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Separate MIDI Events by Note Pitch Function in Logic Pro X

Hi, this is Curtis from Musistic and today we will be looking at the Separate MIDI Events by Note Pitch function in Logic X.

Separating MIDI Events by Note takes the selected MIDI region that contains 2 or more note pitches and creates a new lane for each pitch used. This allows you to see the different note pitches along the timeline of the main window as their own clips to move and rearrange them at will. This feature is especially useful for drums because it allows you to create a groove as a single clip, and then build the arrangement using multiple clips.

In order to separate the MIDI notes of a clip into their own individual clips, you first select the clip that you want to separate. You can either right click the clip and select “Separate by Note Pitch”, or go to the Edit menu use this hierarchy to achieve the same effect:
Edit > Separate MIDI Events > By Note Pitch

Now all of the different note pitches will have their own track lanes in the main window for you to arrange them by. This can be useful for creating buildups, breakdown, choruses, etcetera! Dropping in a new lowest note in a synth melody can totally change up a groove.

All of the different clips will still trigger the same MIDI device, the audio from which will come out of the assigned output. If you want to effect the sound from a specific note on it’s own mixer channel, you will need to use an instrument with multiple outputs to achieve this.

Once your MIDI clip is separated into multiple clips open up the (multi-output) instrument. For this example I’ll reference the Ultrabeat Drum Synth. Find the note-assigned sound you want to effect, and set it’s output to something other than the main instruments output. You will need to create an auxiliary input channel strip to receive the audio. Open up the mixer window and click “Options > Create New Auxiliary Channel Strip” or use the “Control + N” key command. Set the input of the auxiliary input channel strip to the output of the instrument assigned to the sound that you want to effect. You now have that specific sound routed to it’s own channel strip for increased mixing control.

Separate MIDI Events by Note Pitch Function in Logic X Step By Step

This feature separates the various notes from a MIDI clips into their own clips, which can make arrangement a lot easier.

  • First we start by creating an instrument track and placing an instrument in its instrument slot. In this example we will be using the multi-output version of Ultrabeat.
  • Create an empty MIDI clip and fill it in to make a groove with all sorts of MIDI data.
  • Once your groove is created, right click the MIDI clip and select “Separate by Note Pitch,” or click the Edit menu and go to “Separate MIDI Events > By Note Pitch”
  • Now all of your different note pitches have their own lane in the main window timeline for easy arrangement.
  • Once your clips are arranged, you may want to individually affect some of the sounds.
  • This is why we used the multi-output version of Ultrabeat.
  • In the Ultrabeat plugin window, assign the sound that you want to affect to one of the alternate outputs.
  • Close the Ultrabeat window and open up the Mixer Window.
  • Create a new Auxiliary Input track.
  • Assign the input of the auxiliary track to the output of the specific sound.
  • You now have that sound on its own channel strip for extended effects and routing possibilities.

That’s how you use the Separate MIDI Events by Note Pitch function in Logic X.

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