As full featured as Logic Pro X’s internal FX are, one unfortunate omission is a tape emulation plug-in. So, this is a very worthwhile addition to Logic’s built in processors. I'm a big fan of tape emulation technology. And the simpler it is to use, the better, in my opinion. In this video, sponsored by Universal Audio, I show two different approaches to using Oxide Tape in a real-world mix. They both work, yet yield slightly different sonic results.
We all have different ways of programming drum parts into Logic. Some are real time, and some are non-real time mouse based workflows. I prefer playing in my parts rather than mousing them in. In this video, I’m going to look at a couple of ways I like to work in the Tracks Area. You don’t have to be a great finger drummer to accomplish this. Logic gives us plenty of tools to simplify the drum part entry process.
We often tend to take for granted what’s right in front of us. Particularly when it comes to effects plug-ins. Love the one your with before straying! Logic’s venerable Stereo Delay is often overlooked, but hopefully not forgotten. In this video, I show you how I use it on a mono guitar solo to add a nice stereo thickening quality before the signal is sent to reverb.
In this video, I’ll show you my workflow utilizing linked lanes to generate interesting and dynamic linear style drum grooves. You can use any software drum instrument for this, but here I am using Modern & Massive from GetGoodDrums . They not only sound great, but also offer really fun and flexible mixing options.
In this video, sponsored by SynchroArts, you can see how a few simple mouse clicks in VocAlign Project auto aligns dub tracks with a guide track. In this case, I used the lead vocal as the timing reference to correct the phrasing of the harmonies, which were originally recorded along with another lead vocal take that had different phrasing.
One of the many features, I think, that makes this phaser particularly remarkable is its ability to have the all-pass filters react to a variety of sources other than the usual LFO shape(s) most phasers use. Here I'll explore its ability to have the all-pass filters react to the envelope from an external signal.
One of the endearing and ubiquitous qualities of Rhodes sounds is the ability to use the tremolo knob to pan the sound from side to side. We’ve heard it on a million records and love it. It creates a nice wide moving stereo spatial effect that adds a sheen of polish and sophistication to the sound. For an interesting variation, why not modulate the reverb’s position in the stereo field instead of the source?
Creationauts have given us a fantastic tool with LPX Colorizer. It can be used to subtly enhance the look of Logic without changing it completely. Of course, it can change it completely too, if that’s what you want to do with it. But the more I use this app, the more I realize that I appreciate the ability to add highlight and contrast to make different elements in the GUI stand out better, without changing the overall look of Logic.
Groove3 viewer David Zarzecki contacted me with a really nice tip involving Logic and EZ Keys. Learn how to playback the EZ Keys song track through other instruments in Logic without having to export.
We had a Logic related question come in recently from listener George Majerus via the pro tools expert podcast. It’s a subject that I’ve seen come up over and over in various forums and discussions. Thank you, George, for asking about time stamps and bouncing in mono. Let’s explore the answers:
I am not a keyboard player. Sure, I play a little. I have a little bit of technique. And I know what notes to play and when to play them. But I don’t have the piano technique to execute my ideas at fast tempos. Enter Logic’s tempo sets as a convenient way to switch between a slower part entry tempo, where I can play in my parts with the timing and feel that I want, and a faster playback tempo, where the parts are played back at full speed.
In the first part of this series I looked at how to use Drummer’s Feel knob, found on the Details page of Logic’s Drummer Editor, to establish either an ahead of the beat or behind the beat feel for Logic’s Drummer regions. But what if you want to alter the feel of only specific elements within the drum groove? Although this isn’t doable directly from the Drummer editor, fortunately, it is achieved relatively easily using Drummer’s Convert to MIDI function.
The idea of “push” and “pull” with regards to pop based drum grooves refers to playing slightly ahead or behind the beat, in order to impart a slightly different feel to the music. Discover how the Feel knob on the Details page of Logic’s Drummer is used to control this aspect of the groove.
In this free tutorial, Logic Pro Expert contributor Chris Vandeviver demonstrates the many options available for exporting audio out of Logic Pro X.
I had a guitar player over to record recently. We paired up Amp Designer (getting a relatively clean tone, using a slightly tweaked version of the Large Blackface Clean preset) with Eventide’s UltraTap and MangledVerb, and came up with a really interesting and unusual lead guitar tone.
The Global Tracks Button in Logic Pro X functions as a toggle, switching between two states, Show/Hide Global Tracks. But this button has a "hidden" third state that definitely should be part of your workflow.
If you are a busy (or impatient) person and want the answer about this third state of the Global Tracks Button right away, here we go: Press the G key
The Key Command G ➊ toggles between Hide Global Tracks ➋ and Show Global Tracks ➌.
