Punch In e Out in Logic Pro

Made a mistake when recording? No problem. Mike Watkinson shows how the old skool method of punching in and punching out in Logic Pro can be used to make it sound perfect.  

Durante la registrazione audio in Logic Pro, è possibile scegliere tra diverse quando si tratta di riparare un errore. Un approccio potrebbe essere quello di registrare su una pista completamente nuova. In secondo luogo si può sfruttare la capacità di creare Logics prende e memorizzarli in una cartella ripresa quando si registra in cima ad una registrazione esistente. Ma c'è un altro modo. Si avvale di un concetto che è nato nei giorni del nastro quando la conta delle tracce enormi erano impossibili e la registrazione di una nuova registrazione significa prendere su un esistente prendere.

Punzonatura dentro e fuori è attuata in due modi in Pro Logic: manualmente o automaticamente.

Il metodo manuale

Al fine di rendere Logic Pro comportarsi come un registratore a nastro, in modo da avere di agire come op nastro e fisicamente pugno pulsanti per cadere dentro e fuori su una registrazione (come se si stesse pugnalando i pulsanti di un ponte Studer), attenersi alla seguente procedura:

  • Click and hold the Record button and activate Punch on the Fly (this is also available from Options > Audio)

Enabling Punch on the Fly

Abilitazione Punch sul Fly

  • Open the Key Commands window (Logic Pro > Preferences > Key Commands, or Option-K) and search for the word ‘Record’
  • Find and select ‘Record Toggle’. this is usually set to Shift-R but just in case it isn’t, set up a keyboard command in the usual way
  • Back up from your mistake, record enable the track(s) and hit the Play button
  • Hit Shift-R (or your own key command) at the appropriate moments (in and out) to punch in and out

Logic Pro comportamento predefinito è quello di catturare il punch-in come una nuova ripresa, che seleziona automaticamente al posto del l'errore. Entrambe le regioni saranno inseriti in una cartella take per comodità:

Logic creates a take folder by default

Logic crea una cartella di default take

Automatic for the People

Se questo è tutto troppo simile duro lavoro si può usare Autopunch come alternativa, come segue:

  • Click the Autopunch button in the Transport

Autopunch (in red!)

Autopunch (in rosso!)

  • The Autopunch area appears in the Bar ruler. Adjust its left and right boundaries as appropriate

The Autopunch area - in red!

L'area Autopunch - in rosso!

  • Back up a little way before the Autopunch area and hit Record
  • The Record button will flash until it gets to the Autopunch area, where it will go solid red and recording will take place. With nothing else selected in the Transport, a take folder will be created as before
  • You can also quickly define an Autopunch area without enabling Autopunch in the transport by making a Marquee selection and pressing Record

Autopunch can be defined by a Marquee selection

Autopunch può essere definito da un perimetro di selezione


The Replace button

Il pulsante Sostituisci

Facendo clic sul pulsante Sostituisci nella Transport (accanto al pulsante Autopunch) si ferma Pro Logic di creare una cartella take. Invece, una delle due cose:

  1. If you are using ‘Punch on the Fly’ the new region will replace the old one in the area where you punch in
  2. When using Autopunch, the Autopunch area is removed from the existing region as soon as you click Record in anticipation of the new material

Autopunch with Replace mode (and an active Cycle area!)

Autopunch con modalità Replace (e una zona ciclo attivo!)

Dont panic! In entrambi i casi è l'audio sostituito effettivamente eliminato dal disco (come sarebbe se fosse nastro). Il modo più semplice per ripristinare un tratto mancante in caso di errore è quello di utilizzare Command-Z!

Mike has been obsessed with music software since he first saw Fairlight's Page-R, and has tracked its development through his work as a performer, composer and producer. As a writer he has contributed articles to Sound On Sound since 1999, and currently writes their Apple Notes column. As well as being a certified Logic Pro and Pro Too... Read More


Having come from the world of tape and very familiar with manually punching or dropping in I find that Logic doesn't work well with the manual method.

The source audio drops out for a brief moment at the beginning of the punch and I haven't been able to figure out why. My buffer size for recording is set to 128. If anyone has a suggestion please let me know. I prefer this method because it's much quicker than resetting markers.

Auto-punch works great (no drop out), but it takes longer to reset the punch points therefore disrupting the flow or groove the artist may be in.
Gary Hiebner
Great advice. Thanks for explaining the punch in and out process so thoroughly.
Peter Schwartz

I'm from the tape world too, and I've always enjoyed how quickly Logic responds to manual punch-in/punch-out. If it didn't work as good or better than tape I'd have shopped for another DAW long ago. Here's the recipe for success:

- make sure the Punch on the Fly feature is enabled
- make sure Replace Recording is enabled
- use **only** the Record Toggle key command to get in/out

If you're still experiencing audio dropouts then I'd have to chalk it up to the possibility that you have latency-inducing plugins somewhere in your signal chain.
Thanks, Ski.

Ingredients 1 and 2 are already part of my recipe so I think my problem may be because I haven't been using the Record Toggle key command. I'll give that a try.

If that works then you are my hero!

Thanks again.
When I use auto-punch-in and set my punch-in point at the 3rd beat of a bar it starts recording at the beginning of the bar which I don't want. Can't figure out why and what I'm doing wrong. Can you help?
I forgot to mention I'm working in midi not audio.

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