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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.
Remember the movie The Matrix, when the computer code turned into reality? The Event List provides a non- graphical look at events in your Logic project, both regions in the timeline and MIDI events within those regions. If you understand how it works, you can use it to precisely alter, augment, or create new MIDI events in your project. Notice in our project here all regions are deselected. If not, you can do so by clicking on a gray area in the Arrange window. Let's open the Lists from the right toolbar icon.
See how the Link Mode in the top left is purple? This will show us a list of all the regions globally in the project, and where they begin. You can change the location of any region by clicking on the Start position. Let's try this with wah2 for example. Notice how wah2 region will change position as I click and drag on the number. Now, let's select the first Lead synth 1 region. We're going to go back up to the Link icon and double-click it, so that it turns yellow. Now we're in Content Link Mode.
The List view now shows us the contents of the MIDI events, and the Lead synth 1 region. Let's turn on Cycle by hitting C on a keyboard, and we'll hit Spacebar to play. You can follow the white line as it goes over each note in the list. (Music playing.) You can see it's moving really fast. That's because we have a whole bunch of information in this MIDI region. We have MIDI event notes. We also have a whole bunch of modulation.
This is a little confusing and we can actually filter this out. To filter information out of the List, just click on the names of the events you want to filter up in the top of this menu. Let's filter everything out except for the notes. Cool! That's a lot better. Now we're just seeing notes only and we can follow along a lot easier. (Music playing.) You can see how the line was following each note.
The columns in the List window are pretty useful. From left to right they show us the position of the note. The Num column shows us what the pitch of the note is. The Val column shows us the velocity of the note, and the Length/Info column shows us the note duration. We can change the pitch of a note by clicking on its name in the Num column and dragging up and down. (Music playing.) To create a new MIDI event, click Create and then click the event you want to make.
In this case I want to click Create and Notes. (Music playing.) That will add a note to the list. I can then edit its parameters. I can change its location. Say I want to change to number 21, double click here and type 21, Enter. That changes the location of the note. (Music playing.) I can also change that note's pitch or velocity by clicking and dragging in those values. (Music playing.) While the Events Lists is definitely a clunky way to create and edit MIDI, it could come in handy for those times when you have to fix very specific MIDI events.
Remember it's there, and use it at your discretion as you work in Logic.
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