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Using the Transport window and controlling playback

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Video: Using the Transport window and controlling playback

Knowing how to hear what you want, when you want, is an essential skill to have when working in Logic. Let's learn about how to use the Transport window to your advantage. We already know Logic plays when we hit Spacebar and the playhead moves across the screen. To position the playhead using your mouse, you can point and click directly on the playhead line, either in a gray area where there are no regions, or in the narrow bar ruler at the top of the Arrange window. You can drag left or right to move the playhead, or click elsewhere in the bar ruler to move it to that location.

Using the Transport window and controlling playback

Knowing how to hear what you want, when you want, is an essential skill to have when working in Logic. Let's learn about how to use the Transport window to your advantage. We already know Logic plays when we hit Spacebar and the playhead moves across the screen. To position the playhead using your mouse, you can point and click directly on the playhead line, either in a gray area where there are no regions, or in the narrow bar ruler at the top of the Arrange window. You can drag left or right to move the playhead, or click elsewhere in the bar ruler to move it to that location.

To hear a specific amount of time, you can also Command+Click and drag a Marquee Selection in the Arrange area. When you hit play, playback will start at the beginning of the selection and stop at the end. (Music playing.) To deselect the Marquee Selection, click elsewhere. The transport buttons in the lower left of the Transport bar will be familiar to you if you have ever used a tape, DVD, or CD player. Play and Stop do exactly what you would think. (Music playing.) If you hit Play and then hit Pause, the playhead goes into Scrub Mode.

(Music playing.) When we are in Scrub Mode, we can click on the playhead and drag left or right to audition what's directly beneath the playhead. (Music playing.) We can move backwards or forwards and slower or faster, depending on how quickly and in what direction we move the mouse as we drag. To get out of Scrub Mode, click the Stop button in the Transport bar. The Go To Beginning button is the same as Return. It takes your playhead to the beginning of the project. Next to it we have the Go To Selection Start button.

If you have a region selected, like Dark Pad ModW, and you click this button, playback will start from the beginning of that region. (Music playing.) The display area of the Transport provides information that helps with more specific project navigation. On the bottom half here, musical time is shown in bars, beats, which divide bars, divisions, which divide beats, and ticks, of which there are 240 to every division. Above this we have SMPTE time code.

SMPTE stands for Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers. SMPTE time code shows us hours, minutes, seconds, frames, and sub-frames. By convention, SMPTE time code starts at hour 1, when you are at the beginning of your project. The bars and beats start at bar 1, beat 1, division 1, tick 1. To move your playhead to a specific location, double-click the Bars and Beats display and let's type 2 2 1 1 and hit Return.

The playhead moves to bar 2, beat 2, division 1, tick 1. Let's double-click again and try typing just 3. Return. The playhead automatically goes to bar 3, beat 1, division 1, tick 1. You can also click and drag up and down on any of the numbers to move your playhead. If I click on the beat, I can move that up and down to move the playhead by the resolution of beats. The numbers to the right are the left and right locater position, which affect how playback operates in Cycle Mode.

To activate Cycle Mode, click the Loop button on the right-hand side of our Transport, or simply type C. Typing C will turn Loop Mode on and off. You will notice also at the top of the Arrange window we see a green selection now going from bar 8 to bar 9. When we hit Play, Logic will automatically loop between these two bars. (Music playing.) It will do this forever until we hit the Spacebar to stop. We can edit where our left and right locators are by clicking and dragging either side of this selection in the bar ruler or by changing the numbers in our display.

We can click directly on them to drag up or down to change the in and out point of our locators. To deactivate Cycle Mode, we can either click on the Loop button, type the C button, or just click directly in the middle of the green selection in the bar ruler. You can customize the controls you see in the Transport bar. To access the Transport View options, right-click on the Transport bar and choose Customize Transport Bar. We will get a very large list of different parameters you can add to the Transport bar here.

For example, let's turn on Play from Beginning. Notice we get a new button in the left- hand side of our Transport bar. Click OK. When we click this button, Logic will automatically play from the beginning of the project. (Music playing.) It's good to have precise control of our playback in Logic. Going forward, you will be able to hear what you want to quicker and easier as you compose.

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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

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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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