If you think about it, recording is more of a marathon than a sprint.
Of course it would be awesome to nail that perfect take the first time through! But more often than not, it’s usually best to get at least “one more take.”
(I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that in a session. Even though the previous take was supposed to be “the last take,” haha).
But sometimes magic appears out of thin air. Usually at the exact moment when you’re not recording.
Perhaps you or a performer are listening and rehearsing to the song you plan on recording. You haven’t hit “record” yet. Then suddenly, the most beautiful version of that performance escapes into the room!
Oh man, isn’t that just a kick in the pants? This beautiful moment occurred, and now it’s lost forever…
…Or is it?
Here’s the thing – Logic Pro can totally grab that performance as an audio recording “after the fact” if you need it to.
So that killer vocal warm-up or solo you ripped when the stress of the recording light wasn’t a factor? You can definitely capture it into your Project before it’s too late.
Capturing audio when not in a record mode boils down to 3 steps:
- Enabling Quick Punch-In in the Record menu
- Record-enabling the track you’ll be eventually recording to
- Pressing Record (key command R) before you stop playback
So if you’re rehearsing along with the track and something awesome happens – DON’T STOP PLAYBACK.
Instead hit the record button, and when you capture even a second of audio, then you can stop playback.
And once you do, hover your mouse over the bottom half of the left edge of the empty region you just recorded. You should see a bracket tool.
This bracket tool allows you to extend the left boundary of your region further to the left. And guess what? That take you thought you lost is now revealed!
This feature of Quick Punch-In is amazing. And it extends to the many takes in your Take Folders as well.
So check out today’s video above for all the details to save your takes before they’re gone.
P.S. Hey, what about MIDI and Software Instrument tracks? Can Logic Pro grab those moments as well even if you aren’t recording?