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    • 1. Navigate like a Professional in Logic Pro X

    • 2. Main Navigation in Logic

    • 3. Zooming in Logic

    • 4. Play, Stop and Cycle

    • 5. Sequencer Navigation

    • 6. Custom Key Commands

    • 7. Action Test your Knowledge

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Learn How to Navigate Super Quickly in Logic Pro X

If you can Navigate Quickly and Efficiently in Logic, you will truly speed up your workflow incredibly much. I encourage you to really start using ALL of the key commands you will learn in this course, every time you are composing and producing music in Logic. Because every time you reach for your mouse, you loose valuable time, and more importantly abrupt your flow.

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And complete this class to truly master navigation in Logic Pro X. Learn all the important key commands, and even create your own custom key commands.

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Mikael "Mike" Baggström
Music Composer | Sound Designer

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Mikael Baggström

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My name is Mike, and I am a Music Composer, Sound Designer and Artist. I Share my Story, Journey, Experience and Knowledge, to Inspire and Empower Creative People like you. =)


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Mike from Sweden
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1. Navigate like a Professional in Logic Pro X: this module is all about mastering navigation in logic Pro X. If you can navigate quickly and efficiently in logic, you will truly speed up your workflow incredibly much. I encourage you to really start using a lot of the key commands you will learn in this course every time you're composing and producing music in logic because every time you read for your mouse you lose valuable time and more importantly, abrupt your flow. I will be teaching you the key commands using the U. S. Present. So check what your setting is first, by going into the main menu, Kika moans presets. And here you can see that I have the US precent active, even if you use another language Pres it. I believe most of the key commands all the same. But at least now you know the starting point personally, even though I in Swedish and have a Swedish keyboard, I still use the US pres it simply because that is the setting that is most used and that I have learned a lot the key commands from in videos PDFs and courses like this one. I also wanted to know all of the most important keys on the computer keyboard that I will refer to been teaching. Yukiko moans. 10 shift eat called option key moaned Space coma period backspace enter home end a role peas number. Now I have a very important for you because I truly wanted to learn with maximum result. And my tip is this I recommend you to pause the videos at any time during this course to apply what you just learned by instantly doing it yourself inside logic. So, in order for you to get the most out of this course, I believe it is best if you have logic opened up and ready as you are watching and learning . Why? Because the best way to learn is always by doing it yourself. All right, so go ahead and grab a cup of coffee Startup logic and get ready to learn, apply and master your workflow in logic. Pro X. My name is Mike and I will see you in the next video 2. Main Navigation in Logic: navigating quickly in logic is all about key commands. I will therefore now teach you all key commands for the main windows and sections. In logic, this video will go fast. So remember to pulls and apply each key commands. You have not yet used that much to truly learn them all by heart. Your go is to make every key command almost like an instinctive process without having to think about it. Here we go. Library. Why this opens up logics Stock instrument library Inspector I This is the track Inspector where you have an overview and settings for individual tracks to bore control Old command T These opens up a secondary optional toolbar below your control bar Smart controls be for quick access to important controls on individual tracks. Mixer X the full mixer view with all channels Editors. E opens up the editing view either for media tracks all audio tracks least editors D A. List off all events markers, temple and signature changes in your project. Note pads, old command p your notes for the entire project or on individual tracks. Luke Browser. Oh, quick exes to the Complete Loop Library Media browser. If your project audio files and external media files. Piano Role P opens up the piano roll editor for MIDI tracks. Score of U. N opens up these school mode for media tracks. Audio Editor W opens up the editing view for audio tracks. Colors Old See opens up the colder picker window. Step Input Keyboard. Old Command K opens up the step input keyboard to be used in the sequencer or piano roll. Plug in windows The Opens or closes Your Pugin Windows Select window tab chooses the active window in logic. Congratulations. You have now learned the key commands for all main sections in logic. I have also included a bonus for you in this course, a complete list with all my favorite key commands and logic so you can go through them whenever you need to make sure to use key commands as much as possible in every project you work on, because that is the professional workflow that will make you compose and produce music much faster and give more time and energy to your creativity and