Sometimes when you start a Project you think the song should be at a certain tempo. But then you realize maybe you need to cut that tempo in half. Or double it.
For example, maybe you set your Project do 70 bpm. But your Drummer track is playing way too slow for the song. So you’d prefer the Project tempo to be 140 bpm.
So you go to the Control Bar and change the Project Tempo from 70 to 140 bpm. Then you hit play…
All of sudden, your tracks in your Project are completely out of step with one another! Some regions have even moved around! What the heck?!
Sure, Drummer is performing at the correct tempo. But everything else is a mess now.
Is all lost? Can you really not change the tempo of your Projects after you’ve recorded and produced them?
Not so! In fact, Logic Pro has a super helpful feature called SMPTE-Lock, which allows you to lock your regions and performances in place.
Once you enable SMPTE-Lock, your regions stay put. Your MIDI and Pattern Regions won’t bend or stretch with the Project. Your performances will stay exactly the same. There’s just a new tempo now.
Of course, your success when using SMPTE-Lock will be dependent on some region-specific details. Audio regions are easy. But what about MIDI? Or Drummer regions?
So in today’s video above, I’d like to show you how to lock your regions down so you can change your Project Tempo.
Not only that, but I’ll also show you how the other end of the tempo issue – how to easily bend and stretch your different regions to match up with the grid.
Think of a loop or sample you’ve dropped into your Project, but doesn’t seem to match up with your Project Tempo.
I’ll show you how you can literally stretch your regions to lock in time with your Projects.