For a lot of us, Logic is all about MIDI. With its huge selection of synths, keys and virtual instruments – it’s a songwriter’s dream.
But drawing in MIDI notes is never fun, is it? You pull up the Piano Roll, select the Pencil Tool, and then painstakingly etch in each note.
Some notes need to be long, and some need to be short. Most need to line up to the grid.
Logic’s Pencil Tool does try to help you out. It always draws in a note the same length as the last note you drew. But the length never seems to match what you want for this new note!
And then you look at the latest Studio One update. With it’s shiny Drum Step Sequencer. And you’re like, “what the heck Logic?”
Painting MIDI Like Picasso
Don’t jump ship though! Logic has had your back all along with its Paint Brush Tool.
The Paint Brush let’s you literally paint in MIDI notes. And they follow the pattern you set with the Time Quantize menu in the Piano Roll.
Want quarter note kicks? Paint them in!
Want 16th note hi-hats? With the flick of the wrist.
Need a slick snare roll? Slide across the grid 🙂
Highlights in this week’s video:
- Painting MIDI with the Logic Paint Brush (1:41)
- Painting Complicated Note Patterns (4:54)
- Painting in Acoustic Drum Patterns (5:18)
- Painting Velocity with the Step Editor (5:52)
- Key Commands for Setting Time Quantize Parameters (6:42)
- Painting in Key Parts With Scale Quantize (7:34)