Logic Pro Interface

In this video learn how to get started in Logic Pro X. MusicTech's Logic expert, Jono Buchanan explains how by showing you the interface. If you're new to Lo. Learn about the Auto Sampler interface. Logic Pro interface overview. Main window interface. Tracks area interface. Library interface. Inspector interface. Mixer interface. Smart Controls interface. Audio Track Editor interface. Piano Roll Editor interface. Drummer Editor interface. Score Editor interface. Step Editor interface.

In this Logic Pro X video tutorial, we take a look at setting up your audio interface in Logic Pro X. Learn what each setting does including how to reduce latency to get the best recording experience.

In today’s video we will take a look at setting up your audio interface in Logic Pro X. I’m using Logic Pro 10.2.4 in Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 but the settings will be the same across all versions of Logic Pro X and even Logic Pro 9.

Enable Advanced Tools

Before we begin, we want to turn on all the advanced tools and options in Logic Pro X. By default, Logic Pro X hides a lot of powerful tools and options which really separates Logic Pro X from Garageband. To make full use of Logic Pro X, you will want to turn on all the advanced tools and options.

In the menubar, click on Logic Pro X, Preferences, then Advanced Tools. Enable ‘Show Advanced Tools’ and you want to enable all of them by clicking on the enable all button at the bottom of the window. Logic Pro X will take a few seconds to enable all the options. You might notice a slight visual change in the user interface of Logic Pro X after these options have been enabled. This shows how many features were disabled previously.

Configuring Your Audio Device

We will now begin configuring our audio preferences. Click on Audio, then ensure that you are in the devices tab. You can also access this panel from the menubar by clicking on Logic Pro X, Preferences, then Audio.

Enable Core Audio

Core Audio is the digital audio infrastructure of the Mac OS. Most audio interfaces are Core Audio devices and you should always leave this setting enabled. You can think of this being the reason why you don’t usually need to install anything when using audio interfaces on a Mac.

Set the Input and Output Devices

Choose your desired audio device for your input and output devices. This will list all Core Audio compatible audio devices including both internal and external hardware. If your audio interface is not showing in this list, ensure that your audio interface is properly connected to your Mac and has been turned on.

The flexibility in Logic Pro X is the ability to choose different audio devices for the input and output devices. This allows for some creative and flexible use cases.

Changing the buffer size

The smaller the buffer size, the less latency there will be when recording, mixing, or working with software instruments.

However, as the buffer size is reduced, more strain is placed on your computer’s processor. If your computer is not able to handle the increased workload caused by the smaller buffer size, audio playback will be affected in the form of pops, clicks, crackling, or audio dropouts.

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Experiment with your system to find the lowest buffer size that your system can handle without having any pops, clicks, crackling, or dropouts.

When mixing with a lot of plugins, it is also possible to increase the buffer size to increase processing power at the cost of some increased audio latency. Additional latency while mixing is usually not a problem.

The resulting latency will be displayed below. Generally anything below 20-25ms is good and perfectly sufficient. 10ms or less would be very difficult to notice. Note that the value displayed is a round trip value, meaning the input and output latency combined. If you are only using software instruments or playback then only the output latency will affect you.

The Other Settings

You can leave the other settings alone as its default settings are fine for most users.

Apply the settings

If you have changed any settings on this page, click on ‘Apply’ to apply the settings. it make take a moment for Logic Pro X to switch to your desired settings.

General Audio Settings

While we are in this menu, we will move over to the ‘General’ tab to change some settings that are crucial for getting the best audio quality while recording audio.

Change the recording file format

Logic Pro X defaults to AIFF as the default file format. While AIFF files sounds exactly the same as WAVE files, I highly recommend changing to record using the Broadcast Wave Format, BWF. The BWF format is slightly more compatible across platforms and is the recommended file format to use for music delivery and audio archiving. This recommendation comes from various organizations including the Audio Engineering Society, Grammy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, and various government archives.

Enable 24-bit recording

Make sure that 24-bit Recording is turned on. Turning on this option will record to 24-bit audio files instead of 16-bit audio files. 24-bit audio files allows for cleaner sounding recordings as it has a much better dynamic range. All professional audio interfaces should have 24-bit convertors and this option will allow you to take advantage of the full quality of those convertors.


