Join Dot Bustelo for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Logic Remote Keyboard Touch Instrument and Smart Controls, part of New Ways to Create Music with Logic Pro X.
Let's take a look at playing Logic's keyboard and string software instruments directly from the iPad with the keyboard touch instrument on Logic Remote. (MUSIC). Combined with touch access to the Smart Controls these touch instruments have unreal performance features not readily available otherwise on a keyboard controller.
Developing keyboard chops and playing styles could soon take on a whole new meaning. For a basic introduction to all the Logic Remote features, check out the movie about Logic Remote for iPad in my Logic Pro 10 New Features course. To choose your touch instrument, tap the View button in the control bar. Then tap Smart Controls and Keyboards. Then select the keyboard, fretboard, or drum pads at the bottom of the View menu. I have the keyboard touch instrument selected.
I could tap the guitar frets here and still be playing the strings ensemble. (MUSIC) Let's go back to the keyboard. If I tap Automatic, the touch instrument follows intelligently the patch loaded in Logic. This way you won't have, for example, a guitar fret touch instrument in view when you play strings unless you want to. I'll tap anywhere on the screen to close the menu or wait a few seconds and it will close automatically.
By default, this control in the center shows Glissando, swiping horizontally across the keyboard plays notes smoothly. If I tap or swipe to the left and select Scroll (MUSIC) now, I can adjust (MUSIC) the visible keyboard range. Or these arrows switch the octave here on the left. But I tap the Library button to view the library in the upper half of the screen Let me switch to a piano like this Grand Piano and Strings.
I can hold notes to sustain (MUSIC) or drag the Sustain control to the right to lock it like this. (MUSIC). And this is awesome. To play in a particular scale, tap the Scale button, then tap the scale you want to use. I like this Japanese scale. You can't play a wrong note. And I'll enable the Sustain.
(MUSIC). Let's do some exploring for sounds. I was moving fast a minute ago and didn't stop to explain that I tapped the Library button to view the library in the upper half of the screen. Logic Remotes library let's you view patches just as you would in Logics library. The content mirrors what you would see.
I'll select one of the synth experimental patches like Gated Morph Synth. (MUSIC). Sometimes I like to drag down to see the whole library full screen. Maybe I'll try one of the synth pads like Cosmic Dust.
I'll use these Octave buttons to jump around a bit. (MUSIC).
I've been tweaking the sound with the Smart Control. They open on any factory patch just as they do in Logic. Any Smart Control assignments you make in Logic updates here as well, even for of course any custom sounds you create and custom Smart Controls that you build in Logic. I cover making Smart Control assignments earlier in this chapter. I will start playback in the control bar on top. (MUSIC). I'll tap and drag in the control bar and display to see the bar ruler and the marker display to easily jump around the project.
I'll jump to the groove marker with the beat. (MUSIC). And now it'll loop because the Cycle button is enabled. This keyboard part was programed for the string ensemble, but I"ll play with the Smart Controls on this cosmic pad and tweak the cutoff. By the way, you could also touch and hold on the control bar display to see a list of existing markers in the project. Then just tap the one you want to go to. (MUSIC).
Let's go back to the string ensemble that I can just swipe the keyboard and try the sounds out. Here's an Arpeggiator control to the right of the scale control that's enabling the Arpeggiator MIDI plugin in Logic. If I disable the Arpeggiator, you just hear a sustained string. (MUSIC). Let's keep it on. (MUSIC).
This is very cool. If the arpeggio settings such as node order and octave range are assigned as Smart Controls, you can adjust them from Logic Remote. I'll use this right arrow in the control bar display to switch to the next track with the Mesmerizing Saws patch loaded and swipe to close the library. (MUSIC). I made the Smart Control assignments in Logic to be able to adjust to octave span of the Arpeggiator like this. (MUSIC).
Now it goes to a really high range when I turn the knob all the way to the right. (MUSIC). For a more in-depth look at the new Arpeggiator MIDI plugin check out the chapter in this course on the Arpeggiator. Let's check out the cinema strings on the next track. (MUSIC). I'll add a little delay with this Smart Control. (MUSIC).
And here's staccato, (MUSIC) pizzicato, (MUSIC) and tremolo. (MUSIC). Legato. (MUSIC). Let's look at the Chord Strip View. With any of the Strings in the Orchestral category of the library, you'll find the behaviors in the Chord Strip View pretty amazing. If you're familiar with Garage Band for iPad, you'll see a lot of similarities.
In the Chord Strip view, I can tap one of the four upper segments to play chords higher on the keyboard in different inversions. (MUSIC). Slide your finger along the chord strip like a bow for legato. (MUSIC). Where you start sliding determines the inversion. To add your own chords, tap the Settings button in the control bar. The icon looks like a wrench. Then Edit Chords is at the bottom of the options. Tap the chord strip you want to use for your custom chord.
Swipe the chord wheel to set the chord route and type in any extensions. I'll make this C minor 6. Swipe the bass note on the far right to change that. Then tap Done to return to the Chord Strip View. To play bass notes, tap one of the three lower segments of a chord strip. (MUSIC).
To play chords and bass notes together, tap at the same time. (MUSIC). By default, these are the root, the fifth,and the octave of the chord. (MUSIC). But this is what I really love to do. I'm going to go back to the keyboard touch instrument and play these strings in the Japanese scale switching the performance types between legato, staccato, and pizzicato.
(MUSIC) One final thing I'd like to show you with the keyboards and strings touch instruments is possibly the most appropriate and revolutionary use of the iPad is an instrument controller.
And that is the smart strings. Now, this controller only works with the software instruments called smart strings, that can be found here in the library. Then, I'll go to the View menu > Automatic > Chord Strips. Now, I have control of an entire string section with five voices. First violin, second violin, viola, cello, and the double bass. I still have the same chord strips that I have in the other controllers, the chords in my selected key.
But I have new ways of playing them and controlling the dynamics with this touch instrument. Now I can just glide my finger across the chord strips and the strings will swell and react to the pressure and speed of my glide. And notice that wherever in the (MUSIC) Chord Strip I start my glide, that's the inversion or voicing of the chord that you'll hear. From high to low, in the four regions. (MUSIC). I can create pizzicato hits with the whole string section by just tapping in the four regions like this.
Now here is where it gets even cooler. I can deselect the instrument voices that I don't want to hear by tapping them once. I'll mute the basses and cellos. (MUSIC) And now I'll add them back in. (MUSIC).
Finally, you can get a nice staccato or a marcato bowing sound by doing a quick swipe across the chord strips like this. (MUSIC). Use Smart Controls on Logic Remote to make quick adjustments to the sound of the selected track and use the touch instruments to play softer instruments with remarkable control of your performance. These touch performance techniques offer a brand new way to create and play in Logic.
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