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In Logic Pro 9 Essential Training, Scott Hirsch explains how to harness the power and flexibility of Logic Pro, Apple’s popular songwriting software, to record, edit, and mix music. The course includes instruction on how to compose in Logic Pro, and spend more time being creative and less time dealing with technical uncertainties. Scott focuses on setting up a workspace, recording with both live performers and digital instruments, editing and arranging, and mixing and mastering a composition. Exercise files accompany the course.
In the video, Working in the Piano Roll Window, we learned how to edit and create MIDI notes, but what about continuous controller messages, like pitch shifting and modulation? These can be edited as well in the Piano Roll window using Hyper View. Let's take a look at the first Lead synth 1 region in the song. Notice it has some white lines in it. These white marks symbolizes that this region contains continuous controller MIDI data embedded in it. Let's use Command+6 to open the Piano Roll window. Right now, we just see the MIDI note events. Click on the small icon at the bottom left of the window.
This opens Hyper View. Hyper View shows us the continuous controller message embedded in this region. To find out which controller message it is, open the Triangle pulldown window. You can see Modulation is checked. Let's listen to this region. Every time the modulation goes up, you'll hear the note get a little squiggly. (Music playing.) This sound of the note getting squiggly is a function of the synth instrument currently inserted into our software instrument track.
Modulation made you other things with other synth instruments. Let's look back in the menu. You can see there are many continuous controller types that may or may not be applicable to your specific instrument. Let's deselect all the notes by clicking on the gray area of the Arrange window. Now we're going to check out some of the tools we have available in Hyper View. We'll use the Escape key to get into our toolbox when we do this. Let's check out the Pencil tool. The Pencil tool lets you draw notes, which is the name of these little points in our controller data. You can click and drag with the Pencil tool to create new notes.
(Music playing.) You can use the Eraser tool to erase notes. The Finger tool lets you select specific notes and move them. Also with the Finger tool, if you drag to the left or right, it'll erase notes in its wake. Then if you drag back, it'll reveal those notes that you just erased. If you want to select more than one note, you can use the Automation Select tool down at the bottom of your toolbox.
This allows you to drag a selection around the bunch of notes and select them all at the same time. Notice they turn white when they're selected. Once they're selected, we can move them all around collectively as a group. We can move them up or down, even left or right. All of these options allow us to fine tune and change the continuous controller performance we recorded. Let's deselect these by going back to our Pointer tool and clicking in the gray area. We can also use the Curve tool to make a more gradual change between notes.
The Automation Curve tool allows us to click between two notes. If we pull left or right, it turns into an S shape curve. If we pull up or down, it stays as a normal curve. Again, that lets the movement be more gradual between notes to fine-tune our performance. Hyper Draw also allows you an alternative way to edit MIDI Note Velocity. Let's choose velocity from the Hyper Draw pulldown menu on the left. It's down at the bottom of the list. Here we see a bunch of lines that represent vertically where the velocity is from 0 to 127.
Let's scroll up a little bit in our Piano Roll window. Notice the first note is a very low velocity. If I move its line up, its velocity will increase. Notice the note color changed. Some people prefer to edit and view velocity this way in the Hyper View menu. Hyper View Mode is an ingenious way to allow you to see both the MIDI notes and the continuous controller messages at the same time. It's very useful to know about when you want complete control over all your MIDI parameters, and a clean way to view them together.
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