Toggle Current Track Automation Latch/Read ⌃⌘A – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Current Track Automation Latch/Read    ⌃⌘A

Switch current track automation between Latch and Read. Changes the Automation label to appropriate value. Changes the Automation controls on MCU to correspond.

Choose automation modes – Logic Pro X

 

Automation modes determine how automation tracks are treated. Automation is either being read or being written. You can independently set the automation mode for each track. You can also trim automation values and record relative automation data.

 

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

- Global Commands
Toggle Current Track Automation Off/Read ⌃⌘O ⌃3⃣
Toggle Current Track Automation Touch/Read ⌃2⃣
Toggle Current Track Automation Latch/Read ⌃⌘A
Toggle Current Track Automation Write/Read
Toggle Current Track Automation Trim Mode
Toggle Current Track Automation Write Relative Mode
Toggle Move Track Automation with Regions Never/Always

- Views Showing Automation
Automation: Toggle Track/Region

Go to Previous Marker – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go to Previous Marker

Markers are handy things. I try to make it a point to create a marker track for a mix, and to place markers at points that stand out to me. During an initial listening pass I simply create a marker so I can return later. It is almost easy to create a marker and enter a bit of text to describe what is of interest, but attempting to type notes during the first listen can make me miss an important point.

Lots of ways to move around using markers. We can have different marker sets as well. I can make notes about a recording, mix it, and add a new marker set at each phase of the mix. A handy way to incorporate feedback in the project with a useful tool – a location in the project.

Navigating between markers is very easy on the X-Touch – press the MARKER button and use the FAST FWD or REWIND buttons.

Mackie Control Marker button overview – Control Surfaces Help:

 

Press the MARKER button to activate one of three marker modes: Small Marker mode, Large Marker mode, and Temporary Marker mode. You can use these modes to create or delete markers and jump to markers in your project.

 

 

 

I will be using markers to make notes as I work through “training” videos.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

- Global Commands
Create Marker ⌥'
Create Marker without rounding ⌃⌥'
Create Marker for Selected Regions ⌥⇧'
Delete Marker ⌥⌫
Open Marker List ⌃⌥⇧8⃣
Open Marker Text
Set Locators by Marker and Enable Cycle ⌃⌥C
Set Locators by Previous Marker and Enable Cycle ⌃⌥,
Set Locators by Next Marker and Enable Cycle ⌃⌥.
Go to Previous Marker
Go to Next Marker
Go to Previous Marker And Set Locators ⌥,
Go to Next Marker And Set Locators ⌥.
Go to Marker Number… ⌥/
Rename Marker ⇧'
Go to Marker Number 1
...
Go to Marker Number 20
Create Arrangement Marker
Show/Hide Marker List
Create Scene Markers (Auto Range)
Remove Scene Markers (Auto Range)

- Views showing Time Ruler
Show/Hide Marker Track ⇧⌘K
Show/Hide Marker Track Only '

Show/Hide Output Channel Strips ⇧:four: – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Show/Hide Output Channel Strips        ⇧:four:

 I have yet to find any mention of this in the user guides. The mixing overview calls the 8 buttons “filters”.

 Audio | Inst | Aux | Bus | Input | Output | Master/VCA | MIDI

I don’t often change the mixer view, but leaving out the Output strips does save a tiny bit of room. 

The X-Touch has “dedicated” buttons to filter the channel strips when it is in “Global” mode. This caused me great confusion until I started the serious examination of how (and why) the Mackie Control/Logic Control is used.

 

Mixing overview – Logic Pro X:

When you mix a project, you balance the different parts and blend them into a cohesive whole. You can also add effects to alter the sound, use routing and grouping to control the signal flow, and use automation to create dynamic changes in your project over time. You do this in the Mixer, which opens below the Tracks area or as a separate window.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Nudge Region/Event Position Left by Tick – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Nudge Region/Event Position Left by Tick

 This is a powerful tool when editing. The X-Touch has a nudge mode, so left/right movement of regions can be done from the controller as well. I am pleased when I find commands that are useful and that are implemented on my control surface. Makes me smile. Things I will use.

