Send All MIDI Mixer Data — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Send All MIDI Mixer Data

Found in the Options menu of the Mixer window(s). Program Change, Volume, Pan, Transposition, etc. If you want to reset a MIDI instrument (external) to the known condition defined in the track data.

This is a lot like an archeological dig. Vast amounts of fine-control mechanisms live inside Logic, all of them hidden further away as time moved forward. I get glimmers of understanding by reading Logic 7 manuals. Hmmm.

The only MIDI device that I currently use or control is my Casio PX-330. Full piano and functions as a GM MIDI device, so I can do all the things I used to do with a SoundCanvas and friends. Lots to explore.


Select Highest Notes ⇧↑ — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Select Highest Notes    ⇧↑

As the command is named. Select the highest note in chords in the region. “Select Lowest Notes” is also available. Probably useful if you are trying to create separate tracks for “instruments” from a chord. I currently don’t see me using this command much.

You can watch the command in action in the Score Editor, or with the Event List open.

Split chords in the Piano Roll Editor — Logic Pro X:

These commands can be used with regions containing chords to separate the top note of each chord (often the melody), or to separate the bottom note of each chord for a bass line. Once selected, the notes can be cut or copied, and pasted into a region on a different track.


Move Region to Beat — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Move Region to Beat

This appears to move the region boundary (left in my case) to a position that might line up with the beat of the first note/transient.

My observation of an audio file is that the region “shifts” to position the first transient on a beat. I have to do more reading about placing audio in “recorded” position. I have some recordings that say their “recorded time” is 13 hours from the start. Pretty interesting.

This may be the ticket for lining up multiple recorded tracks to have a consistent starting point, as well as aligning DI and amp recordings.


Sends on Faders — On/Off — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Sends on Faders - On/Off

New in Logic 10.4 — use the faders to adjust send amounts. This is how I learned to use my digital mixer — XR18 — and was very happy not to have to use the little knobs. Very hard to turn tiny knobs with a mouse.

It is helpful to be able to see the balance/level of the sends on all the tracks at once.

My current disappointment is that while switching to “Sends on Faders” causes my X-Touch faders to move accordingly I cannot actually use the physical faders to change the value. If I move the physical fader it will return to the original value. If I change the fader in the Mixer the physical fader does move and remains at the new position.

I need to do a bit of research about sends on faders and control surfaces.

Logic Remote on the iPad is not at all in good shape — sends don’t work properly at all. Logic Remote on iPhone shows sends, and reflects send level, but behaves like the X-Touch.

Adjust panning for sends independently from channel strips — Logic Pro X:

Sometimes you may want to adjust the stereo pan that a send is routing to an aux separately from the panning of the channel strip. For example, you may want a stereo channel strip to send to a surround aux, or you may be using sends to create a headphone mix and want separate pan positions for the headphone mix as for the main mix. By choosing Independent Pan for a send, you can adjust the pan type and position settings for the send independently from the pan type and position for the channel strip.


Copy ⌘C — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Copy    ⌘C

It’s a Macintosh application. Of course there is a Copy command (Paste, Cut, Open, and the skipper too).

One of the early things about Mac software was the consistency of commands across applications. We treat those commands as if they should be intuitive and meaningful to everyone. Of course they are not, and the do need to be explained and documented. Once we get beyond the _easy_ commands we venture into the world of area-specific language and activities.

There are at least 8 different variations of copying things in Logic. Helps to know what we are focussing on.


Command             Key              Touch Bar
- Global Commands
Copy Group Settings
Save A Copy As…
Copy Channel Strip Setting ⌥⌘C

- Various Windows
Copy ⌘C

- Main Window Tracks and Various Editors
Copy MIDI Events…

- Main Window Tracks
Make Alias but Copy Folder
Convert Alias to a Region Copy ⌃A
Copy Section Between Locators (Global)
Copy Selected Regions to Focused Track
Copy as ReCycle Loop

- Event Editor
Copy Value to All Following Events ⇧V

- Step Editor
Copy Lane ⌃C

- Project Audio
Copy/Convert File(s)… ⌃K

- Audio File Editor
Save A Copy As…