Karabiner — Software for macOS

Karabiner — Software for macOS

A powerful and stable keyboard customizer for macOS.

Serious keyboard mapping software. Not for the faint of heart.

macOS has the ability to change CAPS LOCK, CONTROL, ESCAPE, OPTION, COMMAND, and FUNCTION. This is a good thing.

Karabiner will let you assign CAPS LOCK to press CONTROL,OPTION, COMMAND, and SHIFT all at the same time, giving you an easy keypress to use in conjunction with the rest of the keyboard.

Logic Pro X keyboard command mapping becomes far easier to use.

Quit ⌘Q — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Quit    ⌘Q

The ‘Oblique Strategies’ card of Logic commands. Sometimes the best thing you can do is quit and take a break.

Think about it.


Separate MIDI Region by MIDI Channel — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Separate MIDI Region by MIDI Channel

Splits a MIDI region into separate regions, one per MIDI channel.

Who knew that we would find this under ‘demix’?

Demix MIDI regions in the Tracks area — Logic Pro X

You can split, or demix, a MIDI region (or a standard MIDI file of format 1 or 0) into separate regions by event channels or by note pitch.

Very handy. Player Piano roll time.


Color Tracks by Region Color ⌥⇧⌘C — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Color Tracks by Region Color    ⌥⇧⌘C

Set the color of the tracks of the selected regions to the region color.

I typically color my tracks when I start working on a new project. Tracks are grouped (summing stacks) with the AUX track the same color.

It might make some work easier to follow if I colored the region I am working on, and changed the track color to match. That would let me see the track in the Arrange window and the mixer — make it stand out from all the rest.

Workflow would be — use Marquee tool to select the working region. Press ‘U’ to set rounded locators and enable cycle. Press ‘⌃⌘T’ to split the region at the locators. Press ‘⌥C’ to show color palette. Select the color. Press ‘⌥⇧⌘C’ to change the track color.

Seems like a lot of work/steps. I could make a macro to do everything up to the color selection. That works OK, except that ‘⌥C’ to show/hide colors is a toggle. I can’t seem to find a ‘Show Colors’ command as opposed to the toggle. I can do a three finger tap on my Magic Mouse, click on a color, press ‘⌥⇧⌘C’, and it is done. To finish with a flourish I use a three finger “TipTap 2 fingers — middle” — hold index and ring finger on mouse, tap with middle finger — to do the awkward change track color command.

Change the color of regions in the Tracks area — Logic Pro X

You can change the color of regions to identify sections of your arrangement, distinguish between track types, or for other uses. Newly recorded or added regions use the color of the track channel strip.



folivora.ai — Great Tools for your Mac!

BetterTouchTool is a great, feature packed app that allows you to customize various input devices on your Mac.

External SSD performance (SATA III) on USB3 ports

In the process of replacing spinning hard drives with SSD on our Macintosh systems.

All of the Macs are “ancient” coming from the spinning drive era.

USB3 disks have been performing at less than 100 MByte/second read and write speeds. Not adequate for doing audio work with many disk files. Overloads occur very easily.

Current tests (Blackmagic Disk Speed Test) on SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs are very encouraging.

2013 iMac — APFS formatted — unencrypted — write at 320 Mbyte/second, read at 425 Mbyte/second.

2013 iMac — APFS formatted — encrypted — write at 240 Mbyte/second, read at 325 Mbyte/second.

My portable “system” with everything on it is encrypted. I will be using it for my studio work drive. Performance is fine for my purposes. I had moved the working files to a different machine on the network. Network disk performance was just above 100 Mbytes/second. I experienced no problems.

Eventual target is a 2TB NVMe drive on USB 3.1 protocols for the system/portable studio. Working disk will be SATA III drives. In 2TB sizes I am down to about $.10 per gigabyte.

Off-Line “tape” is still 1, 2, and 4TB spinning disks — portable — fast enough for archive — $.025 per gigabyte. Unlikely to get larger spinning disks. That would change the archiving process into a very long and difficult process.