inspiration. Now let's continue in the next video 3. Zooming in Logic: How does logic handle the logic? Off zoom? It actually took me a while to understand how to use all soon commands and tools in logic in the correct way, because logic actually makes a difference on how assuming works, depending on various factors like is any region selected or is nothing selected, where is the play had located, and also the cycle selection? In order for you to truly understand the different behavior off, assuming in logic, you should try out all the methods I will teach you right now. Control plus Old gives you the soon to in logic. This is a very powerful tool that I use personally all the time. You simply hold down control plus Ault on your keyboard and then select a region by holding your left mouse button and dragging like this. And then it zooms in. And when you want, assume back out again. Use control. Old and left click one time with your mouse. The most used shortcut for zooming in logic is the key, Command said. Now, if a region is selected like this one here now and you press said on your keyboard, logic will soon into that selection clicking said again, and it goes back to the previous setting. But if nothing is selected in the sequencer and you press, it said, logic will soon to fit the entire project quick onset again, and it goes back to the previous setting. Sometimes you might just want assume the height, often individual track in the sequencer. Then you use control and said like this, and then controls it again to bring it back to the default setting. Instead of assuming into a selected region like this, you might want assume into your left and right locators, also called cycle area. Then you use control, Shift said. But when you want to go back, pressing control Shift said, doesn't work, so you need to use the soon to control old and then left click on your mouse. Another great shortcut for zooming in logic is holding down the command key on your keyboard and then using your aero case, using the up and down arrows assumes in the vertical direction like this, and using the left and right arrow assumes in the horizontal direction. I will now demonstrate the difference in soon behavior in logic, which is something you really need to learn, or else he will get frustrated like I was in the beginning. So if nothing is selected and we have the play had here, take a look at what happens, as I assume in logic, then assumes towards the play head. But if a region is selected like this, Lord Exum's towards that region. If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can use the old key and use the scroll wheel to assume in the vertical direction and holding old plus command while you scroll to assume in the horizontal direction. Finally, if you have a track pad, this is great for assuming, since you can use two fingers to swipe out like this or in like this to assume in the horizontal direction. Or if you hold down the old button on your keyboard while you swipe with two fingers on your track pad, left and right assumes in the horizontal direction, and up and down assumes in the vertical direction. Finally, I have a bonus tip for you. If you mess around a lot with soon getting into all kinds of various you can always used assume to by holding control and Ault and then left click to go back to a previous setting . Even if you have used assume tool to assume ones soon twice. Assume three times using the controlled click once quick twice and click 1/3 time and you're back at the previous setting. Amazing. You have now developed Master Control to assume in logic the way you prefer and using various methods to do so. So let's continue in the next video. 4. Play, Stop and Cycle: logic has many ways to control the play head. Depending on this settings you choose, and in this video you will learn how to master play stop and the cycle area in logic. So let's start with the place settings. When you press space on your keyboard, it means play. But from where? Well, that's what you can customize here by right clicking on the play button in the control more . Here, you can see that you have four different settings for the play button that you can activate or deactivate first. If none of these options is own, logic will always start playing from the current play head position. Now let me quickly show you each setting first play from marquee selection. So if I used the more key to and selected part like this and then I press the space bar to play, it starts playing from the beginning off that selection next play from cycle. So if I have a cycle like this one, if it is off, it doesn't matter. It starts playing from the play had position, but if I used the key, come on, see and activate the cycle area and press play anywhere I start, it starts to play from the beginning off the cycle area. Next is play from selected region. So if no region is selected, if I hit space bar, it starts playing from the play had position. But if I select for example, this region and press space bar, it will always start from that selected part and finally play from lost locate position. Then Logic will remember where the play had was at when I started playing. So now I am on three here. Remember that I press space bar to play space bar to stop. And now when I press space bar Logic remembers that I started from here, which was the lost locate position, and it will start from there so I can use it from wherever. If I start playing here, press space bar to stop, and then again it will go back to the lost locate position. Now, using space bore