Customize Your Logic Pro X Project Settings

By Graham English

Similar to the Logic Pro X Preferences, your project has its global settings that you can adjust. You get to the project settings shown by choosing File→Project Settings.

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Here’s a description of the Preferences panes you can choose at the top of the Project Settings window:

  • General: Set the grid to display bars and beats or time. Selecting bars and beats stores tempo information in the audio files you create. Storing the tempo in files is useful if you’ll use the assets in other projects that recognize the data. Using the Time setting also changes the primary ruler to display time instead of bars and beats.

  • Synchronization: Sync your project to an external device or control your project from an external device.

  • Metronome: This window is where you control the internal metronome sound generator, uniquely called Klopfgeist. You can also control an external click via MIDI if you prefer to use a different sound. When you don’t want to hear the metronome while recording, select Only During Count-In, which is useful when the sound gets in the way of the prerecorded media you’re listening to.

  • Recording: Adjust the number of bars or seconds that play before you begin recording. The MIDI settings give you several options for recordings that overlap. You can create take folders, join the regions, or create new tracks. You can also set the audio recording path in this window.

  • Tuning: If you play with a lot of live instruments, such as piano, you might need to detune the software instruments that accompany the acoustic instruments to make their pitch match. You can also experiment with several alternate scale types, though most people stick with Equal Tempered.

  • Audio: The sample rate is important to set here — 44.1 kHz is common for CD quality audio, and 44.8 kHz is common for video projects. You can adjust the automatic management and naming of channel strips. If you plan on mixing in surround sound, you can choose your surround format. You can adjust the Pan Law, which helps compensate for the fact that sounds get louder if they’re in both speakers equally.

  • MIDI: The Input Filter tab on this Preferences pane gives you some useful options if your external MIDI device is sending a lot of extra data that you don’t need.

    For example, aftertouch (pressure applied to a keyboard key while it is being held down) and system exclusive data can add a lot of data, and if you’re not using those features, turning them off makes editing in the list editor much easier because it’s not filled with extraneous data.

  • Score: If the MIDI tracks in your project will be printed for musicians to play, you can adjust the settings here. This pane has many settings, and most are for professional notation. If you plan on printing a lead sheet, quick parts, or guitar tablature, you may need to check out these settings. Otherwise, the default settings are often all you need.

  • Movie: If you import a movie into your project to compose a film score, Movie Start is a useful setting because movies don’t often start at 0. You can also adjust the volume if it’s getting in the way of your work, and you can have the movie follow the tempo.

  • Assets: When you select every option in this pane, all your assets are copied (not moved, but copied) into the project folder or package. Selecting every option is the safest way to go because all your assets are in one place, but you might not want to go this route if you’re concerned about your hard drive space.

After you adjust your project settings the way you like, save your project as a template (choose File→Save as Template). That way, when you start a new project, you won’t have to repeat your work. Project templates save you time and give your clicking finger relief so you can use it for more creative pursuits.