Making Multi-Out Setup Easy in Logic Pro's Ultrabeat

Even if you know how to create a multi-output setup for Logic Pro X's Ultrabeat, you should read this excellent tutorial by Darren Burgos with some advanced tips on how to make multiple outputs easy!  

Stopping to set up multiple outs in Ultrabeat can be a creative buzz kill to say the least. In this article I want to show you how to set up an Ultrabeat in advance so multiple outs are ready to go from the get-go. You’ll be able to easily launch an Ultrabeat as a Patch from the Library with multiple output tracks already created, labeled, and easily press a Smart Control button that auto-assigns the individual drum voices to the tracks! Read on…

Step 1: Add a Multi Output Ultrabeat

To keep things clear, open a new Logic Project. Choose a software instrument as the first track, and add a Multi Output Ultrabeat to the channel.

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Step 2: Choose/Group Drum Voice Outputs

Choose a setting in Ultrabeat or use the factory default. From the Out column, start choosing individual outputs for each of the drum voices. Keep in mind as you choose outputs that there’s a total of 16 outs in Ultrabeat (8 stereo and 8 mono), but 25 different sounds/drum voices. 8 voices will have to be grouped into an already assigned output. It’s up to you how to utilize the 16 discreet outs, but check the Out column in the image below for what works for me.

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Step 3: Make a Button that Auto-Sets Outputs

So there’s a bit of problem in Ultrabeat… there’s no output lock. All the hard work you spend setting the individual voices to discreet outputs is lost when you change Ultrabeat’s preset settings! Let’s use Logic Pro X’s awesome new Smart Controls to “auto-set” the Outs with a button.

Press the B key on your Mac’s keyboard to open Smart Controls. We’ll be “borrowing” the Seq On/Off button as our output auto-set. Click the “i” (Inspector) button on the top left corner of the Smart Controls window to reveal the parameters. Make sure the Seq On/Off button is selected (if it’s lit up red, press it again so it’s not). Click the small up/down arrows next to the name for the parameter mapping, and a drop-down window will appear. Click “Delete Mapping.” Now click again and set the parameter to the following path: Non-automatable > Ultrabeat > Mix 01 > Mix 01 Output. Click the field directly above the Parameter Mapping to rename the button something meaningful like “Auto-Set Outputs.”

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Now click the arrows again and choose “Add Mapping.” Click again, and follow the same path, but select Mix 02 > Mix 02 Output this time. Repeat this in sequence until all 25 Ultrabeat output selections are mapped to the single button.

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Change the preset now in Ultrabeat… go ahead, don’t be scared—all the outs are lost!? Now press the button you mapped in Smart Controls… It toggles the outputs in Ultrabeat between out 24 and your selections from step 2 above. Awesome!

Step 4: Create Multi-Out Tracks in the Mixer

We need to create the actual tracks in the Mixer now. Press the X key to open the mixer and make sure you’re selected on the Ultrabeat channel. Press the channel’s multi-output button 15 times to create the individual outs. Shift-click all the created tracks in the Mixer so they’re all selected. Right-click and choose “Create Track”, then close the Mixer.

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Step 5: Create a Track Stack

Back in the Main Workspace/Arrange window you’ll see all 16 tracks. Shift-click them all to select them, then from the Track menu, select “Create Track Stack, then choose the Summing Option” (or use the Command-Shift-G key command). Now all 16 tracks are contained inside the Track Stack.

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Step 6: Name the Outputs

Open the Track Stack so you can see each of the 16 outputs. Each track has a generic Inst/Aux title. Consider naming each one at this point like Kick, Snares, etc., that all correspond to the output groupings you chose in step 2. Keep in mind the outputs start at the top down from Main (1/2) on down… ending on output 24 (the 16th output).

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Step 7: Save to the Library as a Patch

Now that we’ve created a Track Stack that contains Ultrabeat’s actual multi-out tracks, and made it easy to set the outputs that link directly to those tracks, let’s save it! Make sure you’re selected on the track with the Ultrabeat on it (the first track below the actual Track Stack). This is an important step! If you’re selected on the stack itself, the Smart Control button you made will not be saved with the Patch. Press the Y key on your Mac’s keyboard to open the Library. Press the Save button on the bottom right corner of the Library. Name it “Multi-Out Ultrabeat” then press the Save button. You can easily recall this from any project now via the User Patches menu in the Library. Keep in mind that when you recall the Patch in another Logic Project, the main Ultrabeat (Output 1/2) is muted. Not sure why this happens (could be a bug)… simply open the Track Stack and un-mute the track.

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Tips:

All the tracks are available to you directly from the Workspace window instead of having to open the Mixer. Add EQ to each separated track before saving so they’re built-in to the Library Patch.

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

mvar
Great tip, thanks!
Yosser
Borderline genius!
Darren Burgos
Thanks you guys! Glad you like the tip :)
Bob Wright
Worked perfectly! and now for my next trick...

I wish to drag a pattern from Ultrabeat and self populate the midi events corresponding to each new track in the track stacks (rather than just all appear in the track stack) i.e. bass drum midi events go into bass drum track, snares go into the snare track etc. I know I can use the "separate by note pitch" command, however this just creates new tracks, rather than just populating the tracks I have already created pursuant to your tutorial above. Got a smart control for this?!?!

btw your tutorials rock!
Darren Burgos
Hi Bob, thank-you! I'm glad you enjoy my articles :) I don't think there is a way to do that automatically by dragging from ultra beat into the arrange area. Try this though instead… With the pencil, tool draw empty regions on each of the individual UB voice/tracks. Double click into the one main region then click the key of a single drum sound to select the whole line. Press Command - X to cut the drum from the region. Now go to the corresponding empty region, double click to open it, and paste that drum into the region with the "paste at original position" command (or from the menu). Repeat the process for each voice/track. Depending on how many individual drum sounds are in the pattern, it shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes. Hope that helps!
Leeson
There is a way to do this by simply dragging the pattern straight from ultra beat.. Bottom left of ultrabeat where it says pattern there is a box on the right of it with dots on it.. Hold that down and drag to the corresponding channel.. I found I had to then delete the midi notes i didn't want on it but that's not a problem. This can be done on any channel.. Hope that helps.

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