How to Use the Key Command Interface in Logic Remote

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I recently finished a Logic Remote video tutorial series for It was a good excuse to finally buy an iPad (like it!). The Logic Remote program is free and it’s constantly being upgraded. In addition to working with Logic Pro X, it also works with MainStage and GarageBand.

What’s not to like about that?

The current version of Logic Remote (1.2.1) needs iOS 8 and is compatible with Logic Pro X 10.1, MainStage 3.0.4 and GarageBand 10.0.3. Newer versions of the programs work as well. It has very usable record, playback and navigation functions. Add a good Mixer interface, Smart Controls, Touch Instruments, Key Commands and a very simple and clever Help view. All in all, a nice package.

The following is a quick tutorial on how to use the Key Command interface.

How to Use the Key Command Interface in Logic Remote

The key commands are independent of those in Logic Pro X. They are also interchangeable between Logic Pro X, MainStage and GarageBand. If a key command is not applicable to a given program, it is grayed out. To access the Key Commands View, tap the View button and select the Key Commands view icon. This takes you to the Key Commands View.

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Here you will see a row of buttons across the bottom. This row is a static row, it does not move like the upper three rows when you swipe to a new page. Above the static row you can see the the six dots showing the different pages, the white dot is the currently displayed page. Each page has uniquely assignable buttons for key commands.

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Simply tap a button to initiate the key command. A two finger tap reveals a menu that allows you to add, remove, reassign and color the buttons. In addition to the hierarchal menu there is a search field to help find commands. The interface is very straightforward and allows for quick customization. Remember, these commands will not affect your key commands in Logic Pro X, so modify to your heart’s content.

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Backup, Restore, Share, Convert Key Commands

If you’d like to backup, restore, share or convert your custom key command sets from one program to another (eg., Logic Pro to MainStage) you’ll need to work in iTunes.

Connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes. Select your iPad, then select the Apps icon in the Settings column. Next scroll down to the File Sharing pane. In that pane Select Logic Remote. The pane on the right will show the Logic Remote documents (read key commands). These .plist files are created automatically when you connect Logic Remote to the respective program and have an automatic update.

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From the Logic Remote Documents pane you can save your key commands by dragging or using the save button and navigate via the Finder window to your location of choice. You have now created a back up and a sharable file. If you want to restore to an older version, drag in or use the add button (and ensuing Finder window).

Renaming the Key Commands .plist File

Lastly, you can reassign the key command .plist to another program by changing the name of the file. So if I want my LogicKeyCommands.plist file to work for MainStage, I can select the file, then quickly double click on it to open up the naming field. There I will change the naming portion “Logic” to “MainStage”.

The file will then look like this: MainStageKeyCommands.plist and will work in MainStage when it is opened.

Again, this is an independent set of key commands and will not affect the MainStage key commands. That’s about it – enjoy Logic Remote and spend a few minutes creating a custom Key Command set that works for your style of work flow.

Now go make some music!

Doug Zangar

Doug Zangar

A Logic Pro user since the late 80’s with its predecessor Notator, Doug has become an expert in Logic Pro and MainStage. He has been an Apple certified trainer since Logic 6, created and leads the Seattle Logic User Group, and has authored numerous video tutorial series on Logic Pro and MainStage as well as other DAWs and plug-ins.

Based in Seattle, he runs Apple certified trainings, teaches Logic Pro for the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program Masters in Music degree and tutors individual users. His use of Logic Pro includes writing for film, commercials, web sites and working with singer/songwriters.
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