Setup an Arpeggiator within Logic Pro/Express

16 June, 2011


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Ever wondered how to use Logic’s built in Arpeggiator? OR maybe you didn’t even know one existed.

Here I will show you how to setup and use Logic’s Arpeggiator.


Create the Arpeggiator

1. Open the Environment window (Window > Environment)

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2. Choose New > Arpeggiator drop the menu items

3. On the Arpeggiator that appears in the Environment window, Click and hold on the output channel (arrow/triangle shape) and drag it on to the instrument channel you want to Arpeggiate.

4. Next, Create a software instrument track (to control the Arp).

5. Reassign the newly created software instrument track to the Arpeggiator.

Modifying the Arpeggiator Settings in Logic

Open the Inspector (I) and use the drop down arrow to see the parameters for the Arpeggiator.

In here you can change the following parameters of the Arpeggiator:
• Direction
• Velocity
• Key Limit
• Resolution
• Length
• Snap to
• Repeat
• Octaves
• Crescendo
• Controller Base

Nb. If you want to bounce down the Arpeggiator sequence to audio, choose Bounce down Mode: Real time or it will not function correctly.
If you have spent just a few minutes setting this up you will be able to tell the enormous amount of creativity and inspiration this can bring to you as a producer.

So go experiment, have fun and remember…

…Inspire Yourself

“Don’t follow your dreams; chase them.” – Richard Dumb


UPDATE – I have created a project with the arpeggiator setup so you can all see this working. You can download it from HERE

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  • Chrishickman001

    when i click and hold the little triangle nothing happens

    • Hi Chris, Once you have clicked the triangle and held the button down you then need to drag it onto the environment strip of the instrument you want to arpeggiate, in the example this was the ES2.
      Hope this helps.

  • Hi Chris,

    When you hold the triangle, you then need to drag it onto the Environment Instrument track you would like to Arpeggiate. This then makes the connection.

    Hope this helps, Happy Arpeggiating 🙂

  • Chrisafae

    Ive done this now two different ways; In the clicks and ports window using a cable switcher, as well as the way described above. Neither yields any arpeggiation?

  • Dirrtybitmusic.soundcloud

    very good works perfect

  • Hi Chrisafae, I have created a project which you can download from the
    update at the bottom of the post so you can see this working and have a
    play around with it. Hope this helps, Cheers 🙂

  • nice! every day I find more and more examples of Logic beauty  

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