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Logic 9 Quick-Swipe comping with MIDI tracks??

Discussion in 'Logic 9' started by antolickdrum, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. antolickdrum

    antolickdrum New Member

    Hello everyone,

    Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this post.
    I'm working in Logic Pro 9 with a Zendrum MIDI Controller and Fxpansion BFD 2.1. Right now I'm working on drum tracks that I am performing through BFD and recording as MIDI.

    I'd like to be able to quick-swipe comp multiple takes of inserted and cycle-recorded sections into a take folder, and then build composite tracks the way you would with regular audio takes. Is this possible?

    Also, if there is a better way to route my setup so as not to have to do this, but with the same advantages, I'd love to hear about it.

    I've considered just routing the audio channels in BFD's internal mixer to separate audio tracks in Logic, but then I lose the flexibility of being able to swap out sounds that you get with MIDI.

    So, I suppose I'm trying to have the best of both worlds - the flexibility of MIDI editing with the flexibility of quick-swipe comping that you get through working with MIDI files.

    Any advice, wisdom or help is appreciated...thank you so much!

    Orlando, FL
  3. Doug Zangar

    Doug Zangar Senior member

    While take folders exist for MIDI, there is no comping/quick swipe feature. I'm not a big fan of the MIDI take folders, preferring separate tracks.

    If you want a folder, use the standard regions folder just to organize.

    Not nearly as elegant as the audio side of things I'm afraid.....
  4. HKC

    HKC Senior member

    Really, there are midi track folders? How do you set that up and what doesn't work since you prefer standard folders. This has completely escaped me.
  5. Doug Zangar

    Doug Zangar Senior member

    Actually, I didn't quite say that, I said this:

    Go to your recording settings and and in the MIDI area play around with the different settings. The first in the pop up menu is to create a take folder. I prefer the old school setting: create tracks and mute in cycle mode.

    I also said this:

    You can pack MIDI (and audio regions) into a folder: Region>Folder>Pack folder. These folders can then be treated like a region - trimmed, copied, moved, etc.

    Hope I didn't confuse more than I clarified, or point out the obvious......
  6. HKC

    HKC Senior member

    No not at all, I haven't changed my way of recording midi for so long that I didn't know there was a way to put them directly into folders. I can definitely see a use for this in some situations.
    Thanks a lot, and once again I have learnt something:)
  7. Doug Zangar

    Doug Zangar Senior member

  8. HKC

    HKC Senior member

    I have just tried out the midi takes. Strange how the right window is similar to the audio version of the same thing when no editing is possible except just selecting track. This is definitely something that could be improved.
    I am finding it more and more difficult to find anything to wish for in the next version but this is one thing.
    A transport bar field that shows which latency compensation you are running, positive and negative region delays in samples and this. That's basically all I can come up with;-)
    That has to be a good thing
  9. mk3

    mk3 Senior member

    Fully editable MIDI take folders would be a great addition.

    And another option that every other DAW apparently has:
    Track Folders. Real track folders. Not Logic's "Folder Tracks", which are really folders of Regions. But true Track Folders, where multiple tracks can be grouped, and easily viewed in the same Arrange level by simply using an expand triangle, as in the Mac OS Finder...


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