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Your Questions, Our Answers – Punch In Audio and MIDI Simultaneously

logic pro x allow quick punch in

A reader sent us the following question today, after running into trouble while trying to punch in while recording audio and MIDI simultaneously in Logic Pro X.

I was running a recording session with Logic Pro X that had multiple musicians playing at the same time. The keyboard player was playing a Motif rack triggered by a MIDI controller. The keyboard player asked me to record the audio from the Motif rack and the MIDI in case he wanted to try a different sound later. The recording was going fine until they messed up and wanted to punch in.

Every time I tried to punch in, there was a pause in the audio which messed up the timing and the feel of when they were supposed to come in. I tried different buffer sizes and different preference configurations like low latency mode on then off, but the only thing that worked was to not record the MIDI track; then I was able to punch in and out with no problem.

Again, the problem is trying to punch in audio and MIDI simultaneously while recording, without getting an audio disruption.

The trick to making this work is twofold.

First, it is essential that the “Allow Quick Punch-In” setting is enabled. This takes care of the audio part of the equation.

logic pro x allow quick punch in

Now the second step.

When recording MIDI and Audio simultaneously in Logic Pro X, it is essential that once the tracks are record enabled, you select the Audio track(s) first, and then Shift-click the MIDI track. This will guarantee a smooth punch-in. Doing it in reverse order will result in a pause in the audio stream as the punch occurs, regardless of the Allow Quick Punch-In setting.

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Apple Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg is an internationally known author and music software trainer for Groove3. His instructional videos have helped demystify music software such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Sonar, BFD, Melodyne, and Kontakt for thousands of users all over the world. Based in Montreal, Canada, Eli is involved in all aspects of audio production. In his studio he works with various artists, as well as on commercial jingles, corporate videos, and original music composition.
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  • Chryst

    this is a great tip! Thanks!

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