Logic Pro X : 03 Region and Note

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So rest of the workflow is below.

  • 4. Make regions.
  • 5. Add notes.
  • 6. Adjust sound balances in mixer.
  • 7. Export as an audio file.

Make Regions

In editing regions and notes, what you have to handle is “Tool“.

Tool defines the action when you click. It’s just like a weapon that you equip in RPG!

If you want to create a region, then take Pencil.

If you want to split a region, then take Scissors.

As you saw above, you can equip yourself with only up to 3 tools. But some tools you can replace with hot key.

  • Eraser … Delete key
  • Mute … “M” key
  • Glue … “⌘-J” key

So the tools you should take are:

  • Pointer
  • Pencil
  • Marquee
  • Scissors

Choose 3 out of these 4.

You can also pop up the tool select window with “T” key.

Now, use pencil tool and make a region.
Double click and open the piano roll.

If the piano roll area is too small, drag the border line to make it taller.

Piano roll also has the tool selector (independent of main window’s one).

Very the same. Pencil to add a note. Scissors to split a note.

But Velocity tool is only in piano roll. If you want to change the velocity of a note, use this.

Velocity is so important a factor that I recommend you to assign velocity tool to right click.

The best tool combination will be Pointer / Pencil / Velocity.


There are plenty of tips that helps your editing. I’ll introduce you some important ones.

Fine Adjustment

Drag a region with your [control] key pressed, and you can move it really slightly. This also works on a note and many other things.

And ⌥-drag for copying a region, a note, a plugin…

Loop & Alias

Drag the right upper edge of a region to loop it.
If you edit the original one, looped one is also changed. Save your time.

And ⌥⇧-drag to create an alias.

Alias works just like the one you see on Finder.
If you edit the original region, it’s reflected to all the aliases.

While loop is placed right after the original, alias can be placed anywhere. So it’s really useful, for example, when drums play the same phrase between verse 1 and verse 2 and you want to edit both at once.


Press [C] to turn on/off cycle playback.
When “cycle” is active, Logic plays only selected area repeatedly.

Drag its edge to change the cycle range.

Change Tempo

You can change tempo from the controll bar. drag “BPM” section up or down.

If you want to change tempo in the middle of a song, press [D] to open the list editor and add new.

Mute Regions (or Notes)

Select regions or notes and press [M] to Mute them.
“Mute” is a really useful function that temporally disables regions (or notes.) and keep them for later. Press [M] again to unmute.

Track Color

You can change the colors of tracks and regions. But in Logic it’s a bit wired…

(1) Show Track Color Bars

Right Click a track, then select the menu “Show Track Color Bars”.

(2) Show Color Panel

[⌥-C] to open the color panel.

Choose one. If you’re selecting a region, then the region will be colored.
If you want to change a track color, click somewhere to deselect regions.

(3) Set Region Colors at Once

When you finished coloring tracks, then [⌘-A], select menu [function] – [Color Regions by Track Color].

Now all tracks are colored. Once you set the track color, a region you add is automatically colored according to the track color.

So, making full use of these tips, place notes one by one.

> Plug Away <
 ̄Y^Y^Y^Y^Y^Y ̄

The next section is, finally, mix & bounce!

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