Thursday, September 28, 2006

Showing busses, auxes and outputs in the Arrange

We all know about having audio tracks, audio instrument tracks or MIDI tracks in the arrange - after all, it's how we create our music!

But it's often useful to have other types of track in the arrange, even if you are not directly recording on those tracks.

Let's take a simple one to start with - we want to perform an automated fade out during the end of our song.

Doing this manually would mean we'd need to go to our audio mixer, enable automation latch mode on the master output, and perform the fade manually - it might be good enough, but if you have a wobbly mouse hand, there's a better way.

If we assign the master output object to an arrange track, we can then use Logic's automation to simply draw a straight or curved line for the volume, and edit the fade to take as long as we neeed.

Ok, select a track in the arrange, and click-hold on the instrument name. Hmm. The main output object (called "Master 1" in my song) does not appear in the list of objects we can assign to a track. As you can see in the screenshot, we've only got audio tracks and audio instruments available. Darn!

This is because each object in the environment (instrument, audio track, bus, output and so on) has a parameter that determines whether it's shown or hidden from the list. If it's hidden, it therefore can't be assigned to a track. This makes sense because there's plenty of objects lurking in the environment you'd never want to assign to a track, and thus you don't want those ones cluttering up the list.

Ok, let's fix this.

Open our environment window, and locate our master output object. In my autoload song, it's on the "Audio" environment layer. Select the "Master 1" output object, and in the parameters, tick the little checkbox next to the "Icon" parameter. When this box is ticked, Logic will show that object in the arrange window's track list.

The checkbox in the parameters of every object determines whether that object is shown in the arrange window's track list.

Now back in the arrange, we can assign the output to a track, and thus use Logic's track automation to draw in our fade.

It's also useful for being able to edit automation on busses, plugins on auxes, or even just to access that channel in the arrange channel strip, without having to flip to another mixer window or screenset.


At 10:44 AM, Blogger noahstone said...

Thank you! That one has been driving me crazy. There are some things about Logic that seem so counter intuitive from a music recording perspective. This is a huge help to me.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Bee Jay said...

You're welcome!

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous M-De' said...

Just a little side can also show any of these objects in the Arrange by double-clicking on them in the Track Mixer. Make sure you double-click somewhere on the object and not just the name.....then voila, an Arrange party and everyone's invited!


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