August 20, 2003

Using Quicktime Instruments In Logic  [ Edit ] 

One of the first questions I had when I started using Logic was: how can I get Quicktime MIDI instruments to play?

On the web, and in the context of most music, the Quicktime instruments are pretty bad. However, when you don’t own any sound modules, and you’re trying to do this on the cheap, Quicktime is better than nothing.

Once you know what to do, it’s really easy. I found the answer here; all you do to your environment is attach a Multi-Instrument object to an Apple Quicktime internal object.

I tried doing this from scratch, and also attaching the QT object to the default GM Mixer in the default Logic environment. Either way works — unfortunately when you do it to the default environment all your GM instruments in the track list get reset to No Output.

To save you the hassle, here’s the default environment all hooked up to Quicktime. You can open it, try it out, and save it as your autoload song if you like it. I find that the first time I open it, I sometimes have to click the tracks a couple times before Quicktime catches up and gives me the right sound for the track.

Posted by Joe | TrackBack

thanks! this has been driving me nuts!

Posted by: fretlesspeter at October 17, 2006 7:38 AM

I have a question!! - hope you can help - I am trying to attach my midi keyboard ( yamaha) to logic in order to play it but i cannot get it to play - i have gone to the environement window but not sure what to do...hope you can help as i really need it!!!!!!

thanks in advance

Posted by: nicola duffy at February 3, 2007 9:33 PM


I need more specifics (keyboard model, logic version) before I can tell you anything substantive. You have to check a few things for sure: when you plug the keyboard in and hit the keys, do you see any MIDI information appearing in the Logic transport? It should show you what note you're playing. If that's working, your keyboard is sending MIDI, you just can't hear anything.

Next you'd have to make sure you have selected a track that can receive MIDI and turn it into sound you can hear (Audio Instrument or Quicktime or something).

Play around with it some more. Logic is capable of doing so much that it doesn't make any assumptions about what you want, so things like this, that are pretty conceptually simple to us, take a bit of work to understand in the Logic world.

Posted by: Joe Chellman at February 4, 2007 12:48 AM
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