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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.
When you're working in your Logic project, you should get used to organizing everything the best you can. You'll thank me later for getting you in this habit when you're trying to tweak that one glockenspiel region in your 74 track masterpiece and you need to find it quicker than a needle in a haystack. This project contains two tracks that are not organized very well. The first track is called Audio 1, which is the default name given to an audio track, and we have inst 2, which is default name given to a software instrument track. These tracks also contain regions that are unnamed and not customized with names or icons.
Let's organize them. We can name tracks by double-clicking in the track header. Double-click here. We can name this track bass. We can name regions by choosing the Text tool from our pulldown menu and clicking on the top portion of our region. Let's rename this region bass.1. We can also name regions according to what the track names are that the region is in. Let's try this with our house kit track and all the regions are named beat. Select the track, go to Region > Name Regions by Tracks/Channel Strip and all the regions in that track will be named according to what the track name is, house kit.
You can also name a bunch of regions by dragging a selection around all regions in a track and naming one of them with the Text tool. For example all these regions are named part. If I drag a selection to select all of these regions and use the Text tool to rename one of them to hi-hat, all of the regions will be called that because they were all selected. You can also use this technique to number tracks sequentially. Since they're all still selected, if I go back to rename the first region and I type a 1 after and hit Return, the region following it will have 2, 3, 4 and so on.
If you'd like to name all regions to the same number, not sequentially, simply go back in and type a space after the number. Now all of the regions will be called simply hihat1. Color-coding can be done via the Color palette in the toolbar at the top of the Arrange window. Let's color-code these regions here that we have selected. Let's color-code them a bright pink. You can color code any regions at any time by selecting them with the Pointer tool and using the Color palette to re-color the region.
One reason you might want to selectively color-code a region is to differentiate it from other regions in the track. This is especially useful in situations like this when we have regions with the same name on the track. If you're a visual organizer, you might like the handy icons in the track headers. Icons are assigned in the Inspector pane on the left in the Track parameter section. For example, if I choose bass, I can go in here to the Track parameter box and change the icon to you guessed it, a bass. Since we're talking about organizing, you can reorganize the order of your tracks at any time by pointing your mouse in the track header so it is a hand and dragging the track up or down, to change where it vertically with all the other track headers.
If you hover over the lower left of the track header, the icon turns into a finger. This can be used to resize just that one track, bigger or smaller. To restore all tracks to the same size, hold Shift and click on any track in that same location. Now we know how to best organize our project. This will be useful for you down the road, plus if you're collaborating your partner will now know where everything is and what you are thinking at the time.
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