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Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window


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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

with Scott Hirsch

Video: Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window

Copies and loops of song elements used to be an arduous process, involving generational loss, dubbing and tape splicing. In Logic, copies of multiple iterations of regions are a breeze in the Arrange window. Let's check it out. When you are working with regions, don't forget about the Region Parameter box. You can use the Region Parameter box to loop any region for the rest of the song, or until it hits the next region in its track. Let's try this on the Bridge region here. Select the region, go up to the Region Parameter box and click Loop. As you can see, it looped that region all the way until it hit the next region.
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  1. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 17m 39s
    1. Installing the software
      3m 19s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time, using the templates
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding audio interfaces
      3m 35s
    4. Understanding MIDI interfaces
      5m 30s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. Getting to know the Arrange window
      5m 15s
    2. Using the many windows of Logic
      4m 13s
    3. Creating your own screensets
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Transport window and controlling playback
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Toolbox
      2m 37s
    6. Naming tracks and regions
      3m 27s
    7. Learning useful and custom key commands
      5m 18s
    8. Saving and going mobile with your project
      4m 8s
  4. 41m 41s
    1. Setting up for recording
      5m 43s
    2. Understanding Metronome settings or the click track
      4m 7s
    3. Understanding tempo
      4m 37s
    4. Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording
      3m 56s
    5. Playing with guitar madness: Amp design
      5m 13s
    6. Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board
      4m 5s
    7. Working with takes recording and comping
      4m 51s
    8. Punching in to replace bad audio
      4m 51s
    9. Using Varispeed to create an old tape machine sound
      4m 18s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding MIDI
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Logic synth instruments
      7m 4s
    3. Working with the emulator instruments
      5m 23s
    4. Using the EXS24 sampler
      3m 7s
    5. Building tracks with Ultrabeat
      5m 31s
    6. Using channel strips to select a virtual sound
      5m 29s
    7. Understanding the basics of MIDI recording
      4m 38s
    8. Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record
      4m 9s
    9. Using Logic's step input
      4m 3s
    10. Mastering quantization
      6m 18s
    11. Working in the Piano Scroll window
      5m 33s
    12. Editing controller messages with Hyper View
      4m 8s
    13. Working with the Hyper Editor
      5m 29s
    14. Working with the Events List
      3m 20s
  6. 29m 49s
    1. Importing prerecorded audio into Logic
      4m 5s
    2. Exploring Apple Loops
      4m 40s
    3. Creating your own Apple Loop
      4m 21s
    4. Conforming tempo, region to session, or session to region
      3m 51s
    5. Using the new Flex Time feature
      5m 17s
    6. Beat mapping your project
      4m 41s
    7. Importing elements from project to project
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 15s
    1. Understanding the basic editing techniques in the Arrange window
      7m 5s
    2. Tips for editing and arranging
      3m 21s
    3. Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window
      3m 45s
    4. Mastering fades for audio region arranging
      4m 58s
    5. Fixing and morphing sound with the Sample Editor
      5m 6s
  8. 11m 12s
    1. Working with notes and composing in the Score Editor
      4m 26s
    2. Editing notes, keys, and time signatures
      3m 35s
    3. Creating scores and lead sheets for musicians
      3m 11s
  9. 9m 8s
    1. Setting up for a sync video project
      4m 50s
    2. Scoring music to video
      4m 18s
  10. 56m 32s
    1. Mixing philosophies and five tools for mixing
      3m 37s
    2. Setting up for a mix
      5m 11s
    3. Directing audio traffic with fader levels
      5m 7s
    4. Exploring Logic's panning features
      4m 37s
    5. Exploring inserts: Using EQ as a mix tool
      6m 51s
    6. Exploring inserts: Using compression as a mix tool
      5m 38s
    7. Using advanced signal flow with aux and send tracks
      3m 12s
    8. Using advanced signal flow with time-based FX to create space in your mix
      3m 44s
    9. Using automation to create dynamic mixes
      6m 22s
    10. Giving your mix life with automation
      2m 45s
    11. Optimizing performance with freeze tracks
      4m 42s
    12. Using channel strips for audio processing
      4m 46s
  11. 16m 7s
    1. Understanding surround hardware requirements
      4m 5s
    2. Building surround mixing workflows
      6m 17s
    3. Using the surround panner
      5m 45s
  12. 15m 48s
    1. Bouncing down your song
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding why alt mixes are a good idea
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring Logic's export options
      3m 37s
    4. Mastering your own Logic project
      4m 18s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training
5h 25m Beginner Mar 09, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Navigating the Logic Pro interface
  • Setting up for recording
  • Enabling multiple inputs for a live performance
  • Exploring Logic's arsenal of virtual instruments
  • Working with powerful MIDI editors and sequencers
  • Beatmapping, varispeed, and tempo adjustment in the timeline
  • Creating and re-using Apple loops
  • Editing music: Moving and snapping regions, cutting and looping
  • Transcribing a score and creating lead sheets in the Score Editor
  • Syncing with video
  • Mixing audio and creating dynamic mixes
  • Understanding surround sound requirements
  • Exporting a song from Logic Pro
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Logic Pro
Author:
Scott Hirsch

Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window

Copies and loops of song elements used to be an arduous process, involving generational loss, dubbing and tape splicing. In Logic, copies of multiple iterations of regions are a breeze in the Arrange window. Let's check it out. When you are working with regions, don't forget about the Region Parameter box. You can use the Region Parameter box to loop any region for the rest of the song, or until it hits the next region in its track. Let's try this on the Bridge region here. Select the region, go up to the Region Parameter box and click Loop. As you can see, it looped that region all the way until it hit the next region.

If that region wasn't there, it would loop all the way to the end of the song and we know it's the end of the song by the End of the Song marker. It's the square box in the bar ruler. That's an easy way to loop, but let's see some other ways. I will turn that off. You can always loop a region by going in the upper corner of the region and pulling out a loop. This way, you have control over how many loops you make. You can also pull it back at any time. Another way to repeat regions is to use Command+R. If the region is still selected, type Command+R on your keyboard.

This allows you to manually type in how many copies you want to make. Let's make 14 copies of this region. You can choose different adjustment options, which allow you to keep a shorter region on the grid, at every bar or beat, for example, or you can just leave it at Auto and Logic will automatically put them where it sees fit. You also have the option to choose Copies or Aliases. Copies will make 14 independent copies of your region. Aliases, or clones, are a little different. They're like copies, except they will follow any changes you make to the original.

So, if I make 14 aliases or clones, I will get some different looking regions out here. They are different because their names are in italics. That indicates to us that they are aliases or clones. It also means that if we edit any MIDI information in the original region, all of these clones will follow that edit. For audio regions, if you choose Aliases or Clones, a clone will be made. Let's choose Aliases or Clones on an audio region. We will select the shaker region and we will type Command+R. Let's make two aliases, or clones, of this shaker region. We'll zoom out a little bit to see them.

Because we made aliases, or clones, and not copies, when we trim one of these regions, they're all trim together. You can always trim a region by going into the bottom right of the region, clicking and dragging to left or right. Notice how since they are clones, all the regions follow that edit. Once you have made edits or loops in the Arrange window, you may eventually wish to consolidate these into one region. This is called merging. There is a tool for this. It's the Glue tool. Let's select all of the aliases we made in the drums track here, click and drag a selection around them.

Now if I hit Escape, I can choose my Glue tool and all I need to do is click on any one of these regions. It merges them all into one mini region. Merging audio regions is slightly different than that. For example, if I use the Scissor tool to make some splices in the acoustic track, but I don't move anything around, I can easily merge those back together, just like the MIDI region. Select your Pointer tool, select those regions, select the Glue tool, and click. But if you are wanting to combine several different regions that have been moved around, merging will have to write a new file.

I can show you this on the steel regions here. Let's select them. Now if I use the Glue tool to merge them, Logic will give me a warning. It tells me a new file has to be made. It's okay. Let's hit Create. It's actually good that this happens. This way nothing is overwritten. You still have access to the original pieces in the audio bin if you need them. Mastering region editing in the Arrange window is the gateway to creating great arrangements. When you are working under a deadline, it helps to know how to edit quickly and precisely.

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