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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.
The Arrange window and its handy side panes allow you to see a global perspective of your project. But if you want to go deeper into Logic's MIDI, audio or mixing capabilities then you have to learn about how to manage your view of some other important windows. The Window pulldown menu provides a quick way to get to the pop-up window of your choice. Note that almost every window has its own key combination involving the Command key and a number. Let's use Command+2 to open up the Mixer window. This is a key window you'll be working a lot in. To maximize the window to full screen, click on the green plus button at the top left of the window, and to close the screen, click on the red button or type Command+W on your keyboard, coming back to our Arrange window.
Some windows like the Piano Roll window depend on a region to be selected to determine what their content will show. For example, select the Dark Pad ModW MIDI region and open the Piano Roll from the Window pulldown menu. We now see the content of that MIDI region in the Piano Roll window. These are MIDI notes that are in the Dark Pad ModW MIDI region. Let's close this window. Command+W. Now, let's select the Base.2 region and let's open the Piano Roll window by typing Command+6.
Notice there's nothing in there. Why is this? That's because Base.2 is an audio region. There's no MIDI in it to edit. The Piano Roll window is for MIDI editing only. So selecting an audio region shows us nothing. Let's close it. Command+W. Let's keep the Base.2 region selected and let's open the Sample Editor window. Window menu > Sample Editor. Notice there's no quick key combination for this window. Now, we see a closeup view of the audio waveform. This is what we can use the Sample Editor window for.
Command+W to close. Some windows also have different ways to update their content. Let's select the Dark Pad ModW region again and open the Event List window, which is Command+0. This window shows us each MIDI event in this region in list form. Notice at the top left, we have a yellow Link icon. Yellow means it's in Content Link Mode, which means it's showing us the content of the Dark Pad ModW region. Now let's open another Event List window. Command+0.
We'll pull it over next to it. This time change the Link Mode to purple by clicking on it two times in this new window. Notice the content of the window changes. This is called Same Level Link Mode when the Link button is purple. Now the one on the left being Content Link Mode shows us the contents of the region and the one on the right is in Same Level Link Mode. It shows us information about all regions globally in the project. We hit Spacebar to play and we can see a status bar going down both windows, showing us where we are in the project for the right window and within the region for the left window.
(Music playing.) There are two types of windows, normal windows like the Arrange window, and floating windows like the Event List windows. Floating windows always stay on top. Notice when I click on the Arrange window behind, they still hover on top. Let's close these windows. The Mixer, Piano Roll, and Event List windows are windows you'll use a lot. Other ones covered in this course are Command+3, the Score window, Command+5, the Hyper Editor, Command+7, the Floating Transport window.
Some quick ways to navigate through windows when you have more than one open are to use the Window pulldown menu. At the bottom you see a list of all the open windows. Click on any you want to bring to the front. Let's try the Arrange window. Also you can use Command+~ button on your keyboard to toggle between all open windows. Command+~, toggling between any open active windows. Finally window screensets can be made recalled the number keys that are stored with the project. See the movie on screensets to learn more about this feature.
It's a good idea to practice your window shortcuts. Moving around windows quickly and efficiently will set you free to be more creative and work faster in Logic.
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