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Backup File(s) ⌃B — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Backup File(s)    ⌃B

In the Audio File Editor. Audio files are large and not so easy to make into discrete chunks. Making a backup copy before altering the audio is a very good idea.

The typical “hard” change that I will make to an audio file is to reduce the gain when the maximum gain is 0.0. Logic does not work well with “normalized” audio tracks with regard to adjusting gain in a non-destructive manner (region gain).

This command is contained in a “local” menu, so some sort of editor or list window. It’s found in the

Project Audio Browser

Select an audio file at the “top” level. Choose “Backup File(s)”. A copy of the file is created in the same location as the original. A file named

 12-8 Acoustic Strum 01.caf

is duplicated as

 12-8 Acoustic Strum 01.caf dup

The duplicated files do not show up in the browser list. If your project is a “bundle” you have to hunt down the project and dive in via the Finder.

I’m not sure about this yet.

The same function, different command name (‘Create Backup’) exists in the Audio File Editor. A backup file gets created with the same trailing ‘dup’. There is a ‘Revert to Backup’ command that will (probably) replace the current audio file with the singular backup file. Apparently only one backup can be created in this manner.

I guess it’s probably a good idea to create a simple backup before doing any kind of processing on the file itself. It is destructive editing, so….

Perform manual backups — Logic Pro X

Although the Undo History and standard Undo functions are available, try to get in the habit of creating backups before processing or editing. This provides a safety copy of your audio recordings in case something unexpected happens, due to a processing error or other unforeseen event.


Show/Hide Marker Track ⇧⌘K — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Show/Hide Marker Track    ⇧⌘K

Reveal the Marker track at the top of the Arrange window below the rulers. With the Marker track visible you can create markers — click with the Scissors or Pencil tools, and edit the text of markers using the Text tool.

I like to create markers using the option-single-quote keypress to mark places of interest in the music. With the Marker list open text can be added to the marker describing the area of interest. Significant amount of text can be added to the marker. Tested to in excess of 16,000 characters. The text is stored as RTF.

NB Project Notes and Track Notes can contain images which can be annotated using the markup tools. Very handy if you need to snap a picture of some external gear, or just for a fine picture of a studio 😉


Move Locators Forward by 1 Bar — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Move Locators Forward by 1 Bar

Change the locator positions forward by one bar.

Setting the locators based on the Marquee selection makes a lot of sense for my workflow. I need to remember to keep the Marquee ruler visible. Many commands are available from the contextual menu (control-click) on the Marquee menu.

Use the cycle area — Logic Pro X

By Marquee Selection: The locators (and the cycle area) are set to the borders of the marquee selection in the marquee stripe.

Select parts of regions in the Tracks area — Logic Pro X

Control-click the marquee stripe, then choose Set Locators by Regions/Events/Marquee from the shortcut menu.


Convert Loops to Regions ⌃L — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Convert Loops to Regions    ⌃L

When you convert loops to regions you can edit any of the occurrences of the loop to make changes. If you edit the loop without conversion every copy of the loop changes.


Forward by Transient ⌃. — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Forward by Transient   ⌃.

Handy. Move the playhead forward to the next transient. Very useful when I am trying to align tracks made on different recording devices.