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Getting to know the Arrange window

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Video: Getting to know the Arrange window

The Arrange window is the central hub mission control of a Logic project. It is where you will be spending most of your time in the program. And as the name suggests, it is a place where you can arrange all of the elements for your song while maintaining a global point of view. With the use of handy collapsible side and bottom panes, you're also able to view and control a variety of different parameters for your song. Let's dive into the Arrange window and understand what all of these areas do and how we can use them to manage our project as efficiently as possible. The center area of the Arrange window is the Arrange area.

Getting to know the Arrange window

The Arrange window is the central hub mission control of a Logic project. It is where you will be spending most of your time in the program. And as the name suggests, it is a place where you can arrange all of the elements for your song while maintaining a global point of view. With the use of handy collapsible side and bottom panes, you're also able to view and control a variety of different parameters for your song. Let's dive into the Arrange window and understand what all of these areas do and how we can use them to manage our project as efficiently as possible. The center area of the Arrange window is the Arrange area.

In here you get to see all of your tracks horizontally laid out in a timeline fashion. Tracks are individual lanes where the sounds live for your project. Audio tracks contain audio regions. Audio regions are rectangular objects that can be freely edited at start and end points, and they are associated with the corresponding audio file on the hard drive. Bass.2 is an example of an audio region on the audio track called Bass. Software instrument tracks contains MIDI regions.

MIDI regions are rectangular objects that contain MIDI events or individual notes or commands that control a software instrument in Logic. These objects called Ultrabeat are examples of MIDI regions in the software instrument track Beat 1. Let's use the Spacebar to hit Play and hear the tune. You'll notice the vertical line scrolls across the screen from left to right. This is called our playhead. (Music playing.) Use the Spacebar again to stop playback.

You can use Return to send the playhead back to the beginning of the song. Zooming horizontally and vertically can be managed with the Zoomer controls in the lower right of the Arrange window. To zoom in and out horizontally, you can control this slider. To the right, you zoom in. To the left, you zoom out. To zoom in and out vertically, you can use this slider. Moving it up zooms you out. Moving it down zooms you in. You can also manage zooming with some key commands. Use Ctrl+Option+Right- Arrow to zoom in horizontally. Ctrl+Option+Left-Arrow to zoom out horizontally.

Ctrl+Option+Up-Arrow zooms you out vertically. Ctrl+Option+Down-Arrow zooms you in vertically. Tracks may be selected only one at a time in the Arrange window. To select a track, click on what's called the track header, this area of our Arrange window. Once a track is selected, parameters associated with the track and its contents will show up in the Inspector column on the left-hand side of the Arrange window. So if I select Beat 1, I see parameters associated with that track in the Inspector column on a left- hand side of the Arrange window.

The topmost box is called a region parameter box. We can close it by closing the disclosure triangle. Below that we have the track parameter box. We can close that. And then we see the channel strip where we can see real-time processing inserts and we can also control the volume and left or right panning of the selected track. Remember the selected track is Beat 1. Let's hit Play and see how we can control the volume of the drumbeat from Beat.1 on this song. (Music playing.) Hit the Spacebar to stop playback.

When I move the fader down, the drumbeat gets quieter. When I move the fader up, we hear the drumbeat louder. To the right of the channel strip, you have the main output. This is essentially a master volume control for all tracks together. When we hit Play, we can control them all together as a master volume control. (Music playing.) We can show or hide the Inspector by clicking on the Inspector icon in the top toolbar.

That hides it from view. Click it again to show it. You can also use the I button on your keyboard to do this. Speaking of this toolbar across the top, on the right-hand side we have some buttons that activate the right windowpane. Click on Media to see access to files and loops on our hard drive that we might use in the song. Next to that we have lists. This is a text list type view of important events in our song. Next to that we have Notes. This lets us write info about tracks or songs for later use. You can click right in here and type stuff.

To close this window, click on Notes again and it goes away. Finally, across the bottom of the Arrange window, we have the Editors. These offer more close-up views of audio. For example, if I select the Rhodes track, I can show the Sample Editor that shows us a close-up view of audio for that track. It can also show us MIDI, if I select the Synth track and turn on the Piano Roll Editor. You also have access here to a view of the Mixer where we can see all channel strips together at one time. We can see the Score window, where we can view musical notation for our project.

And also there is the Hyper Editor, which is another way we can view and edit MIDI in our project. Now that we're familiar with the Arrange window, we'll have a better understanding of this main window we will been working in, in Logic. Of course, we just scratched the surface and we now know where everything is. In the coming chapters, we'll dive deeper into how to use all of these important areas to make great music in Logic.

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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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