Control Surface Usage Tips

You may find that using control surfaces changes the way you use Logic Express. Slight changes to your working methods can help you to use control surfaces more effectively. The following hints may streamline your Logic Express control surface workflow.

Customize Your Templates
  • Set up screensets 1–7 as your most frequently used screensets. You can access these directly on some control surfaces. On a Mackie Control, for example, you can access them with function keys F1 to F7, while function key 8 (F8) closes the topmost window.

  • It is recommended that you assign a full-screen Arrange window, with track automation view set to On (for all tracks), as one of your screensets.

  • A full-screen Mixer window is also recommended as another screenset.

Make Use of Markers

Markers allow you to quickly navigate from location to location in a project. Most control surfaces feature a number of shortcuts that allow you to rapidly move between markers, which is an extremely useful way of moving around in your projects.

Markers are also useful for creating or selecting cycle areas and a number of other tasks, such as punch and replace recording.

If you tend to follow a particular song structure, or like to work with a particular number of bars (4, 8, 16 bars, and so on) for verse and chorus sections, then set up a number of markers at suitable locations in your templates.