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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.
As we continue with the Arrange window editing, let's get more into the actual movement of regions. We are going to work with the shaker tracks here. We need to edit them to start a bit earlier for the bridge section. We would like to cut the first two hits of the shaker and copy them earlier. To do this, we can use the Scissor tool to splice them. Go into your Escape tool menu, choose Scissor tool. When you click and drag on a region with the Scissor tool, you will be able to hear the audio underneath. This is called scrubbing the audio. When you click and drag, you'll hear the audio and you can use the status pop-up to see where you are.
Let's click and drag and release the scissor at bar 64, 2, 1, 1. There, it made a splice in the region. Another way to splice a region is to splice at the playhead location. I am going to hit Escape to go back to the Pointer tool and then I am going to move my playhead to that same location. I will select the second shaker region and I am going to use a quick key to splice. That key is backward slash. Because I have that region selected and I have my playhead at that spot, I was able to hit slash and splice the region.
As you can see, it's in two pieces now. Now, we can select both of these shaker regions by dragging a selection over them. I will hold down Option as we drag them to the left. This will make a copy of them right next to it. You have probably noticed by now, when we move our playhead, or regions, or notes, pretty much anything in Logic, it generally stays on time in the time grid. This is because of the snapping features, which are managed in the upper-right corner of the Arrange window. It's called the Snap menu. By default, Logic uses Smart Snap, which automatically manages your snap resolution depending on how zoomed into the timeline you are.
This is usually pretty good, but you can override this in the Snap menu. You can change it to snap only the nearest bar. If I choose that, I am only able to move regions according to big bar chunks. I can do it by Beat, Division, Ticks, Frames, Quarter Frames or even Samples. Samples is going to be your finest snap resolution, in other words, complete freedom from the grid. Next in the Snap menu, we have the Drag menu. Use this menu to control what happens when you move regions.
The default mode is Overlap. In this mode, when regions overlap, what's underneath them stays intact. I will show you how this works. I will move the shaker regions over and I cover up the shaker beneath. It overlaps them. When I move it back, that material is still there. The next mode is No Overlap. In this mode, if I move the regions over and I move them back, it will have trimmed that region that I covered. I am going to hit Command+Z to undo that. Cross Fade (X-Fade) Mode makes as that when you overlap regions, Logic automatically makes a crossfade between them.
There, you can see I made a crossfade since I overlapped a region. If I pull it back, the crossfade will be gone. Finally, Shuffle Right and Shuffle Left can save you time. If I go in the Shuffle Right Mode, and I move my regions over, if I move them back, even just a little bit, they will automatically snap to the region next to it on its right, almost like a magnet. You can use this to save time as you edit. Shuffle Left works the same way, except it works in the opposite direction. Being a master region mover and shaker in the Arrange window is a useful skill to have.
You can use some of these tips for fast editing and arranging.
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