is basically toggling between play and pulls. You also have a dedicated stop command, the default key. Come on, for these is zero on your nom pad. So if you don't have a nam pat on your computer keyboard, you will need to assign another key command for this. All right, let me show you the three settings you can choose for this. Stop command. You simply right. Click on the stop button to choose between Stop, stop and go to left locator and stop and go to lost Locate position. And this is when the track is playing. So if I hit the space bar to play And now I'm going to use zero as this stop. Come on. It simply stops. So if I change this to stop and go to lift Locator The locator is over here, as you can see there. So if I hit ah Space to play and then hit zero it will go to the left part of the locator And finally we can use the stop and go to lost Locate positions. If I start playback from here and the then I press zero, it goes back to the lost located position. You can also set a jump behavior for the stop command that you use when the play head is already stopped. These means that you can switch quickly between two locations. Let me show you these as well. So first we have jumped between more key and products start if stopped. So all of these are if stopped. Which means when I press zero the stop command when the play head is already stopped. So for this, I need a marquee selections that were used in Marquis too. And select this. Now, if I press zero stop command, it will go to the beginning off the marquee selection Press stop again. And it is in the beginning, off the project. So if I use the Ciro on my NAM pad, I can switch quickly between these two positions. The next setting is jump between cycle and products start. We've stopped. So these only works when the cycle is owned. So I need to press see to turn on the cycle. If I press the CIA Rose, Stop. Come on. Now it will go to the beginning of the cycle area, press zero again, and I can switch between these two positions. The next setting is jump between selected region and products start if stopped. So if I selected reading like this and President zero stop command, I can jump between the product start and beginning off a selected region and finally we have the jump between lost, locate, position and product. Start if stopped. As you remember, logic. Can't remember the play had position as he started playing. Let's say now this is the lost locate position, so if I press zero now, we'll go back to their to the Prodi start. If I proceed through again and I can jump between these two positions now, finally, I want you to master these cycle area to really boost your workflow, because this is something you will use a lot when composing and producing your music for recording Newport's for listening back and analyzing for mixing and so on. So let me show you some important key commands to control these cycle area. To customize the cycle behavior in logic, you can either right click here on Lee locators or, as I prefer, go into customized control, bore and add these cycle button here, and if you right click here you have all the settings available. A very important choice you need to make is if you want or to set locators on or off. If you turn it home and I press see, I get this cycle selection here, but if I select a region. This cycle selection fulls the region I have selected. This can be good or bad. In some cases. This has made me frustrated, so I often use auto set locators off. And then if I want to move the cycle area, I simply used the manual command, which is command you. But if you prefer to use the auto set locators, you have three different options that you can use with it. First is by more key selection, which means that now the other choices are off. So I can't selective region to auto set the locators, but now instead, use the more key to. As you can see, the cycle area followed the marquis, too. You can add the video selection so you can use them both either Marquis two or the Selective Region, and also by notes elections. If I go into the piano roll and select these notes, as you can see, the selected through cycle selection is following the selected nose in the piano roll. All right, so now let's go through some key commands for this cycle area. The most important is, of course, see which turns on or off the cycle area selection. And the next one is if you want Teoh, add manually. The locators, which is the key command you. So if I select a region and praise you thes cycle selection is following that region instead off auto setting it which is like this. But you need to know that when you use the key command you to select the locators. For a reading like this, it will be a rounded number, which means full bars. See if I reduce this part here like so so it doesn't extend to the full bore line and I praise you. The locators are still set so that there are in full bars like so. So if you want to set the locators it you the exact region length you use command you instead. Like so well, let's say like so instead off you, which is rounded numbers in full bars. And sometimes you just want to move quickly either backwards or forwards in the project with the cycle area. Then you can use shift command comma to move backwards with a cycle area with the length off the cycle selection or shift command period to move forward like this. Now you can quickly move the cycle area, just holding down shift command and using the comma and period on your computer keyboard. Congratulations. You have now mastered the very important aspect off play stop and cycle in logic. This will definitely boost your work for by a lot, since he used these features thousands of times in every single product you work on. So go ahead now and apply along these settings and key commands to truly learn them by doing, and I will see you in the next video. 