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Logic Score Editor Explained®

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1

    General Concepts


    This introductory video explains the general concepts of how and why to use the Score Editor. Basic manipulation of notes and graphics as well as displayed parameters and printer set up are looked at.

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    Tutorial 2

    Preferences & Settings Pt. 1


    This video looks at the various display, system font and camera tool settings.

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    Tutorial 3

    Preferences & Settings Pt. 2


    This video shows editing preferences settings and looks at region and track parameters that affect Score Editor display. Import score settings is also covered.

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    Tutorial 4

    Accessing the Score Editor


    This video shows multiple methods of opening the score editor in the Arrange Window and as a separate window.

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    Tutorial 5

    Record Live Performance


    This video shows recording live and viewing the information in the Score Editor. It reviews the score checkbox and staff style settings and shows moving and copying notes. The Caps Lock Keyboard use and settings are also covered.

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    Tutorial 6

    Step Input Keyboard


    This video covers the parameters and features of the Step Input keyboard.

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    Tutorial 7

    Step Input Key Commands


    This video looks at the numerous key commands available for the Step Input Keyboard and shows how to set them up in the Key Commands window and use them for note entry. Key focus is also explained.

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    Tutorial 8

    Key Commands & Dynamics


    This video reviews entry and editing notes in the Score Editor. It also shows how to use Step Input Keyboard key commands with the window closed, Score Editor key commands, adding dynamics and the user rest.

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    Tutorial 9

    Playback & Navigation


    This video demonstrates a number of ways to get around in the Score Editor. Key commands for this are also covered.

Window Overview

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    Tutorial 10

    Global Signature Track


    This video shows setting up and using the Global Signature Track for time and key signatures. Add, edit, copy, paste and delete are covered.

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    Tutorial 11

    Global Chord Track


    This video shows using the Global Chord Track to generate chord symbols from a MIDI part in the score window. The Global Transposition track is looked at, as is the Define Chord window in the Score Editor. Both tips and caveats are discussed - it’s not a perfect system.

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    Tutorial 12

    Common Items


    This video covers elements of the Score Editor interface that you may be familiar with from other edit windows in Logic. A few tips special to the Score Editor are covered.

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    Tutorial 13

    Score Set Menu & Display Parameter


    This video shows how selections are made via the Score Set Menu and covers the elements of the Display Parameter window.

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    Tutorial 14

    Event Parameter Box


    This video shows the different parameters that appear in the Event Parameter box and how modifying them affects events. It also shows how to edit the same parameter in multiple regions in the Event Parameter box.

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    Tutorial 15

    Part Box Pt. 1


    This video covers selection, floating palettes, and preferences for the Part Box. Adding items to single and multiple tracks is shown, including using key commands.

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    Tutorial 16

    Part Box Pt. 2


    This video continues with demonstrating adding items of the Part Box to a score. User rests, multiple rests and N-tuplets are covered in detail.

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    Tutorial 17



    This video shows explains the functions of the buttons found on the top of the Score Editor window. Up Level, Link, Catch, MIDI In and Out and Page View are all covered.

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    Tutorial 18



    This video goes through the tools available in the Score Editor and demonstrates their uses.

Layout Menu

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    Tutorial 19

    Staff Styles Pt. 1


    This video covers assigning staff styles to a track, both in the arrange area and the Score Editor. The Staff Style window is explored, with assignment, naming, creating new staffs and editing covered.

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    Tutorial 20

    Staff Styles Pt. 2


    This video explores the staff parameters within the Staff Styles window in detail.

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    Tutorial 21

    Staff Styles Pt. 3


    This video covers the settings in the Voice and Assign areas of the Staff Style window.

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    Tutorial 22

    Score Sets


    This video shows how to create and edit score sets. The parameters of the score Set window are explained and related settings are covered.

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    Tutorial 23

    Global Format


    This video goes over the parameters of the Global Format settings. Global, score and part settings are covered.

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    Tutorial 24

    Names & Numbers Pt. 1


    This video explains and demonstrates all the page numbering features.

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    Tutorial 25

    Names & Numbers Pt. 2


    This video explains and demonstrates how the features for bar numbers and instrument names work.

