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Ten Pro Tips to Elevate Your Logic Pro X experience

Ten Pro Tips to Elevate Your Logic Pro X experience

  1. Chase Revere: By default, Logic Pro X won’t play back a MIDI note unless the playback bar passes through its start. If you’ve set up a loop in the middle of your track containing notes that begin before the loop start point, this can be frustrating. To fix it, navigate to File > Project Settings > MIDI, click Chase, and enable the Notes checkboxes at the top along with Chase on Cycle Jump at the bottom.
  2. Jumping Sections: Experiment with track structure by ‘jumping’ from one part to another. Instead of deleting everything in between, cycle the section you want to ‘jump over’, then reverse the locator positions. Playback will now skip that section.
  3. Track Alternatives: When auditioning different approaches for a particular instrument part, use Track Alternatives. It allows you to try out several ideas before choosing your favorite.
  4. Brush Tool: Inputting MIDI notes can be time-consuming with the Pencil Tool. Instead, select the Brush Tool to ‘paint’ lines of notes as you click and drag.
  5. Plugin Focus: When moving between Instrument tracks, keep the plugin window for the synth on your current track active. Click the purple Link button in the top right-hand corner of the plugin window to achieve this.
  6. Lowering Latency: If you have many plugins running, including ‘lookahead’-compatible ones, and experience keyboard lag, consider adjusting latency settings. Logic’s own Adaptive Limiter on the master output can sometimes cause this issue.
  7. Custom Key Commands: Streamline your workflow by customizing key commands. Access them via Logic Pro X > Key Commands.
  8. Smart Tempo: Utilize Smart Tempo to automatically adapt your project’s tempo to audio recordings. It’s great for working with live musicians.
  9. Flex Time: Correct timing issues in audio recordings using Flex Time. It allows you to stretch or compress audio regions without affecting pitch.
  10. Environment Window: Explore the Environment Window for advanced MIDI routing, custom signal processing, and creating unique effects chains.

Remember, Logic Pro X is a treasure trove of features waiting to be discovered. Enjoy your musical journey!