5. Sequencer Navigation: when composing introducing music, you will work in this sequence or a lot. So now let's learn how to master navigation in the sequencer offloaded pro X. So here we have the play head at Bore five. Now we can use the key commands comma or period on your keyboard, refined or full with the players by one bar, the coma going back, one bar going back, another bore all period going forward. One bar going forward, one bar, and if you hold down the shift key at the same time, you can go in eight bars, holding down shift pressing period holding down shift and pressing comma. If you want to go back to the beginning of your project, you can always press enter. And wherever you are in the project, the play head will go back to the beginning. Now, if you select a region like this, you can be wherever you want with your play head, and it can always go to the beginning off this election or the end by holding down control and pressing either the home key or the N key. So control home beginning off selection control. End is end of selection now to select different ports or tracks in your project, you can use the arrow keys going up or down to select different tracks. Or, if you have a reading selected like this, you can use the left and right arrow case even going down to another track. They can see the actual regions or ports selected, and you can even use the arrow keys to select notes if you go into the piano roll. So if you have this note selected, you simple use the left and right arrow keys to move through the notes like this. Next. If you want to select multiple parts, you seem to hold down the shift key. Why they left. Click with your mouth like this to select multiple parts in the sequencer or multiple notes in the piano roll works the same way. Hold down, shift and left. Click with your mouse. The most important selection command is probably select all, which is command A. As you can see, all regions are now selected here, but he will most often used is in the piano roll. So if I click here to go into the piano roll Command A and you can see all notes are selected and then you can edit them, for example, notching them to the left or right. Quant izing all knows and so on. And sometimes when you entity reports, you don't want to select all notes, but only the notes that you want to edit. So let's say you're happy with these two notes and you want to select all the notes. After these two, you simply select the first and then hold down shift impressed f which means select all following. And finally, if we go back to this one again because we have more notes here, you can select all off the same pitch. So if I select for example, this one and I want to select all the notes following this one that are of the same pitch, you hold down shift and control and press f, and you see that these knows are selected. Let's try that with this top one. So, like this one, shift control f and these ones are selected as well. And then let's say you have a very big project and you want to select everything within the left and right locators, which is here now, So this doesn't even have to be activated. You still have the left locator here and the right locator. Now, to select all of this, you hold down, shift impress ill and all the regions inside these locaters will be selected. Next is navigating with markers. Markers are so incredibly great for your workflow when quickly navigating through your project as you compose and produce your music. All right, So first, to create a new marker on the location where the play hideous, hold down Ault and press the quote key, which is this one? That's a new marker. If you want to delete a marker, hold down the old key and press backspace key, which is this one. All right. So let's create a new marker again, Ault and quote. And then, if you want to rename the marker, you hold down, shift and press the quote key again, and you can rename this into let's say intro. I recommend that you name every marker of you used in your project so that he will get a full overview and it can also go into the event list to the markers and you can see the marker names over here and now for the main benefit of using markers is navigating quickly in your project between different markers and you use your nom pad numbers for this. So number one will be the first marker number two, the second and so on throughout your entire product. So now if I press one on the number, the play had will go to the in true marker. If I pressed to, it will go to the verse and so one. Amazing. Now to truly become a master of navigation in the sequence of logic Pro X. Make sure to go into logic right now and use all the key commands you just learned to truly memorize them. And after you are done, let's continue in the next video. 