Logic Pro X – Key Commands (Ultimate Guide)

Learn the Key Commands in Logic Pro X

Key Commands in Logic Pro X

This is my complete list of all my favorite Logic Pro X Key Commands.

My name is Mike, I am a composer and Logic Pro X user. Just. Like. You! =)

The reason I made this list of key commands was simply because I personally was frustrated with trying to remember them all.

All Key Commands marked in bold are my own custom key commands.

PS. Make sure you bookmark this page, you are going to go back to it a lot! =)


Main View Modes in Logic Pro X

  • Library (Y)

  • Inspector (I)

  • Toolbar (Ctrl + Option + CMD + T)

  • Smart Controls (B)

  • Mixer (X)

  • Editors (E)

  • Piano Roll (P)

  • Score Editor (N)

  • List Editors (D)

  • Note Pads (Option + CMD + P)

  • Apple Loops Browser (O)

  • Media Browser (F)

  • Colors (Option + C)

  • Key Command Window (Option + K)

  • Step Input Keyboard (Option + CMD + K)

  • Track Headers (Option + T)

  • Show/Hide all Plugin Windows (V)

  • Recall Screensets from 1 to 9 (1-9)

  • Project Settings (Option + P)

  • Open/Close Instrument in Selected Track (CMD + F1)

  • Open/Close 1st Insert FX on Selected Track (Option + CMD + F1)

  • Open/Close 2nd Insert FX on Selected Track (Option + CMD + F2)

  • Open/Close 3rd Insert FX on Selected Track (Option + CMD + F3)

  • Open/Close 1st MIDI FX on Selected Track (Ctrl + Option + CMD + F1)

  • Open/Close 2nd MIDI FX on Selected Track (Ctrl + Option + CMD + F2)

  • Open/Close 3rd MIDI FX on Selected Track (Ctrl + Option + CMD + F3)


“Must Know” Key Commands

  • Save (CMD + D)

  • Undo (CMD + Z)

  • Redo (Shift + CMD + Z)

  • Copy (CMD + C)

  • Paste (CMD + V)

  • Delete (Backspace)

  • Select All (CMD + A)

  • Show Tool Menu (T)

  • Automation (A)


Sequencer Navigation Commands

  • Forward 1 Bar (.)

  • Rewind 1 Bar (,)

  • Forward 8 Bars (Shift + .)

  • Reverse 8 Bars (Shift + ,)

  • Go to Home (Numpad: 0)

  • Go to Previous Marker (Option + ,)

  • Go to Next Marker (Option + .)

  • Go to Marker Number X (Numpad: 1-9)

  • Go to Selection Start (Ctrl + Home)

  • Go to Selection End (Ctrl + End)


Zoom Commands

  • Zoom to Selection or All Content (Z)

  • Zoom Tool (Ctrl + Option)

  • Zoom Focused Track (Ctrl + Z)

  • Zoom Height (CMD + Arrow Up/Down)

  • Zoom Sequencer (CMD + Arrow Left/Right)

  • Zoom Height with Trackpad (Option + Swipe Up/Down)

  • Zoom Sequencer with Trackpad (Option + Swipe Left/Right)

  • Zoom to Fit Locators (Ctrl + Shift + Z)

  • Go back to Previous Zoom Setting (Ctrl + Option + Left-Click)


Transport Controls

  • Play (Spacebar)

  • Play from Selection (Shift + Spacebar)

  • Record (R)

  • Record/Record Toggle (Numpad: *)

  • Record/Record Repeat (Shift + Numpad: *)

  • Capture Recording (Shift + R)

  • Discard Recording + Go to Previous Position (CMD + .)

  • Stop (Numpad: 0)

  • Pause (Numpad: ,)

  • Cycle Mode (C)

  • Set Cycle Area to Rounded Selection (U)

  • Set Cycle Area to  Exact Selection (CMD + U)


Recording & Playback

  • Metronome (K)

  • Count-In (Shift + K)

  • Tuner (=)

  • Track Input Monitor Toggle (Ctrl + I)

  • Solo Selected Tracks (S)

  • Mute Selected Tracks (M)

  • Toggle Solo’ed Tracks (Ctrl + Shift + CMD + S)

  • Solo Selected Regions + shift to add (Ctrl + S)

  • Mute Selected Regions + shift to add (Ctrl + M)

  • Toggle Solo’ed Regions (Ctrl + S)

  • Varispeed (Ctrl + Option + CMD + V)

  • Low Latency Mode (Ctrl + Shift + CMD + L)


The Global Tracks

  • Show/Hide Global Tracks (G)

  • Global Tracks View Settings (Option + G)

  • Show Marker Track Only (‘)

