Logic and The Environment, Part 1: The Simple Truths

What is Logic's Environment? Does the mere mention of it strike fear into your very soul? Peter Schwartz is here in this Logic series to banish misconceptions and break it all down nice and easy.  

Many Logic users fear to tread in the environment. Feeding the fear are long-standing misconceptions about what the environment is and how (supposedly) complicated it is. And more than a few people have paid tribute to the environment by visiting internet forums and expressing their heart's desire that in future versions of Logic, we will no longer find an environment.

But there's no requirement for any Logic user to ever pay the environment a visit. And much of what goes on in there is transparent to the user, as it should be. However, if you're reading this article, it's probably because you want to learn more about the environment and discover if there are ways it can facilitate and enhance your creativity. It surely can!

In this, my first article in a series on this fascinating aspect of Logic, we'll start by learning some basic concepts. Then, in subsequent articles, we'll examine the function of various specialized environment devices, and delve into some advanced environmental exploits that have very practical musical uses. 

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Environmentalism is Local, not Global

When discussing what the environment is and the functions it serves, people usually refer to it quite innocently as 'Logic's environment'

Peter Schwartz, composer, orchestrator, arranger, pianist, synthesist, and musical director, began piano studies at age 5 and went on to earn a degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music. It wasn't long afterward that he began working as a product specialist for New England Digital (Synclavier) and also as a sound progr... Read More


Dave DeLizza
I've quickly read the headings of this article, and I can already tell it's awesome. Can't wait to read this later, thanks for this. I'm somewhere in between with the environment. Not scared of it at all, but just lack some of the "why would I use this" sense.
Peter Schwartz
Thanks for your comments, Dave. As you may have read already, a basic but highly useful reason for delving into the environment is to create custom mixer channel layouts, and to be able to organize channel strips (and whatever else you might want) in the mixer layer or in their own layers. This capability alone is really useful, particularly so in large projects with tons of audio and channels, auxes, etc. And no "environment programming" or MIDI knowledge is required to do that.

In follow-up articles I'll be explaining the MIDI side of the environment, which lets you exercise great control over MIDI data. But even if you never needed to do such things as convert CC#7 to CC#11, or convert the pitch bender into a pan control, you can use MIDI notes, CC's, etc. to control audio objects, bypass plugins, A/B mixes, and much more. So stay tuned! :)
Magic Fingers
Great start... Thank you for tackling the Logic Environment. This series of articles may leave me with a decision to make on using Logic instead of Mainstage for certain Live Performance needs.
I normally use the arrange tab option in the mixer window... which works well, if I've already grouped my instruments together in the arrange window. I'll be interested to see where this series of T&T goes from here, and hopefully opens my eyes up to some new options, and ways of utilizing my current workflow.
This is Fn amazing man! I've been looking for tutorials like this.. Would be cool if you can make a video about the Environment (strictly the Environment) and add it to the catalog.. Keep it up!!

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