Logic Pro Lessons: Tool Selection for Faster Workflow

Logic Pro provides for the easy selection of it’s various tools while working in a given window.

In the upper right corner of the Arrange window are two tool menus, the left-click tool menu selects the default tool that is used most of the time:

The Command-click Tool menu selects the tool that is active when the Command key is held:


When doing a lot of crossfades while editing audio, for example, it can speed up workflow to assign the Crossfade tool in the command-click tool menu:

Then when a crossfade is needed, hold the command key to change the cursor to the Crossfade tool.

A third tool can be assigned to Right-click when using a mouse with Right-click capability.

Choose Logic Pro > Preferences > General, choose the Editing tab, and from the Right Mouse Button pop-up menu select Is Assignable to a Tool:

We now have three tools available with fast access, to speed up workflow. I like to set the three tools in the Arrange window to Pointer (Left-click), Crossfade or Marquee (Command-click), and Zoom (Right-click):

When cutting up a lot of Regions in the Arrange window,  try putting the Command-click Tool on Marquee, then hold the Command key, click and drag with the Marquee Tool to make selections:

In the Piano Roll  try setting the Command-click Tool to Velocity when editing MIDI notes:

Then hold the command key to bring up the velocity tool:

Right-click mouse functionality can speed things up considerably when using three tools in Logic Pro.

The Right-click can also be assigned to open the Tool Menu.

Choose Logic Pro > Preferences > General, choose the Editing tab, and from the Right Mouse Button pop-up menu select Opens Tool Menu:

The default Key Command to open the Tool menu is the escape key (the key marked esc).



    bobby February 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    hi Alex, how can i get the MPC3000 midi time coded with garage band? is it possible..

    bobby March 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Hi Alex, i have a MPC 3000 and a AMT8 Emagic going with Logic of course.

    I am having a hard time getting them to line up.. when i press play on Logic, it seems to had a few milli a seconds of silents and i can not change the tempo in logic to control the Akai MPC 3000

    what should i do to fix the tempo and have the MPC play on the down beat?

    thank you
    bobby

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