LPX Quick Tip Tuesday - Set Note Color by Region Color
So you’re working along on your project, really getting into your work and you wanna do some edits with the MIDI parts across multiple regions like… let’s say you’re working on a drum part where you wanna see the hi hat, the snare, the kick, and the overheads. Well, if you open those all up in the piano roll you’ll discover you’re kinda SOL because all you see are MIDI notes in various colors. The problem with this is you can’t really see what parts are what if you’re working on multiple regions. So how do we go about fixing this?
1) First step is ALWAYS color your tracks. In this particular case you’ll want to color your drums different from each other. So by select the track and right clicking you’re brought up with a menu. One of these is titled ‘Assign Track Color.”
2) When you select that, the color window will appear. Here you can then select the color you want for each individual track. So once that’s done let’s bring up your piano roll (Command 4).
3) Now when you open up your piano roll you’ll see we still have the same problem. “Well Uncle Scott, we didn’t really fix the problem now did we…” you may say. Well hoooooold on there buckaroo! There’s still an extra step! In the left corner there’s a tab labeled “View”. When you click on that you’ll see about halfway down one that says “Set Note Color.” When you hover over this a side menu appears with three options - By Region Color, By Velocity or by MIDI Channel. Right now it’s selected as Velocity because most of the time when you’re in the Piano Roll you’re there to edit a few things - namely the MIDI notes and the velocity, or loudness, of those notes. However Logic gives you the option to see the notes as the regions selected. When you click on ‘By Region Color’ the notes will change to the appropriate track colors, making it easier to work on those specific parts.
4) Now you’re probably asking yourself,”Well cool… so I’ve got that but if I wanna see my Velocity adjustments, do I need to keep going back and forth? Is there an easier way?” Well, there are, in fact, three ways you can go about this - first option is if you look closely at the MIDI notes they each have a middle line inside them. That’s your velocity levels to gauge how loud that particular MIDI note is. Only problem with this is those really short short notes aren’t gonna show you that info unless you zoom WAY in. The second option is if you have an iPad you can download the Logic Remote app and under the key command page create a new button and search ‘Set Note Color By’ and create one for Region Color and one for Velocity. Now you can switch was ease between the two. And lastly, if you want a quick way through the keyboard, you can create a key command in there eliminating the need to squint your eyes or invest in an iPad.
And there you have it, folks! Hopefully this helps out and saves you some headaches trying to figure out which track is which when editing! Happy composing!