What’s it with Logic Pro’s stock plugins that make me think they’re WYSIWYG? I mean, last week I ‘discovered’ that the Distortion plugin actually has a very handy Level Compensation button. I clearly forget about these Extended Parameters all the time.
Varispeed, according to our beloved manual: “Varispeed provides a way to speed up or slow down the entire project, similar to the original varispeed feature of tape machines. The most practical use for this option is checking how a project might sound at a faster or slower tempo, and for practicing and/or recording a performance at a lower speed“.
Sometimes a solution to a problem is so simple, it makes you feel you totally forgot about the basics of sound design. Today, I needed a synth to be snappier, and as I was pondering what plugin to pick (Compression? Enveloper? Or even go multiband?) I decided to check the synth’s envelopes.
While I was on vacation, support.apple.com published a new article on July 18th. It covers Core Audio Overload messages, and the article explains what this message means and some strategies to help avoid it. In the Workflow Strategies section, two tips caught my eye:
Before I forget: Last week I upgraded to a brand new, smoking Two 2.66GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon Mac Pro. I did a complete reinstall of all my plugins and a clean install of Logic Studio. Installing Logic Studio only took about 40 minutes (all discs!). How, you may wonder? By using Disc Images. I knew these would turn out to be handy one day… I mounted all images at once, and skipped the verification process.
Read more about making disc images of your install discs right here.
Here’s a list of OS X keyboard shortcuts that should come in handy when you’re working with Logic Pro. For more OS X keyboard goodness, follow the link at the bottom of this article. Have an OS X keyboard shortcut tip yourself to speed up workflow? Drop it in the comments!
In this article, I’ll show you exactly how to play Logic Pro’s Pitch Correction plugin via keyboard in real-time. It’s a feature the plugin does not offer by default, it only can be achieved by using a Transformer object in the Environment. Let’s look at how that’s done.
Let’s talk crashes. I must say I’ve had my dose through the years. I tend to update Logic Pro rather quickly after there’s an update out, which isn’t always the smartest thing to do. I run a pretty big collection of third-party plugins – so I easily lose track of version updates. Dealing with crashes unfortunately is an integral part of working with Logic Pro, so let’s have a look at what you can do to find out more about the cause of a crash.
A small yet useful tip: When browsing Loops in your Loop Browser while your project is running, you’re not limited to the volume slider at the bottom of the Loop Browser to have the loop sit better in your project.
Logic Pro uses the Prelisten audio channel strip for monitoring. It’s automatically created in every project, and you can always find it next to your highest-numbered audio channel strip.
Here’s a quickie, but a biggie: My favorite way to set the velocity of all notes in a region to the same value: select the region, hit E to bring up the Event List. Doubleclick the value (‘Val’) of the top event, enter value, hit enter, then hit ⇧+V.
We’ll continue with “70’s Rock Piano 57”. I like how the fourth chord sounds. One pianoplayer needs a mani bad! Drag in the loop, and bounce the region in place with ctrl+B. Hit W to open the Sample Editor, drag its Tab to pop out the window.
Transients, or the attack phases of sounds, are very important in music. A transient is what makes a snare snappy, a kick punchy, andsoforth. Those first signature milliseconds are telling you : ‘Smack, I’m a snare, and I’m loud’ … or : ‘I wish they’d hit me harder’ …Compression is still a good way to work those transients, like it’s always been. But there’s a quicker way to alter the initial phase of a sound with Enveloper. And it’s level-independent.
Once your arrangement becomes larger and larger, colors are good for keeping Logic Pro sessions organized. Instead of manually selecting regions to color them (hit ⌥+C for the Color Panel), automating this process is a timesaver. Here’s how.