How to Add MIDI Loops in Logic Pro X - dummies

How to Add MIDI Loops in Logic Pro X

By Graham English

MIDI loops can be added to software instrument tracks or external MIDI tracks. You can identify MIDI Apple loops by their green icon in the loop browser. To add MIDI Apple loops to your project, do one of the following:

  • Drag a MIDI loop to an external MIDI track. A MIDI region is created on the track with the Apple loop contents.

  • Drag a MIDI loop to a software instrument track or to an empty area of the tracks area or track list. A software instrument track is created, the corresponding software instrument is added to the track, and the loop is added to a MIDI region on the track.

If you drag a MIDI Apple loop to an audio track, the loop will be converted to audio and added to the tracks area at the position where you drop the loop.

You can also create your own Apple loops from any audio or MIDI region in your project. To create your own Apple loops, Control-click any region and choose Export→Add to Loop Library (Shift-Control-O). The Add Region to Apple Loops Library window appears.


You can create the following:

  • Loop: A loop will follow the project tempo. Loops are great for regions you want to repeat again and again.

  • One-shot: A one-shot will not follow the tempo and will play until the region completes. One-shots are great for sound effects or sounds that don’t have rhythmic content.

You can also choose the scale, genre, and instrument descriptors. Click the Create button and your Apple loop will be added to the loop browser.