How to customise Logic Pro X’s Smart Controls and take command of your sounds

Jono Buchanan demonstrates how to get access to different user-defined parameters of a software instrument or effect.

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The wealth of parameters and modulation options within software effects and instruments is a blessing in modern music production. However, menu-diving and mouse-clicking can become a bit of a chore if you’re performing or trying to achieve a quick workflow. Logic Pro X‘s Smart Controls come in handy here, providing quick access to the most important parameters in your soft synths and effects.

In this Logic Tips video, Jono Buchanan shows you how to customise these controls by assigning different parameters to each Smart Controls, adjusting the behaviour of the dial, MIDI mapping each one to an external controller and more.

In our Logic Tips series, MusicTech Logic guru Jono Buchanan explains the music production process on Apple’s professional DAW. We have over 50 episodes covering topics such as:

Jono Buchanan is an Apple Certified instructor, with years of experience under his belt. As well as being a professor in Guildhall’s Electronic Music Department, he’s also a producer and media composer, and a trusted writer for MusicTech magazine.

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