The Loop Browser – Your Digital Dumping Ground
Do you throw stuff away while working on a project, to clean up your arrangement, maybe get some processing power back? Stop doing that.
Cleaning up your Logic Pro project is a good thing, but before you hit backspace, consider using the Loop Browser. Ideas that didn’t work in your current project, may very well work in another. And it’s fun to browse through your unpolished musical ideas once every now and then.
Using the Loop Browser to Store your Regions
Both Audio (blue) and MIDI (green) regions can be dragged onto the Loop Browser. MIDI regions will be bounced as audio, but you won’t lose the actual MIDI info: if you drag the resulting Apple Loop back onto a MIDI track you’ll get back the MIDI region, the complete Channel Strip, but not the Aux Sends you may have used. Drag it on an audio track, and you’ll get the regular audio bounce. Try out both to get used to these concepts.
Using the Loop Browser Menu
Dragging a region onto the Loop Browser will bring up this menu:
Notice that type and scale are greyed out. These are important settings, so why are they greyed out? Look at the hint when you hover over the greyed out settings :
Makes sense if you think about it. So, before dragging a region onto the Loop Browser, set your locators to a whole number of beats, and hit ⌥+- (minus sign), or click on ‘Trim Regions To Fill Within Locators‘ in the ‘Region’ menu of the Arrange Window while the region you’d like to add is selected. You’ll see that ‘type’ and ‘scale’ are clickable when you drop the region onto the Loop Browser.
Do take some time to categorize your loop, you’ll enjoy it later! At least set the key.
To see just your loops, set ‘view’ to ‘my loops’ in the Loop Browser:
On your Mac, your custom loops are stored in yourhomefolder/Library/Audio/Apple Loops/User Loops.
You can navigate to this folder and use Quick Look to browse your ideas in OS X. No need to fire up Logic Pro, just select the file and hit the spacebar. Use the arrow keys to move up/down.