Smart Controls – On/Off – Bypass Control for Plugins in Logic Pro X

Smart Controls – On/Off – Bypass Control for Plugins in Logic Pro X


Hi guys. In this video, I’m going to show you how to use Smart Controls to create a custom on/off and bypass control that applies to multiple plugins simultaneously. I have four Ozone 9 Match EQ plugins on a submaster bus. The reason I am using four is because each one is isolating a range of frequencies. A big shout out to Gary Margason for the use of his track “Vagabond” for this video. As of the date of this video, the track has not been released yet, but it’s in the final production process and will be released very soon. So what are Smart Controls? They’re a set of on-screen controls that let you control the sound of a selected track- you can control the channel strip and plug-in parameters. So I’m going to start by clicking and selecting my submaster bus. Now I’m going to open the Smart Controls interface. The default Logic shortcut for this is the B key. Logic is set up to default to an automatic layout which you can change by opening the Inspector, clicking the name of the current layout at the top of the Smart Control inspector, then choose a new layout from the layout popup menu. I need a layout that has at least one button for what I’m trying to accomplish here. One of my personal favorite layouts is Modern Black 66. Typically, the Smart Controls have already mapped some parameters, but in this case, I want to start from scratch. So under Parameter Mapping, I’ll click the options drop down menu and select ‘Delete all patch mappings’. I’m going to use the button at the top left of the interface as my on/off / bypass button, so I’ll start by clicking it to make sure it’s selected. To be able to assign the button to a plug-in parameter, I need to click the ‘Learn’ button. Now I’ll click the first plug-in and then click the on/off control. Now that the button has been assigned, I’ll click the ‘Learn’ button again to turn Learn mode off. Now we’ll click the Smart Control button to see if it’s working correctly. When the light on the Smart Control button is off, the plugin is switched on, which is the opposite of what I want. I’ll check the invert option and now the Smart Control button and the plug-in are in sync. Now I want to see how the Smart Controls interface will appear with this assignment, so I’ll close the plug-in and the inspector. All that I’m seeing is a button and that’s it. I want to add a name to the button, so I’ll open the inspector back up and in the ‘Name’ field, I’ll call this ‘Bypass’. Then, we’ll close the inspector to see if the name shows up. Assigning a name to the button doesn’t show up in the interface, so I’ll assign the name to the knob, but first I need to assign the knob to a parameter, so I’ll just assign it to the submaster ‘Pan’ control. The name is now showing and the button appears to be working correctly. Now I’ll repeat the process for the three remaining plugins. I’ll open the Inspector back up and in order to add additional mappings to the smart control button, I’ll need to go to the ‘Parameter Mapping’ options and select ‘Add Mapping’. Now we’ll repeat the process of mapping the Smart Controls button to the on/off control of the three remaining plugins. Now, let’s test the smart controls button to make sure it’s turning all four plugins on and off. The Smart Controls button is working, so I’m going to try it out while I play the chorus. [Music] [Music] If your plugin has a bypass option (which this particular match EQ plug-in does), you can assign the Smart Control button to that parameter instead. I regularly find myself doing this, as for whatever reason there is less latency by using the ‘Bypass’ option. Also, if the plug-in offers ‘Gain Matching’ (which this one does), it allows you to A/B while matching levels as close as possible. I’m now going to assign the Smart Controls button to the bypass button of the plugins. I will start by deleting all of the current mappings. The rest of the process is the same- we are just mapping to a different parameter of the plug-in. Now that we have the Smart Controls button assigned to the bypass button of all four plugins, let’s test it out. It’s working perfectly. Now I’ll try it out while I play the chorus [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] Well that’s it for now. I hope this video has given you some ideas on how to use Smart Controls to make some of your mixing and mastering tasks easier. If it has, please be sure to click the ‘Like’ button and subscribe and I’ll have more great content out for you soon.

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