There are many ways to create automation nodes/control points in Logic Pro X. One of my favorite methods has always been to use the automation toggle key command Control-Command-A. This great command allows you to capture nearly anything you can twist, slide or press while Logic is playing, but what if you want to be specific about your placement of automation points? Logic Pro 10.0.7's new commands allow you to easily write automation precisely where you need it.
When mixing, mastering or producing, sometimes it's easier to place a control point exactly where you want it to be. For example, a sound in your song might always be a specific volume level on the choruses, but a different level on the verses. Or a sound's panning might be centered on an instrumental section, but panned to one side when the vocals play. You might use sends on a track that are at different volume positions.
Sometimes I'll set the filter cutoff on a software instrument to different positions to add animation to a sound. Before the new Logic Pro 10.0.7 update, you had to physically draw the points in by hand to do this, or record them live. Now you simply use Logic's four new key commands to capture the current position of a track's volume, pan, send and currently visible parameter. Think of them like snapshot automation, but unlike a traditional snapshot, you're not recalling a saved state, you're simply capturing the parameter's current position as automation. Since these commands are not set by default, let's set them up now.
Step 1 - Assign the New Commands
Press Option-K to open the Key Commands window and in the top right search field, type in 'create automation.'