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    Tutorial 26

    Tablature Tab


    This video explains and demonstrates how the various settings of the Tablature tab work.

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    Tutorial 27

    Chords & Grids Tab


    This video explains and demonstrates all the settings found in the Chords and Grids tab.

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    Tutorial 28

    Clefs & Signatures


    This video covers all the clef, key and time signatures and octave symbol settings. Staff style settings are referenced as well.

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    Tutorial 29



    This video covers the three areas of the Layout tab: Line Thickness, Spacing and Others such as stem length and tie position.

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    Tutorial 30

    MIDI Meaning


    This video looks at assigning velocity and length parameters to MIDI note articulation symbols and how that affects playback.

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    Tutorial 31



    This video demonstrates how to apply and edit the parameters in the Color tab. Interactivity with the piano roll editor, staff style window, attributes menu and view menu is also shown.

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    Tutorial 32

    Library Instrument Editor


    This video shows how to open up the Instrument Editor tab and create and edit an Instrument. Importing and exporting is also shown.

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    Tutorial 33

    Library Chord Grid Selector & Editor


    This video covers the parameters found in the Chord Grid Selector tabs. Searching, editing, listening, creating and editing are shown.

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    Tutorial 34

    Score Sets & Reset Lines


    This video shows how to make selections and create score sets. Parameters in the score set window are reviewed. New information includes setting a single staff margin and reset all lines.

Edit Menu

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    Tutorial 35

    Edit Menu


    This video covers the items found in the Edit Menu. Undo, paste, cut, copy, select, diatonic insert and more are demonstrated.

Functions Menu

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    Tutorial 36

    Functions Menu Pt. 1


    This video starts with Insert Chords from Global Track, covers Set Rounded Locators, the Quantization sub-menu and ends with the items in the Delete MIDI Events sub-menu.

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    Tutorial 37

    Functions Menu Pt. 2


    This video starts with the items in the Note Events sub-menu and goes through Copy MIDI Events. Note overlap correction and force legato, select highest and lowest notes, and voices to channels are among the items covered.

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    Tutorial 38

    Functions Menu Pt. 3


    This video demonstrates all the modes of Copy MIDI Events window. Copy, Move, Replace, and Swap are some of the modes covered.

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    Tutorial 39

    Functions Menu Pt. 4


    This video is on the Transform window. It covers parameters and settings and shows how to import settings. The settings Quantize Note Length and Transpose and creating a new set are explored.

Attributes Menu

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    Tutorial 40

    Attributes Menu Pt. 1


    This is the first of two videos on the Attributes menu. It covers the Accidentals, Stems, Beaming, Tires, Syncopation and Interpretation sub-menus. Everything is demonstrated.

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    Tutorial 41

    Attributes Menu Pt. 2


    This is the last video on the Attributes Menu. It covers the Independent note, Voice/Staff Assignments and Colors sub-menus and Reset All Attributes. Cross staff beaming is also shown.

Text Menu

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    Tutorial 42

    Text Menu


    This video covers the ins and outs of the Text Styles window. It shows how to edit existing styles and create your own. The interactivity with various settings windows and alignment in the inspector is also covered.

View Menu

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    Tutorial 43

    View Menu Pt. 1


    This first video shows covers Colors, Page View, Page Display Options, Duration Bars and Guides. All sub-menu contents and interactivity with other windows are shown.

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    Tutorial 44

    View Menu Pt. 2


    This second video demonstrates menu items Explode Folders, Explode Polyphony, Scroll In Play, Part Box with sub-menu, Configure Global Tracks, Track Protect Buttons, Inspector and Instrument Names.

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    Tutorial 45

    View Menu Pt. 3


    This last video on the View Menu is an overview of the Hyper Draw window. It also shows how the same information is displayed in the Arrange area and the Piano Roll Editor.

Creating a Lead Sheet

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    Tutorial 46

    Lead Sheet Pt. 1


    This first video shows creating an empty MIDI region, using the Rhythm staff style and entering chord symbols. Aligning and editing chords and creating rhythm hits are shown.

