Logic's New Step Sequencer: Everything You Need to Know

Logic 10.5 has provided Logic users with everything they needed… and more. Personally, I always found Logic to have quite a round-about workflow for drum programming and I would normally turn to the Ableton Drum Rack and piano roll for sequencing and designing my beats.

Now, however, we have something that we can work with: the ALL NEW Step Sequencer!

I feel like the Step Sequencer has been SUPER outshined by new features like the Sampler and Live Looping, and rightfully so, but I thought I would show it some love with this post, which will include a rundown of the feature as well as some creative uses to help get you started.

Getting Started

To open the Sequencer, simply CTRL + Click (or right click) an empty segment or section of an instrument track’s arrangement and select create pattern region.

Upon opening the Step Sequencer, you will see that it is modeled off of classic analog sequencers and drum machines. Yet, this sequencer has a TON more automation options and versatility than your classic Korg or Arturia.

If you selected a drum patch or drum machine, you will see the drum hits lined up on the left just like they would be in your arrangement above. If you chose to insert a pattern region on a pitched instrument, you will see notes on the left.

Then, throw a pattern on and play it back by hitting the playback button, which looks like a little speaker with a dot coming out.

Pattern Settings and Customization

Playback Mode allows you to play a sequence back forward, backwards, or in ping-pong.

Edit Mode (drop down menu in the upper left corner) allows you to edit aspects like step velocity, gate, octave, etc.

Rotate allows you to move all edits and patterns to the left or right. This is a really cool and random function! Each row’s header has little squares with arrows which you can click to make these adjustments.

Saving and Storing Sequence Patterns

The Step Sequencer allows you to save sequence patterns to be used in later projects or instances. This function can be accessed using the pattern browser. An easy key command to access it is CMD + B (when the Sequencer is open). (Save Pattern: SHFT + CMD + P)

There is so much you can do with the Step Sequencer, and it is super helpful for arpeggios and drum programming! However, I think the best thing about it is that it provides a great new way to get inspiration when you need it!