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Fast Ways To Use Logic Pro X

Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques By Paul White

Use Logic Pro X faster with these time-saving tips.

How many of us find ourselves doing the same thing over and over again when there is an easy way to save time? In Logic Pro X, the most obvious time-saver is to create a series of song templates for different types of project and then choose 'Save as Template' to put them in your User Templates folder. Yes, we've covered this before, but with the latest version of Logic Pro X (10.4.7 at the time of writing), creating a template loaded with all your more commonly used software instruments and effects plug-ins no longer comes with a CPU load penalty, as all plug-ins, other than those on the selected track or inserted into buses, now remain disabled until you actually record something onto that track. This is all automatic, so as soon as you start to record a MIDI or audio track, the plug-ins for that track spring to life. What you put in your templates is of course up to you, but I find it helpful to start with three send buses to feed reverb, delay and a parallel compressor, and when it comes to instruments I often need a piano, strings, Alchemy and a couple of third–party instruments too, so I'll set these up, allocate names and icons, arrange screensets, insert mastering plug-ins on the main stereo bus, and so on, before saving as a template. You can also include external synths in your templates.

Screen 1: Many of Logic's Library instrument presets include large numbers of plug-ins you may never use. You can remove them, and save your cut-down instrument channel as a  preset by clicking on the Save button at the bottom.Screen 1: Many of Logic's Library instrument presets include large numbers of plug-ins you may never use. You can remove them, and save your cut-down instrument channel as a preset by clicking on the Save button at the bottom.But templates extend beyond whole songs: you can also save channel settings, something you may have discovered already. If you have a favourite combination of plug-ins, including instruments, you can go to the Settings box near the top of the channel strip, select 'Save Channel strip setting as...', then name and save your settings for future use. Channel strips and buses each have their...

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Published February 2020