Whether you are working with key switches or editing articulations after the fact, The addition of Articulation IDs in Logic 10.4 has been a fantastic workflow enhancement. Logic’s new Studio Strings and Studio Horns have them fully implemented and ready to use straight out of the box. But many users are not aware that it is relatively simple to set up Logic’s Articulation ID functions to work with third-party libraries. In this post, I’ll walk you through the steps involved in creating a basic set of Articulation IDs for the Chris Hein Ensemble String Library. The same principles apply however to any third-party multi articulation based software instrument.
Start by calling up an Articulation ID set from the Track Inspector. Editing an existing set is a great starting point, as a lot of the score symbols and other parameters are already in place. You merely need to call up an existing set, make the necessary changes, and then invoke the Save As command and rename it. For the purposes of this post, however, I will start by creating a new Articulation ID set from the Articulation ID menu in the Track Inspector. This way we are starting with a blank slate.
Calling up the Edit command from the Articulation ID menu will open the newly created blank set of Articulation IDs. Switch to the Articulation tab of the articulation ID Edit window. You will see one blank default articulation. The Chris Hein Ensemble String library contains a fairly extensive set of twenty-six articulations. So my first step is clicking the plus button at the bottom of the window twenty-five more time, in order to create the necessary twenty-six articulation IDs.
The next step is naming each Articulation ID. This is the most tedious part. Fortunately, it only needs to be done once, and can then be saved and recalled. On the same articulation tab of the new Articulation ID set, double-click each Articulation ID, and rename it to match the articulation names in the instrument you are mapping.
Next, switch to the Output tab in Logic’s Articulation ID editor. In the Type field, click hold and select the type of messages you want to use to switch the articulations. In this case, I am sticking with tried and true Note On events, for simple key switching.
The final step is to associate specific MIDI note numbers with each articulation. While in that same Output tab of the Articulation ID editor, click-hold on the field in the Selector column of each ID, and select the MIDI note number that corresponds with those set up in the library you are mapping.
With these steps complete, you have the bare bones of a functional working custom Articulation ID set. Now is a good time to use the Save As command from the Articulation ID menu in the Track Inspector to save your work. At this stage of completion, you can easily work with articulation IDs in the Piano Roll, Score, or Event List editors.
This will get you started editing articulation IDs with third-party libraries once your notes are entered. Once this new Articulation ID is saved, it will be available in the Track Inspector’s Articulation ID menu for future use
In the second part of this article, we’ll continue modifying this Articulation ID set by setting up the Switches tab for real-time key switching, attaching score symbols to specific articulations, and making the combined Instrument & Articulation ID set portable between multiple projects.