Logic Pro X: Use the Automation/MIDI area in the Piano Roll Editor

Use the Automation/MIDI area in the Piano Roll Editor

You can create and edit automation data directly in the Piano Roll Editor. For detailed information about using automation, see Automation overview.

Figure. Automation/MIDI area with track-based automation showing.

When track-based automation is displayed in the Automation/MIDI area, the displayed automation curve is identical to the automation curve displayed in the automation lane in the Tracks area. Any adjustments to the automation curve made in either location is reflected immediately in the other. However, with region-based automation, you can choose to display either the automation curve associated with the region in the Tracks area automation lane or the MIDI data associated with individual notes. Therefore, with region-based automation it is possible to have the automation lane in the Tracks area showing the automation curve associated with the region and the Automation/MIDI area displaying MIDI data associated with each note (or vice versa).

Figure. Automation/MIDI area showing region-based automation with MIDI parameter showing.

Note: Region-based automation is effectively the same as MIDI Draw in previous versions of Logic Pro. If you had MIDI Draw data in a project created in a previous version of Logic Pro, it appears as region-based automation data.

Show automation or MIDI controller data in the Piano Roll Editor

  • Click the Show/Hide Automation button in the Piano Roll Editor menu bar.

    An Automation button, an Automation Cycle Through button, and an Automation/MIDI Parameter pop-up menu appear at the bottom of the Piano Roll Editor inspector. Any existing automation or MIDI data for the selected parameter is displayed in the Automation/MIDI lane under the main editor window.

Show track-based automation data in the MIDI/Automation area

  1. If the Automation button is not already set to Track, click the button.

  2. Choose the desired automation parameter from the Automation/MIDI Parameter pop-up menu.

    Figure. Automation/MIDI Parameter pop-up menu.

Show region-based automation in the MIDI/Automation area

  1. If the Automation button is not already set to Region, click the button.

  2. Choose the desired automation or MIDI controller parameter from the Automation/MIDI pop-up menu.

    Figure. MIDI data chosen in the Automation/MIDI Parameter pop-up menu.

Cycle through existing automation curves and MIDI data

  • Click the Automation/MIDI Cycle Through button.

    Figure. Automation/MIDI Cycle Through button.
Published Date: Aug 9, 2019
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