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Logic Pro X Automation Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Off-Line Automation

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    Introduction

    Doug welcomes you and shows how to view automation. He then explores the various automation menus.

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    Automation Lanes

    The automation lanes are shown with and without control points. Sub-lanes are then revealed and explained.

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    Preferences & Settings

    Doug covers all the various automation preferences and settings, as well as their locations and parameters.

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    Create & Delete Control Points

    See how to use the Pointer and Pencil tools to create control points, and then use the pointer and eraser tools, as well as the delete key to remove them.

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    Creating Multiple Control Points

    Discover how to use the Mix menu items and the Marquee tool to create multiple control points in your automation.

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    Curves & Copy

    Learn how to turn ramps into curves and copy automation to another region. Using snap mode for automation is also explored and explained.

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    Copy & Select on Multiple Tracks

    See how to copy automation to a different track and make selections across multiple tracks.

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    Editing Automation Parameters on Multiple Tracks

    Explore using track selection to edit, delete and reassign automation parameters.

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    Delete Menu Items

    Doug now reveals different delete methods with the pointer and then covers all the delete automation choices in the Mix menu.

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    Group Automation

    See how creating a group will allow you to write automation to all tracks in the group simultaneously.

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    Using Sub Mixes

    Learn how to use track stacks, auxiliary channel strips and VCA channel strips to create automateable sub mixes.

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    Convert Automation

    Doug now demonstrates how to convert one type of automation to another type on the same track. He also shows you how to convert track automation to region automation, and vice versa.

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    Relative Value

    Learn how to use the relative value parameter to offset absolute automation.

Chapter 2 : Real-Time Automation

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    Automation Record Modes

    Watch how to record automation in real-time and the differences between Touch, Latch and Write.

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    Record Synth Controls

    Doug reveals how to use your synth's screen controls to record automation, and how to use Automation Quick Access to map a knob or fader from a controller to do the same thing.

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    Working with Smart Controls

    Check out how to use Smart controls to record automation, by mapping a screen control to a plug-in parameter, then mapping the screen control to your controller. Also learn how to map two plug-ing parameters to the same screen control.

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    Trim & Relative Modes

    Doug explains relative automation in offline mode and then goes into the write modes of relative and trim automation modes.

Chapter 3 : Region Automation

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    Region Automation

    Doug starts out with reviewing preferences, then explores track alternatives for an alternate mix. Watch how to convert between track and region based automation, and cool ways to display continuous control information is shown.

Chapter 4 : MIDI Draw

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    MIDI Draw Introduction

    Take a tour of the different ways to view MIDI Draw, and discover Logic's powerful Note Velocity functions.

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    MIDI Draw Menu

    Doug explores and explains the MIDI Draw menu, which allows you to select Fader events, MIDI events, continuous controller events and Smart Control parameters. See how its view is dynamic, based on the type of track selected and your project settings.

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    Recording MIDI Draw

    Learn how to record CC information as you play in a part, or add it separately by merging, or using a clone track.

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    MIDI Draw Offline

    See how to create and edit MIDI Draw information offline, view it in the Step Editor and the Event List, and how to convert from one parameter to another. Also learn why you should have MIDI Draw information start at the beginning of a region.

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    The CC 7/10 Setting

    This video shows how toggling the project setting changes whether volume and pan affects the software instrument or the channel strip.

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    Working with MIDI Channels

    Using an instance of Play with three flute articulations assigned to their own MIDI channel, Doug takes you through viewing, editing and creating MIDI Draw parameters on different MIDI channels.

Chapter 5 : Automation Event List

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    Automation Event List Pt. 1

    See how to open the Automation Event List and get an in-depth explanation of its interface and layout.

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    Automation Event List Pt. 2

    Discover how within the AEL you can SMPTE lock automation, copy and paste, and convert from one fader event type to another. Doug then explains how to edit parameter values in the columns, as well as what value the Additional Info button has when working with automation.

Chapter 6 : Summary

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    Conflicts & Conversions

    This video uses CC 7 (volume) as an example of the potential conflicts to be found with MIDI Draw, Region Automation and Track Automation. Doug covers the settings that can help or hinder this, and walks you through converting CC 7 from MIDI Draw to Region Automation to Track Automation and more.

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    Wrapping it Up

    In this final video, Doug plays a demo song to show the different ways to use Automation and MIDI Draw. An emphasis is put on layering, using track stacks and the VCA fader!