6. Custom Key Commands: learning to use key commands as much as possible is truly the key to mastering your workflow. In logic, I recommend that you practice these standard key commands first and learn as many of them as you can. I mean to the point that you don't even have to think when applying them. There are thousands of key commands and logic, and you don't really need to learn them all. But I would say that I personally use around 100 or so in practically every project. I work on key commands for navigation, assuming transport controls, recording, editing and so on. Now, the next step for you is to create your own custom key Commons. It is easy to do but extremely powerful. And in this video I will show you exactly how to do just that. Step one. Decide what you want. A key command four. Find out what you want. A map to your custom key command. It can be to open a specific window, turn on or off a setting or any feature. That logic allows you to map a key. Come on to you. So I often use a feature called Very speed and I will teach you, but where there is be dust in another video. But for now, I will show you how to create a custom key command. To activate this feature step to go into the key command editor, go to the main menu. Kika moans, edit and you will get this window. Here you will find a super long list of all things in logic that you can map to a key command. Step three, search for the feature. You want a map here you have a search books so you can seem to type in the feature you've on two key. Come on for here in this case, apple type. Very speed, very speed. And here it is total very speed. And you can also see that it is not currently map to any key command, which makes it a great candidate to make your own mapping step. For map your key command, select the feature here and click in this books that says key. And then you choose what key command you want to map these feature to let me show you what happens if you try to map a key command that is already used. Let's say you type s because I know that it is the key command for a solo. So I type s and logic will then give you this warning window and even less you know, the specific feature it is already mapped to. So in this case, total channel strip solo is already mapped to this key command. As you can see here, you can simply ignore the warning and replaces the default mapping. But I strongly recommend you to think twice about doing so. If you want to replace a current key command with a new mapping, the absolutely sure that you don't need to use that specific feature much or at all. So I will click Cancel on this now because, of course I use overvote and choose another key command. I recommend that you start by using all of your function keys because they are never mapped to anything by default. So since this is my first custom key command, I can simply go with F one. So I click this box on I press F one on my keyboard, and that's it. If one is now mapped as a key command to total very speed on and off, let's try it out. Closed these window. And now, if I press f one on my keyboard, look up here in the control bar. Very speed is now all. And if I press f one again, I turn it off Quick, easy and super efficient. A final tip I have for you is if we go back to the key command editor again here, you can actually see that you have three columns with key commands. The first ones is key than touched for the assignments because you can actually use more than your standard keyboard to map out key commands on Sochi means your standard computer keyboard. Touch bore is the new Apple touched bore. Feature on some keyboards and assignments is for external controller map Ing's Congratulations. You have just created your own key command in logic. Now make sure that you find out which special features and tools in logic you use the most . And if they don't have a key commodity, it I advice you to add it to one of the function case. So go ahead right now and map out a couple of your own key commons and I will see you in the next video 7. Action Test your Knowledge: congratulations. You have learned so much now about navigating quickly and efficiently in logic. Navigation is key, the foundation for a professional workflow. And now it's time to test your newly gained knowledge. You will get a serious of questions on important navigation, Key Commons and techniques. There will be no grading because what matters is that you truly learn all these things yourself. I even encourage you to cheat. What? Why? Well, because the best way to learn is by doing so. What I hope that you will do now is open up logic and have it ready to try to implement the key commands and actions yourself for each of these questions. Here we go. What? Or the key commands for the main sections in the toolbar? Now pause this video as you go through all of these key commands and again please cheat by trying them all out in logic. Take your time and then resume these video again, All right. The next question is what all the key commands for the following main features in logic and again, pause this video as you answer this question by actually using these commands in logic yourself Now, test your knowledge off the soon features in logic. What key commands do you know? Try them a lout and answer these question. Of course you will need a track pad and a mouse with a scroll wheel to use those soon features. Now, this is not even a question, but an action for you to take. I wanted to try out all the settings for the play button, the stop button, the jump when already stopped setting for the stop command. And finally, all these cycle key commands. And this is yet another one tried out for yourself to truly learn by doing. Try out all these play head navigation, Kika moans. When you're done, follow with these selection key commands. Next, try to navigate with markers by using these marker key commands. Great. Now make sure you repeat these action lecture until you get all the key commands, right, so you truly develop an instinct for using them when you work in logic