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Controlling Helix with Logic Pro X

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My goal is to change my snapshots with my drummers laptop using LogicProX for live performances. I've watched a couple videos on MIDI controlling the Helix but can't find anything about Logic specifically.   

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You need to record a MIDI track of your changes.Presets automatically send MIDI, but Snapshots only send MIDI if you assign the Snapshot MIDI (CC#69 Values 0-7) to an Instant Command in Command Center. If you're using more than one preset, you'd have to do it in all the presets you plan to use.

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Since I'm a PC guy I can't explain how to record MIDI in Logic, but this video might help:

 

 

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I used a MIDI track I created in Logic to control a HX Effects in real-time just this last weekend. You need to create an External MIDI track in Logic, then use the Event List for that MIDI track to manually enter the MIDI CC commands that rd2rk (and the manual) mentions. Make sure the event list includes the same MIDI channel you have specified for your Helix (I think it defaults to Channel 1). I'm assuming your drummer is using a click track? If so, the snapshot changes will be sent in time as long as the events are at the right place on the time line.

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If I'm not mistaken there's a preset in the TEMPLATES setlist that is specifically designed to control either logic or garageband.  It was introduced in 2.8 if I recall.

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3 hours ago, ajfkeith said:

If I'm not mistaken there's a preset in the TEMPLATES setlist that is specifically designed to control either logic or garageband.  It was introduced in 2.8 if I recall.

 

The Hotkeys Templates are meant for controlling DAW transport functions - Start, Stop, Record etc.

Not what OP is after.

 

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3 hours ago, soundog said:

I used a MIDI track I created in Logic to control a HX Effects in real-time just this last weekend. You need to create an External MIDI track in Logic, then use the Event List for that MIDI track to manually enter the MIDI CC commands that rd2rk (and the manual) mentions. Make sure the event list includes the same MIDI channel you have specified for your Helix (I think it defaults to Channel 1). I'm assuming your drummer is using a click track? If so, the snapshot changes will be sent in time as long as the events are at the right place on the time line.

 

I'm curious - Logic doesn't allow you to record the actual performance? I've never done it with Snapshots, but Reaper records Preset changes and Note info, so I'm pretty sure it would record the Snatshot CC info. Is Logic different where recording live MIDI is concerned?

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You,re correct, Logic will also record the actual performance (live input of MIDI data in real time). But if you want precise timing, I find its usually easier to enter manually (or edit after the live input) to get precise placement of the Snapshot changes. So, Snapshot #1 where a verse appears on the timeline, #2 for chorus, etc..... But to each his own when finding what works best for them.

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18 minutes ago, soundog said:

You,re correct, Logic will also record the actual performance (live input of MIDI data in real time). But if you want precise timing, I find its usually easier to enter manually (or edit after the live input) to get precise placement of the Snapshot changes. So, Snapshot #1 where a verse appears on the timeline, #2 for chorus, etc..... But to each his own when finding what works best for them.

 

Thanks. I can't imagine ever needing robotic assistance for the simple stuff I do, but it is kinda cool, and a lot of big acts have had their roadies doing their effects from backstage for a long time. Makes hitting those Rock Star poses just right so much easier..... :-)

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That's what its all about for me, plus less chance of wrinkling my spandex from pushing down foot switches...

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I appreciate all the input. I will be with my drummer on Friday to see if I can figure it out.

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