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Working in the Piano Scroll window

From: Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

Video: Working in the Piano Scroll window

The Piano Roll window is one of Logic Pro's best assets. It offers an easy and intuitive way to create and edit MIDI note events and their velocities, all while viewing them in a timeline fashion. Let's see how to use this powerful tool. The Piano Roll must be open from a MIDI region. Let's double-click on the first Lead synth 1 region. That opens the Piano Roll pane, which is cool for quick updating, but let's open the full window for this lesson. You can hit Command+6 to do that. Now we get the full Piano Roll window. This window is just like the Arrange window in that you can resize it from pulling on the bottom right-hand corner.

Working in the Piano Scroll window

The Piano Roll window is one of Logic Pro's best assets. It offers an easy and intuitive way to create and edit MIDI note events and their velocities, all while viewing them in a timeline fashion. Let's see how to use this powerful tool. The Piano Roll must be open from a MIDI region. Let's double-click on the first Lead synth 1 region. That opens the Piano Roll pane, which is cool for quick updating, but let's open the full window for this lesson. You can hit Command+6 to do that. Now we get the full Piano Roll window. This window is just like the Arrange window in that you can resize it from pulling on the bottom right-hand corner.

You can also use the Zoomer tools in the bottom right to zoom in and out vertically and horizontally. On the top of the window, we have the little blue guy. This is the Catch button. When this is on, the screen will update as the Playhead moves off the screen. Let's see how this works. (Music playing.) As you can see, the screen updated. Next to the Catch button, we have the Link button.

When the Link button is yellow, it's in content mode. This means that the Piano Roll window will update its content if another region is selected in the Arrange window. If the button is off, it means it'll stay with this content no matter what other regions are selected in the Arrange window. The In button is used for Step Inputting, as we saw in the Step Inputting video. The Out button is important. It must be on if you want to hear the notes you're working on in the window. Let's keep it on for this video. Then we have some local menus. Those offer us some different options for editing in the Piano Roll window. Next to that, we have our Quantize features.

Quantize pulldown menu, Quantize Selected Events button. Next to that, we have two important displays. The first one shows the name of the region we are working in. We're currently working in Lead synth 1. The one to the right of that is a helpful display of what bar and beat and note our cursor is at, at all times in the window. It's very useful when you're drawing in MIDI events. As you can see, it updates in real time depending on where our cursor is in the window. On the left of the window, we have a representation of a piano keyboard showing what notes correspond to the horizontal lanes in the window.

You can play this keyboard by clicking on these notes to audition sounds. (Music playing.) You can also use these keys to select notes. If I click on the E key, every E MIDI event in the whole region is selected. All the little rectangles we see out in main area are the MIDI note events of varying lengths, and they're color- coded according to note velocity. To create a note, you can right click and choose Create Note. (Music playing.) I find a better way to create a note is to use the Pencil tool.

The best way I found to use this is to have the Pencil tool as your secondary tool. As we see up in the top window, our primary tool is the Pointer. Our secondary tool is the Pencil tool. That way, any time we hit Command we get the Pencil tool. So to create a Note, you can easily just Command+Click. As you click to create a note, you can drag and change the note length before you release the mouse. (Music playing.) To make it a bigger or smaller, then you release the mouse. To edit a note, the Pointer tool is your master.

It does a few functions depending on where it is on the note event. A single-click on a note selects that note. (Music playing.) As you notice, Logic plays the note when you select it. If we take the Pointer to the edge, it turns into a Trimmer tool. This way you can trim the note length. (Music playing.) It also does this in the left edge. (Music playing.) If you want to move the note, click directly in the center of the note and hold the mouse. (Music playing.) You Pointer tool will turn into a Hand tool and you can move the note up or down, left or right.

(Music playing.) You can select groups of notes by dragging a cursor selection around the notes you want to select. This way, you can move all the notes together as a group. (Music playing.) You can also trim all of them together as a group here as well. (Music playing.) Notice I'm trimming all notes at one time because they're all currently selected. (Music playing.) To deselect notes, click anywhere in the gray area where there aren't any notes.

Velocity editing requires the V tool, which allows you to pull up or down on a note to change its velocity. You can get to the V tool by hitting Escape and popping up your toolbox. Let's choose the Velocity tool here. Notice the V next to the cursor. To change the velocity, click directly on a note and pull up or down on the mouse. (Music playing.) Pulling up increases the velocity, pulling down lowers the velocity. (Music playing.) Velocity is the color-coded with purple being our lowest velocity and red being our highest velocity.

Also, if you can't see color, you can use the length of the line inside a note to see what your velocity is. Notice as it gets higher, line increases in size. (Music playing.) There is an array of special tools in the local Edit menu. Some notable ones are Select All Following of Same Pitch. Also, Select Equal Colored Events. Of course, all standard editing functions work. You have Cut, Copy, Paste, etcetera. Now you know how to use the Piano Roll window and the editing features inside of it.

I suggest practicing and getting good and fast at this window. You're going to use it a lot.

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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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