Getting Started with Logic Pro X

September 10, 2016

Here are the things I do when I’m setting up a new machine with Logic Pro X.

Download All the Sounds

From the Logic Pro X menu select Sound Library, then Download All Available Sounds

Enable the Advanced Tools

  • Press Command + , to bring up the Preferences window
  • Click on the Advanced pane
  • Click on the Enable All button
  • Close the Preferences window

Setup Input & Ouput Devices

  • Plug in your Audio Interface
  • Press Command + , to bring up the Preferences window
  • Click on the Audio pane
  • Click on the Devices tab
  • Make sure Output Device and Input Device are set to your Audio Interface
  • Close the Preferences window

Enable 24-Bit Recording

  • Press Command and , to bring up the Preferences window
  • Click on the Audio pane
  • Click on the General tab
  • Check 24-Bit Recording
  • Close the Preferences window

Label Audio Inputs

If you usually plug the same instruments into the same inputs on your audio interface all the time, it can be helpful to rename those inputs in Logic. For example: my guitar is always in input 1, bass in input 2 and input 3 and 4 are for vocal mics.

  • Click on the Mix menu
  • Click on I/O Labels...
  • For any input you want to rename:
    • Select the radio button under User
    • Provide a Long name
    • Provide a Short name

Shortcut Keys

Here are the shortcut keys I currently use the most:

General

  • Command + , = Preferences window
  • Options + k = Key Commands window

Panels

  • Y = Library
  • I = Inspector
  • X = Mixer
  • E = Editor
  • B = Smart Controls
  • D = List Editors (Event, Marker, Tempo, Signature)
  • O = Loops
  • F = Browsers (Project, Media, All Files)
  • Tab = Cycle forward between Panels
  • Shift + Tab = Cycle backward between Panels

Transport

  • Space = Play/Stop
  • Return = Return to 0
  • R = Start/Stop Record
  • C = Toggle Cycle Mode
  • , or . = Move 1 bar left or right
  • Shift + , or . = Move 8 bars left or right

Tracks

  • Up/Down Arrows = Change Selected Track
  • Shift + Return = Rename Selected Track
  • M = Mute Selected Track
  • S = Solo Selected Track
  • Control + R = Record Track
  • H = Toggle Hidden Tracks
  • Control + H = Hide Selected Track
  • Z = Zoom in/out of selected track/region
  • Command + Up/Down arrows = Increase/decrease track vertical zoom
  • Command + Left/Right arrows = Increase/decrease track horizontal zoom

Markers

  • ' = Show Marker Track
  • Option + ' = Create Marker at Playhead
  • Shift + ' = Rename Marker

Resources

Finally, here’s a list of tools, manuals, books, videos and hardware I’ve found useful:

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