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Tips for using the Score window in Logic Pro

For those of us who grew up with MIDI, we became accustomed to seeing notes displayed as colored bars of varying lengths in the graphic editor window. And while this can be an acceptable way to work on pop music sequences, when you’re writing a film score or arranging for a large jazz ensemble, the piano roll view can become unwieldy when it comes to editing harmony and voice leading. To do that effectively, you’re pretty much going to want to see the score in traditional music notation. Of course, setting up preferences in the score window of DAW sequencers can be a bit difficult as well, so for those of you who want to make the leap to film score and music for larger ensembles, here are some tips for using the Score window in Logic Pro:

To view the full score choose Screenset 3. To view one sequence in the score window, double-click on its staff. Click on the black square (top left) to view the entire score again. The same process applies to other editors, e.g., in the event list you will either see a list of sequences or the contents of one sequence. Double-click on a sequence in the list to display the contents, click on the black square to see the list. There are various ways of viewing only one track instead of the whole score:

  • Mute all the other tracks (not very efficient as they have to be muted in the arrange window)
  • Double-click on the track (see above).
  • Create an instrument set containing just one instrument and choose that set from the flip menu in Display Parameter box.

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