Product Overview


Logic Pro X wiz Doug Zangar brings you the definitive collection of video tutorials covering everything you need to know about automation in Logic Pro X. After viewing this series, you'll know how to automate anything and everything in Logic Pro X, making tracking, creative experimentation, and mixing simple and exciting!

Doug starts by welcoming you and reveals the places where automation lives in Logic Pro X. Next he hits the ground running with videos on Automation Lanes, Preferences and Settings and how to create and delete automation Control Points.

From there, Doug shows you how to work with single and multiple tracks with automation, group automation, sub-mix automation, converting automation data into other types of automation and more. Real-Time Automation is next, and Doug leaves no stone unturned.

Automation record modes are all revealed and explained, followed by how to use your Synth's controls to record automation, Smart Controls, Region Automation, MIDI Draw, the Automation Event List and much, much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you really want to see what Logic can do, its automation is a powerhouse feature just waiting to be used… Make better productions and mixes, watch "Logic Pro X Automation Explained" today!


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rustysprings
Submitted 7 months ago

Brilliant and detailed

I have not completed viewing all the videos but so far its been excellent in helping me understand the way in which you can use it. This is very detailed and the explanations are spot on. What does work well is the short length of each video , easier to retain info and the recap at the end if each video. Recommended for a better understanding and work method.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Logic Pro


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Tommy87
Submitted 8 months ago

Very easy to understand

He really goes into detail and reminds you a few times to nail the information in your head. Having knowledge is one thing but teaching is a skill of its own.



Martonko G.
Submitted 2 years ago

Very helpful and clear explanation.

I've purchased a lot of videos so far and all have been very helpful and educational. Thanks to all your crew of engineers who spent time recording them. All best! Martin:-)


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michaelnk
Submitted 2 years ago

good and useful info

good and useful

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Edward
Submitted 2 years ago

Good - but difficult to listen to.....

Useful, but the presenter's issues in which he needs to be seen as 'cool but really intelligent' and possessing an 'oh so deep voice that he so badly wants' - diminishes my enjoyment. Childish!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reaper

Response from Customer Service:

Hi there, thanks so much for your review.
We’re so sorry you didn’t enjoy Doug’s voice and presentation style. I can assure you he is a way cool dude, with no airs or pretense about him.
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Graham North
Submitted 2 years ago

Enlightening

What an excellent video, watching and working alongside the videos i can now understand in a few minutes what has evaded me when reading how to use Automation. Well done to everyone involved

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro


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rupak
Submitted 2 years ago

GREAT COURSE

Thank you for making this. GREAT STUFF

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer


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Greengreyce
Submitted 2 years ago

The best !

I watch a lot of tutorials about music for years, this one is the best yet ! It's deep yet simple, clear, at a great pace and you'll find that level of informations nowhere else ! Congratulations to Doug Zangar !!!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro


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Macaroni
Submitted 2 years ago

Good info.

This is a good refresher course for Automation.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro


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Dennis
Submitted 2 years ago

Another great tutorial by Doug Zangar

Moves along at the proper pace for ease of learning, clear, covers subject matter with continuity, starting at the surface and digging into the deeper points, reviews bullet points after each lesson, another great tutorial by Doug Zangar ! :-)

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro


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rustysprings
Submitted 7 months ago

Brilliant and detailed

I have not completed viewing all the videos but so far its been excellent in helping me understand the way in which you can use it. This is very detailed and the explanations are spot on. What does work well is the short length of each video , easier to retain info and the recap at the end if each video. Recommended for a better understanding and work method.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Logic Pro

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Tommy87
Submitted 8 months ago

Very easy to understand

He really goes into detail and reminds you a few times to nail the information in your head. Having knowledge is one thing but teaching is a skill of its own.


Martonko G.
Submitted 2 years ago

Very helpful and clear explanation.

I've purchased a lot of videos so far and all have been very helpful and educational. Thanks to all your crew of engineers who spent time recording them. All best! Martin:-)

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michaelnk
Submitted 2 years ago

good and useful info

good and useful

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Edward
Submitted 2 years ago

Good - but difficult to listen to.....

