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Live Loops In Logic

Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques By Stephen Bennett
Published October 2020

The Tracks and Live Loops views are accessed using the toggle buttons at the top of Logic 10.5.The Tracks and Live Loops views are accessed using the toggle buttons at the top of Logic 10.5.

Get to grips with Logic 10.5's cells and Scenes.

While most digital audio workstations have adopted the 'tape recorder' paradigm as a way of working, there are some companies that have taken a more 'nonlinear' approach to the recording and playback process. Early examples of this approach were Emagic's Notator and Creator programs, while Ableton's Live is probably the most successful attempt to move beyond linear-style recording. Logic Pro X 10.5 introduced a new feature, Live Loops, which allows composers to create music in new nonlinear ways. Though the type of workflow enabled by Live Loops has especially found favour with DJs and experimental musicians, it has a lot to offer to composers in whatever field they work.

It Lives!

Once you launch Logic Pro 10.5, you'll notice a couple of new buttons next to the Automation icon in the main window. By selecting these, you can make both the Tracks and Live Loop windows visible or hidden. It's a good idea to assign these buttons to key commands straight away, as you'll find yourself swapping between these views a lot. Once in the Live Loops window, you'll see some greyed-out 'cells' positioned on a grid. These cells will be the repositories for your loops, and can act as individual playback units or as collections arranged in vertical Scenes. To begin recording into a cell, choose a global tempo and time signature, create a track (software instrument or audio; data from Drummer is automatically created), make sure it's selected and in record-ready mode, and choose a cell location and Quantize Start value (you can also select a Quantize Start value for Scenes by...

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Published October 2020

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