In today’s Logic Pros Live Loops diary, we are taking a look at the process of introducing this new workflow into our day-to-day recording sessions along with some quick Novation Launchpad tips. The potential of these repurposed controllers has just been getting even more intriguing with every Logic Pro update and after discussing the the pros and cons of the current-generation lineup, we are diving into to some tips and quality of life reminders for making the transition a smooth one.
Implementing a new Launchpad Live Loops workflow
Starting with Logic Pro 7 nearly two decades ago now, right through to last year’s massive 10.5 update, Apple’s has presented a mostly consistent music creation workflow with a focus on incremental updates, powerful new instruments, best-in-class composition companions, and all-in-all, modernizing a generally familiar experience. All of which has been a mostly successful endeavor as far as we are concerned, much like the game-changing updates it injected into the system through the last half of 2020.
Moving over to something like the wildly new, non-linear Live Loops lifestyle can be a bit jarring to say the least. While all of the usual suspects are still at play in Logic Pro, new possibilities have entered the fray vying for our creative attention. Colorful blinking light Launchpads to dig our fingers into bring a kind of expressive physical connection to Logic Pro for what feels like the very first time. Not just in terms of app control and original composition — playing notes with your keyboard or wiggling some faders with a control surface — but also over complete vertical slices of our work. Presenting direct access to every riff, motif, harmony group, drum groove, vocal sample, and horn blast in our composition like the notes of a keyboard, this effectively allows Logic Pro to provide its users a modular approach to song creation and musical performance-based song arrangement it simply never could before — and unlike like any other DAW can. So different, and powerful, and impossible to ignore, it’s time to go over some quality of life tips and reminders, when integrating Live Loops and Launchpads into your day-to-day workflow.
We have discussed the general potential of the Logic Pro hardware control in question, along with some brief installation tips, but it seemed like a fitting time to lay down some basics for folks just starting down their journey with us here. If you’re anything like me at all, finding time away from typical recording sessions, and your day-to-day composition/audio work routine — your EDR or every day rig, if you will — isn’t the easiest. But here are a few things that I have found particularly helpful to remember each time I get started on a new Launchpad Live Loops project, or when transforming those old timeline Regions into non-linear Cells.
Learn from the Templates
Learn from the Live Loops Logic Pro templates. It’s easy to quickly rip through a few of these and toy around for a bit, and then proceed to completely ignore them from that point on — it is for me anyway. But there are a few basics or quality of life Live Loops tips we can glean, and hopefully remember, from them that are particularly helpful when using Launchpads: Using an empty Scene to our advantage and creating a cycle area (loop) on the timeline.
Having an empty Scene in our Live Loops Launchpad projects can be particularly helpful as it will allow us to effectively stop playback without touching the keyboard or mouse — if that’s your kind of thing anyway. I found this to be quite useful in live performance-type situations, some arrangement sessions, and when performing arrangements to the timeline.
Ensuring you have a short loop in the cycle area of the timeline page in your Live Loops sessions is a helpful thing to remember. This is just sort of to keep the timeline playhead from running amok while you’re focused on the Live Loops environment.