Region Automation: Note Velocity — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Region Automation: Note Velocity

Almost everything can be automated in Logic. Automation is an interesting programming language.

To show automation use the ‘Show Automation — A’ command. Initially Track automation will be displayed. Click on the ‘Track’ button in the track header to switch to Region automation. Click and hold the track/region button to select the automation that you want displayed.

I don’t expect to automate Note Velocity very often, but those Control Change lanes could be interesting.

Show automation curves — Logic Pro X:

Before you can add automation points to a track’s automation curves, you need to show the automation curves. Automation curves are displayed as colored curves and points on top of audio and MIDI regions across the track, running the length of the project. You can choose whether to view and edit automation across the track (track-based automation) or only within the track’s regions (region-based automation).


Command    Key Touch Bar
- Views showing Time Ruler
Automation: Toggle Track/Region
Region Automation: Volume
Region Automation: Panorama
Region Automation: Balance
Region Automation: Modulation
Region Automation: Breath
Region Automation: Foot Control
Region Automation: Portamento Time
Region Automation: Expression
Region Automation: Sustain Pedal
Region Automation: Control Change 20
Region Automation: Control Change 21
Region Automation: Control Change 22
Region Automation: Control Change 23
Region Automation: Control Change 24
Region Automation: Control Change 25
Region Automation: Control Change 26
Region Automation: Control Change 27
Region Automation: Control Change 28
Region Automation: Control Change 29
Region Automation: Control Change 30
Region Automation: Control Change 31
Region Automation: Control Change 32
Region Automation: Surround Angle
Region Automation: Surround Diversity
Region Automation: Surround LFE
Region Automation: Channel Pressure
Region Automation: Pitch Bend
Region Automation: Program Change
Region Automation: Note Velocity ⌃⌥⇧⌘⌦

Paste Channel Strip Setting ⌥⌘V — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Paste Channel Strip Setting    ⌥⌘V

Useful when you want the same settings on another channel. I use this to setup mixes of live band recordings. Not so much if I am mixing with tracks all assigned to appropriate busses. If I like the channel strip setting so much I have been know to save it and use the Settings menu to set the channel up.


Select Soloed Tracks — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Select Soloed Tracks

In the Arrange window Edit menu. One use for this would be to select tracks being soloed and being able to use the S keyboard command (Solo) to toggle the solo state of the track.

It is useful to know about “focused” tracks when multiple tracks are selected. Typically the first track selected has focus, not necessarily the track that appears at the top (or left) of the selected tracks. Changing focus is done by clicking in the track number at the left of the header.

Logic Pro X: Select tracks:

You can select multiple tracks. When multiple tracks are selected, the first selected track is the focused track. Some operations, such as choosing a patch in the Library, only affect the focused track when multiple tracks are selected.


Snap Mode: Smart — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Snap Mode: Smart

Changing the Snap mode can improve your workflow. I think I have turned it off (little button at left of Snap menu) once in 3 years, just to see what it does. Dragging and sliding things is kind of difficult to do depending on screen real estate. I usually move audio by “nudging” which gives me control over direction, and amount of movement. Set the nudge value, Option-click left or right arrow key. Well controlled. Super-fine adjustment.

Snap items to the grid — Logic Pro X:

The Tracks area includes a grid that helps you align regions, automation points, and other items with the time divisions in the ruler. When you perform any of the following actions, the items move according to the current Snap value:

Moving and resizing regions

Moving the playhead

Adjusting the cycle region

Dragging loops to the Tracks area

Moving automation points in automation curves

Move regions in the Tracks area — Logic Pro X:

You can also nudge regions (move them in small increments) left or right using key commands. To nudge regions, you first set the nudge value, then move selected regions by this value. Alternatively, you can nudge regions by a set value.


Flex Tool X — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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  Flex Tool    X

I have not enjoyed the experience of editing audio to correct for timing inconsistencies. Everything I have seen or heard about editing drums make it seem like a nightmare. The Flex Tool looks like it makes editing simple and straightforward. Using Groups with editing enabled seems like it would make that a lot easier.

This makes me wonder about quantizing the audio files? Does that do something “interesting”?

Time stretch using the Flex tool — Logic Pro X:

The Flex tool gives you quick access to basic Flex Time editing functionality, without having to turn on Flex view. When you click a region with the Flex tool for the first time, a transient detection process is performed on the audio material and the most suitable flex algorithm is chosen.