In today’s Musistic University recording tutorial video, Jacob from Musistic shows off the different automation modes available to you in Logic Pro X and most DAWs.

In the video Jacob covers the four different types of automation.

Read mode, which simply reads automation that was already recorded to the track.

Auto read is when your DAW performs the written automation.

Touch mode, which where it starts to write automation on the parameter that you touch is when it starts to begin writing automation. And then when you are finished writing automation it jumps back to the original value where it was once at.

In the demonstration you can see that you can move the parameter as much as you want and it will jump back.

Auto touch writs automation data only when a fader is touched and faders return to any previously automated position after release.

Latch mode, which is essentially the same as touch mode but it won’t jump back to the original value. It behaves like the touch mode but you can move it as much as you want and it will stay wherever it is at. Where as in touch mode it will jump back.

Auto latch starts writing automation data when a fader is touched and stays in position after release.

Write mode, which is where it will start writing automation from the very beginning of the track and whatever automation you have already made will be erased. You can begin to write new automation since any previously recorded automation on the track is erased in this automation mode.

Auto write is used the first time automation is created or when you want to write over any existing automation.

When you are finishing with write mode in Logic it will jump to Touch mode and in Pro Tools it will change to latch mode.

Auto Off is another automation mode you should know about and use as needed since it is when automation is temporarily disabled.

Those are the automation modes that are available to you to use during your music production process. All of these automation modes also include the mute button. If the mute button is pressed during writing of automation the track will be muted during playback of the automation.