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Logic Pro X 10.1 Update Explained®

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Drummers & Drum Machines

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    Tutorial 1



    An overview of some of the new features that will be explored in this series.

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    Tutorial 2

    Meet the New Drummers


    Learn about the new genres and Drummers, and how their performance controls work.

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    Tutorial 3

    Drum Machine Designer


    See how the new Drum Machine Designer acts as a remote control for the underlying Ultrabeat sounds that are being triggered, how the new Drum Machine Designer patches are actually track stacks with subtracks that can be revealed in the Mixer and added selectively to the Tracks Area, how Smart Controls work with these new track stacks, and how to use third party drum plug-ins with the new electronic and hip hop drummers.

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    Tutorial 4

    Drum Machine Designer Explained


    Discover how this plug-in is used to build and customize electronic drum kits with controls for editing the sound of each kit piece individually, kit piece sub groups, or the entire kit.

Note Repeat & Spot Erase

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    Tutorial 5

    Note Repeat Basics


    See how this new feature is used to quickly and easily generate a drum groove by automatically generating notes of various rhythmic values while cycle recording.

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    Tutorial 6

    Note Repeat & MIDI Control


    See how MIDI messages are used to dynamically change the rhythmic values and velocities of the notes being generated with the Note Repeat function.

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    Tutorial 7

    Note Repeat & Key Remote


    Discover how the key remote feature allows you to use the keys on your keyboard controller to continuously vary the rhythmic values of the notes generated by the Note Repeat function.

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    Tutorial 8

    Spot Erase


    Learn how to use this feature to quickly and easily remove notes from existing parts.

Piano Roll Editor

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    Tutorial 9

    Brush Tool & Drum Names


    See how the new Brush Tool is used to paint in, select, and delete multiple notes, pre-defined patterns, and melodic notes that conform to a predefined key signature.

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    Tutorial 10

    Collapse Mode & New Piano Roll Behavior


    See how the Piano Roll Editor’s new collapse mode is used to display and work with only the notes used in a region, learn how regions can be resized and moved directly from this editor, and explore revised ways of working with the contents of multiple regions and double click behaviour.

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    Tutorial 11

    Time Handles


    Discover how this new feature is used to time compress/expand selected notes based on the new musical grid snap values in the Piano Roll Editor.


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    Tutorial 12

    Region Automation


    Explore the new region automation feature, and see how it is now possible to (finally!) bypass individual automation parameters.

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    Tutorial 13

    New Automation Settings


    See how two new project settings influence the behaviour of region automation in various situations.

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    Tutorial 14

    Trim Automation


    Discover how this new mode is used in conjunction with either trim, latch, or read modes; as a means of off setting already existing automation.

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    Tutorial 15

    Relative Automation


    See how this mode is used to offset existing volume, pan, or send automation by creating a separate lane of control points that can be accessed and edited separately from the existing absolute automation.


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    Tutorial 16

    New Channel Strip Components


    The Mixer window now has a new Channel Strip Components window that contains four new items: audio device control, multiple track name lines, track stack disclosure triangles, and a field for the new VCA faders.

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    Tutorial 17

    Track Stacks & the Mixer


    Explore the relationship between track stacks in the mixer and tracks area, and how the new Track Stacks channel strip component affects the display of Folder Stacks.

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    Tutorial 18

    VCA Groups


    Learn about the new VCA groups feature. By assigning channel strips to a VCA group, the VCA master fader is used to send out a control signal that offsets the level sent out by each channel strip in the group equally, regardless of their relative levels to each other.

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    Tutorial 19

    Mixer Metering Enhancement


    See how the new Peak Hold and return Time display preferences influence the behaviour of the meters in the mixer.

Plug-Ins & Sounds

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    Tutorial 20

    Compressor Update


    Explore the new interface enhancements and layout, the new input gain control and graph display, and the new Classic VCA model.

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    Tutorial 21

    Retro Synth Update


    Explore Retro Synth’s new ability to create custom wavetables from imported audio files.

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    Tutorial 22

    New Sounds & Plug-In Workflow Improvements


    Explore how the new Vintage Mellotron sounds work with Smart Controls, see where other new sounds are located, and learn about a few new plug-in related workflow enhancements.

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    Tutorial 23

    Plug-In Manager Basics


    Learn how to organize your audio unit plug-ins by moving them around in the new Plug-In Manager in order to have them appear in the top level category folders.

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    Tutorial 24

    Plug-In Manager Advanced


    Learn how to place plug-ins at the top level of your plug-in list, above the category folders; how to create and populate custom category folders, and how to add custom sub folders.

General Productivity Enhancements

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    Tutorial 25

    Smart Quantize


    Explore this new “musical” quantize algorithm where note ends, velocities, and proximity to the grid are evaluated, resulting in nearby notes getting placed on or close to the grid while the timing and position of notes farther away are preserved.

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    Tutorial 26



    The dedicated Marker button has been removed from the Track Header, and the go to next/previous marker function has been modified.

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    Tutorial 27

    Fades, Flex & Feel


    See how the new real time fade files work on Apple Loops, even when using flex pitch simultaneously! And how Apple Loops can be played back at multiples of their original tempo.

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    Tutorial 28

    General Workflow Improvements


    A mixed potpourri of small but useful workflow enhancements and changes including the new Kill/Recall Solo function, new repeat and zoom behaviour, and more.

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    Tutorial 29

    File Management Improvements


    Learn about improved Project Alternative handling, auto backup options, new bounce to disc behavior, and how to share either project files or songs via AirDrop and Mail.

Apple has updated nearly every facet of Logic Pro X, and Apple Logic Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg gets you up to speed like nobody else can. With nearly 2 hours covering every new feature and change, this is the most comprehensive series on the Logic Pro X 10.1 update available.

After a brief overview of all the new features and updates, Eli jumps right into all the drum-related changes. These includes new Drummers for the Drummer Virtual Instrument and a new Drum Machine Designer.

From there, Eli goes into Logic Pro X 10.1's most powerful new features, Note Repeat (including MIDI and Key Remote Control of Note Repeat), Spot Erase, the new Brush Tool, and new Piano Roll behavior.

Automation has been revved up in the 10.1 update as well, and Eli explores it in-depth, including the new Region Automation, Relative Automation, Trim Automation, and more. Eli then dives into Logic's Mixer updates next, explaining the new Channel Strip Components, VCA Groups, Meter Enhancements, and the relationship between Track Stacks and the Mixer.

Continuing on, you'll get a complete rundown of all the enhancements to Logic's world class Effects, including updates to Compressor and Retro Synth, new Sounds, Workflow Improvements, and the new Plug-in Manager. Finally, Eli tackles General Productivity Enhancements to Smart Quantize, Markers, Fades, Flex, and General Workflow and File Management Improvements.

If you're a newcomer to Logic or an advanced user who recently updated, watch "Logic Pro X 10.1 Explained" to get up to speed on this awesome update!

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Very straight forward

Very straight forward if a little fast. But since you can watch again, no real problem.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro

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Submitted 1 year ago


So much happening in any update that is awesome to have some explain it in plain english.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Logic Pro X 10.1 Update Explained® is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very straight forward Very straight forward if a little fast. But since you can watch again, no real problem.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from EXCELENT AS ALWAYS¡ So much happening in any update that is awesome to have some explain it in plain english.
Date published: 2017-02-15