Useful, but the presenter's issues in which he needs to be seen as 'cool but really intelligent' and possessing an 'oh so deep voice that he so badly wants' - diminishes my enjoyment. Childish!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reaper

Response from Customer Service:

Hi there, thanks so much for your review.
We’re so sorry you didn’t enjoy Doug’s voice and presentation style. I can assure you he is a way cool dude, with no airs or pretense about him.
Thanks!
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Graham North
Submitted 2 years ago

Enlightening

What an excellent video, watching and working alongside the videos i can now understand in a few minutes what has evaded me when reading how to use Automation. Well done to everyone involved

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro

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rupak
Submitted 2 years ago

GREAT COURSE

Thank you for making this. GREAT STUFF

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer

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Greengreyce
Submitted 2 years ago

The best !

I watch a lot of tutorials about music for years, this one is the best yet ! It's deep yet simple, clear, at a great pace and you'll find that level of informations nowhere else ! Congratulations to Doug Zangar !!!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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Macaroni
Submitted 2 years ago

Good info.

This is a good refresher course for Automation.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro

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Dennis
Submitted 2 years ago

Another great tutorial by Doug Zangar

Moves along at the proper pace for ease of learning, clear, covers subject matter with continuity, starting at the surface and digging into the deeper points, reviews bullet points after each lesson, another great tutorial by Doug Zangar ! :-)

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing a bit of guitar and piano in the mid-60’s as a small child. Nothing really stuck until my first electric guitar and ensuing garage band in high school. By my last year of high school I was studying jazz guitar and the music bug had bitten.

2. What training have you had?

I went on to get a BFA in music (magna cum laude) from Cornish College of the Arts, emphasizing jazz guitar. Faculty at that time included Gary Peacock, Art Lande and Marius Nordal. I also completed the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, where I studied with Hummie Mann. Additionally, I have become a certified trainer for Apple’s Logic Pro software on versions 6, 7, and 8.

3. When did you get into recording?

My first home recording gear was purchased in the mid ‘80s. It consisted of a Tascam Porta One and a Roland 505 drum machine. By the late 80’s the Atari 1040 ST and Logic’s predecessor, Notator 2.0 were purchased. Digital audio didn’t arrive at the home studio until the early ‘90’s, with Digidesign’s Session 8.

4. People you have worked with/for?

My professional career has included working with Pavarotti, Vic Damone and Diahann Carroll. I have written music for commercials on television and radio and scored independent films. Studio work includes performing on as well as arranging and producing many CD projects. I have also helped many Seattle area musicians work with Logic.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I draw from my formal education, 4 years of running the Seattle Logic User Group, over 20 years of teaching music at the community college level and 30 years real-world experience working in the music business to give you a lot of insights and tips and tricks on how to use Logic to help create and refine your work.

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Logic Pro X Automation Explained® is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant and detailed I have not completed viewing all the videos but so far its been excellent in helping me understand the way in which you can use it. This is very detailed and the explanations are spot on. What does work well is the short length of each video , easier to retain info and the recap at the end if each video. Recommended for a better understanding and work method.
Date published: 2019-03-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very easy to understand He really goes into detail and reminds you a few times to nail the information in your head. Having knowledge is one thing but teaching is a skill of its own.
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful and clear explanation. I've purchased a lot of videos so far and all have been very helpful and educational. Thanks to all your crew of engineers who spent time recording them. All best! Martin:-)
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good and useful info good and useful
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Good - but difficult to listen to..... Useful, but the presenter's issues in which he needs to be seen as 'cool but really intelligent' and possessing an 'oh so deep voice that he so badly wants' - diminishes my enjoyment. Childish!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Enlightening What an excellent video, watching and working alongside the videos i can now understand in a few minutes what has evaded me when reading how to use Automation. Well done to everyone involved
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GREAT COURSE Thank you for making this. GREAT STUFF
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The best ! I watch a lot of tutorials about music for years, this one is the best yet ! It's deep yet simple, clear, at a great pace and you'll find that level of informations nowhere else ! Congratulations to Doug Zangar !!!
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another great tutorial by Doug Zangar Moves along at the proper pace for ease of learning, clear, covers subject matter with continuity, starting at the surface and digging into the deeper points, reviews bullet points after each lesson, another great tutorial by Doug Zangar ! :-)
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good info. This is a good refresher course for Automation.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So much info!! I'll be watching this several times to get it all. Doug is very thorough and does his recaps which help reinforce the lessons. As usual Groove 3 is simply the BEST.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fact filled Nothing left out of this thorough training
Date published: 2017-05-26
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