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Logic Pro X: Extracting MIDI Plug-in Data

Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques
By Paul White

Screen 1: The IAC Driver is key to routing MIDI from one Logic track to another.Screen 1: The IAC Driver is key to routing MIDI from one Logic track to another.

Logic's MIDI plug-ins are great, but getting access to the data they output can be tricky. Here's how it's done.

Those MIDI plug-ins that pop up in green in Logic's Instrument Channel FX slots can be very useful in creating something impressive from a modest input — the Arpeggiator and the Chord Trigger, for example, which produce complex results based on you playing or programming in just one or two notes. However, one major frustration is that these plug-ins don't facilitate the simple recording of their outputs, so although the audio results might sound impressive, your MIDI track still contains only the trigger notes that you played before they reached the MIDI plug-in. This is extremely annoying, as the Chord Trigger in particular is a great tool for knocking out a first draft of string parts, but in most cases you'll then need to thin out the notes, tie some across bar lines and so on to get the results sounding...

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Published August 2019