  • Add New Marker (Option + ‘)

  • Rename Marker (Shift + ‘)

  • Delete Marker (Option + Backspace)


Overall Editing & Workflow

  • Repeat Part (CMD + R)

  • Repeat Section between Locators (Ctrl + CMD + R)

  • Quantize (Q)

  • Snap to Grid (CMD + G)

  • Bounce Regions in Place (Ctrl + B)

  • Time Stretch Part (Option + Drag Lower Part Corner)

  • Toggle Hide View (H)

  • Hide all Empty Tracks (Numpad: “clear”)

  • Unhide all Tracks (Shift + Numpad:”clear”)

  • Set Next Higher Division (Ctrl + Option + CMD + Home)

  • Set Next Lower Division (Ctrl + Option + CMD + End)

  • Set Quantize to Previous Value (Ctrl + Option + CMD + Page Up)

  • Set Quantize to Next Value (Ctrl + Option + CMD + Page Down)


The Sequencer in Logic Pro X

  • New Track Window (Option + CMD + N)

  • New MIDI Track (Option + CMD + S)

  • New Audio Track (Option + CMD + A)

  • Rename Track (Shift + Enter)

  • Rename Region (Shift + N)

  • Name Regions by Track Name (Option + Shift + N)

  • Join Regions per Track (J)

  • Join Regions on separate Tracks (CMD + J)

  • Split Regions/Notes at Playhead (CMD + T)

  • Multi-Split Regions (Scissor + Option)

  • Solo Selected Tracks (S)

  • Mute Selected Tracks (M)

  • Solo Selected Regions (Ctrl + S)

  • Mute Selected Regions (Ctrl + M)

  • Toggle Solo’ed Regions (Ctrl + S)

  • Toggle Solo’ed Tracks (Ctrl + Shift + CMD + S)


The Piano Roll in Logic Pro X

  • Move Note Up +1/-1 (Option + Up/Down)

  • Move Note Up +12/-12 (Shift + Option + Up/Down)

  • Nudge Note Left/Right (Option + Left/Right)

  • Join Notes (CMD + J)

  • Multi-Split Notes (Scissor + Option)

  • Mute Selected Notes (Ctrl + M)

  • Select all Muted Notes (Shift + M)

  • Select Notes of same Sub Position (Shift + P)

  • Select Notes with Same Articulation (Shift + D)

  • Invert Selection (Shift + I)

  • Temporarily disable snapping (Click + Ctrl + Shift + Drag)

  • Remove Overlaps (F1)

  • Force Legato (F2)

  • MIDI In Toggle (F3)


Audio Editing in Logic Pro X

  • Strip Silence (Ctrl + X)

  • Normalize Region Gain (Ctrl + Option + CMD + N)

  • Normalize Audio in Audio File Editor (Ctrl + N)

  • Reverse Audio in Audio File Editor (Ctrl + Shift + R)

  • Trim Audio in Audio File Editor (Ctrl + Shift + T)

  • Convert Region to Sampler Track (Ctrl + E)

  • Transient Editing Mode in Audio File Editor (Ctrl + T)

  • Convert Audio Regions to Independent Copies (Option + CMD + F)


Automation in Logic Pro X

  • Toggle Automation (A)

  • Autoflow Automation Lanes (CMD + Y)

  • Add Automation Points (Double-Click)

  • Delete Automation Points (Select + Backspace)

  • Select Automation Points (Option + Selection)

  • Move Single Automation Point (Click + Drag)

  • Move all Following Automation Points (Option-click Point + Drag)

  • Automation Curve (Ctrl + Shift + Drag)

  • Create Region Automation Points (Marquee + Click in Selection)

  • Lock X-Axis when Editing Point (Ctrl)

  • Delete Visible Automation on Selected Track (Ctrl + CMD + Backspace)

  • Delete ALL Automation on Selected Track (Ctrl + Shift + CMD + Backspace)

  • Toggle Read/Latch Automation (Ctrl + CMD + A)

  • Assign MIDI automation (Move parameter – CMD + L – Move Controller)

  • Snap Automation Points (Ctrl + Option + CMD + G)


Final Notes

Please note that key commands may differ depending on Logic Pro X version, your MAC keyboard version, your key command language preset etc.

For reference, this was my setup as of writing this list: Logic Pro X 10.4.2, US Key Command Preset, Full Sized MAC Keyboard with numpad (Swedish layout).

Watch all my Logic Pro X Tips & Tricks Videos here.

I wish you all the best in improving and mastering your workflow in Logic Pro X! =)

 


My name is Mikael “Mike” Baggström, and I am a composer, sound designer, artist, video creator, coffee lover, science geek and true nerd…

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