Have you ever needed to change the tempo of your entire Project?
I don’t mean just setting a new tempo to record to. Instead, you’ve already recorded and laid down all sorts of tracks and ideas. The song might even be finished.
But at a certain point maybe you found yourself saying, “Hmm… I feel like this song could be a bit faster (or slower).”
So you try changing your Project’s tempo. But instead of everything speeding up or slowing down, the Project just goes crazy!
Logic Pro is not really known for handling tempo changes well. But it can be done! And it really only takes a couple of steps.
Your MIDI and software instruments should be fine when you try to change tempos (unless you SMPTE-Locked your MIDI). If you change the tempo at all, every MIDI, Pattern, and Drummer region will adapt accordingly. So no worries there!
But Audio Regions are a different story. Audio regions won’t change their tempo until Flex & Follow is turned on for each region. You don’t have to quantize or manually edit your regions. You just need to turn Flex on.
To do this:
- Show Flex view in the Track Area (press Command and F)
- Select every Audio Track in your Project (hold Command and select each Track Header)
- Press the Flex Enable button in 1 of the Track Headers of your selected Audio Tracks to turn Flex on for all selected Audio Tracks
- With all Audio Regions selected, make sure Flex & Follow is set to On by looking in the Region Inspector
- Change your Project’s Tempo
At this point, all your audio regions should adapt their tempo to the tempo change.
Since Flex can be enabled or disabled on a per-region basis, Flex & Follow must be enabled for all selected Audio Regions. That’s why I suggest you double-check the Region Inspector while you have all Audio Regions selected.
More to Come…
As you can see in today’s video, Flex Time adds amazing versatility to your Projects! But Flex is also an area of Logic Pro that causes a lot of confusion.
I have some fun stuff in store for next week. I’ve spent many months quietly working on a project here at WLPR, and I’m excited to finally share it with you.