You have now set up Logic Pro X to use your audio interface to its maximum potential. Have fun recording and writing music in Logic Pro X. Leave a like if you like this video, or leave a comment below telling us what you liked or did not like about this video. Subscribe to the channel to not miss out on any new videos by clicking on the subscribe button. Also watch one of our other videos to learn more about music production. Do you want to see more content for Logic Pro X? Help us to make better content for you by telling us what you want to learn next. I hope you enjoyed watching this video and that I was able to help you in your music making journey.

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We redesigned and improved our most popular plug-in — the EXS24 Sampler — and renamed it Sampler. The new single-window design makes it easier to create and edit sampler instruments while remaining backward compatible with all EXS24 files. An expanded synthesis section with sound-shaping controls brings more depth and dynamics to your instruments. The reimagined mapping editor adds powerful, time-saving features that speed the creation of complex instruments. Use the zone waveform editor to make precise edits to sample start/end, loop ranges, and crossfades. And save hours of tedious editing with new drag-and-drop hot zones.

Quick Sampler

Quick Sampler is a fast and easy way to work with a single sample. Drag and drop an audio file from the Finder, Voice Memos, or anywhere within Logic Pro. Or record audio directly into Quick Sampler using a turntable, microphone, musical instrument, or even channel strips playing in Logic Pro. In a few steps, you can transform an individual sample into a fully playable instrument. And with Slice Mode, you can split a single sample into multiple slices — perfect for chopping up vocals or breaking up and resequencing drum loops.

Drum Synth

This powerful but easy-to-use plug-in creates synthesized drum sounds. Choose from a diverse collection of drum models and shape their sound with up to eight simple controls. Drum Synth is also directly integrated into the bottom of the Drum Machine Designer interface — giving you a focused set of sound-shaping controls.

Drum Machine Designer

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Seamless punch recording. Automatic take management. Support for pristine 24-bit/192kHz audio. Logic Pro makes it all easy to do — and undo. You can create projects with up to 1000 stereo or surround audio tracks and up to 1000 software instrument tracks, and run hundreds of plug-ins. It’s all you need to complete any project.

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Logic Pro goes beyond the average sequencer with an advanced set of options that let you record, edit, and manipulate MIDI performances. Transform a loose performance into one that locks tight into the groove using region-based parameters for note velocity, timing, and dynamics. Or tighten up your MIDI performances while preserving musical details like flams or chord rolls with Smart Quantize.

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Smart Tempo

Go off-script and stay on beat with Smart Tempo, a way to effortlessly mix and match music and beats without worrying about the original tempo. Record freely without a click track. And easily combine and edit MIDI and audio tracks — from vinyl samples to live instruments to multitrack audio stems — with constant or variable tempo.

Flex Time

Quickly manipulate the timing and tempo of your recording with Flex Time. Easily move the individual beats within a waveform to correct drum, vocal, guitar, or any other kind of track without slicing and moving regions.

Flex Pitch

Edit the level and pitch of individual notes quickly and easily with Flex Pitch. Roll over any note and all parameters are available for tweaking.

Track Alternatives

Create alternate versions of a track or multiple grouped tracks, and switch between them at any time to audition different options. Create, store, and select from different edits and arrangements of track regions to make it easier to experiment with various creative ideas.

Takes and Quick Swipe Comping

Click and drag to choose the best sections of each take to create a seamless comp, complete with transition-smoothing crossfades. Save multiple comps and switch among them to pick the one you like best.

Track Stacks

Consolidate multiple related tracks into a single track. Use a Summing Stack as a quick way to create submixes. Or create layered and split instruments.

Project Alternatives

Create as many alternate versions of a project as you’d like, each with its own name and settings but sharing the same assets — efficiently saving storage space. Load any version to make changes without compromising your original.

Track Groups and VCA Faders

Manage large mixes with Track Groups and VCA faders. Assign any selection of channels to a track group, then control the levels or other parameters of all tracks in the group from any single channel in the group.


Easily capture changes to any channel strip or plug-in parameter. Just enable automation, press Play, and make your changes.

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