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Logic 9 Performance Automation:

Discussion in 'Logic 9' started by Fr3ShiE, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. Fr3ShiE

    Fr3ShiE Member

    Hey guys, moving into using Logic more for everything, especially midi stuff. I now use Reason mostly for keys and such. I was a DJ before getting into music production so I like to use DJ tricks on tracks, muting, soloing, volume and EQ changes. In Reason I can record the performance automation live while using the respective controls. Can we do this in Logic, record automation in real-time using physical controls?
     
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  3. Eli

    Eli Senior member

    Not muting and soloing. But you can certainly record the other parameters you mentioned, and more, in real time with a control surface.
     
  4. Fr3ShiE

    Fr3ShiE Member

    Someone tell Apple!

    Thanks, I'll explore around a little later today and figure it out. I have the control surface. Sometime soon I'll have to post all my Novation templates \ Logic and Reason mixers running Rewired together that function independently. There's so much great stuff in Reason. I hope they don't dongle the future update. I'll become a strict Logic user in that case.

    I'm gearing up as a precaution.
     
  5. Eli

    Eli Senior member

    Sorry - err... my bad. I just checked and yes, you can automate solo and mute. So sorry for the misinformation. I just have never personally used it myself; and so never really looked carefully to see if it was available.

    All is good with the world; you can automate track mutes and solos with the same ease as any other track automation.
     
  6. Fr3ShiE

    Fr3ShiE Member

    Cool got it! Read, Off, Latch, Write - on the channel strip.

    Choosing Automation Modes
    You can choose from the following automation modes in any channel strip:

    Don't forget the automation settings in Preferences!

    Off
    Off disables the current track automation data without deleting it. No automation data is written, read, or played back. If the current automation mode is Off, any edits to track automation data in the Arrange area automatically switch the automation mode to Read. This ensures that the data, as currently edited, will be played.

    Given that track automation can be recorded during playback mode, Off is the default setting, as any mix automation recording may prove disconcerting while arranging.

    Read
    Read mode automates the current track, using the existing automation data.

    The data cannot be changed by moving the channel strip controls, or using an external automation controller, when in Read mode.

    Touch
    Touch mode plays back automation data in the same fashion as Read mode.

    If a channel strip or an external (touch-sensitive) automation controller is touched, the existing track automation data of the active parameter is replaced by any controller movements—for as long as the fader or knob is touched. When you release the controller, the automation parameter returns to its original (recorded) value. The time required by a parameter to return to its previously recorded setting is set via Logic Pro > Preferences > Automation > Ramp Time.

    Touch is the most useful mode for creating a mix, and is directly comparable to “riding the faders” on a hardware mixing console. It allows you to correct and improve the mix at any time, when automation is active.

    Latch
    Latch mode basically works like Touch mode, but the current value replaces any existing automation data after releasing the fader or knob, when Logic Pro is in playback (or record) mode.

    To finish, or to end parameter editing, stop playback (or recording).

    Write
    In Write mode, existing track automation data is erased as the playhead passes it.

    If you move any of the Mixer’s (or an external unit’s) controls, this movement is recorded; if you don’t, existing data is simply deleted as the playhead passes it.

    Warning: Be careful with Write mode (and its settings), to make sure that you don’t erase your pan, bus, and plug-in automation data by mistake, if your intention was only to erase Volume fader information.
    To determine the type of data that should be erased
    The Write Mode Changes To menu determines the mode that Logic Pro switches to after a Write operation has been executed.

    You’ll rarely need the Write mode when working with the track automation features of Logic Pro. It’s mainly there to complete the selection of automation modes. It’s easier to erase automation data by choosing Track > Track Automation > Delete all Automation on Selected Track (or Delete All Automation, respectively).

    In earlier analog mix automation systems, Write mode was the only way to erase automation data from tape when beginning a new project. The Track > Track Automation > Write to End and Write to Right Locator commands are self-explanatory. One writes track automation data to the end of the project, and the other to the right locator position.

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    Thanks All!
     
  7. Eli

    Eli Senior member

    You'll likely want to use either touch or latch mode when creating your automation.
     

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