Move regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X:

Nudge regions by a set value
Use one of the following key commands:

Mackie Control Nudge button overview – Control Surfaces Help:

The NUDGE button allows you to move (nudge) selected audio or MIDI regions (or events) in Small, Large, or Temporary Nudge mode.

Large Nudge mode – Control Surfaces Help:

Hold down the SHIFT button, then press the NUDGE button to show eight functions on the LCD that are mapped to the corresponding V-Pot buttons. These functions allow you to move the selected region or events by various amounts or to a specific position. Press the NUDGE button a second time to turn off Large Nudge mode.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Go to Marker Number 3 3 – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go to Marker Number 3    3

 Markers are so useful. I try to make it a habit to “drop markers” during listening passes. If I hear something I want to investigate put a marker there.

I still don’t like navigating by numbers, but so it is. I deleted all of the keyboard commands like the one listed.

I a practicing creating markers (⌥’) and typing anything I need to remind me. If I position the cursor in just the right place in the marker list I can do it…

When I am simply listening and balancing busses I use the X-Touch in marker mode and press the V-pot to create the markers.

 

Navigate using markers – Logic Pro X:

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.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Control button stays lit

Control button stays lit:

I found a copy of the eMagic Logic Control manual.

Handy little chart of all the switches and LEDs on the device. I have modified it a bit…

On my Mac I can use the ‘send midi’ command to flash the CONTROL light like this

Nudge Region/Event Length Left by 10 ms – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Nudge Region/Event Length Left by 10 ms
 

I usually set the nudge value using the toolbar, then do left/right nudging. Almost always I am trying to align multiple mixes of a song I am mixing to get things set up for level matching and comparison.

  • Set the nudge value to 10ms – ⌃⌥0
  • Set the nudge value to 1ms – ⌃⌥1
  • Set the nudge value to Sample – ⌃⌥S
  • Nudge left – ⌥←
  • Nudge right – ⌥→

Those handy control and option keys.

Move regions in the Tracks area – Logic Pro X:

You can move regions to a different point in the same track, or move them to another track of the same type. You can move an audio region to another audio track, for example, but not to a software instrument track, or vice versa. You can also move regions between open Tracks area windows, or between different open projects.

Side note – nudging regions from X-Touch? The answer is yes.

Mackie Control Nudge button overview – Control Surfaces Help:

The NUDGE button allows you to move (nudge) selected audio or MIDI regions (or events) in Small, Large, or Temporary Nudge mode.

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Delete Screenset – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Delete Screenset
 

Delete the current screenset. I have been using 3 screensets

  1. Arrange window – tracks and mixer
  2. Tracks – full screen
  3. Mixer window + floating transport

I will probably be adding a screenset – 9 – for documentation and other various things.

Often I will bring up screenset 2 and use my X-Touch to control balance things. It’s also a good place to add markers. I have a keyboard just below the surface. I can use the faders and knobs instead of the mouse. Learning to use this effectively.

Next iteration of the studio computer will probably have me put the X-Touch in front of the screen. 43″ 4K TV.

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

Gearslutz – View Single Post – Best mixing controller for Logic Pro X: 2017

Gearslutz – View Single Post – Best mixing controller for Logic Pro X: 2017:

In EQ mode the channels represent the 4 parameters for each band, 2 bands per “page”.

You would probably be happier with the “Alternate EQ Edit mode”. Press and hold “EQ”. The V-Pots can be pressed to choose the mode. Press V-Pot 8 to get into
Frequency/Gain Channel view.

V-Pot 8 or F8 Switches to Frequency/Gain Channel view.

In this mode, you can edit the frequency and gain parameters for all EQ bands of the selected channel strip. Each pair of channel strips corresponds to one EQ band.

The mode display shows FG.
V-Pots 1 to 8 control the frequency of EQ bands 1 to 8.
Mute buttons 1 to 8 control the bypass of EQ bands 1 to 8.
Faders 1 to 8 control the gain of EQ bands 1 to 8.
Note: The faders form a frequency response curve in this mode, if the EQ bands have ascending frequency values.

Tip: You can edit another channel strip’s EQ without leaving this view by selecting the channel strip in Logic Pro or by pressing the appropriate SELECT button on the Mackie Control.

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X Control Surfaces Support.” iBooks. 

Or you can simply put the “Vintage Console EQ” on the channel and use “Smart Controls” “Shift”+”INST” buttons. You get close to what you ask for.

I’m thrilled to discover “Frequency/Gain Channel” view, and the “Frequency/Gain Mixer” view.

Control Surfaces

I am committed to learning how to really “drive” Logic Pro X. Along with the software I have some hardware that can help. I’m speaking of control surfaces. Apple provides some very nice helper tools for the iPhone and iPad – Logic Remote – that makes working in the studio so much easier.

Take the simple task of recording with microphones that are not in front of the computer. How do you start and stop the recording? Simple, Logic Remote on the iPhone gives you handy transport controls. No wires required.

For the big tasks (typically) I use my Behringer X-Touch – a wonderful surface that can drive Logic Pro X like it’s a Mackie Control, or my XR18 using the Behringer XCTL protocol. Swapping between the two modes is a simple matter of pressing the SMPTE/BEATS button located at the right side of the clock display. This does make one function a little harder – changing the clock display. That happens in the “Control Surface Setup” window. Change the “Clock Display” setting to whichever display you want to use.

I should start a separate blog series like “Logic Pro X Keyboard Command of the Day” with X-Touch functions. I did just add “X-Air Edit Keyboard Command of the Day” to my daily wisdom file.

Mackie Control Markers

All about markers, especially creating them from the MCU.

Press the “Marker” button and hold. The secrets of the V-pots are revealed.

I use “Large Marker” mode to listen to new tracks.

Easiest to “quote” the relevant pages from the Control Surfaces manual

 

Mackie Control Marker button

Mackie Control Marker button overview

Press the MARKER button to activate one of three marker modes: Small Marker mode, Large Marker mode, and Temporary Marker mode. You can use these modes to create or delete markers and jump to markers in your project.

Note: The Marker and Nudge modes are mutually exclusive; activating one deactivates the other.

Small Marker mode: Press the MARKER button to activate Small Marker mode. Small Marker mode is useful if you want to jump to markers while using the V-Pots for other purposes. In this mode, pressing the FAST FWD or REWIND button moves the playhead to the next or previous marker. Pressing the MARKER button again reverts to the default behavior of the FAST FWD and REWIND buttons. (See Mackie Control transport buttons overview.)

Large Marker mode: Hold down the SHIFT button, then press the MARKER button to show three create options on the LCD, assigned to the three rightmost V-Pot buttons. (See Large Marker mode.)

Temporary Marker mode: Hold down the MARKER button if you want to enter Marker mode temporarily to quickly perform a few marker functions. Press one (or more) of the V-Pot[…]”

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X Control Surfaces Support.” iBooks

Control
— Action

V-Pot 1 to 5
— Displays the first five markers by name. Pressing a V-Pot button moves the playhead to the corresponding marker. When the playhead position is inside a marker, the lower line displays INSIDE, and the V-Pot LED ring is lit.

V-Pot 6
— Cr w/o—Creates a marker, without rounding to the nearest bar.

V-Pot 7
— Create—Creates a marker, rounded to the nearest bar.

V-Pot 8
— Delete—Deletes the marker above the current playhead position.

A recommended workflow for creating or deleting markers is to use the Jog/Scrub Wheel. Turn the wheel to move the playhead to the required project position, and then press the appropriate V-Pot to create or delete a marker.

For coarse placement, use the wheel to move the playhead.

For fine placement, press the SCRUB button, then use the wheel to precisely position the playhead. (This technique is only appropriate if creating or deleting an unrounded marker.)

For more information about using the Jog/Scrub Wheel, see Mackie Control Jog/Scrub wheel.

Large Marker mode is ended by pressing the MARKER button again.

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X Control Surfaces Support.