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

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

  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

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

  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

Export Tracks as Audio Files… ⌘E – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Export Tracks as Audio Files…  ⌘E

This is how we might try to produce stems. The real questions arise when considering AUX tracks for sends. Do the tracks get exported? Yes, the AUX tracks get exported.

If the project is complete I think it is prudent to create a new alternative and Bounce and Replace All Tracks which will leave the “printed” audio on every track with all of the plugins and effects removed. Note that if you are using a Summing Stack (it’s a track in the Arrange area) you will get a print of that AUX along with a print of all of the tracks contained in the stack. Ideal for stemming and preserving.

Export tracks as audio files – Logic Pro X

You can export one or more selected tracks as audio files, or export all tracks (all audio, software instrument, and Drummer tracks) in a project as audio files—one file per track. When you export tracks as audio files, you can specify the naming of the audio files using filename elements.




Move Locators Backwards by Cycle Length ⇧⌘,

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  Move Locators Backwards by Cycle Length    ⇧⌘,

Touch bar 7. This is a very handy thing to know. I fumble about with locators, cycle, and other methods of gaining focus on part of the sound. The backward and forward keys are the same (comma, period) as all of the other motion areas.

For me the focus will be on using the marquee tool in conjunction with cycle.

Use the marquee tool to select an area. I have the marquee tool become active in the lower half of a region. Press ⌘U to set locators by marquee and enable cycle. Press ‘space’ to start looping

Assign tools – Logic Pro X:

Marquee Tool Click Zones: When selected, placing the pointer over the lower half of a region (with the exception of the lower-left and lower-right edges) activates the Marquee pointer and behavior.


2019-06-27 – discovered error in narrative. Use the proper key command for ‘set locators and enable cycle’ – ⌘U