Logic Pro from A to Z – L is for Locators
Logic Pro’s locators are something we usually think about when we need to loop a certain section of music, either for recording or playback. Set the locators to establish the loop range, and hit C for Cycle. But there are a myriad of other features in Logic Pro that utilize the locator settings as reference points in executing their functions. Here I’ll list 10 things you can use Locators for, other than creating loopable areas in the timeline.
Using Locators in Logic Pro X
1. Use locators as the basis for creating markers by dragging them down into the Marker track:
2. Use locators as navigation points by using either the Play from or Go to Left or Right locator key commands (unassigned by default).
3. Use locators as the basis for zooming the screen by means of the Zoom to Fit Locators key command ( ⌃⇧Z ).
4. Use locators as the basis for establishing selections by means of the Select All inside Locators ( ⇧L ) and Deselect Outside Locators (unassigned by default) key commands.
5. Use locators as the basis for deleting data by invoking either the Delete Inside Locators (unassigned by default) or Delete Outside Locators (unassigned by default) key commands.
6. Use locators as the basis for splitting data with the Split Regions/Events at Locators or Marquee Selections ( ⌃⌘T ) key command.
7. Use locators as the basis for manipulating sections in your timeline by using any of the Snip: Cut Section Between Locators ( ⌃⌘X ), Insert Silence Between Locators ( ⌃⌘Z ), or Repeat Section Between Locators ( ⌃⌘R ) functions.
8. Use locators as a basis for establishing tempo with the Adjust Tempo Using Region Length and Locators feature (the key command is unassigned by default).
9. Use locators as the reference point for time stretching regions by means of the Time Stretch Region Length to Locators ( ⌥⌘L ) key command.
10. Use locators to either trim or crop regions with the Trim Regions to Fill within Locators ( ⌥\\ ) or the Crop regions Outside Locators or Marquee Selection ( ⌘\\ ) key commands.
Setting Locators in Logic Pro X
Looks like the locators provide the basis for a lot of functions! But what about establishing them? Here are 8 ways to set the left and right locators:
1. By the playhead position. Either exactly, or rounded to the nearest bar (both key commands are unassigned by default).
2. Numerically, in the LCD display when it is set to “Custom”:
3. By the start and end point of regions. Either exactly ( ⌘U ) or rounded to the bar ( U ).
5. By MIDI events. Either exactly ( ⌘U ) or rounded to the bar ( U ).
6. By marquee selection. Either exactly ( ⌘U ) or rounded to the bar ( U ).
7. By markers ( ⌃⌥C ).
8. By the existing cycle length with Move Locators Forward/Backward by Cycle Length ( ⇧⌘. ) and ( ⇧⌘, )
Learning to integrate just a few of these ancillary locator functions will enhance your workflow and speed up your productivity.