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how do I make a 'favorite' folder for audio effects ?

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jaco34 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Jun 15, 2012 4:39 AM

In the effects browser, the list of effects is very long, and the classification is not at all user-friendly. How could I group the effects I use often in a folder ?

Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,675 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 7:41 AM (in response to jaco34)

    You can't. These are inside the application container. There is a search field at the bottom of every media browser.

  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,335 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 11:44 PM (in response to jaco34)

    If you stay with JUST the Logic effects, MOST (if not all) have a Preset drop down menu (I haven't used them all, so I can't say for 100% sure). At the very bottom of the drop down menu is an option to Save Preset. This is a feature I wish was on ALL effects in FCPX... it's been suggested to Apple a couple of times by me... apparently it's not a reasonable enough request... but that's how it is.

     

    Anyway...

     

    When you go into Audio effects, for each type of effect (distortion, echo, eq, etc...) when you highlight the type, in the right column the effects for that category appear. There are THREE sections (usually... unless you have other 3rd party Logic effects or AU plugins and you'll have others like Native Instruments or Blue Cat Audio, etc., and that will also depend on the categories the 3rd party effects fall in): the top section is usually "Final Cut". If you scan down the list there is a gray line and a label for the next section of effects, usually "Logic".  And scanning further down the list you get to "Mac OS X". The Final Cut and Mac OS X effects are the typical kind of cr*p you find in Garageband: hard to understand and harder to use if you wander far from the presets - that and no graphical interfaces.  The Logic effects on the other hand chew bubble gum and kick *** -- and they're fresh out of bubble gum. All of them sport a graphical interface (if you click on the little "eq icon"). Once you set your parameters to your liking, you can save your preset. It will show up in the Preset drop down menu any time you add that effect to any clip in the future.

     

    We seriously NEED this feature for ALL effects Apple!!!!!!! All you readers, please send in a request/feedback.

  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,335 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 10:52 AM (in response to jaco34)

    Oh ok... I get it. You want to build like an Effects "Rack" and save that as a favorite.

     

    Create a New Event (call it... Audio Rack or EQLimRev to hint the effects you've added).

     

    Import/Add any little clip with audio (or just an audio clip .aif/.caf preferred)

     

    Right click on clip and Open in Timeline

     

    Add your effects to the clip in the Timeline.

     

    [If you want multiple favorites, I recommend creating an event called Audio Racks and import a clip as noted, then *duplicating* that clip to make multiple instances so that you can apply different setups to each one - click on the name and rename it to the list of effects on that clip.]

     

    When you want to add the effects rack to a clip in the storyline open it back up in a timeline (a minor inconvenience), select the clip and Copy.  Back in the Storyline, select the clip(s) you want to apply the "rack" to and Command Option V to Paste Effects.

     

    IF you have other video effects added to a clip ---- right click and Detach Audio and then select only the Audio and Paste Effects. You can select the Audio Video pair again afterwards and make a new compound clip (option G) to rejoin them.

     

    You can make a "super rack" of effects by piling on all the effects you think you'll ever use. After applying to a clip in the storyline, in the Audio pane of the inspector, simply go down the list and turn off the effects you don't want for that particular clip (click on the blue square by the effect name to toggle the effect.) If you need to reorder the effects, just drag them around on the list.

     

    HTH

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