The longer I use Logic, the more I’m find I’m always looking for a shortcut to get around.
Sometimes I want to mix a group of backing vocals as if they’re a single instrument. Why EQ and compress each backing vocal individually, when we can process them as a group?
To do this, I could either:
- Select each of the backing tracks in the Mixer
- Click on the Output field on one of the backing vocal Channel Strips
- Set the Output for each backing vocal to Bus 1
- And then wander around the Mixer to looking for the new Auxiliary Channel that Logic created
Or, I could try something different.
Select the backing vocal tracks in the Main Window, and use the following key command:
Shift – Command – G
And Logic will magically create a Summing Track Stack. Which means:
- The backing vocals are now organized together into a Folder in both the Main Window and Mixer
- The output for each of the backing vocals are automatically set to the same Bus
- And the top level of the Track Stack – our Bus/Auxiliary Channel – is placed directly to the left of our backing vocal group
Using only 3 keys on our Mac’s keyboard, we’re able to avoid at least 5 minutes of mousing around.
Logic is an amazing and intuitive program. But there’s a lot to navigate through. And unfortunately Logic can’t read our minds (yet).
If I think of something – like routing my backing vocals – I want to get right to it. NOT wade through menus upon menus.
Over time, I’ve found there are 5 key commands I use in every single Project. In fact, I’ll use these shortcuts hundreds – if not thousands – of times!
So in today’s video, I’d love to share 5 key commands I believe will revolutionize your workflow.
They’re simple and easy to remember. And can save you tons of time.
Got a couple favorite Logic key commands? Share some of yours in the comments below 🙂
Studio Intern says
Ten combinations of SHIFT CONTROL OPTION COMMAND plus a key on the keyboard, so 11 possible ways to use a key.
There are over 1600 commands that can be assigned to a keyboard combination.
On my blog I am posting the ‘Logic Pro X Keyboard Command of the Day’ – every day a different command…great fun.
Bobby Faria says
Thank you once again. I’ve seen you do some of the things you described in this video and always wondered how you did it. (Especially the option-click SOLO thing)
With all the other things that you do, I don’t know how you find the time to make these great videos, but I am very grateful that you do.
Happy to be of service Bobby! Thanks so much for continuing to check out WLPR 🙂
This was the first blog entry I searched for after your quick start guide. Good stuff, thanks Chris