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Logic Pro X: Articulations & Keyswitches

Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques
Published March 2019
By Paul White

Articulations are accessible in the Track Inspector.Articulations are accessible in the Track Inspector.

Get the most out of your virtual instruments with Logic's articulation options.

Anyone exploring Logic's Studio Strings and Studio Brass instruments will no doubt have checked out the Articulations box in the plug-in window and discovered the extended options to control how these instruments will respond to MIDI data. For example, if you pick Cellos, you'll find sustain, pizzicato, various trills, tremolo, crescendo options, and so on. Other than possibly the default sustain or maybe pizzicato, it is unlikely that you'll want to use any one of these across a whole passage of music, so Logic includes the means to switch between articulations during performance using MIDI notes that are outside the range of the instruments being played — C0 upwards in semitone steps. This isn't a new approach to articulation switching by any means, but it is a very practical and effective one. However, you can't just load up a string section and then hit those control notes to change articulation, as nothing will happen... yet.

To make use of articulations you need to open up the Track Inspector in the Main window and look for a field labelled Articulation Set, right at the bottom. You then have to select the...

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Published March 2019