Show/Hide Library Y — Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

  Show/Hide Library  Y

Show or Hide the Library panel at the left side of the main window. I *really* need to remember to use this. It is far more convenient than using the Setting menu at the top of channel strips.

Logic Pro Library interface — Apple Support

You can view available patches for the currently selected track, and choose a new patch, in the Library. Categories appear on the left, and patches for the selected category are displayed on the right. You can search for patches, create, save, and delete patches, and choose routing options.

Logic Pro patches overview — Apple Support

A patch contains the instrument, effects, Smart Controls, and routing settings that control the sound of a track. When you choose a patch, those settings are applied to the currently selected track. You can try a different sound for the track by choosing a different patch, as long as the patch is compatible with the track type.

Track Stacks and the Logic Pro Library — Apple Support

The patches available in the Library vary depending on the Track Stack type, and which track in the Track Stack is selected:

Open/Close Instrument Plug-in Window of focused Track — Logic Pro keyboard command of the day (KCotD)

  Open/Close Instrument Plug-in Window of focused Track

This command replaces the need to click on the Instrument slot of the channel strip to open the instrument. It also saves the need to click the close box to make the window vanish.

Assigning this command to a keypress is highly useful. I have combined it with corresponding ‘Open/Close Audio Insert n of focused track’ so I can quickly pop open the plug-ins.

Work in the plug-in window in Logic Pro — Apple Support

In Logic Pro, click the center area of the plug-in slot.

Toggle Track On of all Tracks With Same Instrument of Project — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

  Toggle Track On of all Tracks With Same Instrument of Project

Tracks can be turned off to help control the consumption of resources. You can have multiple tracks that use the same instrument. When multiple tracks share an instrument they share the channel strip. Resource consumption is apparently controlled by the channel strips, at least for plugin loading and processing.

Using the ‘Toggle Track On’ of all tracks command will ensure that the channel strip resources will be deactivated or activated as needed.

In complex projects I would imagine that it is very easy to lose track of all of the tracks that might point to the same instrument.

I wonder what might be the harm in changing the ‘Toggle Track On – ⌥M’ keyboard shortcut to invoke the ‘Toggle Track On of all Tracks With Same Instrument of Project’ command. It certainly seems to perform the same function for an Audio track or an External MIDI track…

Turn off tracks in Logic Pro — Apple Support

When no other track is assigned to the same channel strip, turning off a track also saves processing power, because plug-ins on the channel strip are no longer processed. Turning a track off (or turning it back on) takes slightly longer than muting or unmuting the track, due to internal pre-processing. Unlike muting a track, turning off a track can not be automated.

Previous Plug-in Setting or EXS Instrument — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Previous Plug-in Setting or EXS Instrument

Change the settings to the previous setting in the list of settings. At the top of instrument and plugin windows there is a menu to select presets. Below that are left and right arrows which are the “Previous” and “Next” selectors.

I find the buttons convenient for sampling presets.

Work with plug-in settings — Logic Pro X

Choose the next or previous plug-in setting


Toggle Channel Strip Arpeggiator — Logic Pro X keyboard command of the day

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

  Toggle Channel Strip Arpeggiator

Turns the MIDI FX Arpeggiator on and off. NB the Arpeggiator is the only MIDI FX that has a command available from the Mac keyboard.

The Arpeggiator is completely controllable from the external MIDI device that is assigned to the channel. ‘Toggle Channel Strip Arpeggiator’ can be accomplished by having the MIDI device send a NoteOn for the “stop” button.

You can “re-program” the keys that control the arpeggiator by dragging them in the plugin editor window. Far more control than the original arpeggiator found in the MIDI Environment.

MIDI FX plugins are only available on Software Instrument channels.

Arpeggiator overview — Logic Pro X

The Arpeggiator MIDI plug-in generates musically interesting arpeggios based on incoming MIDI notes. It provides split and remote features that let you control nearly all Arpeggiator functions without taking your hands off the keyboard, making it a powerful live performance tool.