How to Manually Map Smart Controls in Logic Pro X

By Graham English

When you open the smart controls in Logic Pro X and choose Automatic Smart Controls as the layout, all the screen controls are mapped to the track parameters automatically. If the controls aren’t mapped to the parameters you want or some of the controls remain unmapped, you can both manually and automatically map the smart controls.

To map smart controls automatically:

  1. Open the smart controls inspector by clicking the inspector icon in the smart controls menu bar.

  2. Open the Parameter Mapping area by clicking the disclosure triangle.

  3. Click the Parameter Mapping pop-up menu and make a selection as follows:

    • Choose Map All Controls when you want to completely reset the controls and have them automatically mapped. Automatically mapping your controls is a great starting place and usually gives you control over the parameters you need.

    • Choose Map All Unmapped Controls when you want to map only the controls that are currently labeled Unmapped.

You can manually map smart controls in two ways. The first way is to map controls by using the Learn button:

  1. Open the smart controls inspector.

  2. In the layout, select the control that you want to map to a parameter.

    Depending on the current layout, your controls could include knobs, faders, switches, buttons, and other interfaces. You should select the controller type that’s similar to the parameter you want to control. For example, a switch or button will control a parameter that has an on/off state, and a knob will control a parameter that has a range.

  3. Click the Learn button next to the Parameter Mapping menu in the inspector.

    The Learn button flashes orange to indicate that learn mode is active.

  4. Click the plug-in or channel strip parameter you want to control.

    For example, you might click the volume slider on the track.

  5. Click the Learn button again to finish mapping controls.

    The selected control now adjusts your track volume.

The first method is great if you know which parameters you want to adjust. The second way allows you to map controls by browsing the Parameter Mapping pop-up menu.

  1. Open the smart controls inspector.

  2. Select the control in the layout you want to map to a parameter.

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  3. Click the parameter mapping disclosure triangle to open the mapping area, and then click the parameter name (or click Unmapped if the control is unmapped).

    A pop-up menu appears.

  4. Choose the parameter you want to control.

You aren’t limited to mapping a control to a single parameter. You can add additional parameters to the control by clicking the parameter name in the inspector and choosing Add Mapping. In addition to adding mappings, you can copy and delete mappings from the same pop-up menu.