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…

Tap Tempo — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Tap Tempo

There are multiple places where Tap Tempo can be used. It is a Global Command not assigned to any key, a specific tool in the Smart Tempo editor.

Set the project tempo — Logic Pro X:

Assign a key command to Tap Tempo, then use the key command to set the tempo.

The first time you tap the tempo, an alert appears, asking if you want to enable Tap Tempo.

Handy way to get a tempo “idea” out of your head and into the project. Most frequently I take drum tracks or drums and bass tracks and analyze the tempo. It’s easier if the tempo is known, but hey…

Work in the Smart Tempo Editor — Logic Pro X:

You can make adjustments in two different ways: by playing the file or selection and tapping the D and T keys on your computer keyboard to indicate downbeats (D) and beats (T), or by editing beat markers in the main display. When tapping in a selection, only the downbeats or beats in the selected area are changed.


Toggle Hide Group 16 — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Hide Group 16

Hmm. 32 groups. The keyboard commands for 1 through 9 are ⌃⇧1 to ⌃⇧9 .

The commands do what I expect. If there is a group numbered ‘n’ the command toggles the view of the tracks/channels. Hidden, but not like “Hide Track”.

Groups appear to be very useful. I should use them more. I fooled around with them a bit to try and change colors more easily, but they do so much more.

Groups are “mixer groups”. The overview helps us get started.

Groups overview
The Mixer groups feature is only available when Show Advanced Tools is selected in the Advanced preferences pane.

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.

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “Logic Pro X User Guide.” iBooks.


Set Scissors Tool ⌥:three: — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Scissors Tool        ⌥:three:

I don’t edit audio very much. I typically put the playhead where I want to split a region, and use the split region command — ⌘T. It would probably be better for my workflow to start using the Marquee tool to select the area I want split apart and use the “Split Regions/Events at Locators or Marquee selection” — ⌃⌘T

If I had a touch bar that would speed things up as well.

It is important to remember to cross-fade between regions if there is sound happening. I have the fade tool and marquee tool enabled when the pointer tool is in the proper location. Makes fades easy. If I set the Scissors tool via the above command I now have to switch back to the pointer tool to do a simple fade.

We shall see how this works out.

Common tools — Logic Pro X:

The most common tools are briefly described in the following section. Tools for specific working areas or editors are covered in the respective chapters.