Beat mapping in Logic recently got a quiet (hush, hush) update in the recent Logic Pro X 10.2.1 update. The beat mapping algorithm appears to be better than ever. Joe Albano explores all the options.  

Three in one

Adjust Tempo

Fig 1 Beat Mapping using the Adjust Tempo using Region Length and Locators command

Tap Tempo

Fig 2 Beat Mapping by Tapping Tempo (into a MIDI track)

The Global Beat Mapping track

Fig 3 Manual Beat Mapping in the Global Beat Mapping track
Fig 4 Using the improved automatic algorithm (Beats from Region) in the Global Beat Mapping track

Joe is a musician, engineer, and producer in NYC. Over the years, as a small studio operator and freelance engineer, he's made recordings of all types from music & album production to v/o & post. He's also taught all aspects of recording and music technology at several NY audio schools, and has been writing articles for Recording magaz... Read More


Edward Cox
Obviously you didn't try this feature too hard. My experience has been far from elegant (Apple's favourite marketing term) - the total antithesis in fact. More than a total mess.
In attempting to get tempo-mapping to do what I want (a 24 bar rubato section at the start; a a 10 bar or so rall at the end) all manner of mayhem has ensued with regions moving all over the place. Especially disappointing is the fact that those midi regions & audio regions were locked to sempte. The bookmarks also changed position and wouldn't be put into place. I had to close and reopen Logic to manage to get that under control.
I'm sure that Logic have good intentions - well at least, I was. Now it seems they put out Logic with a list of wonderful things that we can do with it, and then set back to hear what problems we have in trying to implement those features. Not good enough Apple!!!

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