The Loop Browser in Logic Pro X

By Graham English

Logic Pro X gives you a special loop browser to search and find Apple loops. To open the loop browser, choose View→Show Apple Loops or press O. You can also open the loop browser by clicking the loop browser icon in the control bar.

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Here’s a description of the loop browser and its functions:

  • Loops index drop-down menu: At the top of the loop browser is a drop-down menu where you can select different loop collections installed on your computer. To view only loops that you’ve created, choose the My Loops category. At the bottom of the menu, you can choose Reindex All Loops to rebuild the catalog. You may want to reindex your loops after you’ve added loops to your system.

  • Search bar: You can search for loops by name with the search bar.

  • View icons: Below the search bar are two view icons that let you switch between button view and column view. The button view is the default state that shows you clickable keyword buttons to refine your loop search. The column view lets you navigate through loops by category.

  • Scale menu: You can filter your search by scale type, including Major, Minor, Neither, or Good for Both.

  • Signature menu: You can filter your search by time signature.

  • Keyword buttons: While in button view, you can click multiple keyword buttons to filter the search results. The top-left button is the Reset button, which clears all button choices. To the right of the Reset button is the Favorites button, which filters the search results to any loop that has been selected as a favorite.

  • Category columns: While in column view, you filter the search results by navigating through categories of loops.

  • Results list: This area displays the Apple loops. It has six columns: loop type, loop name, beats, favorites, tempo, and key. Loop types are divided into blue audio Apple loops and green MIDI Apple loops.

  • Volume slider: Selecting a loop automatically plays it. The volume slider adjusts the loudness of the loop as you audition it.

  • Play In menu: You can select the auditioned loop to play in the Song Key (the key of the current project), the Original Key (the key of the Apple loop), or a specific key.

  • Count: The number of loops that fit your search criteria is displayed at the bottom right of the loop browser.