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Logic 8 Can Logic do this?

Discussion in 'Logic 8' started by MrMan, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. MrMan

    MrMan New Member

    Hello everyone. New to the base, not new to Logic or music creation. While I've been at this for years, I'm just a hobbyist, having fun.

    Before going Mac five years ago, I used Cubase, and there was this thing I used to do with software bass tracks that I wondered if Logic could also do. I have not found the way. Bear with me while I explain:

    I used to load a bass (or any software instrument, really), hit record and then play a single note on my midi keyboard, to get the timing and length of the notes that I wanted for the track just right. I stopped recording, and then I was able in Cubase to somehow go back, and toggle a switch that would allow me to select the first note, and then play the *correct* notes for the track in sequence to complete the track. Cubase would automatically move to the next note and I had all the time I needed to find it, press the key, and the only thing that would be modified from original run through was the note itself, not the length or position in the piano roll. Does that make sense?

    So in short there were two run throughs to complete the track: First, record any note over and over with the intention of getting the timing and length of the note. Second, play the notes which then move the original notes into the right position.

    It sound convoluted, I know, but I was never very good at playing things up to speed and this made it super easy. I wondered if anyone could tell me if Logic can do this.

    Thanks in advance!
  3. D_Gordon

    D_Gordon New Member

    Pretty easy.
    Record your one note MIDI mantra ;) and then open the Piano Roll.
    With the Piano Roll selected, use the left and right arrow keys on your computer keyboard to travel through the MIDI notes recorded. When a MIDI note is selected just use the combination of Option key + up or down key to change the pitch.

    Piece of cake.
  4. D_Gordon

    D_Gordon New Member

    Oh! And you can always use MIDI Step Input Recording to easily create very complicated passages. It just take some more time.
  5. MrMan

    MrMan New Member

    Say, thank you for the input. I'll see if I can hash this out when I get home this evening. This isn't exactly the solution I was hoping for though. Stepping through using the arrow keys works, but what I wanted was to change the 'mantra' by pressing the correct keys on the midi keyboard after the fact--not the computer keyboard. That way, I am not 'stepping' so much as 'designating'.

    Sadly, no idea what 'step input recording' is. Maybe it's what I'm looking for. Will do some digging.

    It really helps to be able to do this--you have no idea the frustration it avoids. :)
  6. jonperl

    jonperl Member

    This doesn't work here (at least on a laptop keyboard). However, if you double-click the MIDI In icon it appears with a lock - then instead of Step entry you can do MIDI input editing. Any selected note will jump to the pitch and velocity you play on your controller.
  7. MrMan

    MrMan New Member

    That sounds nearly exactly like what I'm looking for. If it steps automatically to the next note once the current one is designated, then this is it. Thank you! I'll give it a shot. :D
  8. jonperl

    jonperl Member

    No - you still need to use the Arrow keys to move from note to note for editing.
  9. MrMan

    MrMan New Member

    OK. Well, that's still a very acceptable workaround. I can handle a right arrow tap between controller key hits. :)

    Thanks again!
  10. D_Gordon

    D_Gordon New Member

    Works here.

    Did a movie:

  11. D_Gordon

    D_Gordon New Member

    You'll only use the computer keyboard to change the MIDI notes.
    You first can record the mantra with your MIDI keyboard.
    So you already have the length and the velocity played.

    I can't see a faster way. This is pretty fast and easy.
  12. MrMan

    MrMan New Member

    Agreed. This should work for me. Thanks again for providing a solution. :)

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