Hidden Features of Logic X

Last week saw the release of the latest Logic X update, and while the programme hasn’t seen a full version launch since 2013, the incremental updates since have seen the addition of significant features including the outstanding Alchemy synth, the ChromaVerb effects plugin and the Studio Strings instrument. With this in mind, what better time to delve into some of the hidden features of Logic X.

1. MIDI Chase
When playback begins partway through a project, you may find that some of the MIDI parts do not playback. This is particularly evident if you have long help notes or chords such as a drone or evolving pad. You can get around this problem by activating this MIDI Chase settings by going to the File Menu - File - Project Settings - MIDI - Chase. Here you can then tick the MIDI Chase tick boxes to enable this feature.

2. Advanced Tools
Logic has been made more accessible for new music makers, particularly those stepping up from Garageband. As a result, some of the advanced features are hidden by default. To activate these features go to the Logic Pro X menu - Preferences - Advanced Tools, here you then have the option to enable different categories of advanced features to suit you requirements.

3. Toolbar Customisation

We all have unique working methods and features that we use more often than others. Quick access to certain features can help speed up workflow and allow us to concentrate on making music. You can customise the toolbar by click the arrow on the LCD style display and accessing the 'Customise Control Bar and Display' option.

4. Photo Notes
We have long been able to add notes to a track and this is useful for recording information such as what microphone has been used or any notes from the session. However, in the latest update you can also add photos, perfect for quickly storing hardware synth, guitar amp and pedal board settings.

5. Relocate Sound Library on External HD
The included library of sounds that come with Logic X has continued to grow and now weighs in at over 60GBs. This is a sizeable amount of storage when working with smaller solid state laptop drives. Now you can relocate the sound library to an external hard drive in the Sound Library menu helping you to keep internal hard drive space free.