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The Region Clone – Alas, No Alias

logic pro audio region cloning

I wrote a little about using region aliases in my previous post, those timesavers you should get to know so well…. Is there a similar option for audio regions? Yes. But not a loud yes. It’s called cloning a region.

Check this:

Two kicks. We couldn’t tell, but the original is on the left, the clone is on the right. I made the audio region clone by dragging the original region while holding down +. Let’s make it shorter, by changing the length of either region:

Good. I don’t want to stop in the middle of a waveform here, so let’s fade out the original kick:

Whoops. There you have it, that’s all you need to know about cloning. Length changes get cloned, and that’s basically it. So, next time I’ll just select all regions and fade them out.

There is another way however. Pack the first kick up in a folder by selecting it and pressing ++F:

Double-click the folder to see its contents, and to leave the folder, double-click anywhere on the grey area in the arrange window. Now the kick is in a ‘container’. Let’s make an alias of that ‘container’ by dragging it while holding down +:

Nice. You can easily tell which is which. Try to enter the alias folder with a double click :

Clicking on ‘real copy’ will turn the alias folder into a regular, independent folder. Clicking on ‘Original’ will open up the original folder.

Hopefully, Logic Pro’s developers will take another look at clones, so at least fades, stretches and maybe position changes work. Got any other ideas? Did I forget something? Let me know in the comments!

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