Solo Mode ⌃S — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Solo Mode    ⌃S

Solo the selected region(s). I have learned to use the Solo Tool for listening to tracks to investigate. Using Solo Mode will help me during mixing and editing.

Mute and solo regions in the Tracks area — Logic Pro X:

You can mute one or more regions in the Tracks area to exclude them from playback. You can also solo individual regions, to hear them in isolation, and lock the solo status of regions.


Set Smart Tempo MTR Handling to Ignore — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Set Smart Tempo MTR Handling to Ignore

Nothing. Zip. Nada. Cannot locate anything that remotely refers to “MTR Handling”.

Unless that is shorthand for “Musical tempo reference” which I found here…

Smart Tempo overview — Logic Pro X:

Musical tempo reference

When using Smart Tempo in Adapt mode (or when Auto uses Adapt behavior), the results depend on whether a musical tempo reference is present in the part of the project to which you are recording or adding a file. A musical tempo reference exists when the metronome is active, when audio, MIDI, or Drummer regions are present in the part of the project where you are working, or when Cycle mode is turned on.

In most cases, when you hear any musical material while recording, a musical tempo reference is present. If you do not hear any material, no musical tempo reference is present.

Tip: To avoid having a musical tempo reference while recording, solo the track you are recording to before recording.

Given the description here the commands start to make sense. Setting MTR Handling to “ignore” would have the same effect as soloing the track being recorded to, except that you would still hear the musical reference.

Toggle Smart Tempo Mode (Keep/Adapt)
Set Smart Tempo Mode to Keep
Set Smart Tempo Mode to Adapt
Set Smart Tempo Mode to Automatic ⌃⌥8⃣
Toggle Smart Tempo MTR Handling
Set Smart Tempo MTR Handling to Write
Set Smart Tempo MTR Handling to Ignore
Toggle Smart Tempo Trim to Downbeat


Logic Pro | The Virtual Shoebox — Curating Your Ideas in Logic Pro X

Logic Pro | The Virtual Shoebox — Curating Your Ideas in Logic Pro X:

Creating music is not unlike the work researchers do. Carefully hunting for useful tidbits, storing them away as the broader topic develops, and then forming a system to catalogue them for later retrieval. At the top level of the creative process is the generation of fresh ideas. They will most likely begin conception as fragments of ideas based on some aspects of either harmony, melody, some new samples, virtual instruments, or loops. I consider this to be the macro level of ideation. The top level of the pyramid.

I have been using “packages” for my Logic Pro X projects since I started. I remembered too many horror stories of people losing the assets for a project when they move things around. Project alternatives have been my go to device.

I will now re-think using folder-based projects. Copies (versions) of a project can be saved without creating yet another copy of all of the audio files in the project. I still will consolidate audio and make sure all of the assets are stored in the folder.

I can document my project and versions with a simple “option drag” of the Logic project file into my Scrivener binder. There I have the index cards and all of the other reference material that I might want. I still treat it as a giant “ideas” folder, but all of the bits are well contained, and possibly well documented.

A Little Help From Your Friends

The story starts with me wanting to get more in-depth knowledge of “Project Audio”. I started by looking at a used Logic Pro 9 book — the one that is used for the Apple Certification course — “Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9 — Professional Audio Production”. All through the book there are references to the resources contained on the DVD that came with the book. Sigh. Used book, no DVD. Hunt for online copy. I wound up at PeachPit Press staring at a place where I could use ‘Safari On Line’ to read the book. This really didn’t help much.

Ding. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has online books and courses available to members. I have maintained my membership since the early 1980s. I haven’t had much use for the computing and database courses that I used to access. The coursework uses the “Safari Learning Platform” to help us move forward. This might be the same “Safari On Line” that I was staring at over at PeachPit.

I logged in to the platform and searched for the book, and found “Logic Pro X 10.4 — Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Audio Production”. Excellent. I started reading and came to the section about downloading course-related resources. Followed a not-too-clear path to get access to the download (ISBN number, answer the question to show that I have the book). Download the files. Good to go.

I don’t really want to do this using a web browser while I am trying to run Logic Pro X, so I figured out how to get the O’Reilly reading app onto my iPad. Perfect. I can read my book on the iPad and work on the screen with Logic Pro X.

I started at the beginning, followed all the steps, turned on “Quick Help” which pops up little help balloons as the mouse hovers over a tool. Yes. I have done this before. There is a little hint at the bottom that says “Type command-/ to get more info”. That brings up the help document — very slow. Then I read this…

“To go further, read the Logic Pro Help documentation within the free Logic Remote iPad app. The documentation automatically displays the section relevant to the Logic Pro X area where you place the mouse pointer”

Whoa! Hmmm. Now I need another iPad to see what they mean. We happen to have kept an older iPad as a resource. I am in luck.

Install “Logic Remote” on the iPad, follow a couple of helpful hints in the app, and there it is. The iPad is showing me the details from the help documentation. The very same help resource that I am linking to and using in my “Logic Pro X — Command of the Day” blog posts.

I need to try doing “actual work” in Logic with the “helpPad” connected to see how I like it, but for my daily homework and study of Logic Pro X I am now way far ahead.

Stay tuned.

How to get help — Logic Remote for iPad

How to get help — Logic Remote for iPad:

In Logic Remote, tap the View button in the control bar, then tap Smart Help.

Make sure that the Help book is unlocked .

In Logic Pro, choose Help > Quick Help.

In Logic Pro, move the pointer over an interface item to show its name and function in the Quick Help area.

Who knew? I am stunned.

Connect an iPad with Logic Remote, open up Smart Help, have the manual automatically jump to a relevant spot for your enlightenment. Essentially saves having to type ‘⌘/’ and wait for the help window to open up.