While the mouse remains your primary source of interaction with Logic, key commands provide an alternative way for you to control the program. Key commands give you access to most of Logic's functions directly from the keyboard, which saves you having to search through Logic's menus to look for the function you're after. Becoming familiar with Logic's key commandsand using themwill save you time as you arrange your songs. In fact, there are many key command functions that just plain aren't available from Logic's menusif you don't know these key commands, you can't use the functions! (You'll learn several of these secret key commands over the course of this book's lessons.)
For you to become a true Logic commander, your hand on the keyboard is just as important as your hand on the mouse. By default, Logic comes preconfigured with several key commands, many of which you've already seen and used. A word of advice: As you work through this book, pay attention to all discussed key commands, and be sure to try them out.
Restoring the Default Key Commands
To make sure you are working from the same page as the steps in this book, it's a good idea to restore Logic's default key command set before continuing. This is particularly true if you've upgraded to Logic 7 from an older version of the program, because installing Logic 7 may automatically load the older version's key commands.
Key commands are saved with your Logic preferences and are available to all songs. Additionally, you can back up your key commands by saving a copy of your Logic preferences file.
Changing Key Commands
Logic lets you assign any function you want to any key or combination of keys. If you don't like Logic's default key commands, feel free to change them. But keep in mind that this book uses Logic's default key command set, so if you change any of these commands, you may experience some differences between this book's results and your own.
Bearing this warning in mind, let's go ahead and assign some new key commandsthe important word here is new, because we are not changing any of the default commands. Instead, the following exercise adds a few new key commands to the Next Plug-In Setting and Previous Plug-In Setting key commandstwo functions that come in handy when you want to audition Logic's plug-in presets without constantly visiting the plug-in's Settings menu.
The functions whose names are preceded by a bullet (•) are available only via key commands.
For quick reference, print out your key commands. First, visit the Key Commands window's Show menu and select the Used option. The Key Commands window will now show only those key commands that have been assigned. Then, in the Key Commands local menu, select Option > Copy Key Commands to Clipboard. Paste the list into any text-editing software. You should be able to print your key commands.