Logic Pro X 10.0.7: Advanced Automation Commands at Your Fingertips

One of the more exciting features in the recent Logic Pro X 10.0.7 free update are the new automation capturing commands. Being able to create automation points will only make mixing more fun!  

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.'

Darren started making music on computers when he was a teenager in 1987. His first computer was an Amiga, and when he realized the power of computer-based production, his addiction for making electronic music began. Darren switched to Mac in 1994 and started using Logic Pro. He's been involved in many music projects over the years incl... Read More

Discussion

Adam
Hi Darren.

This is a great new feature, but I can't get it to work in Logic 10.1.1.

The problem for me is as follows: I invoke the first 'create 2
automation points each for volume, sends and pan' command. This does as
expected and also puts the track into Read mode. I then move the
playhead to where I want my changes and I try to adjust my fader and
sends etc. When I try to dial in my new parameter values, the volume,
sends and pan just snap back to where they were.

The only way I can get it to work is each time I invoke the 'create 2
automation points each for volume, sends and pan' command, I need to
turn off automation for that track to take it out of read mode. It's a
bit annoying though, having to click it off each time I move the
playhead to write new automation.

I'm wondering if I need to change another setting or something...

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