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    Tutorial 47

    Lead Sheet Pt. 2


    This second video shows tips on the link button, how to change a linear form to a chart with repeated sections, use of the Marker global track, and adding first and second endings.

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    Tutorial 48

    Lead Sheet Pt. 3


    This last video shows creating text styles, adding text, adding lyrics, and printout.

Four Voice Part to Individual Parts

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    Tutorial 49

    Piano Part to Horns Pt. 1


    This video works with four voice piano part and assigns it to individual horn tracks. Creation of needed tracks and assigning voices to tracks are demonstrated.

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    Tutorial 50

    Piano Part to Horns Pt. 2


    This second video shows editing the score set, numbers and names settings, adding articulations and dynamics with key commands. Printing is also covered, with option click on the score set popup menu demonstrated as a way to facilitate printing parts.

Create an Orchestral Score Template

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    Tutorial 51

    Orchestral Score Template Pt. 1


    This first video shows naming and coloring channel strips, setting track icons, creating empty MIDI regions and naming/coloring them the track name and color.

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    Tutorial 52

    Orchestral Score Template Pt. 2


    This last video covers setting up staff styles, score sets, bar numbering, large time signatures, page setup, and saving as a template.

Mapping drums

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    Tutorial 53

    Notate Drums Pt. 1


    This first video shows assigning a MIDI drum part to the Drum staff style. The staff style is explained and the position and group parameters are also explored.

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    Tutorial 54

    Notate Drums Pt. 2


    This second video jumps to the environment to create a mapped instrument. The parameters of the Mapped Instrument window are demonstrated and the mapped instrument cabling is also discussed.

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    Tutorial 55

    Notate Drums Pt. 3


    This last video shows the interactivity between the drum part, Mapped Instrument window and Drums staff style. Note heads, positions and groups are demonstrated.

Polyphonic Staff Styles

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    Tutorial 56

    Polyphonic Staff Styles


    This video shows creating various types of polyphonic staff styles. Parameters such as voice and channel are edited, the voice separation tool is used. Voices to channels is shown as is default split in score preferences.

Layout and Print

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    Tutorial 57

    Layout & Print


    This video summarizes the print process. Page Setup parameters, enable show margins, staff styles, score set, layout and some tips are covered.

Guitar Tab and Chords

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    Tutorial 58

    Guitar Tab & Chords


    This video walks through the the basics in showing standard notation as guitar tab. Guitar expression symbols are shown. Chord grids and the Chord Grid Selector and Editor are explored.

Presented by Apple Certified Logic Trainer Doug Zangar, "Logic Score Editor Explained" reveals one of Logic's most elusive, yet powerful features, the Score Editor.

Doug starts from the very beginning, covering basic concepts, settings, entering notes and navigation. He then gives in-depth window overviews, menu layouts, editing and functions tutorials, lead sheet creation, orchestral score templates, mapping drums, guitar tab and chords, how to layout and print your masterpiece and so much more.

If you use Logic and need to know how to create and compose in traditional music notation, this series is a must have. Know the score, get "Logic Score Editor Explained" today.

Submitted 2 years ago

Thank Goodness

I've used this tutorial for a while and have gotten many useful insights into Logic's score editor. The product contains a high-quality, fast-paced exploration of the score editor by an instructor with an encyclopedic knowledge standard notation. The lessons apply the tools to various projects the professor has created. I would, however, prefer lessons that start with building a project and present Logic's score editing tools as you go, which is the way most people approach the score editor it seems. Otherwise, it's difficult to remember all the little seemingly counter-intuitive but powerful tools in the program.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound for Film/TV

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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 Score Editor Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Thank Goodness I've used this tutorial for a while and have gotten many useful insights into Logic's score editor. The product contains a high-quality, fast-paced exploration of the score editor by an instructor with an encyclopedic knowledge standard notation. The lessons apply the tools to various projects the professor has created. I would, however, prefer lessons that start with building a project and present Logic's score editing tools as you go, which is the way most people approach the score editor it seems. Otherwise, it's difficult to remember all the little seemingly counter-intuitive but powerful tools in the program.
Date published: 2016-07-22