Learning To 'Speak' Logic Pro

Hello. Speak English? No... Speak Spanish? oh... Speak Logic Pro? Excellent! Jay Asher takes you on a crash course to help you fully grasp the language of Apple's flagship DAW.  

I am frequently called upon to help composers learning to use Logic Pro either in migration from another DAW or in conjunction with another DAW. As we, long time Logic Pro users who have experience with another DAW well know, it is idiosyncratic and marches to the beat of its own drummer.

One of the confusing things about Logic Pro compared to other DAWs is quite simply the names Logic Pro uses for certain tasks and preferences that are unique to it. I attribute some of this to the fact that the developers are Germans and translation from German to English can be challenging, as there are connotations as well as the actual definitions. That said, some of the naming is just odd and even long time Logic Pro users may not be aware of what is actually the purpose of these. 

So let's explore a few.


Track Mute/Solo

In Pic 1, I have opened the Audio Preferences and navigated to the General Tab. In the Track Mute/Solo rectangle, you see CPU-saving (Slow Response) but that is not the default. The default, which you see as a choice in Pic 2 is Fast (Remote Channel Strips).

Pic 1.

Pic 1.

Pic 2.

Pic 2.


Faster is better, right? Of course, you want that. So why have I chosen the other preference? Because we may have multiple tracks that flow through the same Channel Strip and with the default Fast setting, the reason it is 'fast'

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Discussion

adam8
Hi, Jay.

Any info on Logic is always welcome.

Thanks
Mojave
Do you know if Logic will be further developed with new versions or did they decide to call it at 9?
Reeltime
Great explanations and would love to hear more
Jay Asher
Yes, Mojave, Logic is continuing to be developed, largely by the same core group of Germans who have always developed it. Ignore the clueless internet chatter of "I know a guy who is inside Apple and says Logic is dead" etc.
Mojave
AWSOME, honestly, I read that it was shelved on a credible news letter. I'm level II certified but I'm glad it wasn't for Not. I loved your article BTW . Thanks much
Chris
More! These are great
Jay Asher
Mojave, take that news letter off your"credible"list:)
Mojave
It's Bobby Owsinski, not exactly rumor mongrel but appreciate you insight
Jay Asher
Well then, a guy like Bobby should know better than to talk out of his butt. You can tell him I said so.
Mojave
No go ahead, be my guest
Tieg
Keep em coming! Loved this.
Magic Fingers
Thanks for sharing those tidbits with us. These types of articles continue to strengthen my allegiance to, and build my confidence in Logic Pro. More sequels please!!!
jamr
Thank you very much for this.
jjr007
This is awesome. I'm pretty Logic savvy but I've always wondered about these little things. I would live to see more if this.
lostinthesound
To the above posters who've inquired about Logic X, it has been confirmed many times (specifically by Xander Soren) that the team is still hard at work on the next version. It has not been dismantled or shelved, so please avoid believing rumors from silly blog sites that have no connections.

As far as this article goes, BRAVO! As a long time Pro user I love seeing these little tidbits of info and insight that are either hidden deep (or missing) from Logic's manual. To add, your zing about Klopgeist made me laugh quite hard. :-) Cheers.

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