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Finger snaps in Logic Pro X

February 26, 2018

This post is short and sweet.

For anyone looking for finger snaps in Logic Pro X, they can be found in the library under Percussion > Performance Patches > Claps and Snaps Performance.

Claps run C2 through A2 by half-step.
Snaps run C3 through D3 by half-step.
There is also a stomp at F3.

To notate as a single line:

  1. Select your snap track.
  2. In the score, choose Layout > Show Staff Styles
  3. In the dialog, choose New > Mapped Style
  4. Click the name
  5. Name it something useful like Finger Snaps
  6. Change high and low to C3 or C#3 orD3, whichever snap works for your piece.
  7. In the bottom row, enter 2 for position. Logic Pro will change it to +1, but that’s okay.
  8. In the bottom row, change Drum Group to Bongos.
  9. Close the dialog.
  10. In the Region inspector, set the staff style to #Finger Snap.

After you add a note, you may wish to replace the note head with an X. You can do this as follows:

  1. In the part box, choose the section with the X, O, filled triangle, and filled oval.
  2. Click the X
  3. Pencil-click the note

Hope this helps.

 

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September 14, 2012

Counting down the days to the end of my sister’s Kickstarter project. Hopefully, a happy ending is in store.

The Panda Chronicles

I always like September, well, at least now that I don’t actually HAVE to go back to school, that is, but it still, oh these many years later, (don’t ask) gives me a burst of energy to get back into the studio and actually get something done. The panda kindergarten is no exception and they absolutely PROMISE to be much better behaved this year. (Although I think I saw some paws crossed behind their backs when they said that.)

Meanwhile, back at the Kickstarter ranch, we are at 86% with only 6 days to go!  For those of you not following or yet on board with the Kickstarter project (ahem) hope you will check it out, because we have big, pandy plans here at the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire!  I’d like to unveil the third in the triumvirate of panda posters (starting with “30 days of Pandas

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September 9, 2012

If you haven’t checked out my sister’s Kickstarter campaign to publish a book of panda cartoons, please do so.

The Panda Chronicles

In fact, we are chewing our claws down to their little nubbins!  It is an all panda alert for our Kickstarter project!  The panda kindergarten is in a neighborhood near you and no one is safe!  Don’t make us resort to whining and sniveling.

This could happen to you!

And have we mentioned the really cool things you get for supporting our project?  First and foremost, THE BOOK!: The Panda Chronicles Book 1: Your Brain on Pandas.  And then, there is the Bob T. Panda for President bumper sticker, which we hope to have ready for this fall, so you can pledge your allegiance to the BEAR!

And need we mention the 30 Days of Pandas Poster?

So if you haven’t signed on to the panda bus yet, there’s no time like the present!  If you already have, consider upping your pledge! An additional $5 added to…

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Playwrights Center of San Francisco (PCSF)

May 15, 2012

Thirty-two years ago, a group of playwrights was formed. They got together, presumably on a regular basis, to read scenes from plays they had written and occassionally to hear or see an entire play read. According to the earliest PCSF history page, the first play to be read was The Jury by Harry Hattyar. Thirty-two years later, with many a change in membership, we – for I am now part of PCSF – have over 1,300 readings and full productions under our collective belts, with the current full production of eight short plays in the Sheherezade XII short play festival, co-produced with Wily West Productions.

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Nothing Overlooked

February 21, 2012

It’s been said that there are virtually no playwrights who are making their living entirely off their playwriting. Even Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America recently said he can’t live entirely off his playwriting income.

For anyone in the arts, it’s a risk to quit that day job and go full-time into your passion. But it’s what my sister did years ago when she quit her day job to be an artist full-time. Not that I think my playwriting will ever lead to that, but she’s an inspiration to me to follow my muse.

Anyway, she has a fine arts blog called Nothing Overlooked, which is one of the many links in my so-called blogroll. And she’s running a Kickstarter campaign to create her next series of art. And some of the reward categories include the planned fruits of her labor.

Her campaign has 10 days to go as of this posting. If you’re an art lover, go over and check out her blog. And then, if you’re moved as I was to kick in, check out her Kickstarter campaign to go to Italy to paint and the cool art rewards that come from funding it.

You can tell her I sent you.