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Logic Pro X – A Word about Windows

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Logic Pro has so many features and functions, it can be overwhelming at times and it is almost impossible to know them all. Different users use different subsets of Logic. Some users live in the Score Editor, others might never have opened it. Some users love the Drummer and use it in every project, but others might think of it as a toy. However, regardless of their personal preferences, all Logic users rely on one aspect in Logic all the time – the various windows.

Opening, closing, selecting, clicking on them and interacting with them as the main interface – “the window into Logic”. Do you know three window-related Key Commands: tab (command-tab), tab (shift-tab), and ` (command-tilde)? If you haven’t incorporated them in your Logic workflow yet, then read on to see why it might be a good idea to do so.

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“Logic Pro X – How it Works” (10.1 Edition)

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“Logic Pro X – How it Works”, the first book that was available in 2013 when Logic Pro X was released, is now again the first book that is updated with the changes and the new features of version 10.1. It has 35 more pages, with just 15 pages alone for the in-depth explanation of the new Drum Machine Designer.
Why buying an outdated Logic book that doesn’t match the current version, or doesn’t explain the new features and functionality, when there is a current one available…
www.DingDingMusic.com/Manuals

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Free Book: “Logic Pro X – 10.1 New Features”

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Logic Pro X – 10.1 New Features” is the new GEM book (86 pages) that I released as a free PDF and iBooks download. I list all the new features and changes of the new Logic version and gave them the “Graphically Enhanced Manuals” treatment. That means I explain how the new stuff works with graphics and diagrams. In addition, it includes lots of new hidden features and changes that are not mentioned in the official Release Notes.

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New Book: “Logic Pro X – The Details”

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My new book “Logic Pro X – The Details” is available right now at www.DingDingMusic.com/Manuals
It is the follow up book of “Logic Pro X – How it Works”, released in the best-selling “Graphically Enhanced Manuals” (GEM) series. On 660 pages I cover every detail in Logic Pro X (that I haven’t discussed in Logic Pro X – How it Works) with the same style of my other GEM books by using rich illustrations and diagrams that are not found in any other manual.
(pdf and printed book are available now, iBooks version will be available in the Spring of 2015)

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Flex Time: Four Markers and the Seven Tools

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If you have used the Flex Time feature in Logic Pro, then, for sure, you have encountered the Flex Markers already. These are the markers that you use to time shift a section inside an Audio Region without affecting the rest of the Audio Region. Are you sure you moved the Flex Markers and not the Transient Markers? If so, which Flex Markers? Maybe it was a Quantize Flex Marker or the Manual Flex Marker. Are you sure it wasn’t a Tempo Flex Marker? If you have any doubt, please continue to read about the “Four Markers and the Seven Tools”.

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Logic Pro X: Automation with Border Security

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Automation is an essential part of music production regardless if a project is mixed on a mixing console or on the computer using a DAW like Logic Pro. While a mixing console only provides Online Automation where you “record” your mixing steps live like an instrument, a DAW provides the additional convenience of Offline Automation. This lets you edit the automation data graphically or numerically, similar to editing MIDI data.

Among all the tools, workflows, and concepts, in this post I’d like to focus on one important aspect of Offline Automation: “Borders”.

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Logic Pro X Library: Controlled by a Tiny, Mysterious Triangle

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The Library Window got a big promotion in Logic Pro X. While in Logic Pro 9 it had to share its window with three other windows under the Media tab, now it moved to its own place, the prime location on the West side of the Main Window. It even got its own Library Button. However, with all that excitement, there is one important little thing that can be easily overlooked, a tiny mysterious triangle. You have to understand the purpose and functionality of this triangle in order to understand the Library itself. So let’s find out.

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Capture Recording: Logic Pro is Always Listening

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Similar to the NSA (America’s “National Security Agency”), Logic Pro is always “listening”. Without hitting the Record Button, Logic Pro is secretly recording your MIDI and Audio signals that are connected to the application. However, unlike with the NSA, in Logic Pro this is actually a good thing. Even better, I can reveal those Logic Pro secrets in this article without ending up in Russian exile 😉

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Media Browser: Super Browsing Power with Hidden Secrets

Ed-MediaBrowser-Image_04-01 The Media Browser in Logic Pro is one of those cool features that Apple came up with at some point. Apple implemented it, but then forgot to tell us about it, or even tell us how to use it. Maybe you’ve come across the Media Browser in Logic Pro X or even in other apps, but chances are, you’ve never used it. You might even ask yourself why to use it in the first place. Let’s find out.

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GarageBand X: The Reincarnation of Logic Express?

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Besides all the excitement about the major Logic Pro X update last year, you might have heard that GarageBand also experienced a major update in October 2013. It wasn’t welcomed in the GarageBand community as much as Apple might have hoped. Apple made the mistake, in my opinion, to label this as an update although it was more like a new application to an existing GarageBand user. Now, the users are required to learn not just a few new features but almost a new application.

Apple took away the old GarageBand app and instead gave everybody, for free, GarageBand v10 – or is it “Logic Express”?

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