Does your Midi controller feature any sliders? did you know that its possible to control virtually any aspect of Logic Pro X using the configurable Midi Sliders on your Midi Controller Device, the truth is buying a lot of expensive third-party plugins and hardware to perform fancy functions in the studio is actually probably not worth your time or finance.
Yes, it’s cool to have the latest gear and if you can afford to pay for it, then, by all means, buy everything you can!
But if finances aren’t looking so great, in the meantime it pays off to know your DAW! as if you know it well enough, you’ll begin to think of most of the newest gear that comes onto the shelves at the Guitar Centre as pretty boxes that can make your process just the tiniest bit easier, having great equipment, of course, speeds up your workflow, but let me show how to control as much cool sh*t as you can in Logic Pro X using just what you have now.
How to Record Automation with a Single MIDI Knob
Did you know that even a lack of knobs or sliders doesn’t have to restrict you, Within Logic Pro X it’s possible to control multiple automation parameters with a single slider.
Here is how you do it.
- From the Mix menu select “Enable Automation Quick Access.”
- Click “Assign” on the window that appears, and the Automation Preferences window will come up.
- Simply move the controller you want to use, then press the “Done” button. You can now record any automation that is currently selected on the track.
It’s kind of obvious that it’s easy to control traditional functions of Logic Pro X such as Volume, Mutes or Solos, but if you’re lucky enough to have a few mappable knobs at your disposal then you can also go particularly crazy and start to automate your favourite effects such EQ or filters, And if you’re some kind of next level nut-case you may want to be able to control functions that the transport bar provide such as (play, stop, skip), that’s also possible! most manufacturers of high-quality Midi Controllers like Akai or M-Audio offer Logic Pro X maps that can be downloaded directly from their website and installed.
1. First let’s open up Logic’s Controller Assignments window (shift + alt + K, or Logic Pro X > Control Surfaces >…..
2. From here, we have two options: Easy View and Expert View. First, let’s pop over to Expert View by hitting the tab along the top of the window.
Note: If you can’t see the Expert View option, it is likely because you don’t have Advanced Tools showing in your LPX Preferences. Command + comma, then select the Advanced tab along the top and enable
3. Optional. Simply click the small plus sign on the bottom-most left corner of the window to create a new “Zone” or group of assignments. I like to name the zone whatever the controller is I am signing controls to, in this Akai MPK61. While this step is optional, we won’t be spending much time here and it is always a good idea to keep things organized.
4. Now let’s head back to ≈by clicking the tab along the top of the window to start making assignments. After enabling “Learn” mode in the bottom right corner, simply click and move any control you desire. At that point, you will notice Logic recognize that control in the “Parameter:…” field. Now interact with the hardware fader, button or rotary encoder on your device you would like it to control, and you’re done. Disable “Learn” mode by deselecting the button in the bottom right corner. Repeat as desired.
If you need to delete an assignment for any reason, simply open the Controller Assignments window and head to Expert View. From here, select the folder or “Zone” you created earlier, and delete the desired assignment in the rightmost panel where it is listed.