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Logic Pro From A to Z – A is for Alias

Logic Pro From A to Z - A is for Alias

“All the Things You Are”. It’s a well-known tin pan alley song by Jerome Kern in the key of Ab. It’s also what I plan to write about concerning Logic Pro. All the things it is to me. “All the Things You Are” is also a phrase that begins with the letter A. And that is the format I will be using in an ongoing 26 part series with Logic Pro X tips. An alphabetarium. The letters of Logic Pro. Each post starting with and focusing on a different letter of the alphabet. I’ll try and include some features and/or tips with each post. But it will primarily be my ode to Logic Pro, one letter at a time. So let’s get started…

Aliases. They’ve been around ever since version 1.1 of Notator Logic. One of the defining features in the early days, and still very relevant today, they are easy to overlook. They are great for pattern based music creation. They are easy to create. Hold down and drag a region to a new location. The newly created alias will be illustrated in italic with an upward pointing arrow. These are useful visual indicators that allow you to keep track of which regions are “real copies” and which are aliases.

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Advantages of working with these types of regions are that changes made to the original region are instantly reflected in its alias. So, let’s say you have an arrangement laid out and decide later you want to change a note in a MIDI piano part, and that piano part happens forty three times in your arrangement. If you have one original and forty-two aliases laid out in your arrangement, all you need to do is modify the original.

Audio regions can also be turned into aliases. Non destructive edits will be reflected in the copies. So trimming region boundaries, for example, only need to be done once and all aliases will follow.

A is also for alias related Logic Pro key commands. Select one and press ctrl A to convert an alias to a real copy, should you find that you need it’s data to be unique from the others. Lost track of some of the aliases in a large arrangement? No prob. Select your original region and press A to select all aliases of a region. Add to that key command to select all orphaned aliases, whose parent regions have been deleted.

As you can see, A is a big letter in the world of Logic Pro. And don’t even get me started on automation! Just hit the letter A on your keyboard with Logic Pro open and you’ll see what I mean.

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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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  • joethibs

    thanks for the post! this is a great reminder. I usually don’t think to use the Alias feature, but it would prove beneficial

  • Nikolozi

    I wish you could associate automation with aliases. Then I would use it all the time.

    • Eli Krantzberg

      Actually you can – with MIDI Draw (region based) automation. In fact, it’s a great way to automate a parameter with a custom LFO style speed and shape. Use aliases to repeat the pattern. Make sure to keep your automation on a separate region from the actual MIDI notes if it’s a software instrument parameter you are automating.

      • Nikolozi

        I’m aware of this feature. I tried using it, but it seems a bit cumbersome: the lines always have the same colour, it can’t seem to be able to display multiple MIDI Draws at once, I can’t find an easy way to get to them and it’s hard to tell which parameters they are automating. Ableton Live handles this very well.

        Btw, I’m loving A-Z articles, keep them coming!

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