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Logic Pro: Capture Last Take As Recording for MIDI and Audio

Rounik Sethi on Jun 18, 2012 in Logic Pro 12 comments

You’ve just played the performance of a lifetime but Logic was in playback, not record, mode. All is not lost! Rounik Sethi shows you how to recall your last played MIDI or audio performance!

So, you’ve just played the performance of a lifetime but Logic was in playback, not record, mode. All is not lost! Let's take a look at how you can recall your last played MIDI or audio performance even when Logic wasn’t in record mode.

Yes, you read that right and this isn't just for you MIDI fiends. Logic Pro is able to recall the last played audio performance too!

Let's start by exploring how this works with MIDI performances...


1 - Capture MIDI As Recording

Although this is a well documented feature, many Logic users may not be aware of it. Start by right-clicking on the Transport and choose to customize the Transport bar. Make sure to enable ‘Capture Recording’ in the 1st column. The Capture Recording button will now be displayed next to the record button in the Transport. 

Enable the Capture Recording button in the Transport.

Fig 1. Enable the Capture Recording button in the Transport.


Note: You can also assign a key command to ‘Capture as Recording’. Go to Logic Pro > Preferences > Key Commands to set this up.

Then follow these steps:

  1. Create a software instrument track. 
  2. Hit play (Logic’s Transport MUST be running for this to work).
  3. Play some keys on your MIDI Controller or Caps lock keyboard and hit stop.
  4. Click the Capture as Recording button (or use the key command).

And that’s all there is to it. Your last performance will be written to a MIDI region on the track! Make sure to capture the recording immediately after stopping Logic’s transport. If you perform other functions before doing so Logic may forget that last performance.


2 - Capture Audio as recording

Capturing the last played recording on audio tracks is considered by all but a handful of Logic experts as impossible. However, impossible it is not! Follow these steps and you’ll never lose a performance again!

  1. Setup the inputs of an audio track to record an audio source.
  2. Enable Punch on the Fly mode so Logic is always listening: Options > Audio > Punch on the Fly. (See Fig 2.)
  3. Record-arm the audio track, hit Play in Logic’s transport and begin playing / singing. 
  4. BEFORE you stop playback, hit the Record button (R) then stop playback.

Fig 2. Make sure Punch on the Fly is enabled.

Fig 2. Make sure Punch on the Fly is enabled.


As expected a short audio region appears when you hit record. Because Logic was in Punch on the Fly mode that region contains the entire audio file from when you started playback! Now drag out the left-corner of the region to reveal the entire audio performance captured as a recording! 

Drag the bottom left-corner of the audio region to the left to reveal the entire audio performance.

Drag the bottom left-corner of the audio region to the left to reveal the entire audio performance.


And that is all there is to it! Unless you forget to have Punch on the Fly enabled, or Logic's transport was not in play mode… there's no excuse to lose that all important, once-in-a-lifetime jam when you're using Logic Pro!


Rounik is the Executive Editor for AskAudioMag.com & the quarterly print magazine by the same name. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic (and a self-confessed Mac fanatic) he's taught teachers, professional musicians and hobbyists how to get the best out of Apple's creative software. He is a Visiting lecturer at Bath Spa Univers... Read More

Discussion

Tieg
Incredible. Can we get a lesson on what Logic CAN'T do? Because I think that's the last thing I don't know about it.
Rounik
It is a cool trick! You know, I believe Logic can't make tea... but that's got me thinking, with a little bit of Environment trickery and suitable MIDI hardware it might be able to do just that...

hmmm ;-)
Tinnitus
One thing Logic won't do is start, at least on my computer...and a quite a few other folks out there too, according to what research I've done in the last few days.

Logic ran fine for about three weeks, then decided it didn't to start anymore. Since I downloaded my installation from the App store, I got ZERO support. They just said there's nothing they could/would do and refunded my money to my credit card. And boy that pisses me off.
Reach
@tinnitus were you able to goto an apple store?
Tinnitus
No. Apple Stores are a long way from where I live.

Perhaps next months new OS release will bring it back to life, maybe.

But the Apple store online didn't even ask questions about anything. Didn't try. Just basically said "Sorry, here's your money back."

I really like what I saw in Logic and wanted to learn more about it. But...
Rounik
Hi Tinnitus,

Could you give us some more details. Even better post a new thread on the Logic MPV forums here:
http://www.macprovideo.com/forum/

We'll do our best to help you :)
Rounik
In fact, what version of Mac OS X are you running? Did you run all the updates for Logic 9 on your Mac (through software update)?

Cheers
R
Tinnitus
iMac 27-inch, Late 2009, OS X 10.7.4, 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 12 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

I've fixed the problem (nobody asked). I went deep into the darkest part of the library folder and found
com.apple.logic.pro.plist and moved it to the desktop. then I started Logic and it works fine.


Do you guys use a little signature thing at the bottom of this text box so everyone can write their system specs there...?
Rounik
Well, that's good news of course... I thought from your previous message that Logic wouldn't start on your Mac period... and you'd taken the refund.

Logic is a massive application and with anything so complex can occasionally need a little troubleshooting. Removing the logic.pro.plist is a great way to remove any errors caused when starting due to the global settings.

In case anyone else reads this and needs to know more check this out:
http://www.macprovideo.com/hub/logic-pro/trash-talk-guide-reset-logics-preference-files

We don't have a signature on The Hub comments - as The Hub is an online magazine more than a forum.

However, we do have an excellent forum at macProVideo with some Logic and audio experts that hang out there. Check out the forums here:
http://www.macprovideo.com/forum/

Cheers
R
Darren Burgos
Wow! Amazing tip Rounik! :)
Rounik
Thanks Darren!

:)
logicluvva
Wow. That was trippy about the audio capture. GOOD Trippy though ! Ha.. Ace as always