Press the Apostrophe Key
The Key Command ' ➍ (the apostrophe key next to the return key) toggles between Hide Global Tracks ➎ and Show Marker Track Only ➏
Now let's go into a little bit more details behind those Global Tracks and review a few things along the way. Basic Functionality
The Global Tracks Button is located on the Track List Header, the area on top of the Tracks List. The Global Tracks are disabled by default and the button is grayed out ➊. When you click on it, the following will happen:
- The area between the Track List Header (where the button is located) and the Tracks expands ➋ to display four of the seven Global Tracks.
- The Global Track Button changes its appearance from a gray button to a blue button ➌ and the tiny downward arrow now pointing upwards.
- Click the button again to hide the Global Tracks.
Of course, using the Key Command G is much faster and it won't get easier than that to remember the key "G", "Global Track". Shortcut Menu
Right-click on any of the Global Track Headers ➍ to open their Shortcut Menu ➎. It lists all the seven Global Tracks. Click on the individual items to determine which Global Tracks are shown when you enable the Global Tracks Button. The menu also lists the corresponding Key Commands ➏ that lets you quickly toggle individual Global Tracks to be enabled or disabled from the list. Please note that using any of these commands will also show the Global Tracks if they were hidden.
The Menu is also available from the Main Menu Track ➤ Global Tracks ➤
There is an additional item on the menu: "Configure Global Tracks..." ➐ that opens the Global Tracks Configuration Popover.
Global Tracks Configuration Popover
Selecting the item "Configure Global Tracks..." or using its Key Command opt+G will open the Global Tracks Configuration popover ➊. BTW, "popovers" are the black windows with that arrow (the "anchor" ➋) pointing at the area that it controls.
The popover lists the same seven Global Tracks ➌ as the Shortcut Menu, but instead of selecting/deselecting items one at a time, here you can conveniently check and uncheck the checkboxes. Close the popover by clicking outside the window or using the same Key Command again opt+G.
Reorder & Resize
There are two handy little actions you shouldn't overlook:
- Reorder: Drag a Global Track Header up or down to arrange the order of the visible Global Tracks. The mouse cursor changes to a fist ➍ and the blue line ➎ indicates the position where you drag that Global Track.
- Resize: When you move the mouse on the divider line at the bottom of a Global Track Header, it changes to the Resize Tool ➏ and you can now drag up/down to change the height of that Global Track.
The Hidden Button
The reason for the third button is based on the limitation regarding the Marker Track (or maybe because that functionality was there in Logic before and was removed?). The Marker Track
The Marker Track is special among the Global Tracks. If you show the Global Tracks ➊, created some Markers ➋ on the Marker Track, and then hide ➌ the Global Tracks, then those Markers will still be visible. They are now displayed on the Playhead Ruler ➍, the always visible strip where the Playhead Thumb ➎ is displayed.
However, the functionality of this mini-Markers on the Playhead Ruler is limited, and if you want to fully edit the Marker Track, then you have to make the Global Tracks visible again.
This, however, makes all the other Global Track that you might have selected, also visible. You can hide them, but now you have to un-hide them when you need to see them ... too much clicking around ... unless there is an easier solution.
Before we continue, here are some handy Key Commands that you can use on the mini-Markers displayed on the Playhead Ruler:
- Cmd+drag the Marker to move it.
- Cmd+double-click on a Marker to rename it. There is a bug and you first have to move the Playhead over the Marker that you want to rename.
- Opt+click on a Marker to place the Playhead at the beginning of the Marker.
- Sh+click on a Marker to move the Cycle Range to that Marker, adapting to its length and move the Playhead to that click position.
- Sh+opt+click on a Marker to move the Cycle Range to that Marker, adapting to its length and place the Playhead at the begging of that Maker.
The Hidden Marker Track Feature
And finally, the hidden Global Track Button.
Logic Pro X provides a special command, only available as a Key Command, that switches to a special Global Track view, only displaying the Marker Track. This special Global Track view is indicated by the third appearance of the Global Track Button.
So now you have two toggles:
- Show/Hide Global Tracks: The Key Command G (or clicking on the Global Tracks Button) toggles between hiding the Global Tracks and showing the Global Tracks.
- Show/Hide Marker Track: The Key Command ' (apostrophe key ➏) toggles between hiding ➐ the Global Tracks and showing only the Marker Track. This status is indicated with the special Global Tracks Button, blue on gray button ➑.
The apostrophe key makes sense for toggling the Global Marker Track because it is used for other Marker commands too. Here is a quick reminder:
- Opt+' Create Marker
- Ctr+opt+' Create Marker without rounding
- Sh+opt+' Create Marker for Selected Region
- Sh+' Rename Marker (at the current Playhead Position)
Single Global Track Only If you look at the Key Commands Window, you see this Key Command listed under the name "Show/Hide Marker Track Only" ➒ and its default key assignment to the apostrophe key. However, you also can see that the Marker Track is actually not that special because that "only" functionality is available to all seven Global Tracks ➓. You can assign your own key equivalent to switch to only that Global Track. The Global Track Button will appear as "blue on gray" to indicate that special "Single Global Track Only" status.
Here is an example to show only the Movie Track.
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