Apple Logic Pro
Rearrange, and arbitrarily play back, loop elements
OBJECTIVE: Break a loop down into individual slices, and then map them to the EXS24 sampler.
BACKGROUND: In conjunction with the EXS24, Logic can convert any region(s) into a sampled instrument. You
can also convert slices within a region, with each slice assigned to a MIDI note—then rearrange these to rearrange
the loop, or play discrete slices to create entirely different grooves.
1 Select the region containing the sonic elements that
you want to convert into an EXS24 instrument, then
go Audio > Convert Regions to New Sampler Track.
2 In the dialog box that appears, click on
“Transient Markers” to convert sections
between transients into EXS24 zones.
Here, you can also name the EXS24
instrument, and specify a note range
for the slices to cover. After making
your selections, click on “OK.”
3 Logic creates an EXS24 software instrument
track below the original track, automatically
selects the new track, and deselects the original
track above it. The new track includes MIDI
regions with ascending trigger notes.
4 Click on the MIDI track, then the
Piano Roll tab, to see where the
MIDI notes fall on the EXS24
keyboard, or to edit them.
5 To make the project selfcontained,
when you go to
Save, check “Copy EXS
instruments to project
folder” and “Copy EXS
samples to project folder.”
• Step 1: If Logic is set up for right-clicking, you can alternately right-click on the region, then go
Convert > Convert to New Sampler Track.
• Step 2: If you select “Regions” instead of “Transient Markers,” the selected region(s) will be converted
into an EXS24 zone.
• Step 2: You cannot derive more than 128 zones from the selected region.