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.

Open System Performance…  — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Open System Performance…

Opens the performance meters. Typically I get to this window by double-clicking on the performance meter in the control bar.

System overload alerts in Logic Pro X — Apple Support:

Use the meters in the Logic Pro CPU/HD window to monitor system performance while working on a project. To view the CPU/HD window:

1. Choose View > Customize Control Bar and Display.

2. Choose Custom from the pop-up menu in the LCD section.

3. Select the Load Meters (CPU/HD) checkbox, then click OK.

4.A CPU/HD meter appears on the right side of the LCD. Double-click the CPU meter to open it in a new, expanded window.


Lesson 2 Recording Audio — Logic Pro X 10.4 — Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Music Production

Lesson 2 Recording Audio — Logic Pro X 10.4 — Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Music Production:

In this lesson, you will configure Logic for audio recording and study activities you will typically perform when working with live musicians: recording a single instrument, recording additional takes of the same instrument, cycle recording, multitrack recording, punching on the fly, and automatic punching.

Next up in the course. I will go ahead and plug in the guitar and work through the tuning exercise, along with some comping. It’s not something that I would normally do (guitar), but I have one…so…

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.