Open/Close Instrument Plug-in Window of focused Track – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Open/Close Instrument Plug-in Window of focused Track

This command replaces the need to click on the Instrument slot of the channel strip to open the instrument. It also saves the need to click the close box to make the window vanish.

Assigning this command to a keypress is highly useful. I have combined it with corresponding ‘Open/Close Audio Insert n of focused track’ so I can quickly pop open the plug-ins.

Work in the plug-in window in Logic Pro – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, click the center area of the plug-in slot.

 

Delete Selected Audio File Group(s) – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Delete Selected Audio File Group(s)

Remove the grouping of the audio files. The files are not deleted. The group is deleted.

You cannot delete a group that is based on file attributes or selected regions, choose a different grouping mechanism.

Sort, group, and rename audio files in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Select the files you want to group, choose View > Create Group, enter a name in the Name field, then press Enter.

Select the files you want to group, then choose one of the following from View > Group Files by:

  • Location: Creates groups that are alphabetically sorted by the names of the parent folders of selected files. Folder names are automatically used as group names.
  • File Attributes: Creates groups based on the attributes of selected files (file type, stereo/mono, bit depth). Group names are displayed as a summary of the file attributes—16 bit Mono AIFF, for example).
  • Selection in Tracks: Creates groups based on regions selected in the Tracks area. Group names are based on the first of the selected regions.

Go to Marker Number 12 𝍖⌃2 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Go to Marker Number 12 𝍖⌃2

Move the playhead to marker number 12. The ‘Go to Marker’ keyboard commands are assigned to the keypad on the extended keyboards. I rarely jump to a specific marker, preferring to move forward and backward between them.

I try to create markers that have a definite length so I can set the locators and enable cycle for the current marker. I use the Marquee tool to select an area followed by commands to create the marker and cycle. Once that is done I can step through the marked locations in the project and work on the specific area.

Navigate using markers in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The marker numbers in these commands refer to the (serial) order of all markers in the project. By default, when you create a marker, the name shows the marker number.

Close Track Stack ⌃⌘← – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Close Track Stack    ⌃⌘←

Closes the currently selected track stack. I use summing track stacks to work with “stems”, and to help organize the tracks. When I want to work on a stack I simple select the stack and switch the mixer view to ‘Single’. This places the AUX, all the channels that route to the AUX, and the output path from the AUX (mix, sends, stereo out). Very handy.

Folder stacks (VCA groups) provide a simple visual way to control volume, solo, and mute for the group.

Summing stacks work like sub-mixes with inserts and sends.

Many options.

Create and edit Track Stacks in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can hide the subtracks of a Track Stack to save space in the Tracks area, or show them in order to record or edit. You can add or remove tracks from a Track Stack, and reorder tracks in a Track Stack (reordering tracks doesn’t affect the sound).

 

Go to Marker Number 11 ⌃1 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Go to Marker Number 11    ⌃1

Move the playhead to marker number 11. This keyboard command (control-1) is only assigned to the numeric keypad on extended keyboards.

Navigate using markers in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can navigate through your project using markers. This is useful when you want to quickly jump to, and edit, regions or events at a specific position in your project, for example.

 I need to start using markers in Logic in a similar manner to using them in my text editors. Mark a section for easy recall, and to highlight for further attention.

Select Members of Group 13 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Select Members of Group 13

Selects all of the tracks/channels that are in group 13. I keep thinking that having 32 (or more) groups, not easily addressed by a name, is an odd workflow. I forget that some projects get worked on for weeks, if not months. Proper arrangements and handling of tasks could extend to these levels.

Personally, I would use the Groups inspector.

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:

Customize Toolbar… – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Customize Toolbar...

Open the toolbar customization panel. You can add or remove tools from the toolbar, and create an appropriate set of defaults.

Toolbars are associated with the Main Window. Each Main Window can have its own specific toolbar. I need to work with this on the small screen. Multiple Main Windows? Different Main Windows per screenset? Lots of options.

Control Bar and LCD can be customized in a similar fashion.

Customize the Logic Pro toolbar – Apple Support

The toolbar offers a variety of buttons and other controls for working with regions in the Tracks area, as well as other functions. The default set of buttons provides the most commonly used options for most users. If you find that you need to access particular functions that are not part of the default set, you can customize the toolbar by adding additional controls, or removing existing controls.

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.

  

Easiest way to split stereo tracks to two mono tracks SOLVED – Logic Pro Help

Here’s a little hack if you have a stereo file and you want to split the left and right into separate mono channels e.g. if you have an interview with the two speakers recorded on L and R channels. Using the same method above, copy the stereo file into another track and click-hold the input format button to select Left on one and Right on the other. Then make a small edit (split the file and move it a tiny bit at the beginning or end) and join (command-J) which will create a new mono file with just the left and right in their respective tracks. It is mind-numbingly stupid that 8 years after this discussion Apple still hasn’t fixed this so that you can easily import stereo files into two separate mono tracks, but here we are…

Source: (3) Easiest way to split stereo tracks to two mono tracks SOLVED – Logic Pro Help

I need to remember this for mono splitting

Toggle Level of Auxiliary Channel Strips – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Level of Auxiliary Channel Strips

Swap (toggle) between two different levels for all of the Auxiliary channel strips. Nice tool to have when mixing. Set the mix bus levels to the same for each part of the toggle and you will be able to turn off/down things like reverbs and other send effects.

Set channel strip volume in Logic Pro – Apple Support

You can set the volume level of each channel strip independently, balancing the relative volume of the tracks in your project. You can also quickly switch between two different volume levels on a channel strip.

 

Save As Control Bar and Display Defaults – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Save As Control Bar and Display Defaults

Saves the current control bar and display settings as the default. These settings are saved with a project, so you can revert to these settings by setting the display to default.

Control Bar and Display values can be set differently for every Main Window that is open in any screenset.

Some interesting displays can be created. A tall, narrow window with inspectors and track names?

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.

 

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: