Toggle Hide Group 13 – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Hide Group 13

Show or hide channels/tracks that are members of group 13. Every time I read about groups I try to remind myself that they are extremely useful for setting up tracks and channels for a project, even if you can collapse the tracks into a stack, the grouping serves very useful purposes.

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:

 When you use an MCU as a control surface the GROUP button gives you access to group settings. You can change the settings for the first seven groups. 

The newer settings – “Quantize-Locked (Audio)” and “Track Alternatives” are all the way at the end of the settings. 

You can assign channels to groups using the MCU as well. Time for me to read the GROUP section of the Mackie Control chapter.

Mackie Control Group button in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Press the GROUP button to activate group edit mode that allows you to edit various Mixer group parameters.

Scrub Rewind – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Scrub Rewind

Scrub while rewinding. I use the jog wheel on the X-Touch in most cases. Press the SCRUB button and move the jog wheel in the proper direction. It is easier to speed up/slow down using the wheel.

I have difficulty getting audio to scrub. My suspicion is that I don’t have audio scrubbing enabled in the tracks area.

Audio Editing preferences in Logic Pro – Apple Support

“Scrubbing with audio in Tracks area” checkbox: When selected, you can scrub audio regions in the Tracks area using the Scissors or Solo tools.

 That was the problem. Only took me years to discover it. I spent a lot of time trying to position the playhead at just the right spot in live recordings. Score one for me.

Scrub a Logic Pro project – Apple Support

You can scrub a project to locate or listen to a sound at a particular point in time. When you scrub a project, you quickly audition it by moving the playhead across the Tracks area. The speed at which you move the playhead controls the playback speed. Scrubbing makes it easy to zero in on a particular drum beat or other audio event before cutting or editing a region.

New Track with Next Channel / MIDI Channel ⌃↩ – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  New Track with Next Channel / MIDI Channel ⌃↩

Create a new track using the next channel. Increments MIDI channel by 1. Creates new audio and software instrument channels as well.

I don’t get to create tracks in this way, being led by my mixing work, and possibly misled by workflows I have learned.

On the X-Touch the key sequence is SHIFT+OPTION SELECT where SELECT is one of the 8 channels. Creates a new channel to the right of the selected channel.

Something to experiment with.

Create tracks using existing channel strips in Logic Pro – Apple Support

This command creates a new track below the selected track, and assigns the next channel strip to it. If no next channel strip exists, one is created automatically.

 

Zoom Vertical Out ⌘↑ – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Zoom Vertical Out    ⌘↑

Reduce the vertical size of the display. In the Score Editor the entire page shrinks. In the Arrange window track/region height is reduced.

On the X-Touch press the “cursor” key (center of the direction arrows) and use the up-arrow. 

None of the documentation describes the result of the action very well. Experimentation is the way here.

Scroll and zoom the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

In Logic Pro, drag the horizontal and vertical zoom sliders in the Tracks area menu bar. Drag the horizontal slider left to zoom out for a wider view, or drag it right to zoom in for a close-up view. Drag the vertical slider up for a wider view (more tracks), or drag it down for a close-up view (fewer tracks).

 

Page Up ⇞ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Page Up    ⇞

Scrolls the current window contents upwards. Repeated scrolling should bring you to the top of the page/list/window.

Page Up and Page Down keys match direction. Home (left) and End (right) scroll horizontally. The MCU scrolls using the scroll arrows. On the X-Touch you have to press and hold the Zoom key while scrolling up/down, right/left. If the scroll key is _latched_ the tracks will zoom. If the scroll key is not latched the arrows work as the arrow keys on the keyboard.

Scroll and zoom the Logic Pro Tracks area – Apple Support

Depending on the size of the project and your display, you may not be able to see the entire project at one time. You can scroll both horizontally and vertically in the Tracks area to view other parts of the project.

Mackie Control cursor keys in Logic Pro – Apple Support

The table outlines the cursor controls and their functions:

  

Show/Hide Project Audio – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Project Audio

Shows or hides the project audio browser. There is a button in the control bar – one of the browser collection – that can be used to show the project audio.

The browsers (and the commands) show evidence of being added to and changed over time. Project Audio is clumped with browsers, but not called a browser. “Media” browser has no command available to show or hide, just clicking on the “Media” tab in the audio/media/file browser.

There is a command sequence on the Logic Control – SHIFT-F8 – that is mapped to ‘Show/Hide Project Audio’. A bit of reading in the Control Surfaces manual leads us to the term ‘Audio Bin’ which is now known as ‘Project Audio’.

A lot of the Logic workflow can be inferred when reading _old_ documentation.

- Global Commands
Show/Hide Loop Browser O
Show/Hide File Browser
Show/Hide Project Audio

- Main Window Tracks
Show/Hide Browsers F

Clear/Recall Solo ⌃⌥⌘S – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Clear/Recall Solo    ⌃⌥⌘S

When tracks are soloed this command will clear the solo status for all of the soloed tracks. Issuing the command again recalls the solo state of each of the previously soloed tracks. Quick way to switch between “some” soloed tracks and “no soloed” tracks.

On the X-Touch you press and hold the OPTION key while clicking any SOLO button that is engaged. This command is also available in Logic Remote on the iPad and iPhone.

Solo tracks in a Logic Pro project – Apple Support

The first time any track in a project is soloed, a large Clear/Recall Solo button appears in the area above the track headers. You can quickly unsolo or resolo all soloed tracks using this button.

 

Record off for all – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Record off for all

Turns off “Record” for all channels. I can’t seem to find any specific documentation for this.

“Record off for all” is mapped to OPTION+REC button on an MCU. If you press and hold OPTION, then press REC all channels will have Record turned off.

Mackie Control channel strips (1 to 8) – Control Surfaces Help

OPTION
Disable Record Enable button for all tracks.

 

Scrub Forward – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Scrub Forward

Scrub the playhead forward. Assigning forward and backward to keys might help the process. Remembering how to get audio to play while scrubbing helps too.

My simple preference is to press the ‘SCRUB’ button on the X-Touch (MCU) and use the scroll wheel to move backward and forward.

Scrub the project – Logic Pro X

You can scrub a project to locate or listen to a sound at a particular point in time. When you scrub a project, you quickly audition it by moving the playhead across the Tracks area. The speed at which you move the playhead controls the playback speed. Scrubbing makes it easy to zero in on a particular drum beat or other audio event before cutting or editing a region.

 

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Why is the X-Touch Compact Not a “Good” Controller For Logic Pro X?

People have purchased the X-Touch Compact assuming that it functions the same way that the X-Touch does, or that it can be extended by adding another one, or using it with the full X-Touch. It’s not true.

The X-Touch essentially is a “Logic Control” control surface – and has virtually complete documentation in the Logic Control Surfaces manual.

Yes, you can put the X-Touch Compact into “Mackie Control” mode and will do many things, but you will have to memorize the mappings etc. etc.

The extra $200 for the full X-Touch is more than worth it, if you can find a way to save up for it.

If your needs are simpler than full control of Logic from the controller you might find the X-Touch One a better compromise. It costs $200 less, and has many of the features of the full X-Touch, just fewer faders and V-Pots.

Note carefully ! The USB hub on the X-Touch Compact only operates when the controller is in USB mode. If you put it into “Mackie Control” mode you lose the ability to connect USB devices through the X-Touch to the Mac. Me, personally, I like being able to plug a MIDI keyboard into the USB connection and have it work. Your mileage may vary.

I just can’t see any reason to choose the less-than-functional middle-priced solution of an X-Touch Compact.

Nudge Position Right ⌃⌥⌘→ – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Nudge Position Right    ⌃⌥⌘→

Nudge the current note/region to the right by the “nudge amount”.

The temporary Nudge mode of the X-Touch lets you choose the size of the nudge, just turn the appropriate V-Pot.

I’m not convinced that I have figured out all of the default nudge functions on the X-Touch – time for homework.

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

Go to Next Marker And Set Locators ⌥. – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Go to Next Marker And Set Locators ⌥.

Move to the next marker (you did make markers, didn’t you?) and set the locators. This makes it easy to move to the next section of the project and have the transport all ready for work.

I don’t use markers well enough. I should remember my piano training (Dr. Erlings) and do the 50,000 ft overview followed by finding the sections of the project. Set the markers to help make sense of things.

I need serious work in identifying song structure in the current world of music.

Dedicate some hours to working with markers – and the X-Touch!

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Clear Overload Flag in Audio Channel Display ⌃⌥⌘C – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Clear Overload Flag in Audio Channel Display   ⌃⌥⌘C

Clears the overload flag as well as clearing the peak level display. A red peak level indicates clipping in the output signal (24 or 16 bit) which results in distortion and lost signal. An orange peak level indicates clipping in the 32 bit domain, so it is not necessarily bad, but is certainly an indicator that there may be problems to be dealt with prior to output.

On the MCU/X-Touch the clip LED (red at top of meter) is cleared. This had not been the case in some versions of Logic Pro X, but it is functional as of version 10.4.8.

The overload indicator can be cleared from the X-Touch by pressing CONTROL and NAME/VALUE.

The overload indicator can be cleared by clicking on any of the peak level indicators in the display.

Peak level display and signal clipping – Logic Pro X

The peak level display is a numerical display located above the level meter. It updates during playback to show the peak level reached, after the entire signal has been played through to the end, and provides a guide that should be used to set the Volume fader.

 

 Mackie Control display control buttons – Control Surfaces Help

Hold down the CONTROL button, then press the NAME/VALUE button to clear any overload (clipping) indicators in the Logic Pro Mixer and in the LCD if the Horizontal with Peak Hold mode is active.

 

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND

Set All Tracks to Automation Touch ⌃⇧⌘T – Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set All Tracks to Automation Touch    ⌃⇧⌘T

My normal starting state is to have Read automation turned on. Whatever automation there is gets applied. When mixing the state should be changed to Touch – whatever is there is read until you change a parameter (move a fader) which is in effect until you stop movement at which point automation is again Read.

I would probably use this command at the start of a first pass for a mix letting me alter all of the tracks as I need to. As mixing progresses, or focus on certain sections becomes important it might be better to set all the tracks to Read and only enable Touch on the important tracks.

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.

The X-Touch (I use X-Touch and MCU and Logic Control interchangeably) has an entire section of buttons and modes dedicated to automation. It makes sense since the automation is often applied from a physical controller – so much easier than turning knobs with a mouse…

Mackie Control automation buttons – Control Surfaces Help

Hold down the OPTION button, then press one of the Automation buttons to assign the selected automation mode to all channels. When an automation mode has been assigned to all channels, the corresponding automation mode button LED illuminates whenever you hold down the OPTION button.

 

  

⇧ SHIFT  –  ⌃ CONTROL  –  ⌥ OPTION  –  ⌘ COMMAND