and 9. Nine is where I have the project notepad open and *should* be making sure I document things.

My workflow should be to get a screen arranged (zoom, auxiliary windows, etc.) and duplicate it, name it, and lock it. That way I might get into the practice of not having to re-discover how to size things properly for my environment. This is also probably very important advice for working on laptop screens.

Someday I will learn what “and other settings” (see quote) includes. It used to be “and so on.” Odd form of documentation.

This layout of various windows, including their display size, zoom levels, position, and other settings, is called a screenset.



Duplicate Screenset… 
Rename Screenset…
Delete Screenset
Lock/Unlock Current Screenset
Revert to Saved Screenset
Next Screenset
Previous Screenset
Recall Screenset 1 1
Recall Screenset 2 2
Recall Screenset 3 3
Recall Screenset 4 4
Recall Screenset 5 5
Recall Screenset 6 6
Recall Screenset 7 7
Recall Screenset 8 8
Recall Screenset 9 9
Recall Screenset 1x ⌃1
Recall Screenset 2x ⌃2
Recall Screenset 3x ⌃3
Recall Screenset 4x ⌃4
Recall Screenset 5x ⌃5
Recall Screenset 6x ⌃6
Recall Screenset 7x ⌃7
Recall Screenset 8x ⌃8
Recall Screenset 9x ⌃9