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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Dec 2018 > SMART TEMPO IN LOGIC PRO X


Logic Pro X 10.4.2 has ushered some major developments in its Smart Tempo functionality, making it much easier to control your project’s tempo. Mark Cousins clocks on…


We’ve undoubtedly come a long way since the days of manually time-stretching or re-pitching a drum loop to place it in-sync with the tempo of your MIDI sequencer. Indeed, Logic Pro X now includes a wealth of tempo-related functionality that offers flexibilities in both directions – whether you’re locking a range of different loops to a single tempo, for example, or trying to lock Logic’s tempo to the more elasticated grid of a real performance. With the introduction of Smart Tempo in 10.4, and in 10.4.2, the option to apply Smart Tempo features across multitrack performances, it’s well worth spending some time understanding new tempo functionality as in many ways Logic now leads the field in respect to tempo flexibility!

Rather than being built from scratch, Smart Tempo is bolt-on to the Flex Time technology first introduced in Logic Pro 9. Technically speaking, Smart Tempo is an ‘intelligent’ front-end to Flex Time technology – clever enough to extract precise tempo information from a range of audio material, and also flexible and intuitive enough to let you work with the information in a variety of ways. Much of what can be achieved with Smart Tempo could have been achieved prior to 10.4.1, although it required more human input and, more importantly, time to achieve.

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