Basic Audio Editing Tools

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Lesson Overview

Logic Pro X features a wide range of ways to edit audio; Offering playlist edits; a dedicated audio editor and sampler options. In this introduction to basic audio editing, we're going to be editing in the playlist.

The pl​aylist is the main window where your project is arranged, and it may be referred to as playlist, arrangement view or main window.

Logic Pro X offers us the option to have two tools enabled at any one time. These are configured by using the tool selection menu just below Logic X’s transport.

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By default, the pointer tool and marquee tool will be set. In this case, we have changed it so that the second option is the pencil tool. This is just my preferred way of working and you will find yours.

Clicking on the tools provides a dropdown of the available options.

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Here we will look at using the scissors tool and change is to our primary tool. This means we will be able to cut audio or midi data with a single click. Pressing the “command” key will alternate to the secondary tool which is the pencil tool in this case.

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Now we can place the cursor over the desired slice location of the audio. Left clicking here will cut the audio at that location. Note that these edits are non-destructive and can always be undone.

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Now that our edit is created. Pressing “T” on the keyboard will also allow us to change the desired tool. Double tapping on the “T” key will set our main tool back to the pointer tool.

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Logic Pro X has something called a smart tool. This means that some tools will become active based upon the perceived intention of interaction.

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For example, adding a fade without switching to the fade tool can be achieved by using the pointer tool near the top corners of a piece of audio.

Pulling this into that piece of audio will create a fade while pulling that fade off that selection and into an adjacent section will create a crossfade of the two.

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The bottom corners will active the trim tool. This allows us to adjust the length of the selected piece of audio. As with slicing the audio, this is non-destructive an can be done and undone without issue.

Task

Using the basic editing tools described in this section, Use a drum break recording and edit it to make it unique to you. A simple example of this is shown in the video.

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