The long awaited successor to Logic Pro X’s EXS24 software sampler is here with full backwards compatibility, a suite of new toys pulled from Alchemy, a much needed makeover, and some particularly intelligent sampling tech. Among the latest 10.5 update’s most exciting new additions, Sampler has now dethroned Logic Pro’s roughly decades old workhorse sampler. If Quick Sampler can completely change the way music makers interact with just about every little clip of audio they can get a mouse pointer on, Sampler can do all that and more, automatically transforming collections of samples and melodic phrases into coherent virtual instruments with artificial intelligence levels of automation.
Open/Close MIDI Insert 2 Plug-in Window of focused Track
Opens or closes the insert (a noun) plug-in window (toggle?) for the insert in slot 2. Currently there are only 8 inserts available for MIDI inserts, but there are 15 Open/Close commands.
I would only assign these commands to keystrokes if I was building a very task-specific workflow. I guess if I kept plug-in windows on a separate screen, and had the mouse/pointer usually on that screen, then dealing with the opening or closing of the window might make sense.
Select Members of Selected Groups
This is a command that is found in the gear menu of the Groups inspector. Select one or more goops in the list of groups. Using the ‘Select Members of Selected Groups’ command will select all the channels that are contained in the group(s).
Prior to mixing, you may find it useful to define some logical channel strip groups. You could, for example, group all drum channel strips under one drum group. This would allow you to control the group meters (volume, pan, mute, solo, sends, and so on) using a single control, while still maintaining the relative parameter values of each channel strip.
Create Track Stack… ⇧⌘D
There are two kinds of track stacks — Summing (bus/aux) and Folder (VCA). Logic creates a track in the Arrangement area with the selected tracks included. All the tracks are routed to the same AUX channel, or controlled by the same VCA. It is a very convenient way to get AUX tracks and VCA tracks into the Arrangement area. Allows you to move the positions of the channels/VCA in the default mixer view.
I use track stacks (summing) all the time.
Nesting of track stacks is not possible. If you want a number of Summing stacks to be in a Folder stack you can’t do it. You can place all of the track stacks onto the same VCA, create a track for the VCA, and move the VCA track next to the summing stacks.
You create a Track Stack by selecting (adjacent or nonadjacent) tracks in the Tracks area. Nonadjacent tracks move so that all tracks are grouped together in the Track Stack. Both types of Track Stacks can contain any combination of track types as subtracks. A folder stack can also include summing stacks as subtracks.
Convert Regions to New Sampler Track… ⌃E
The description of how to use the sampler has changed. Basically the same operation(s), but using the new Sampler instrument as opposed to the previous EXS24 instrument.
Might get a better idea of how the sampler works now.
Control-click one of the selected regions, then choose Convert > Convert Regions to New Sampler Track from the shortcut menu.
You can convert audio regions to sampler instruments with the Convert Regions to New Sampler Track function (default key command: Control-E). All selected regions are sequentially mapped—in accordance with their timeline positions—to the specified key range, starting with the lowest note.