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Introduction to the Logic Interface

Overview:
Logic is a huge program, and to go through every part of the interface would just be confusing at this point. This section will just take a quick look at the most important elements of the Logic interface that we’ll need for the next few exercises.

The Arrange Area
When you create a new Logic project, the default view shows the Arrange Area. Tracks and regions are arranged, or sequenced here.

  • The Add Tracks button allows you to create new audio, software instrument or external MIDI tracks. The Duplicate track button makes a duplicate copy of the selected track.
  • The Toolbar at the top of the Arrange Window allows quick access to commonly used functions such as Autozoom, Automation and Flex mode.
  • The position of regions and events within a project are aligned with Bar Ruler positions. The Bar Ruler also displays markers and locators, and reflects time signature changes. The Ruler can be modified to indicate bars, time or both.
  • The Playhead moves along the bar ruler according to playback position, but can be used for a number of other functions too.
  • The Track List displays all of the project’s instrument tracks, and also includes a number of useful functions that we’ll get to in another lesson.

The Transport Bar

  • Includes the main transport controls: Play, Stop and Record
  • The Click button toggles the Click Track, or Metronome on and off.
  • The Master Volume slider controls the master volume, or the level coming out of the speakers.
  • The Cycle [C] button toggles cycle, or loop mode on and off
  • You can customize the transport bar by right clicking it and selecting Customize Transport Bar
  • The Inspector displays settings for the currently selected track and its associated routing options in the Arrange Area. The most important setting to look at now is the Track Volume Fader, which can be dragged up or down to increase or decrease the volume of the selected track.