October 7, 2003

Looping In Logic  [ Edit ] 

I’m going through the Apple Pro Training book for Logic right now (on loan from Tony), and I’m learning the answers to several questions I’ve had.

If you want something to loop in Logic, a drum beat or whatever, you just click Loop in the object’s parameters (on the top left, under the quantize setting), or press L on your keyboard. The sequence will be looped until the end of the song. I discovered this early on while mashing keys.

Okay, but what if you don’t want it to loop until the end of the song? Easy, but not necessarily your first intuitive choice. Make a blank object in the same track wherever you want the loop to stop. Just grab the pencil and click where you want it to end.

The nice part is that looping sticks to the object, so you can do several things with that looped sequence:

  • Move or stretch it. If you move just the beginning, the loop will stretch so it ends in the same measure. If you move just the end, the beginning will stick. And of course, you can move the whole thing.
  • Copy it. Any copies you make will also loop unless you tell them not to.

There may be more to this looping business, but I think that covers what I’ll need.

Posted by Joe | TrackBack

it should be noted that this way u can only loop midi regions, not audio, audio should be copied as many times as u want it to repead

Posted by: Bayan at November 6, 2008 7:24 AM

Audio regions can, in fact, be looped just like MIDI regions in Logic. In some older versions, you couldn't stretch audio regions the same way you can MIDI regions, but in Logic 8 at least, you can even do that.

Posted by: Joe Chellman at November 6, 2008 10:14 AM
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