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.
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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