16 Considerations for Naming New Instrument Presets — Pro Audio Files

16 Considerations for Naming New Instrument Presets — Pro Audio Files

It is human nature to categorize the world in order to make sense of things, and to perhaps mitigate the overwhelming variety that exists in all facets of our environment. Anyone that studies a subject in-depth will need to implement (and in some cases invent) logical ways to compartmentalize concepts in order to better understand the ideas, not only in isolation but as they relate to the larger body of knowledge. This process is not an easy one, and there can be pitfalls concerning things that fall into grey areas or potentially unique items that may not fit into any established category.

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.

 

Save as Zoom 2 ⌃⌥⇧⌘2 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Save as Zoom 2 ⌃⌥⇧⌘2

You can save up to three zoom settings that can be recalled with a command key.

You can use the Zoom tool to zoom in on portions of the display. Each successive Zoom is saved as a list (like breadcrumbs) and you can backtrack zoom settings by clicking the Zoom tool (as opposed to dragging a selection area).

My use of Zoom tools is rudimentary. I use a large display. This is all going to change as I learn to use my laptop for in-depth work. The difference between a 27 inch display and a 13 inch display can seem daunting.

Zoom Logic Pro windows – Apple Support

When you zoom in or out, the top-left (and selected) event or region remains in the visible area of the screen. 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.

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.

Cycle Through Windows (counter-clockwise) ⇧⌘` – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Cycle Through Windows (counter-clockwise)  ⇧⌘`

Bring a window to the front (focus). I have worked with Logic Pro on a large screen almost exclusively. With my newest portable studio I will have a more restricted screen space (laptop) so I should learn to cycle the windows.

‘Cycle Through Windows’, ‘Cycle Through Window Views’ – keyboard commands for the small screens.

I need to compare window cycling vs. Screenset switching.

Open and close Logic Pro windows – Apple Support

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.

In the Logic Pro main window, different areas can be given key focus by clicking the background or title bar of the window, or by using a tool in the window. Key commands only affect the window or area with key focus.

Toggle Hide Group 7 ⌃⇧7 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Hide Group 7    ⌃⇧7

Toggle the visibility of channels in group 7. Toggle – Show/Hide – Open/Close

Helps make use of limited display space and limited concentration.

In the early days of Logic a really big display was 1152 pixels wide in a 19 inch monitor. Current Mac displays have double the pixels (plus some). Small focal areas aren’t forced on us.

The only place where you can see which channels are in a group is in the Mixer displays. It might be nice to have that display in the tracks window, but could be problematic.

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:

 

Create Marker without rounding ⌃⌥’ – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Create Marker without rounding ⌃⌥'

Creates a new marker at the current position in the timeline. The marker is not adjusted to a bar or quarter-note boundary.

Add markers in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can add a marker at any position in your project. When you create a marker, it can be rounded to the nearest quarter note, to the nearest bar, or not rounded.

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:

 

Cycle Through Windows ⌘` – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Cycle Through Windows    ⌘`

Bring windows to the foreground. The command will cycle through all of the windows that are open in the current screenset. Once a window is open the ‘Cycle Through Window Views’ (tab key) can be used to shift the keyboard focus to the desired section of the window.

The ‘Window Views’ command seems mostly useful in the Arrange window with multiple panes. The pane in focus is surrounded by a blue-line border.

Open and close Logic Pro windows – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, choose Window > Cycle Through Windows (or use the corresponding key command).
This command assigns key focus to the next open window, if it is fully obscured by other windows.
You can also cycle through working areas using Tab (cycles forward) and Shift-Tab (cycles backward).

 

Command    Key Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Cycle Through Windows ⌘`
Cycle Through Windows (counter-clockwise) ⇧⌘`
Cycle Through Window Views ⇥
Cycle Through Window Views (counter-clockwise) ⇧⇥

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.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

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.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

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

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

  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.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

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

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

  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.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND