Logic Pro's Layout Tool in the Score Editor

Logic Pro's Score Editor is both powerful and perhaps under appreciated. Jay Asher looks to remedy the later by revealing how to put the Layout Tool to best use.  

One of the really useful things in Logic Pro's powerful but idiosyncratic Score Editor is the Layout Tool. I use it so often that it is my default for the secondary tool, accessed by holding down the Command key.

In the Project Settings > Global, you have the ability to set the maximum amount of bars per line, which in my experience helps Logic makes the best choices for spacing. Usually I have it set to 4, as you see in Pic 1.

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But no setting works for every circumstance and the Layout Tool allows you to quickly drag measures from one line to a previous line or next line, overriding the project setting for that specific line.

In Pic 2, you can see the first page of the score prep I did for Don DeMesquita's take off on 'One Day More'

Jay is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter, arranger and orchestrator, conductor, keyboardist, as well as vocalist. As a composer, he is best known for scoring the New World Television series Zorro. Among the films and TV movies he has arranged, orchestrated and/or conducted are Paramount Pictures' Blame It On Rio Read More

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